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Nov 03
'MacNotables' looks at the new MacBook Air

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Mac guru Ted Landau is the proud owner of a new MacBook Air, and provides some
insight into the benefits and limitations of the SSD drive, the unibody construction and how it compares to the PC netbook market. While not for everyone, Landau explains how the Air compares and compliments Mac desktops, other Mac laptops and even the iPad.

Then he examines the Mac App Store announcement and what he thinks its impact will be on developers and users alike, why he thinks sooner is better to establish an app
store presence, and why he isn't necessarily happy about it all.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple...

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Nov 03
ITC: Nokia shouldn't be found guilty of infringing Apple...

Nokia shouldn’t be found liable of infringing Apple patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-02/nokia-gets-support-of-itc-staff...).

“The evidence will not establish a violation” of Apple patent rights, the staff, which acts on behalf of the public as a third party in the case, said in a pre-hearing memo released yesterday. Apple is asking the ITC to block imports of Nokia phones into the U.S., claiming they are infringing four patents.

In September Apple sued Nokia in Britain, reiterating claims it has already made in a lawsuit in the US. The whole legal brouhaha has a convoluted background. In May Nokia announced the filing of another lawsuit against Apple, in...

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Nov 03
Warner Music Group exec departs for Apple

Elliott Peters, Warner Music Group’s senior VP and head of digital legal affairs is leaving the company next month for a job at Apple, reports "Billboard" (http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i8a210b25e0747...).

According to an internal memo obtained by the music industry publication, Peters is taking on the role of corporate attorney director for iTunes Europe and Internet services, based in Luxembourg, where he will manage the European legal team for iTunes and MobileMe services. He’s been with WMG since 2000. Ron Wilcox, WMG’s executive counsel for business affairs and strategic and digital initiatives will oversee the label’s digital legal affairs team upon Peters’ departure.

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Nov 03
Analyst expects banner year for Apple in 2011

Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair has told clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/11/02/apple-can-sell-100m-...) -- that he expects Apple to see 100 million iPhones, 48 million iPads and lots of MacBook Airs in 2011. To be specific, he predicts:

° Apple will produce 45-48 million iPads next year, which would be up from his forecast of 13.5 million in 2010.  He expects the arrival of the iPad 2 to spark sales.

° Apple will sell approximately 100 million iPhones and nab 10% of the global market share.

° MacBook Air unit momentum will cause the street to raise expectations for Mac units in the quarter. "We believe the 11 inch Air will be both provide solid incremental units to...

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Nov 03
Lawsuit claims Apple intentionally 'iBricked' iPhone...

Another day, another lawsuit. To boost sales of the iPhone 4, Apple told owners of its third-generation iPhone to download an operating system that the company knew would turn the 3G phones into a "device with little more use than that of a paper weight," unhappy customers say in a Superior Court class action, as reported by the "Courthouse News Service" (http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/11/03/31573.htm).

Lead plaintiff Bianca Wofford says Apple told owners of its 3G and 3GS iPhones that the new iOS4 operating system was an upgrade. But she says the "upgrade" made her phone slow and susceptible to crashes, turning an iPhone into an "iBrick," says "Courthouse News Service."

"In essence, Apple knowingly and intentionally released what it called a system software 'upgrade' that, in fact, made hundreds of thousands of third generation iPhones that...

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Nov 03
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard"). It adds ability to clear the Koobface.A/Boonana.A trojan and Microsoft Office 2011 font caches. This version also fixes few minor bugs discovered in the previous release.

Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.

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Nov 03
Native Instruments opens up The Mouth by Tim Exile

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has introduced The Mouth, an US$79 performance instrument and sound processor designed by electronic artist Tim Exile. Based on Reaktor technology, it generates melodies and harmonies from any audio signal on the fly, turning vocals, drum loops and other sources into electronic textures and original sonic mayhem.

The Mouth is the second instrument collaboration between Native Instruments and Exile, following the keyboard-controlled effects processor The Finger, and originating from the same custom Reaktor-based live setup that is at the center of Exile's stage performances.

Equipped with automatic pitch detection and harmonizing controls, The Mouth provides an array of expressive and inspirational synthesizer, vocoder and talk box-style sounds and effects with an electronic character.

The Mouth offers separate "Pitch...

