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Nov 16
Macs sales on pace for another record breaking quarter

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says new retail sales data shows that Mac sales are up 20% year-over-year. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) he says Apple looks to sell between 4.1 million and 4.3 million Macs over the holiday season.

This early data, along with our assumptions for international Mac sales, which are growing faster than domestic Mac sales, and the final 2 months of the quarter, implies (year-over-year) Mac unit growth of 22%-28%, in line with the Street at about 24% year-over-yeargrowth, Munster told clients.

The numbers show Apple on pace to have yet another record breaking quarter for Mac sales, notes "AppleInsider." In the previous September quarter, Apple sold 3.89 million Macs, which represents the company's best-ever three-month frame.

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Nov 15
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 15

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/).

Comcast has unveiled its free Xfinity TV app, which will enable Xfinity TV digital customers to watch TV shows and movies directly on the iPad, either at home or on-the-go in the coming weeks.

Beer Beckmann has announced Jan-Ken-Pon 1.0 for the iPhone. In the US$0.99 rock-paper-scissors game you can battle via Bluetooth and surprise your opponent and more.

Appuous Inc., a software development company founded by high school junior Austin Evers, has released Shuzzle, a $0.99 puzzle and shapes game for iOS devices running iOS 4.1.The game challenges players to match shapes to colors while under the stress of a timer.

UBM Medica has launched PhotoClinic Mobile, a free iPhone and iPod app that enhances physicians' clinical proficiency...

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Nov 15
Professor: Apple is company that most endangers the Internet

Columbia law professor Tim Wu, the man who coined the term "net neutrality," says that Apple is the company that most endangers the freedom of the Internet. And he tells the "New York Times" (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/one-on-one-tim-wu-author-of-the...) that he expects that danger to outlive CEO Steve Jobs' tenure at Apple.

When asked, "do the technology monopolies surrounding the Internet look different than the past?", Wu had this to say:

"The question is whether there is something about the Internet that is fundamentally different, or about these times that is intrinsically more dynamic, that we don’t repeat the past. I know the Internet was designed to resist integration, designed to resist centralized control, and that design defeated firms like AOL and...

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Nov 15
Clio Apple in law firms survey shows increasing trend of '...

The inaugural Clio Apple in Law Firms Survey results are out and 835 people participated, 90% of which were practicing lawyers and 10% of which were law students. Fifty five percent of the lawyers, which ranged from solos to firms of 50+ attorneys, currently use Macs in their law offices.

In the final analysis, there was clear evidence to support the fact that lawyers are adopting Apple products -- from Macs to iPhones to iPads -- at an escalating rate. All legal professionals and law students from any law firm or law school were invited to participate in the survey, regardless of size and location. The survey aimed to determine to what extent lawyers and law students are now using Apple and Mac products, and whether there is clear evidence of an increasing trend of the legal industry “going Mac” in the future.

Out of 835 respondents who completed the survey:

48.8% practiced in a small firm (1-10 attorneys)

7.9% practiced in a medium-sized firm (11-50...

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Nov 15
Apple pulls Mac OS X Server 10.6.5 update

As noted by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) Apple has quietly pulled the Mac OS X Server 10.6.5 update.

Mac OS X 10.6.5 was released last week for both Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server users. Since then, the update for Mac OS X 10.6 Server has been pulled without explanation.

Some who installed the update before it disappeared have reported issues on the Apple Discussions forums, notes "AppleInsider." One person said that the update broke Lightweight Directory Access Protocol and Domain Name System functionality, while another said they had a problem with external drives.

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Nov 15
OWC announces iPhone 4, iPad accessory line

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the NewerTech line of NuGuard  iPhone 4 and iPad protective cases and NuVue anti-glare covers for the iPhone 4 and iPad.
 
NuGuard  iPhone cases are available in six colors. The cases are made of materials such as 100% soft silicone to cushion and protect your iPhone from scratches, bumps, and dust and ergonomic side grooves for superior grip and comfort. 
 
