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Dec 13
Ping gets playlist support

Apple’s Ping has added the ability to build and share playlists. Now users can import playlists from iTunes, build playlists in the iTunes social networking service, and let Ping friends add to their playlists.

Ping lets you follow your favorite artists, see what they’re up to, check out photos and videos they’ve posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes and the concerts you plan to attend.

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Dec 13
Ricoh introduces new Aficio series

Ricoh (http://www.ricoh-usa.com) has introduced the Ricoh Aficio MP C3001/C3501 and MP C4501/C5501 Series.

Building on the achievements of the Series' predecessors -- the Aficio MP C2800, MP C3300, MP C4000 and MP C5000 -- these new, versatile color multifunction products (MFPs) offer enhanced productivity, advanced security and eco-friendly operation for businesses of any size, all with a low total cost of ownership (TCO), according to Shun Sato, senior vice president, marketing, Ricoh Americas Corp.

The Aficio MP C3001/C3501 & MP C4501/C5501 series boasts output speeds of up to 30 pages per minute (ppm), 35 ppm, 45 ppm and 55 ppm for both full color and black and white, respectively. A mix of hardware and software solutions expands system capabilities. The hardware enhancements include printing from and scanning to a USB clip drive or SD card without network connectivity.

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Dec 13
Apple interested in Nortel's patents?

Last year Nortel sold its optical networking and carrier ethernet business to Ciena for US$769 million and its wireless business to Ericsson for $1.3 billion. Soon it will sell off its patents as well, "among them some thought to be essential 4G wireless technologies like Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Service Architecture Evolution (SAE)," reports "All Things Digital" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20101213/everybody-wants-nortels-4g-p...).

That IP is drawing a lot of interest from companies such as Apple, Research in Motion and Nokia, "none of which want to see it in the hands of a rival, particularly as 4G’s commercial availability broadens," the article adds. "All Things D," quoted unnamed sources, say all four companies are participating...

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Dec 13
Android market now second largest app store

Smaato (http://www.smaato.com), a mobile ad optimizer and mobile advertising company, has announced a compilation of mobile advertising trends for 2011. Smaato gathered market data for the three strongest regions in mobile marketing: the USA, Europe and Asia.

The trends show that, in 2010, the iTunes Store tippled its offering of mobile applications and the Android market was established as the second largest app store. Android bypassed Apple with a market share of 25% (Apple has 17%) and is now the second largest OS behind Symbian (37%) according to Morgan Stanley.

The growth of mobile as an established media channel will continue the next couple of years, according to Harald Neidhardt, CMO and co-founder, Smaato. Asia is still the leader in mobile advertising and will proceed being the strongest market in terms of ad spending. In 2010 Japanese companies already invested more than $1 billion in this...

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Dec 13
Apple tech soars on '2010 Trends on Twitter'

Twitter's "2010 Trends on Twitter" list (http://yearinreview.twitter.com/trends/) lists the iPad among the top 10 overall trends (the Gulf Oil spill was number one).


In the technology section, Apple ruled. The iPad was number one, Apple's iOS was number three, the iPone was number four and the MacBook air number nine.

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Dec 13
Apple using iTun.es domain as link shortener

Apple -- which has owned the iTun.es domain since December 2006 and is now rolling out Twitter integration for its Ping social networking service on iTunes -- is now using the domain as a link shortener, reports "MacRumors (http://www.macrumors.com).

Users sharing links to tghe iTunes Store content to Twitter will now see iTun.es being used to generate the links for their Tweets. Third-party Twitter applications may, however, continue to display Twitter's default "t.co" shortened version, notes "MacRumors."

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Dec 13
PhotoStyler for Mac OS X gets new rendering engine

Corner-A has released PhotoStyler 5.0 for Mac OS X (http://corner-a.com/photostyler). This new version features a new rendering engine with better stability and performance, improved user interface, batch processing features, as well as new filters, textures and presets.

PhotoStyler offers a way to style digital photos with your Mac. It supports all image formats that are supported by Mac OS X, including RAW images, and uses your GPU to process the photos wherever possible.