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Nov 03
iTunes music clips expanded from 30 to 90 seconds

iTunes (and Apple) will be increasing the length of music clips on their system from 30 seconds to 90 seconds, reports "Symphonic Distribution" (http://symintranet.com/blog/?p=3273).

“We are pleased to let you know that we are preparing to increase the length of music previews from 30 seconds to 90 seconds on the iTunes Store in the United States," Apple said. "We believe that giving potential customers more time to listen to your music will lead to more purchases.”

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Nov 03
Canon introduces imageFormula DR-6030C document scanner

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has added the US$4,495 imageFORMULA DR-6030C document scanner to its lineup. The new scanner provides comprehensive scanning functionality in a desktop design that effectively delivers document-capture benefits across business applications, says Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. “

The Canon DR-6030C is a solution for scanning large numbers of documents. Delivering color and black-and-white scan speeds up to 80 pages-per-minute (ppm) /160 images-per-minute (ipm)i, the DR-6030C scanner can handle a variety of document types such as thick documents, plastic ID cards, driver licenses, as well as long documents up to 118 inches in length.

The compact Canon DR-6030C scanner can handle batches of mixed documents as well as deskew or rotate inverted images. Features such as Auto Page Size Detection and Skip Blank Page...

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Nov 03
Apple named most innovative company

The 2010 Global Innovation 1000 (http://www.booz.com/global/home/what_we_think/featured_content/innovatio...), the sixth annual study of corporate innovation spending, released today by global management consulting firm Booz & Company, names Apple as the most innovative company.

Apple leads the list, capturing 79% of the vote. It's followed by Google with 49% and 3m with 20%. The three companies "can innovate successfully without breaking the bank," says Booz & Company.

"Apple is an exceptional example of our observation that success in innovation is determined not by how much money you spend, but rather by how you spend it," the report says. "The company has a long history of bringing innovative and stylish products to market, from the first Apple computer in 1976 to the...

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Nov 03
Raidon presents the GearTANK 6610 series

Raidon Technology (www.RAIDON.com.tw) has launched the GearTANK 6610 Series, GR6610-5S-U5 with miniSAS interface and SL6610-5S-L4D with dual band iSCSI. It's a direct attached storage solution via miniSAS interface at 300 MB/second.
 
Designed for data intensive workflows and security environments, the GearTANK 6610 series comes with a built-in Intel IOP80331 and 512MB of internal cache memory under the hood. It supports up to 10TB in capacity and RAID level 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD. The GearTank 6610 series is also equipped with LCD management and a user friendly web GUI to simplify maintenance and configuration process.
 
The GearTANK SL6610-5S-L4D provides two Gigabit LAN ports at 200 MB/second for multiple users to access to the same storage network without slowing down the network traffic. The GearTANK SL6610-5S-L4D also supports remote access, global hot spare and off-site backup...

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Nov 03
Eltima releases SyncMate Beta 3

Eltima Software has released SyncMate Beta 3 (http://www.sync-mac.com/), a beta version of the software for syncing data between a Mac to Windows Mobile handheld devices. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

Users can sync their Macs with Windows Mobile devices, Android or Nokia phones, other Macs or Windows PCs, Sony PlayStation Portable, USB flash drives, Google accounts and special online storage provided by Eltima within one application. SyncMate 3.0 Beta also offers new options for its users. It's possible to mount Windows Mobile and Android devices as additional Mac disks via Wi-Fi, USB or Bluetooth and more.

For those users who don't have an Expert version of SyncMate yet but will buy it starting from Nov. 2 and until SyncMate 3's official release (within the grace period). A free upgrade to SyncMate Expert 3 is guaranteed. For those users who already use...

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Nov 03
TrendNet launches 5Gbps USB 3.0 storage enclosures

TrendNet (http://www.trendnet.com) has announced the availability of the 3.5-inch USB 3.0 External Enclosure and 2.5-inch USB 3.0 External Enclosure. You can use 'em with a Mac, but they'll only run at USB 2.0 speeds as Apple has yet to add USB 3.0 support for the Mac.

The 3.5-inch USB 3.0 External Enclosure (US$79.99) supports one 3.5-inch SATA I or II hard disk drive with storage capacities in excess of one terabyte (the hard drive is sold separately). You can install a SATA I or II hard drive and connect the enclosure to a 5Gbps USB 3.0 port on your computer. The included USB 3.0 Type A connector is backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports.

