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Dec 28
Woz to keynote at ACU’s 2011 Connected Summit

Registration to attend Abilene Christian University’s (ACU) two-day Connected Summit conference Feb. 28 through March 1, 2011, is available at http://macte.ch/RQGWJ . The cost is $585. Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak is slated for a live keynote address.

The 2011 Connected Summit offers a forum for educators, administrators, government policymakers and technologists to explore the opportunities and challenges facing education today, especially in mobile learning and the emerging role of digital books. The theme will be “Turning the Page: The Next Chapter in Education.”

Track sessions include Research; Media & Mobility; The Future of Books; Infrastructure & Logistics; Student & Campus Services; Teaching & Learning; K-12 Education; and Leadership. The conference will include three sessions of Connected Talks -- fashioned after the TED talks -- each with a specific focus: Learning;...

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Dec 28
McAfee Labs: Apple, geolocation, mobile devices to top emerging...

McAfee (http://www.mcafee.com) has unveiled its "2011 Threat Predictions" report, outlining the top threats that researchers at McAfee Labs foresee for the coming year. The list comprises 2010’s most buzzed about platforms and services, including the iPhone, Mac OS X, Google’s Android, foursquare, and Google TV.

Per the report, all are expected to become major targets for cybercriminals. McAfee Labs also predicts that politically motivated attacks will be on the rise, as more groups are expected to repeat the WikiLeaks paradigm.

“We’ve seen significant advancements in device and social network adoption, placing a bulls-eye on the platforms and services users are embracing the most,” says Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “These platforms and services have become very popular in a short amount of time, and we’re already seeing a significant increase in vulnerabilities, attacks and...

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Dec 28
Sears, Kmart team with Sonic to launch movie download service

Sonic Solutions (http://www.sonic.com) says that RoxioNow platform licensee, Sears, has officially launched its online movie download service, Alphaline Entertainment (http://alphaline.roxionow.com).

The new service enables Sears and Kmart customers to download entertainment online, including new movies on the same day they are released on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Sonic is working with Sears on a multi-phase rollout that includes making the service available from a broad range of connected devices and ensuring compatibility with studio-supported digital programs.

The RoxioNow platform serves a broad range of premium content, including new movies and next-day TV programs, to a growing, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of home and mobile electronics, according to Mark Ely, president of Strategy, Sonic Solutions RoxioNow enables...

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Dec 28
New AppleUsers Spotlight mag available for free download

The December 2010/January 2011 "AppleUsers Spotlight" magazine is now available as a free download (http://macte.ch/wtPeT) in PDF format.

The AppleUsers Spotlight offers 101 pages of news and articles for Apple users worldwide. Featured articles include "Desktop art for the holidays," "Touch the exhibit-museum, "Victoria's world first iPad app," "Personal email certificates: why digitally sign email messages," "How to get a certificate for free," "Pages templates: Why you should use them and more.

Regular columns include: "Nicholas' Dashboard," "Take Control of: Your Paperless Office," "iPad Magic, "What's New -- Mac," "What's New -- iPad," "What's New -- iPhone," book reviews, "Mac911" and more.

Readers can subscribe to the Spotlight-Announce mailing list, for free, so they can find out when the next issue of the "AppleUsers Spotlight" is released. There will be subscriber-only specials and...

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Dec 28
Creastoric introduces Log Leech for Mac OS X

Creastoric Software (http://creastoric.com) has introduced Log Leech for Mac OS X. The US$10 app allows you to view your system logs in an easy-to-understand format.

Log Leech allows you to search, sort, and filter log entries. Whenever an application on your system encounters something unexpected, it typically creates a log entry in a hidden file called the Console Log. While every Mac comes with a utility to view this file, it unhelpfully displays every log entry from every application in a big jumbled mess, according to the folks at Creastoric Software.

Using an innovative user interface, Log Leech makes it easy to find and view the information that each application is reporting, they add. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher. Log Leech is Universal Binary, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Dec 28
ZooGue iPad case gets brighter

ZooGue (http://www.zoogue.com/) has announced additional colors for its iPad Case Genius case. The case is adjustable to just about any angle.