PhotoStyler 5 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs. It costs US$30.

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Dec 13
'MUG Event Calendar': guest speakers, parties

This week's "The MUG Event Calendar" is filled with guest speakers and holiday parties.

Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra will visit a Pennsylvania group, while Michael Mills of Apple Federal will present to a North Carolina group. The MacNotables are out in full force this week, with Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus set to deliver a “State of the Mac” address to a Texas group, "Macworld" Senior Editor Christopher Breen scheduled at a California group, and Adam Engst of TidBITS and Take Control and Chuck Joiner of The MacVoices Group teaming up for a virtual visit to a Connecticut group.

Take Control author and Mac expert Joe Kissell will round out the roster with a visit to an Oregon group. Holiday parties are the dominant topic at MUG events this week, but there will also be presentations of the iPad, Microsoft Office, FileMaker Go and iLife ‘11.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (...

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Dec 13
Seagate delivers 1TB, 2.5-Inch enterprise HDD

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has introduced the Constellation.2, which it says is the industry’s first 2.5-inch enterprise-class hard drive to reach a record 1TB capacity. The Constellation.2 drive is designed for server storage applications and offers 6Gb/s performance.

The Constellation.2 drive is designed for system builders and original equipment manufacturers. Seagate says the drive is fit for use in a range of applications in Directed Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Area Network (SAN) environments, from small-to-midsized businesses to the largest enterprise data centers storing and hosting data to the cloud.

The Constellation.2 drive is offered in capacity choices of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB, and with 6Gb/s SATA or 6Gb/s SAS interface options. Its second-generation design provides improved data integrity with the new T10 Protection Information standard and an...

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Dec 13
Beta of Tembo find utility for Mac OS X available

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com) has released a beta version of Tembo, a "friendly" find utility designed to make searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks easier.

The final version is headed for the Mac App Store, which is due to launch next month. The folks at Houdah say Tembo is an efficient search tool based upon the Spotlight engine. Specifically, it's been inspired by the original Spotlight interface as we knew it under Mac OS X Tiger. Search results are grouped by categories. Preferences allow for categories to be enabled, disabled and reordered.

Tembo may list up to 2,500 search results within each group. Here you will find filter appropriate for the context to help you sort through the list of results. Messages, for example, may be filtered by subject, sender and recipient.

Tembo can also wors as an extension to Mail or iChat to locate messages. And as an...

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Dec 13
BatchOutput Server updated to version 4.6.3

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.6.3. The new version allows users to reset location of output folder with a click of a button helping save time and avoid redundant steps.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.6.3 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.

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Dec 13
DiskLibrary update for Mac OS X adds DVD, CD types

Obvious Matter (http://www.obviousmatter.com) has updated DiskLibrary, a media cataloging application for Mac OS X, to version 1.9.7. The upgrade lets you export as a tab-separated values file.

Version 1.9.7 also adds movie DVD and audio CD types; you can now search for media types. There's a new application icon and various bug fixes.

DiskLibrary is designed for those who have a lot of media to keep track of. It catalogs not just your complete file structure, but also creates thumbnails, and stores metadata, for most popular media formats. DiskLibrary is capable of importing export formats from CDFinder, FileFinder, WhereIsIt, DiskCatalogMaker X and DiskTracker.

DiskLibrary is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.10or higher. It costs US$39, but version 1.9.7 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available for...

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Dec 13
HoudahGeo 2.7 adds high quality maps, satellite imagery

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 2.7. The new version adds high quality maps and satellite imagery. Maps are used within HoudahGeo to check the results from automatic geocoding as well as for manually placing photographs.

HoudahGeo costs US$30 for a single-user license for new users. Version 2.7 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher.

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Dec 10
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 10

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/).

Wulven Game Studios has released Santa Slaughter 1.0, available for free on the iPhone, iPad and Facebook. In the game, Santa's village is under attack, and it's up to him to stop the evil monsters in this 3D first person shooter.

Beansprites has introduced Dark Woods 1.0, a fantasy game for the iPad. In the US$3.99 game, you explore five worlds with various themed layouts, and battle creatures from magical mushrooms to creepy trees and bats.