The 2.5-inch USB 3.0 External Enclosure ($59.99) supports one 2.5-inch SATA I or II hard disk drive with storage capacities in excess of one Terabyte (hard drive sold separately). You can install a SATA I or II hard drive and connect the enclosure to a 5Gbps...

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Nov 03
Apple iBookstore opens for Australians

Australians can now use an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as an e-book reader after Apple opened the doors to its iBookstore in the country.

It's taken the company five months since the iPad's launch to get the store up and running but it has succeeded in signing up a wide range of book publishers including Macmillan, Hachette, HarperCollins, Hardie Grant, Murdoch Publishers and Wiley, reports "The Age" (http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/tablets/apple-finally-opens-ibooks...). Previously, Australians viewing the iBookstore could only access old out-of-copyright books but now there is a range of new release titles on offer, the article adds. The exact number is unclear but an Apple spokeswoman said they numbered in the "thousands."

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Nov 03
MacTech Conference 2010 kicks off this week in Los Angeles 

The MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers kicks off this week at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles, "MacTech Magazine" announced today. Some of the Apple industry's best and brightest will not only be speaking at MacTech Conference, but attending to learn how to be better and more effective at what they do, share insights, and network with their peers, says Neil Tickin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine."

The hotel-based, immersive conference is being held Nov. 3-5. The conference starts off with the first public display of Mac-based Planetary Exploration Rovers, a keynote by Andy Ihnatko, renown tech journalist (currently a columnist for the "Chicago Sun Times"), and then continues into over 40 sessions by industry experts.

The MacTech Conference has two separate tracks: one focused on IT, and one focused on programming/development. Sessions will focus on both desktop and mobile, with appropriate levels of attention paid to the Mac, iPhone...

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Nov 03
MockupScreens comes to Mac OS X

MockupScreens (http://mockupscreens.com) has released MockupScreens 4.26, an update of the software for creating screen mockups of applications and web page sketches. The new version is Mac OS X compatible.

MockupScreens was originally developed to facilitate communication between developers and customers by presenting visual examples of what an application or a web page will look like. However, the earlier versions didn't support operating systems other than Windows, and Mac users could create mockup screens only via virtual machines.

Now a Mac version of MockupScreens is available, and it's not just a clone of a Windows version, but a full-fledged Mac product, says Igor Jese, the author of MockupScreens. A single-user license starts from US$99.95. Every customer is guaranteed one year of free upgrades and free e-mail support. Licenses are interchangeable among Mac and Windows systems. A demo is...

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Nov 03
Label Printer Pro gets curved text, more templates

Pay&Play Software (http://www.payplaysoftware.com) introduced Label Printer Pro 7 (LPP7) version 7.0 for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The new version sports curved text and a greater library of templates.

LLP7 is a solution for designing and printing labels of all types. It can be downloaded as a fully functional demo to try before buying. The cost of Label Printer Pro remains US$29.95 with an upgrade price for current users of only $9.95.

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Nov 03
Prizmo for Mac fully localized in 10 languages

Creaceed has updated Prizmo (http://www.creaceed.com/prizmo/features.html), its application for scanning everything thanks to a digital camera. It's now available in 10 languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.


Scanning with Prizmo is not limited to documents. As Prizmo corrects lens distortion and perspective, they can scan almost everything: common documents (invoices, receipts) as well as less usual documents (boards, giant advertisements); documents of all sizes (regular formats like US Letter, US Legal, and custom); portrait and landscape documents; indoor and outdoor photographs.

Prizmo requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. It costs US$49.95 . A fully functional, time-unlimited trial version is available. The demo version generates watermarked images.

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Nov 03
Simon upgrade for Mac OS X adds new filter features, more

Dejal Systems, LLC has released Dejal Simon 3.0 (http://www.dejal.com/simon/), a site monitoring tool for Mac OS X. The new version sports new filter features, redesigned editor windows, a new activity log, and much more.

Dejal Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and other services for changes or failures, and notifies you via e-mail, sound, speech, Twitter, HTML reports, and other means. You can add tests to Simon to track updated sites, to alert you when an important server goes down or recovers, check on Samba SMB, take periodic screenshots of the system, track posts and new comments on your or friends' blogs, check for web mail, make sure a key application is running, get notifications of updates to favorite news and entertainment web sites, keep an eye on auctions, and other uses.

