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Nov 05
Info needed on birding/bird watching software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at Mac software for birding and bird watching. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Nov 05
Light Peak equipped Macs possible for 2011

The rumor mill says that the first computers using LightPeak will arrive in the first half of 2011. And Apple might be one of the first manufacturers to include it in its Mac models, says "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20021658-64.html).

Developed by Intel, the Light Peak technology paves the way for a new generation of extreme computer input and output (I/O) performance, delivering 10Gb/s of bandwidth, with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/second over the next decade, according to David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Architecture Group. At 10Gb/second, a user could purportedly transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. Intel says it intends to work with the industry to determine the best way to make this new technology a standard.

The optical technology allows for smaller...

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Nov 05
Ancestry.com unveils new Family Tree Maker for the Mac

Ancestry.com has launched Family Tree Maker for Mac, the new Mac version of the family history software. It provides a way to save and organize your family tree on your Mac computer and has a variety of tools that can help you share your discoveries with family and friends.

Family Tree Maker for Mac combines intuitive tools with robust features and flexible options, making it ideal for family history novices and experts alike, says Eric Shoup, senior vice president of Product for Ancestry.com. A dynamic user interface and integration with Ancestry.com makes it simple to create family trees, record memories, and organize photos, videos and audio clips, plus share ancestors' stories, he adds.

It's even possible to explore family migration paths by viewing timelines and interactive maps that highlight events and places in ancestors' lives. The first step is to start a family tree by entering and organizing family history information. From there, a myriad of features help...

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Nov 05
IDC: iPhone now number two smartphone globally

The worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone during the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), with the leading vendors posting double- or even triple-digit year-over-year growth. According to the International Data Corporation (http://www.idc.com) "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker,"vendors shipped a total of 81.1 million units, up 89.5% from the 42.8 million units shipped during 3Q09.

Apple marked a new milestone in iPhone shipments, enough to take the number 2 ranking worldwide. The third quarter is typically Apple's highest volume quarter, and 3Q10 was no exception. Consumers who did not get their iPhone 4 at the end of June were rewarded for their patience and even the much-hyped "Antennagate" did little to dampen demand, as the company moved swiftly to provide solutions, says IDC.

For the first three quarters of 2010, vendors have shipped a total of 200.6 million units, up 67.6% from the 119.6...

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Nov 05
IK releases iKlip for iPad

IK Multimedia (http://www.ikmultimedia.net) has announced iKlip, an US$39.99 universal microphone stand adapter for the iPad. It allows musicians and presenters to take their Apple tablet with them on stage, in the studio or at school.

The iKlip is designed to offer support and and allow the operation of music and presentation apps on virtually any microphone stand. The device's multi-angle, adjustable design allows for optimal viewing and access to all the iPad's controls, buttons and connection ports, and allows positioning of an iPad in both in landscape and portrait orientation.

Its dense thermoplastic lightweight material ensures durability and secure holding of the iPad with most stand types, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. Now with iKlip, guitar and bass players, vocalists, keyboardists, DJs and any other musicians can use their favorite iPad apps during live performance,...

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Nov 05
Accordance Bible Software releases Bible Atlases, geography...

Accordance Bible Software has released 13 Bible atlases and related books from Carta, Israel's leading publisher of maps, atlases, and books on Biblical history and geography. The new Carta collection includes six high-quality atlases and seven books on the history of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple.

These include:

° The Carta Bible Atlas (the fourth-edition of the best-selling Macmillan Bible Atlas), by Yohanan Aharoni, Michael Avi-Yonah, Anson F. Rainey, and Ze'ev Safrai;

° The Sacred Bridge, Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World, by Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley;

° Carta's New Century Handbook and Atlas of the Bible, by Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley;

° The Illustrated Bible Atlas with Historical Notes, by F. F. Bruce;

° Bible History Atlas Study Edition, by F. F. Bruce;

° The Onomasticon by Eusebius of Caesarea;

° The Illustrated Atlas of Jerusalem, by Dan Bahat and Chaim T. Rubinstein;

° Carta's...