In addition, the NuGuard iPhone 4 cases keep your phone virus-free, with silicone cases that won’t support microbiological growth, according to the folks at OWC. The non-stick, flexible silicone makes this second skin easy to put on and remove, an especially useful feature for iPad users who want to change colors to fit their style, circumstance, or mood, they add.

NuGuard iPhone and iPad cases don’t add bulk and provide access to all ports and controls, including...

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Nov 15
Learn to record guitar in Logic Studio at macProVideo.com

MacProVideo.com, a web site specializing in tutorial-videos for Mac computer users, has released a 2.5-hour tutorial for Logic Studio users called "Logic's Guitar Recording Toolbox."

In this tutorial, guitarist, producer, and educator Toby Pitman shows you what you need to know about getting the perfect guitar sound in Logic. He explores details of the virtual amps, explaining their design, EQ, circuitry and history, while simultaneously performing style-based examples on several of his collectable guitars.

Through video examples, you can watch and listen as Pitman dives deep into Logic's virtual stomp boxes, exploring their functionality and demonstrating routing techniques that show the sonic power of the Pedalboard DSP plug-in. He also teaches concepts like impedance, the different kinds of pickups, the power of parallel microphone techniques and even how to create killer percussion parts using the electric guitar as the the sound source!.

Toby Pitman’s "...

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Nov 15
Fitted x Burton limited edition unveiled for new iPod touch

Speck and Burton Snowboards have unveiled their first collaboration, the Fitted x Burton limited edition line of cases (http://www.speckproducts.com/ipod-audio/ipod-touch-4th-gen/fitted-x-burt..., http://store.apple.com/us) for the fourth generation iPod touch. Each custom fabric-wrapped case features patterns from Burton’s 2011 outerwear collection.


Printed on soft fabric that’s fused to Speck’s hard-shell Fitted protective case, these limited-edition Burton offerings are designed to complement the capabilities and display of the iPod touch. The fabric-wrapped exterior of Speck’s road-tested Fitted case increases in-hand comfort and the soft-touch coated, raised front bezel design helps protect the iPod face and touch...

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Nov 15
Proporta unveils TurboCharger Back Pack for the iPhone 4

Proporta (http://www.proporta.com) has released the TurboCharger Back Pack, a rechargeable battery pack for the iPhone 4 that charges from any standard USB port and stores 1700 mAh. It costs approximately US$68.


Insert the iPhone 4 into the Back Pack by separating the two sections and then sliding them back together once the iPhone is in place. The Back Pack will automatically commence charging and you'll see the charging icon appear on your iPhone.

An LED display shows the level of charge. If you connect the Back Pack with your iPhone housed you can still charge the Back Pack using the USB cable provided. This will also sync your iPhone with your computer.


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Nov 15
Fable Sounds releases Broadway Lites

SONiVOX, on behalf of Fable Sounds, has released Broadway Lites (http://www.sonivoxmi.com/BroadwayLites), a US$499.99 selection of instruments articulations from the Broadway Big Band virtual instrument for the Mac and PC.

Fable Sounds’ Broadway Big Band Virtual Instrument is a virtual instrument that portrays jazz, blues, pop, and rhythm 'n blues woodwind, brass, and rhythm instrument’s playing techniques in a playable virtual instrument plug-in. Broadway Lites is designed to carry on this tradition. It features one mic position, and most of the core articulations of a select set of saxophones, trumpets, trombone and clarinet taken from Broadway Big Band -- Kontakt Edition, as well as being powered by the Kontakt 4 player.

Fable Sounds will also be offering a special upgrade price for registered Broadway Lites users who wish to upgrade from Broadway Lites to Broadway...

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Nov 15
Apple to have iTunes-related announcement on Nov.16

Apple has a new look on its home page (http://www.apple.com) about an iTunes-related announcement for Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 am Pacific.

The teaser tagline line is "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget." And Apple promises "an exciting announcement from iTunes."

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Nov 15
'EveryMac' adds info on the MacBook Air, Mac Pro...

EveryMac.com (http://www.everymac.com) -- a guide to every Macintosh, Mac compatible, and upgrade card, with technical, configuration, and pricing details -- features complete specs on the quietly introduced Mac Pro Server that replaces the Xserve line and a comprehensive update to the MacBook Air Q&A to cover the all new 11-Inch and 13-Inch MacBook Air models.