Inventor Tim Angel says by providing colors to the multi functional iPad case, it will give the customer a more personal choice of how they want their Apple tablet displayed. The case is now available for purchase in black, grey and pink for US$49.99.

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Dec 28
Redpark serial cables for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch shipping

Redpark serial cables for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and are now shipping. The cables make it possible to connect to serial devices such as point of sale devices, scientific instrumentation, industrial process control equipment, networking equipment, and devices used in home and office automation, says President Mike Ridenhour.

In order to comply with Made for iPod policies each cable will be engineered for a specific purpose, he adds. The first cable that was released is Southern Stars SkyWire. The cable is used in conjunction with the SkySafari app to turn an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a 21st century telescope controller.

Redpark is now available to work with iOS app developers that have a need for serial connectivity for a specific purpose. "We will need to work in conjunction with each app developer to get their app working with a cable and to complete the necessary approval processes," explains Ridenhour. More info about SkyWire is available at...

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Dec 28
LightFrame for Mac OS X gets new tools

Corner-A today has released LightFrame 2.3 (http://corner-a.com/lightframe), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version offers new tools (a text tool, sprite layers, crop & resize) and brings new resources and built-in presets.

LightFrame is a solution for framing digital photos with your Mac. It supports all image formats that are supported by Mac OS X, including RAW images.

LightFrame costs US$30. Version 2.3 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Dec 27
New iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 27

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/).

Cool Bear Studios has announced Cosmic Top 1.0, its first application for iOS devices. Like a virtual toy, the US$1.99 app is an audiovisual physics-based simulation of a spinning, wobbling, and sometimes morphing top. The top can take on unlimited shapes and sounds which appear to glow and hum from within the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The player has full control of the top and can experience it from all angles in 3D simply by moving the device around in real space.

Hollingtech Software has released SpectaRuler 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. By using the shoe size of the user as a frame of reference for all measurements, the $2.99 app can measure the size of objects and determine the distance to those objects. SpectaRuler can measure...

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Dec 27
Apple leads tech sector among companies providing value to...

Tech, media, and telecom companies in emerging markets and those considered "digital innovators" are among the world's tops in providing value to their investors -- and that includes, of course, Apple, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group (http://www.bcg.com/).

The report "Swimming Against the Tide: How Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Companies Can Prosper in the New Economic Reality" found that seven of the top 10 telecom performers, five of the top 10 media performers, and four of the top 10 technology performers are in India, Taiwan, Mexico, China, and other emerging markets. But global companies tuned into the digital revolution, such as Apple and Google, are also tops in rewarding their investors, notes "CNET" (http://macte.ch/k5ZoD).

Covering the period from 2005 through 2009, the report examined the total...

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Dec 27
TimePreserver lets you archive Time Machine backups

Dalamser has released TimePreserver (http://www.dalamser.com/TimePreserver/index.html), an US $35 app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that lets you make archives of your Time Machine backups stored on a Time Capsule. A demo is available for download.

To user you attach an external disk to your Mac, run TimePreserver, and then store the disk away from your Mac and Time Capsule. Re-attach the disk and run TimePreserver to update the archive. You can use multiple external discs in rotation to provide extra protection. A minimum of two is good, always keeping one in a different location.

According to the folks at Dalamser, the advantages of using TimePreserver are:

° Complete archive of the Time Capsule without it being unusable for hours;

° Integrity of the Time Machine backups is protected;

° TimePreserver understands Time Machine...

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Dec 27
Apple to announce latest financial results Jan. 18

Apple will a conference call for the press and analysts to discuss the financial results of its first fiscal quarter on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 2 pm (Pacific).

A link to the conference call webcast will be provided at a later date. Sales of Apple's entire product line (Macs, iPhones, iPod, iPads and Apple TVs, as well as software) are expected to be good to excellent.

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Dec 27
New Apple TV sales top one million

It's official: sales of the Apple TV has topped one million units, reports "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/R4n07). Apple had said this would happen before the end of the Christmas weekend.

