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Nov 18
Dot Hill introduces new interface option for AssuredSAN

Dot Hill Systems Corp. (http://www.dothill.com) has introduced its AssuredSAN 3320 and 3330 four-port 1Gb iSCSI storage arrays, which will be sold into original equipment manufacturer and channel markets.

The new storage arrays feature Dot Hill's newest generation of controllers delivering four ports of iSCSI over Gigabit Ethernet in each controller, for a total of eight ports. With more iSCSI ports, these arrays can improve data access for virtual server environments, as well as support high capacity applications such as near-line backup, database, online transaction processing, and IP-based surveillance, at an affordable price point, says Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill Systems.

Available in a dual or single RAID controller configuration, the 3320 and 3330 support data rates of 1GB/second iSCSI. Another key feature of the AssuredSAN series is data-in-place migration, allowing...

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Nov 18
Akvis ArtSuite update adds new themed frame pack

Akvis has announced the update of Akvis ArtSuite to version 6.6. ArtSuite is a collection of versatile effects for decorating photos. The update offers a new themed frame pack and fixes some bugs.

Akvis ArtSuite can be run as a standalone app or as a plug-in to a photo editor. It runs on Mac OS X 4.0 and and higher and Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win 7. A 10-day demo is available at ttp://Akvis.com/en/artsuite/download-artistic-effects.php .

Akvis ArtSuite Plug-in sells for US$49; Akvis ArtSuite Standalone for $69. Home users can use the full line of Akvis plug-ins in the Akvis Alchemy bundle (Retoucher, Chameleon, MultiBrush, Enhancer, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Sketch, Decorator, LightShop, ArtSuite, SmartMask, Magnifier, and ArtWork) for $325.

Akvis ArtSuite is also part of the Akvis Artistic Bundle (Sketch, ArtWork, and ArtSuite), which sells for $149 for the plug-in version or $169 for the standalone version. This is a savings of $44 when compared to the...

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Nov 18
Speed Download for Mac OS X updated to version 5.2.21

Yazsoft (http://www.yazsoft.com) has released Speed Download 5.2.21, the latest version of its Mac OS X download manager that combines four products: a download manager with auto-resuming downloads, a secure FTP client, a file sharing utility with full encryption, and .Mac/iDisk/WEBDAV connectivity.

The new version offers optimized performance, better compatibility and more. Speed Download requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. It costs US$25 for a single-user license. Speed Download is available in US English, French and Polish localizations.

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Nov 18
iAds coming to Europe in December

Apple will expand its iAd mobile advertising network to the UK and France this December, with Germany to follow in January. iAd will launch in Europe with iAds from L’Oréal, Renault, Louis Vuitton, Nespresso, Perrier, Unilever, Citi, Evian, LG Display, AB InBev, Turkish Airlines and Absolute Radio.

Apple says since its US launch in July, iAd has signed on over half of the top 25 leading US national advertisers in just four months, with a projected 21% share of US mobile display advertising revenue for 2010 according to research firm IDC.

“We’re thrilled to add leading global brands to the iAd Network in Europe and create even more great opportunities for developers,” says Andy Miller, Apple’s vice president of iAd. “In just four months, we’ve doubled the number of advertisers on the network and thousands of developers now have a valuable new source of revenue.”

iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according...

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Nov 18
Retrevo report: holiday season looking good for Apple

By Andrew Eisner

Unemployment is high and consumers are sacrificing this year but it appears that consumers still want their gadgets and they're willing to stand in line to get them providing the price is right.

The latest Retrevo Gadgetology study asked consumers what was on their holiday wish lists and how much they were planning to spend on gadgets and gadget accessories. We discovered that certain groups of consumers are more likely to buy electronics and shop in stores this holiday season and Black Friday.

When we asked consumers if they were going to be spending more, less or about the same as last year, most categories appear to be just as popular this year as last especially clothing, movies, and games. On the other hand, travel and electronics could see some changes this holiday season. Electronics shows the biggest increase and travel the biggest decline with 16% of respondents saying they will spend more on electronics and 28%...