Official Geekbench benchmarks also have been updated site wide.

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Nov 15
PCgadgets offers 'dog tags' for your iPad

PCgadgets has announced Identify Plates (http://newpcgadgets.com/products/ipad_vanity_plate/index.html ), "dog tags" for the iPad. It offers a custom look while providing contact information in the event your Apple tablet is lost or misplaced.

The stainless steel plate secures to any iPad. The Identify Plates are US$12.95 each.

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Nov 15
Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star comes to the Mac

Macgamestore.com has announced iWin's Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star Premium Edition for Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's available as an US$19.95 digital download; a 60-minute trial version is also available.

The Sleepless Star Premium Edition is the fifth game in the casual game series. Here's how it's described: "Follow the travels and travails of intrepid explorer, Percy Pack, in Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star. On a quest for a jewel called the Sleepless Star, Percy discovers that the jewel has been stolen from a Native American village by an unscrupulous jewel collector.

"Along with Percy and a beautiful Algonquin named Yellow Feather, travel to exotic locations on two continents and overcome dangers at every turn, in an effort to recover the jewel. Solve over 150 jewel board puzzles, including never-before-seen obstacle puzzles! Progress through a beautifully illustrated and fully voice-acted story that includes collectible power-ups and quest options filled with...

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Nov 15
SQLabs announces SQLiteConverter

SQLabs has announced SQLiteConverter (http://www.sqlabs.com/sqliteconverter.php), an US$49 tool that offers a way to convert your mySQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle database to sqlite.

The app guides you step by step to five operations in order to completely convert your remote databases. The entire process obviously depends on how much data you need to convert, but most of the time you'll be able to complete it in few seconds, according to the folks at SQLabs.

SQLiteConverter is the ideal tool not only to complete a conversion between different DBMS to sqlite but it is also the ideal solution to backup your remote data to another disk based relational sql database, they add. You always have full control over the conversion process, you can decide to convert the entire database or just select the individual tables you want to backup.

SQLiteConverter requires...

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Nov 15
Adobe ships Acrobat X Pro

Adobe has released Adobe Acrobat X Pro, its document collaboration tool for creative professionals. It allows users to deliver communications using PDF Portfolios, and work together with shared document reviews.

Users can also simplify workflows with integrated online services for storing and sending documents, and ensure designs will print accurately with advanced print production tools, according to Adobe. Additionally, the company has added two new cloud services -- Adobe SendNow and Adobe CreatePDF -- designed to improve document exchange and enable easy PDF creation. In Acrobat X:

° The Action Wizard helps users automate and standardize multi-step tasks for maximum productivity.

° New customization options for PDF Portfolios enable designers to create and share custom layouts and themes and develop PDF Portfolios with consistent branding and presentation.

° Tight integration with online services at Acrobat.com allows users to share large files...

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Nov 15
PDF Checkpoint update automates file routing, more

Zevrix (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated PDF Checkpoint, an automated PDF preflighting and conversion solution, to version 1.3. The new version automates file routing and report creation after preflighting.

PDF Checkpoint lets users review and analyze preflight results. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents.

PDF Checkpoint checks fonts, colors, images and metadata of multiple PDF files and lets users instantly identify potential problems according to user-defined preflight profiles. Preflight profiles let users check PDF for specific attributes, such as image resolution, color model, PDF/X compliance and others. PDF Checkpoint can also route PDF into success/error folders according to preflight results and generate preflight report for each file.

With PDF Checkpoint, you can export PDF pages into TIFF, JPEG and other formats as RGB, CMYK...

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Nov 15
European iAd partners may be named this week

This week, Apple is reportedly set to announce its first European partners for iAd, reports "paid.Content.org" (http://paidcontent.org/article/419-apples-iad-first-european-brands-to-b...). The news follows on the heels of last week’s deal to take iAds to Japan, in partnership with Japanese agency Dentsu.

iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Apple has iAd commitments for 2010 totaling over US$60 million, which represents almost 50%of the total forecasted US mobile ad spending for the second half of 2010, says Jobs.