Pumpkin Approved has debuted Goo Goo Zoo 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's a $1.99 children's game that features baby animals reacting to touches. Each animal has an identifiable baby action that it performs when touched. Animal names are displayed on screen to help children learn to...

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Dec 10
Justin Bieber, Dr. Dre team up for Justbeats headphones

Pop singer Justin Bieber has launched a new line of headphones, Justbeats by Dr. Dre, that are available exclusively at Best Buy stores in the U.S. and on BestBuy.com. The headphones express Bieber's signature style by offering both on-ear and in-ear versions in his favorite color: purple.  

The Justbeats by Dr. Dre Solo Headphone (US$199.95) and iBeats by Dr. Dre Justbeats Edition ($119.95) include features such as ControlTalk so that users can answer a phone call while listening to music.

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Dec 10
Apple looking to hire engineer for Verizon iPhone?

A new Apple job posting (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=68181...) for a cellular systems perf engineer shows Apple may be looking for an engineer for the upcoming iPhones, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-wants-to-hire-an-engineer-to-make-the-ver...).

The job posting says the position will require skills in the cellular technology areas of GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, CDMA, etc. Apple says the person will be part of a team "responsible for triaging protocol issues reported from...

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Dec 10
Apple retail 'store 001' attains cult status

Apple's first retail store in Glendale, California, has attained cult status as "store 001" in Apple's ongoing retail initiative, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0923781020101210).

Doors actually opened on May 19, 2001, the same day as another Apple store in Virginia's Tysons Corner, a shopping mecca outside Washington D.C.. But the one in a brown-brick mall in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale is listed as store 001.

"Reuters" says the store is "unassuming and, yes, a bit uncool, but it's not forgotten, not by Christmas shoppers who flock these days to the Glendale Galleria mall and especially not by Appleheads at the core of the cult brand." What's more, Apple retail employees like to work there, and many transfer in from other stores, the article adds.

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Dec 10
Foxconn workers now top one million

Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, said its Chinese workforce now exceeds one million employees as the company continues to hire during the holiday season, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-10/foxconn-says-its-china-workforc...?).

Louis Woo, special assistant to the chief executive officer, says customer demand is spurring hiring. Foxconn makes, among other things, iPads and HP. computers.

Foxconn, the largest private employer in China, plans to expand its workforce to as many as 1.3 million by the end of next year, Woo said in an August interview, reports "Bloomberg." The Taipei-based company employed about 920,000 workers at that time.

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Dec 10
Ace Metrix Ad-of-the-Week: 'iPad is Amazing' from...

Ace Metrix, which studies television advertising effectiveness, has announced the Ad-of-the-Week for the week ending Dec. 7, 2010. The “iPad is Amazing” ad from Apple registered the top overall weekly Ace Score with a score of 630, out of a possible 950.

The new spot dons the same successful theme as prior high scoring iPad spots and showcases even more ways to leverage the device, like hooking up your iPad to the television. The spot is a hit with the 16-20 year old crowd, scoring over 70 points above norm for that demographic.

The Ad-of-the-Week designates the highest scoring new ad of the week by Ace Score, a patent-pending measure of advertising creative effectiveness. Apple continues to deliver creative that both creates and leverages desire for their products; "desire" scores were above norm for all demo groups,” says Peter Daboll, chief executive of Ace Metrix.

Over a quarter of verbatim responses “want” the iPad and more than half of those folks “...

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Dec 10
More rumors on the 'iPad 2'

It's about time for more iPad 2 rumors. Component suppliers for Apple Inc's iPad are gearing up for a new round of production in the first quarter, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B90PW20101210), quoting unnamed sources, one of which said the product will be a revamp of the popular tablet computer including front- and back-mounted cameras.

Touchscreen chip designer Wintek Corp, battery maker Simplo Technology Co Ltd and AVY Precision, an unlisted maker of covers for electronic products, are among suppliers for the next batch of iPads, the article says. Two could only confirm they were ramping up for a new round of production in the first quarter for components previously supplied for the original iPad, while two said the ramp-up was for a new iPad, notes "Reuters."