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Nov 18
Apple extends iPad warranty in China

Apple has agreed to offer a two-year warranty for its Pads sold on the mainland of China, making the country the first market worldwide to have such extended after-sales service as a standard option, according to the "South China Morning Post."

The move comes after Chinese Customs in August categorized the iPad as a laptop computer instead of a "portal multi-functional device" as Apple calls the tablet, the article notes. Elsewhere, Apple only offers a one-year standard warranty, though extended warranties are available at extra cost. The company had argued that the tablet should be treated as a portable multi-function device.

The iPad went on sale in September on the mainland and the question has been raised about whether Apple had violated a regulation enacted in 2002 which requires laptop manufacturers to provide at least a two-year warranty for key components of their products, says the "South China Morning Post."

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Nov 18
PDFPen updated for Mac OS X

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.0.3. The update adds a new welcome window and offers a number of fixes and improvements.

The changes in PDFpen 5.0.2 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.0.2, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.

PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 5.0 are $40.

PDFpen 5.0.3 and PDFpen Pro 5.0.3 require Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Demo...

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Nov 18
Magic Dice game for Mac OS X rolls to version 1.6

Magic Dice 1.6 (http://www.yenco.com/magicdice/) is now available from Yenco. This update is the final version of this software and is now available for free.

 The new version is built on Framework 2.0.7 LE (which adds mouse/trackpad scroll support). Magic Dice 1.6.0 -- which will no longer be available after Dec. 31 -- also removes all shareware registration, software update, and feedback interfaces.

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Nov 18
'YML' looks at the Magic Trackpad, the Beatles...

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the Magic Trackpad, the Beatles' catalog coming to iTunes and more.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Nov 17
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 17

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/).

Earlier this year Google launched a Google Voice HTML5 web app for iPhone users. Now they've launched the official Google Voice for iPhone app (alas, in the US only). With this free app, you’ll have access to all the major Google Voice features on your iPhone.

Wine.com, an online wine retailer, has announced its free app for the iPad. The app features a "Label Flow" interface where users swipe through thousands of wine labels in a comprehensive dashboard view. Clicking on a label brings up a magazine-like page that includes critical acclaim and pedigree specifics, winery background, region, varietal and even an interactive geo-location "tour."

Happylatte has released Pee Monkey Plant Bloom, a sequel to Pee Monkey Toilet Trainer. Pee Monkey...

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Nov 17
AT&T CEO: we won't be hurt too much if a Verizon iPhone...

AT&T Wireless CEO Ralph de la Vega doesn't think his company will suffer too much if and when a Verizon version of the iPhone is released, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/att-wireless-ceo-heres-why-we-wont-get-ou...).

Though he didn't say that AT&T's exclusivity with the iPhone in the US is ending anytime soon, this morning at the JPMorgan tech conference, he said AT&T wasn't too worried because:

° 70% of AT&T's customers are on family plans, which is a pain in the butt to move everyone over to a new carrier;

° 40% of customers are on corporate discount plans, which are also a pain to let go of.

So just as AT&T has never been able to...

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Nov 17
Latest legal shot fired in Apple-Nokia battle

Another day, another lawsuit. Nokia has announced the filing of yet another lawsuit against Apple, in Federal District Court in Wisconsin, regarding five of Nokia’s patents. Nokia says those patents are infringed by the iPhone and iPad 3G and involve technology that improves speech and data transmission with new antenna configurations and positioning of data in applications.

“Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices” Nokia’s Patent Licensing General Manager Paul Melin said in a statement. "We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia’s innovation.”

But this is merely the latest shot in the legal battle between Apple and Nokia. Here's the background (take notes; there'll be a test later): in February it was announced that Apple's patent-infringement complaint seeking to block Nokia Oyj’s phone imports into the U.S. will be investigated by a U.S...

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Nov 17
Apple, HTC, RIM sued for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, HTC and Research in Motion are being sued by St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants (http://stclairipc.com/) for allegedly violating six US patents, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-17/apple-htc-corp-research-in-moti...).

St. Clair says the defendants are using the protected inventions in their smartphones and tablets without permission. The suit was filed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.