With the latest rev of the Apple TV (US$99), you can watch HD movies and TV shows, stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, all on your HD TV. iTunes users are now renting and purchasing over 400,000 TV episodes and over 150,000 movies per day, according to Apple.

Now with AirPlay, recently available in iOS 4.2, users can wirelessly stream their music, video and photos from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to their new Apple TV. Users can also control Apple TV with their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the Remote app, available as a free app on the App Store.

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Dec 27
'MUG Event Calendar': Bay Area MUG holds holiday party

"The MUG Event Calendar" goes all but silent this week, as the holiday season goes into a lull between Christmas and New Year’s. The lone event we are aware of in the Mac User Group world is a holiday party meeting by the Bay Area Macintosh Users Group.

"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 (http://www.apple.com/usergroups/).

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Dec 27
Folx 2.0 beta available for Mac OS X

Eltima Software has released a beta of Folx 2.0 (http://mac.eltima.com/folx_request.html), their download manager for Mac OS X. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

Folx can download not only common files, but also torrent content. The version 2.9 beta includes innovations in torrent client as well as in Internet download manager functionality. One of the novelties added to Folx is iTunes integration. The beta version is free and available for testing.

Those who buy Folx 1.0 since the release of Folx 2.0 beta and the until the official Folx 2.0 release will receive guaranteed free upgrade to new innovated version. Folx Pro is available for US$19.95 and offers such features as: splitting downloads in up to 10 threads, scheduling the download tasks at the most convenient time, automatic smart speed control, built-in torrent search on...

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Dec 27
Invoices 2.8 for Mac OS X improves print support

Tension Software has updated Invoices (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.8. It's a bug fix release that also offers improved support for printing using European A4 and USA Letter paper format with custom invoice layout for each one

Invoices (US$40) allows you to create a new invoices with all data without using the keyboard, only with the mouse and all from a single panel view. You can make two different type of invoices, Plain and Table, where description of sold goods and services can be managed in a different way.

Invoices automatically calculates totals and taxes, in accordance with the set-up the user specified using his own country's rules. Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.4. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and...

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Dec 27
Monterey College of Law expands iPad program

In August, the Monterey College of Law in Santa Cruz, California became the first in the country to integrate iPads into its bar-review curriculum, which helps students prepare for the California State Bar. When classes resume next month, the 20 faculty members who teach courses the bar exam covers at the four-year law school, will receive iPads, reports the "Santa Cruz Sentinel" (http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_16940474).

This year, the devices were included in the cost the students pay for the bar-review curriculum, or BARBRI, Mitchel Winick, the college's dean, told the "Sentinel." Almost all the students participated, but starting next year, the entire program -- including the iPads -- will be included in the cost of tuition, about $15,000 per year.

Winick acknowledged that students can access the same information from...

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Dec 27
Apple tops Amazon Christmas lists

As of Dec. 25, Apple's products topped the most-gifted items in all the categories on Amazon in which it competed except television and video products (where Roku reigned supreme). However, there were some discrepancies, however, between what people wished for and what was purchased for them, reports "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/25/apple-tops-amazons-most-gifted-li...).

Apple TV, for example, was the No. 1 "Most Wished For" product in TV and video and Roku No. 2. Although Macs were the top four most-wished for desktop computers, they took only the top two spots in the Most Gifted and Bestseller lists.

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Dec 24
Happy holidays from all of us

"MacTech," "MacNews" and "AppleCentral" will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the holiday weekend with our families and friends. We wish all our readers and advertisers the very best of the season. May you have a safe, and warm, weekend.

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Dec 23
New iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 23

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/).

Mobatia Technology has announced DewDrops 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Just in time for the Christmas season, the US$0.99 enables users to create self-made greeting cards then email them to recipients or post on Facebook. With DewDrops, users can use stock graphics and text. Via tapping, dragging and dropping, a user can add elements then scale, rotate, move them around and more.