He says that iAds, which are built into iOS 4, allow users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using...

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Nov 15
Apple's Scott Forstall a 'name you need to know'...

"Forbes" magazine says Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone Software, is "a name you need to know" in 2011.

Here's what' "Forbes" say about Forstall: "Last month, Jobs said we’ll start finding more ideas from the mobile version of Apple’s OS X operating system recycled in its desktop machines. It’s also a safe bet that the software will play a role at the center of any new devices Apple introduces over the next few years.

"So, Keep an eye on Scott Forstall, the engineer who came to Apple from NeXT with Jobs, and who runs Apple’s iOS group, which now power more than 100 million iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Forstall was one of the original architects of OS X, the operating system that saved the company earlier this decade."

Forstall graduated from Stanford University in 1991 with a degree in symbolic systems, and received his Master's Degree in 1992 for computer science, also from Stanford.

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Nov 15
Financial services, technology and healthcare industries...

Good Technology, which specializes in multiplatform enterprise mobility, has released numbers that show that the financial services, technology and healthcare industries are seeing the greatest adoption of the iPad for business use.  

The data comes from an analysis of Good Technology's user base, which includes over 4,000 enterprise customers, whose iPad deployments range from one to over 1,000 iPads.  The company also released an update to its Good for Enterprise application in the Apple App Store, which delivers an user experience tailored for the larger iPad screen and enhances IT's ability to

"We took a close look at our customers who have deployed iPad devices so far," says John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Good Technology. "We found that the financial services sector dominated, accounting for 36% of Good's iPad activations to date. The technology sector came in second at 11%, followed closely by healthcare at 10%. We believe these...

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Nov 15
Cleveland Heights students getting Apple laptops

About 1,900 Cleveland Heights High School in Ohio students are receiving Apple laptop computers this week and next week, reports "The Sun News" (http://blog.cleveland.com/sunpress/2010/11/cleveland_heights_high_school...). It’s part of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district’s Teaching and Learning with Technology initiative, launched two years ago at Monticello Middle School.

Students at each small school at the high school are receiving their laptops on a different day, through Tuesday. Informational meetings for parents or guardians are being held the night before students get the computers, says "The Sun." When the rollout is complete, all students and teachers in the district in grades 6-12 should have laptop computers.

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Nov 15
'MUG Event Calendar':MacBook Air, iLife '11, more

A variety of topics are on this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

Dae Helmly of Adobe will visit a Maryland group, while a California Final Cut Pro Group will welcome Larry Jordan, along with a host of other speakers. Some of the topics to be demoed by user group leaders or guest presenters include the MacBook Air, iLife ‘11 and its components, the iPhone, Address Book, Preview, Photoshop Elements, the iPad, TypeStyler, Art Text 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 the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Nov 15
'Tech Night Owl' looks at Mac OS X 10.6.5, 3D TV, more

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at Mac OS X 10.6.5, 3D TV, Windows 7 Phone and more.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from http://www.technightowl.com/radio ; an archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast. You can also access our show's podcast feed, now available at http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml .

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Nov 15
Apple TV number 12 on Amazon's best-selling gadgets list

Amazon has quietly updated its best selling electronics list to include several gadgets that were not showing up before, including the Apple TV and the Boxee Box, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Mystery-Over-Apple-TV-Is-siliconalley-2000...).

Apple TV is currently the no. 12 best-selling gadget on Amazon. The Boxee Box is no. 15.

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Nov 15
Cisco hires former Apple vice president

Cisco has hired Mark Papermaster, who oversaw Apple Inc.’s mobile-device engineering until he left in August after criticism of the iPhone’s antenna design, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-11-12/former-apple-ibm-executive-p...). He'll be serving as a vice president working on chips at Cisco.

Papermaster is responsible for chips that go into the Nexus 7000 and Catalyst switches, products that help route network data, Neil Wu Becker, a spokesman for Cisco, the world’s largest maker of networking equipment, told "Bloomberg Businessweek."

Papermaster has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of...

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