The defendants “have acted objectively and subjectively reckless in implementing technology” that they “should have reasonably known would infringe” the patents, St. Clair lawyers...

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Nov 17
'MacVoices' looks at the newest Mophie Juice Pack

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Jonathan Bradley of Mophie shows off the newest version of the Mophie Juice Pack, an integrated iPhone case and battery solution to keep you iPhone going longer.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Nov 17
AT&T announces first MiFi 'intelligent' mobile...

AT&T (http://www.att.com) has announced the upcoming availability of the AT&T Mobile Hotspot, MiFi 2372 from Novatel Wireless. The company says it's the first carrier in the Americas to launch the MiFi 2372 Mobile Hotspot from Novatel Wireless preloaded with MiFi OS, widgets and applications support.

The AT&T Mobile Hotspot offers simultaneous Wi-Fi connectivity for up to five devices, including PCs, cameras, digital media players, tablets and gaming devices, and runs on AT&T's HSPA 7.2 network. Beginning Nov. 21, the AT&T Mobile Hotspot will be available at AT&T company-owned stores nationwide or online for US$49.99 after $100 mail-in rebate (pay $149.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card.).

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Nov 17
Jobs tops Gates in tech power poll

Apple CEO Steve Jobs topped Bill Gates of Microsoft in the latest tech power poll by the "SiliconValley/San Jose Business Journal" (http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2010/11/17/jobs-tops-gates-in-te...) online survey.

Jobs took 42% of the votes cast in the unscientific Business Pulse survey that was done between Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. Gates was favored in 29% of the responses.
Google Inc.'s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin garnered 14%. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg nabbed 8%.

Jobs is also in the running for the 2010 Marketwatch CEO of the Year (http://www.marketwatch.com/ceooftheyear). He's up against Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Netflix's...

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Nov 17
Speck releases CandyShell Grip for fourth gen iPod touch

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has released the CandyShell Grip for the fourth gen iPod touch. The US$34.95 case is designed for gamers.

“Anyone can make a big bulky gaming case, but we set out to create a case ideal for people that love gaming that would also look and work just as well as their everyday case,” says Bryan Hynecek, Lead Designer at Speck. “The new iPod touch is amazingly thin, so we knew we had to offer the extra grip and comfort gamers would appreciate without compromising protection or style, and without having to take it off when not gaming.”

Ridged rubbery finger pads on the back of the case offer gamers an extra-grippy surface to hold onto their iPod touch during frantic games of Ninjatown: Trees of Doom, while the four bumpers around the front bezel edges help lock in thumb placement over the iPod’s touchscreen so players won’t lose track of where their games’...

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Nov 17
Apple replaces Microsoft as Pros' favorite tech stock

After passing Microsoft in market-cap earlier this year, Apple has replaced the software giant as the Pros' favorite tech stock at the end of the third quarter, according to "Indie Research" (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Apple-Overtakes-Microsoft-as-indie-2908767...). Pro portfolio performance is based on institutions' top-15 holdings as disclosed in quarter-end filings with the SEC.

At the end of Q3, energy giant ExxonMobil and healthcare blue chip Johnson & Johnson were ranked first and second in Pro popularity again, but there was a changing of the guard in the tech space as Apple passed Microsoft for the number-three spot on the list, the article adds. At the end of Q3, 695 13F-filing asset managers counted Apple among their top-15 U.S.-listed equity...

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Nov 17
Hulu Plus officially unveiled, price lowered

Hulu Plus, the premium subscription service from Hulu, has officially launched. And it's priced at US$7.99 per month; originally, the price was tagged at $9.99 for a monthly subscription.

Hulu Plus (http://www.hulu.com/plus) will offer current and past seasons from many ABC, Fox and NBC shows -- and in HD at that. There's still a free "base" service.

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Nov 17
Lift Audio announces Icon Series of headphones

Lift Audio (http://www.liftaudio.com) has announced the Icon Series 6mm Premium Headphone, which has a list price of US$79.99. One of the smallest headphones in the world, the 6mm driver is smaller than a dime.