Services include Web (HTTP) to check web pages (including...

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Nov 03
Akai Pro ships SynthStation25 for iPhone, iPod touch

Akai Professional (http://synthstationapp.com/) has released SynthStation25, a musical keyboard controller designed for the iPhone and iPod touch. This portable, 25-note mini-keyboard features a built-in dock for the Apple devices.

It also gives users two octaves of velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys, pitch and modulation wheels, and physical buttons for the most commonly used controls including: octave up/down, part-select and patch-select. The SynthStation25 also features a RCA stereo-line output and a headphone output for monitoring and recording audio. The SynthStation25 also has a USB MIDI output that can be used to control any MIDI music software on a Mac or PC.

The SynthStation25 is available now from pro audio and musical instrument retailers and has a U.S. retail price of $299. It works with version 1.20 or higher of Akai Professional’s own SynthStation app, available at the...

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Nov 03
PopChar 5.1 for Mac OS X adds Unicode support

Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 5.1 (http://www.ergonis.com), an update of the tool for finding and typing special characters. The upgrade supports the brand-new version 6.0 of the Unicode standard and can now identify more than 23,000 characters by their names.

It features a new command for cleaning up the table of recent characters and allows skipping the announcement of new versions. What's more, PopChar 5.1 improves overall performance and compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and applications like Espresso and FileMaker Pro.

PopChar X costs US$46 for a single-user license; however, version 5.1 is a free update for for anyone who purchased PopChar in the last two years. For info about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, visit the Ergonis web site.

Instead of purchasing PopChar by itself (approximately US$30 for a...

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Nov 02
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 2

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/).

Interactive Data Corporation, a provider of financial market data, analytics and related solutions, has announced Interactive Data Mobile, a companion offering to the Interactive Data suite of desktop and web-based solutions for financial professionals. The application, which uses the latest technology and delivers streaming financial data and powerful tools, is available free for the iPhone.

TeleNav, a global wireless location-based services providers, has released MyTies, a mobile-only, private social networking application for the iPhone. The free app allows users to leverage their personal address book and contacts to create multiple private networks by inviting contacts to join and form groups. Users can form separate groups based on whom...

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Nov 02
Trailrunner for Mac OS X runs to version 3.2

Trailrunner (http://www.trailrunnerx.com/), a Mac OS X solution for folks doing long distance sports, has been updated to version 3.2. The upgrade can import activity recordings from the new Nike+ GPS app for the iPhone.

With TrailRunner you can plan workout routes on a geographical map, export the route directions as small NanoMaps onto an iPod and import workout data from the Nike + iPod sports kit back into the workout diary. Other features are an exercise plan, .Mac weblog publishing, a GPS, GPX and KML import/export, an integrated map and elevation data download from global mapping services like USGS topo maps.

TrailRunner 3.2 is free but the author thankfully accepts a support fee of approximately US$35 for continued development.

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Nov 02
iOS 4.2 goes 'Golden Master'

Apple has released the Golden Master (GM) version of iOS 4.2 to developers. The GM build is usually the last one that will soon be released to end users.

Among the features in iOS 4.2 -- which Apple has said will be released this month -- is AirPlay and AirPrint. The former is a system that streams audio, either wirelessly or over Ethernet, to third-party speaker docks, A/V receivers, speakers and more.

AirPrint is wireless printing for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.

AirPrint is designed to support a range of printers from entry level inkjet printers to office laser printers. Additionally, iOS 4.2 devices will be able to print to printers shared through a Mac or a PC. iOS...

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Nov 02
Apple interested in buying BOKU?

Both Apple and Google are engaged in conversations with mobile payments startup BOKU (http://www.boku.net/) about a potential acquisition "or a wide-reaching partnership at the very least," reports "TechCrunch" (http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/01/apple-google-boku/), quoting "people familiar with the talks, which are ongoing."

BOKU President and CEO Mark Britto and co-founder Ron Hirson have held multiple meetings with executives at the helm of Apple’s iPhone business in the course of the past three weeks, the article adds. Neither one would comment on the rumors.

BOKU is a mobile online payments company. The company is based in San Francisco with offices in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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