One of those said the revamped model would feature...

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Dec 10
Jumsoft adds some smartness to its Mail Stationery

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has advanced its array of design templates with the release of Mail Stationery Smart. The latest stationery pack for Apple's Mail contains 100 templates, as well as a bonus pack of 10 holiday greetings.

Two-thirds of the Mail Stationery Smart set match the design of other Jumsoft's products for Pages and Keynote, allowing users to assemble a full line of coordinated templates and themes, says Algirdas Unguvaitis, general manager of Jumsoft.

The Mail Stationery series is designed specifically for Apple's e-mail program, Mail. While Jumsoft's add-ons for Mail have traditionally tended toward providing users with the ability to enhance personal messages, Mail Stationery Smart contains a wide array of business-oriented templates that are suitable for proposals and newsletters, says Unguvaitis.

When combined with corresponding products for Pages and Keynote, these...

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Dec 10
11-year-old invents iPad stand

The inventing bug hit 11-year-old Dino Zaharakis while playing lacrosse in Saucon Valley. He painted some stripes on his helmet so he would stand out among his teammates and his mom could find him.

A month later he wanted his lacrosse stick to be unique too. He dyed the head of his stick, a concept his friends loved. To capitalize on that idea, Dino came up with a business plan, which included order forms, a web site and a $5-per color price.

Zaharakis's entrepreneurial spirit blossomed again when his parents reviewed summer camps on the family's iPad. His father had rigged an impromptu iPad stand, but Dino found several design flaws and suggested he could do better. His dad challenged him, and told him if he could design an iPad dock and web site he could get a phone.

Zaharakis's mind went into high gear. He set to work manipulating pieces of aluminum stock from McMaster-Carr, using a Home Depot miter saw and a vise. He made several prototypes. The favorites...

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Dec 09
Apple has four products in TIME's 'Best of 2010'...

Apple has placed three products -- the iPad, the iPhone 4, the 11-inch MacBook Air and the Apple TV -- in TIME's "Best of 2010" list, which includes 50 top ten lists in news and politics, arts and entertainment, science and society, business tech, pop culture and more.

The iPad ranks first in the Top 10 Gadgets list (http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2035319_20338...). On the same list the 11-inch MacBook Air is third, the iPhone 4 is sixth and the Apple TV is seventh. Also on the list are the Samsung Google S (number two), Google TV via Logitech Revue (four), Nexus One (five), Toshiba Libretto Dual-Screen Laptop (eight), Microsoft Kinect (nine) and the Nook Color (10).

TIME also listed its top 10 iPhone apps. They are Netflix, Groupon, iMovie, Springpad,...

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Dec 09
Survey: Europeans want an iPad, but balk at the cost

In its annual Christmas shopping survey, Twenga (http://www.twenga.com), a next-generation shopping search engine, asked European Internet users what was their most wanted gift this year. Riding high on all wish lists this year is the iPad, Apple’s best-selling tablet.

Its popularity is apparent all across Europe, especially in Spain and France, where 64% and 60% respectively said that they would like an iPad. And Italian users were even more hopeful, with 69% of them crossing their fingers for one this Christmas. However, in Germany and the Netherlands, only 41% and 40% respectively had Apple’s tablet on their Christmas wish lists.

With regards to the price, Europeans seem to think that the iPad, despite its appeal, is simply too expensive. Spanish and Italian users feel most strongly about it, with 48% and 47% respectively considering the price too high for their budgets.

Twenga asked over 3,...

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Dec 09
iPad to have more than 2% of North American Web traffic in a...

By the end of 2011, the iPad will generate more than two percent of all North American Web traffic, according to Chitika (http://chitika.com/), an on-line advertising network that's been tracking iPad adoption rates on its ad network (three billion ads served monthly across more than 100,000 sites).

As of this month, the iPad accounts for 0.83% of all traffic on Chitika’s network, research director Daniel Ruby tells "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20101209/ipad-will-generate-2-percent...). At current growth rates, which have been steady since the device’s launch, it should hit 2.3% by the end of next year,...

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