An elongated cone-shape creates a deep yet comfortable tight seal within the ear to block ambient noise, according to the folks at Lift Audio. Three sizes (S,M,L) of soft silicone fittings create a personalized feel.

The Icon Series 6mm headphone sports a magnesium-enriched dynamic driver and noise-isolating technology. Passive noise isolation reduces ambient noise without introducing artificial sounds into your music.

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Nov 17
Arrow Bit solution helps Mac users work with Outlook files

Arrow Bit SL (http://www.arrowbit.com/) has released PstExporter and PstServer, two applications that provide alternative solutions for letting Mac users work with Outlook files. Users switching from Windows to the Mac will now be able to either migrate their messages, or access them directly with virtually any e-mail program.

Both applications run entirely on Mac OS X, which means that Windows and Outlook aren't required for the transition to occur, according to the folks at Arrow Bit. PstExporter (US$27.90) converts pst files from Microsoft Outlook to the common mbox format. Files created with PstExporter can be easily imported with programs like Apple Mail or Entourage. For a quick and unattended conversion, PstExporter can work in batch mode.

For users that continue to use Microsoft Outlook, but still need visibility of their emails on a Mac, PstServer ($39.90) provides ae solution. They will...

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Nov 17
Solver line now available for Mac OS X, Excel 2011

Frontline Systems, developer of the Solver in Microsoft Excel, is shipping new Mac OS X and Excel 2011 compatible versions of Premium Solver Platform and five plug-in, large-scale Solver Engine.

They're "designed to bring unmatched ease, speed, and power to solving challenging mathematical optimization problems with up to millions of decision variables," says Daniel Fylstra, president of Frontline Systems. The new products are released as Version 10.5, in line with their counterparts on Windows.

Premium Solver Platform 10.0 for Mac is upward compatible from the new Solver for Excel 2011, and all previous versions of Solver for Mac and Windows. Its LP/Quadratic Solver handles linear programming problems up to 40 times larger than the standard Solver, and problems of virtually unlimited size -- millions of decision variables -- with plug-in large-scale Solver Engines, says Fylstra. While speed is highly problem-dependent, it usually solves linear mixed-integer problems...

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Nov 17
Doozla for Mac adds 'My Doozle's area

iPlasq (http://www.plasq.com) has released Doozla 1.2 for the Mac, an update of their full screen drawing application for kids.

Doozla features free-hand drawing and painting tools, color-in templates, background images, auto-archive library management with webcam and tablet support. Version 1.2 offers a new "My Doozles" area that can automatically save and store all the Doozles that are created, as well as added the capability to export Doozles so they can easily be used in other applications.

Doozla includes a stack of artwork designed for coloring in and coloring over. The software uses curves to draw, not pixels. This means each twist and turn of your mouse makes beautiful smooth lines on your screen and printed page, according to the folks at Plasq.

Doozla is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or higher. It costs US$24.95; a demo is...

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Nov 17
Barcode Producer update supports Acrobat X

Apparent Corp. has updated Barcode Producer (http://www.itsapparent.com/barcodeproducer/), its barcode creation software suite for Mac OS X, to version 6.2. The upgrade adds support for Adobe's new Acrobat X release.

Other minor improvements in this release include a smaller program size for faster downloading, and a new copy to clipboard option for bitmap barcode images.

Barcode Producer is a tool for creating barcodes visually, with one-click export for Adobe Creative Suite products, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat Distiller.

Version 6.2 costs US$199. Barcode Producer is a Universal Binary app so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Nov 17
New Take Control ebook offers painless paper cuts

Joe Kissell's new "Take Control of Your Paperless Office" offers a guide for replacing printed documents with digital versions that can save space, reduce clutter, and increase efficiency. The 118-page ebook costs US$10, and it is available now at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/paperless-office

The book, which is available only in electronic form to avoid excessive irony, helps readers develop their personal clean-up strategies and pick the proper tools to use with their Macs, such as scanners and OCR (optical character recognition) software, devices and services for storing digitized documents, and applications that help categorize, locate, and display digital document collections.

Kissell describes how to convert paper documents into digitized files and offers ideas for how to organize an office workflow, with suggestions for developing day-to-...

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