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Nov 04
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 4

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/).

Food Network has announced its In The Kitchen app is available on the App Store. For the first time, food enthusiasts can access Food Network recipes, along with essential utility-based kitchen tools, anytime and anywhere using iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Designed to run across all iOS devices the US$1.99 app recognizes the device it's being downloaded to and launches the appropriate version.

Jumsoft has released Relationship for iPhone 1.0, a free, streamlined iOS version of Jumsoft's popular CRM management tool for Mac OS X. Relationship for iPhone features a simple interface, contact views, convenient management of projects, tasks, and events, and the ability to synchronize with the updated desktop version of Relationship 2.1. Users are able...

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Nov 04
Apple releases version 9.1 of iPhoto '11

Apple has released iPhoto '11, version 9.1. This update adds several new print product options to iPhoto '11.

It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. According to Apple, iPhoto '11 9.1:

° Provides the ability to create and order calendars in iPhoto;

° Additional letterpress holiday greeting card themes are now available;

° Fixes an issue that prevented videos downloaded from MobileMe or Flickr from importing correctly into    iPhoto events.

Apple says the 35.4MB update is recommended for all users of iPhoto '11. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later. You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences software.

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Nov 04
Apple updates HP printer drivers

Apple has released HP Printer Drivers v.2.5.2 for Mac OS X v10.6 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL907). This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software.

It requires Mac OS X v10.6.1 or later. It's a 387.47MB download.

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Nov 04
Brits want an iPad for Christmas -- if they can afford it

In its annual Christmas shopping survey, Twenga (http://www.twenga.co.uk), a next-generation shopping search engine, asked Internet users what presents they most wanted this Christmas. Topping the wish lists this year is one product in particular, the iPad.
 
Over half (56%) of the Brits surveyed said that they were wishing for an iPad this Christmas. However, 40% still feel that it’s too expensive to have any hope of one ending up in their stocking.
 
The iPad’s popularity is also apparent in Spain and France, where 64% and 60% respectively, said that they would like an iPad. Italian users were even more hopeful, with 69% crossing their fingers for one this Christmas.
 
However, in Germany and the Netherlands, only 41% and 40% respectively, had Apple’s tablet computer on their Christmas wish lists.
 
With regards to the price, other countries in Europe seem to...

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Nov 04
Turn your old Macs into coffee machines, docks, more

Do you remember the coffee making iMac with subwoofer and integrated Mac mini, one year ago? Well, there are some new family members from Kiwidee (http://www.kiwidee.com/kiwidee/home_e.html), a company that offers a "second life for your Mac."

The new iMac Coffee Edition has got an "Injector System" and is now fit for cappuccino. Pricing starts at 399.

The new iMac A/V Edition turns the iMac into an iPhone/iPod/ iPad movie and sound dock with HDMI out + Bluetooth. Pricing starts at 483.

Instead of the Mac mini you can now also choose an integrated 119 Full HD Media Player/Streamer. Last but not least, the Cube is reborn as the 499 SubCube 2.1 sound system featuring an iPod/iPhone dock + Bluetooth.

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Nov 04
ProteMac KeyBag Pro captures password, keyboard activit

ProteMac has launched KeyBag Pro (http://www.protemac.com/KeyBag_PRO/) for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. This US$99.95 stealth keystroke recorder captures every Mac log-on password. Working undetectable, it audits every typed activity including log-on passwords, programs run, typed symbols, instant message charts, email, etc.

KeyBag Pro enables you to trace all password attempts. Plus, it archives all passwords ever typed in, enabling you to export this data in the desired format to the location you specified.

KeyBag Pro creates the record of the programs' usage illustrating this statistic data in a chart that displays the typing speed and the total number of keystrokes for a definite application used in the specified time period. This means KeyBag Pro delivers the comprehensive report about application statistics indicating the time and text typed in a specific application. The...