PJS-Coding has released Further Beyond Fighting 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The $1.99 game pits players against 3D characters. The app offers four different venues, 3D graphics, three difficulty levels, four modes, iPhone rumble and eigth-hit combos. Players have the autosave feature for ongoing games and can see their scores posted online....

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Dec 23
Apple spends relatively little on lobbying efforts

Apple, easily the most influential company in consumer technology today, spent relatively little on lobbying efforts in Washington -- only US$340,000 -- this year, reports "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/6UA2K).

A list of lobbying funds from other companies include Verizon ($3.83 million); AT&T ($3.47 million); HP ($1.63 million); Microsoft ($1.63 million); Oracle ($1.6 million); Google ($1.2 million); IBM ($1 million): Yahoo ($540,000); Facebook ($120,000).

"As you can see, the CRP shows that, among computer and Internet companies, Microsoft was the leading lobbying spender for the first nine months of the year," notes "All Things D." "The wireless industry’s trade association, the CTIA, led the pack in the telephone equipment and services category, spending more than $6 million.

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Dec 23
Jobs named 'Person of the Year' (and gets praise from...

The "Financial Times" (http://macte.ch/eSQnC) has named Apple CEO Steve Jobs as "Person of the Year." And he also got a shout-out from the President of the United States.

Jobs is described by the "Financial Times" as "a stern taskmaster who understands the art of the possible, rather than a long-range visionary. That means pushing relentlessly forward rather than milking old successes – even ones as significant as the iPod.”

Jobs’ perfectionism during Apple product launch events, his mastery of the “Reality distortion field” -- "is ability to convince onlookers that technologies that would seem unformed in other hands have reached a peak of perfection at Apple" -- and the way he has successfully bounced back from last year’s liver transplant are other qualities praised by the "Financial Times."

And if the "Financial Times" naming him as "Person of the Year wasn't enough for Jobs, President Obama...

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Dec 23
Cherokee, Apple partner to put language on iPhones

The Cherokee Tribe has worked with Apple to develop Cherokee language software for the iPhone, iPod and -- soon -- the iPad, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/9VGQr). Computers used by students at the tribe's language immersion school already allow them to type using Cherokee characters.

The goal, Cherokee Chief Chad Smith told the AP, is to spread the use of the language among tech-savvy children in the digital age. Tribal officials first contacted Apple about getting Cherokee on the iPhone three years ago. It seemed like a long shot, as the devices support only 50 of the thousands of languages worldwide, and none were American Indian tongues, "but Apple's reputation for innovation gave the tribe hope," says the AP.

After many discussions and a visit from Smith, Apple surprised the tribe by coming through this fall. "There are countries vying to get on these devices for languages, so we...

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Dec 23
Apple files trademark for Express Lane

Apple has filed a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for "VoicePass" in the "Construction and Repair Services" category, reports "Patently Apple" (http://macte.ch/BRMKN). The serial number of the patent is 85200810.

Express Lane (http://macte.ch/MpCyO) is a support site from Apple that helps customers nail down issues by selecting a product category, a particular product from that category, and the problematic part comprising that product. Customers can then enter the product’s serial number, even describe the issue, while Apple will do its best to provide recommended support documents.

If this doesn't work, there's a “Contact Options” page is presented to the user. Several customer service options are available, depending on the nature of the problem.

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Dec 23
Apple shares hit all-time high

Apple stock finished Wednesday up 0.29% at US$325.16 with an average volume of 17.71 million shares. In the pre-market hours Thursday, Apple shares were trading down 0.05 percent to $325.00 on the NASDAQ stock market.

Apple's market cap hit $298.27 billion on Wednesday, leaving it ahead of rival Microsoft, which has a market cap of $241.16 billion. This makes it the the largest technology company in the world and second largest company in market capitalization, reports the "International Business Times" (http://macte.ch/zUAzc).

In September, Apple overtook PetroChina to become the world's second largest company by market value. However, it still has a long way to go to pass Exxon Mobil Corp. in the market capitalization, where the oil giant retains the top spot with a whooping $367.10 billion, notes the "Times."

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