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Nov 04
iWeb Themes Park now offers 77 iWeb templates

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has introduced Bloomy, Butterflies, Diamonds, Magnification and Old World themes for iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The updated iWeb Themes Box has 77 iWeb themes all in all.

The five new themes are different from the others and offer new website building possibilities in new fields, such as antiques, romantics, handmade artworks and other, according to the folks at iWeb Themes Park. To use them you'll need iWeb from iLife '08, iLife '09 or iLife '11.

The iWeb Themes Box of 77 themes is priced at US$44.99. Ten iWeb Themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $10.99. Using the coupon code “iWebThemesTrio” 3 iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained with $11.99 discount. Two iWeb Themes are free for everyone.

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Nov 04
CAZE announces ThinEdge Clear Trim Case for iPhone 4

CAZE has announced their ThinEdge clear trim case (http://www.iphonecaze.com/iphone-3g-cases/style-series/iphone-4-thinedge...) for the iPhone 4. The US$19.90 case is constructed of lightweight, hard-shell plastic.

The ThinEdge trim case offers sleek protection for the iPhone 4 and comes with an wallet size stand for easy viewing of your wide screen. The ThineEdge wraps the edges & corners to cushion and protect and keeps the front and back of the iPhone 4 from coming into direct contact with flat surfaces when laid down. It's available in clear, grey, blue and pink.

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Nov 04
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.3.0

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.0 the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.3.0 adds compatibility with iPhoto 11, a check button column in the result list and fixes some incompatibilities with Aperture 3.1.

Tidy Up 2.3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free. For new users the cost is US$30 for a limited time.

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Nov 04
Griffin Technology unveils two new dock devices

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has unveiled their next generation of compact, multi-use docks. AirCurve Play (US$19.99) brings the acoustic simplicity of Griffin's original AirCurve to the iPhone 4, and the $59.99 PowerDock Dual (pictured) allows simultaneous charging of and iPad and iPhone (or iPod).

AirCurve Play makes the speaker of your iPhone 4 10 decibels louder, and it works without batteries, cables, or power adapters. Just slip your iPhone into AirCurve's rubber dock gasket, and your iPhone 4 becomes a portable audio/video conference phone, video viewer, and self-contained music player -- even a beside alarm clock.

PowerDock Dual is a charging dock for iPad and iPhone and also a place for your stuff. The contents of your pockets -- your keys, change, guitar picks -- they all go in PowerDock Dual's built-in valet dish, while your iPad and iPhone (or...

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Nov 04
New variant of Boonana Trojan Horse in the wild

The SecureMac team (http://www.securemac.com) says a new variant of the Boonana malware has been discovered. The new variant, trojan.osx.boonana.b, behaves in a very similar manner to the original malware, and is currently being distributed on multiple sites.

SecureMac has identified two more web sites that are currently hosting the new malware variant. Rather than the initial site which tricks users into running (and installing) the malware, these servers seem to be hosting update code for the malware. The infected machines contact these servers looking for updates to the malware payload. At the time of analysis (Nov. 2), these servers were live and distributing malware, says SecureMac.

In addition to the malware updates, these servers contain what appear to be keystroke logs from infected machines, including usernames and passwords. With a quick glance, Boonana may look like a variant of...

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Nov 04
Beta version of Skype 5.0 for Mac available

Skype (http://www.skype.com) has released a beta version of Skype 5.0 for Mac in beta. The new release boasts a revitalized look and feel that simplifies navigation and provides a more native Mac experience. Some of the highlights of Mac 5.0 beta include:

°  Group video calling, which allows you to do video calls with more than two people at a time as long as all participants are on the new Mac beta or Skype for Windows 5.0;

° A new call control bar: you can hang up, mute and more from a mini Skype toolbar that sits on top of any web pages, documents or photos you've got open;

° Offline IM so that you can send and receive instant messages even if the recipient is offline;

° A Floating Contacts Monitor to see your online contacts and contact groups.

 Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Nov 04
'MacVoices' looks at iMovie '11

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Jeff Carlson has been spending lots of time with the new iMovie '11, and has discovered a number of useful, cool and largely undocumented features.

He discusses the under-publicized return of the timeline (even if it isn't called a timeline), the usefulness of Movie Trailer and other effects, and then dives into things you didn't know, including rolling shutter fix, morse code in a theme, and several other minor but tasteful additions. iMovie '11 still isn't good with interlaced video; Carlson explains what that means to you and how to work around it, and why iMovie '11 is finally almost like the long-dead iMovie HD.

"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...

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Nov 04
USB Fever announces new iPad, iPod, iPhone products

USB Fever has announced three new products for the iPad, iPod and iPhone. The Leather Case with Keyboard for iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2066) is an US$69.99 combination leather case and keyboard.

The Watch band for iPod Nano 6th (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2067) is a $9.99 strap that turns the latest iPod nano into a wristwatch. The
Universal Tripod Mount for iPhone, Cellphone and PDA (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2068...

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Nov 04
A Verizon iPhone coming before year's end?

"TUAW" (http://www.tuaw.com/2010/11/03/verizon-iphone-announcement-rumored-to-hi...) thinks we may see a Verizon iPhone before the end of 2011. Such a device has been expected for a long time, but most predictions have it arriving no sooner than early 2011.

However, "TUAW" say a Verizon insider told them that training notices have been sent out to customer service personnel describing an "Iconic Device" that will be available for pre-order on Nov. 9. The device is expected to be in very high demand, and the training goes on to cover how to handle the pre-orders as they come in, says "TUAW."

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Nov 04
Jobs hints at update of Final Cut Pro

It's been over seven month since Apple last updated Final Cut Pro. But that may be about to change. "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/steve-stay-tuned-and-buckle-up-for-64-bit-final...) reports an email exchange between a Final Cut Pro user and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.


The article says Evan Agee recently emailed Jobs, expressing his hopes of a 64-bit update to Final Cut Pro. He purportedly received one of the CEO's famed, succinct replies: “Stay tuned and buckle up.”

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Nov 04
Analyst sets $410 price target for Apple stock

Robert W. Baird analyst William Power launched coverage of Apple Thursday morning with an Outperform rating and US$410 price target, reports "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/11/04/apple-baird-launches...).

“Apple has established itself as the unabashed premium provider in the burgeoning smart phone market,” he tells clients in a research note. “We expect the company to further expand its market position, while also capitalizing on a number of newer growth initiatives, including the iPad, which is opening another huge market. Combined with what we view as an attractive valuation, despite the strong stock move, we are initiating coverage with an Outperform rating.”

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Nov 04
Apple accepting submissions for Mac App Store

Apple is now accepting submissions for the upcoming Mac App Store. Revealed in October, the Mac version will operate much like the iOS App Store, and is set to launch sometime in January 2011.

At the Oct. 20 "Back to the Mac" event, Craig Federighi, Apple's vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed The Mac App Store. He said it brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he says. Like on the iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step.

App updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store, so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store will be available for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and will be included in Mac OS X Lion when it ships next summer.

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Nov 04
Gartner to CEOs: seize the iPad opportunity

The iPad and its ecosystem are likely to disrupt existing technology use profiles and business models, and CEOs should ensure that its potential is being seriously evaluated inside their organizations, according to a new report from Gartner Inc (http://www.gartner.com).

“It is not usually the role of the CEO to get directly involved in specific technology device decisions, but Apple's iPad is an exception,” says Stephen Prentice, Gartner Fellow and vice president. “It is more than just the latest consumer gadget; and CEOs and business leaders should initiate a dialogue with their CIOs about if they have not already done so.”

The research grouop forecasts worldwide media tablet sales to end users to reach 19.5 million units in 2010, driven by sales of the iPad. Media tablets are poised for strong growth with worldwide end user sales projected to total 54.8 million units in 2011, up 181 percent from...

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