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Nov 15
New Take Control book explains networking

Basic network connections from an iPhone or iPod touch are simple to make, but for those who need to go beyond the basics, whether to understand more fully how to make unusual connections, or to establish connections that are private and secure, there's the new Take Control ebook, "Take Control of iPhone and iPod touch Networking & Security, iOS 4 Edition."

The 165-page ebook costs US$15, and it is available now at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/iphone-networking . In this ebook, readers will learn how networking expert Glenn Fleishman thinks about iOS networking and profit from his explanations and advice on key networking topics, such as the ins and outs of creating secure Wi-Fi connections, exploiting alternative 3G data plans, tethering, conserving 3G data, connecting Bluetooth devices, accessing files stored on local computers and in the cloud...

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Nov 12
Apple releases iTunes 10.1

Apple has released iTunes 10.1 on Friday, adding support for iOS 4.2 and iOS 4.2's AirPlay feature. iOS 4.2 hasn't been released yet, but is expected any day now.

AirPlay is audio streaming technology. At a special event on Sept. 1, Apple CEO Steve Jobs debuted the technology, a system that streams audio, either wirelessly or over Ethernet, to third-party speaker docks, A/V receivers, speakers and more.

iTunes 10.1 also offers stability and performance improvements, according to Apple. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Nov 12
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 12

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/).

Swag Soft has announced Sedo PicPic 1.0, a photo app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The US$0.99 was designed to let photo loving folks decorate their pictures with frames and stamps based on the cute and crazy characters from the new cartoon series "Sedo Dog." You can personalize messages, doodle in different shapes and colors and resize stamps and photo props. And you can share your masterpieces with friends on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

XIMAD has released Office Rush HD 1.0 for the iPad. The $1.99 arcade style puzzle adventure. Players are tasked with working their way up the corporate ladder in the most literal sense as they hurdle obstacles and progress through a maze-like gauntlet en route to the top floor of a skyscraper to achieve the...

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Nov 12
BBEdit for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 9.6.1, an update to its strength HTML and text editor. It's a maintenance release that fixes reported issues and adds several refinements.

The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for $30.

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Nov 12
iPad among TIME's '50 Best Inventions of 2010'

TIME lists the iPad among the "50 Best Inventions of 2010." Here's what the publication has to say about the Apple tablet:

"How does Apple keep out-inventing the rest of the tech industry? Often, it's by reinventing a product category that its competitors have given up on. In theory, the iPad is merely a follow-up to such resoundingly unpopular slate-style computers as Microsoft's Tablet PC. But Apple is the first company that designed finger-friendly hardware and software from scratch rather than stuffing a PC into a keyboardless case. When it calls the results 'magical' and 'revolutionary,' it's distorting reality only slightly. One analyst says the iPad is the fastest-selling nonphone gizmo in consumer-electronics history."

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Nov 12
Is the MacBook Air cannibalizing iPad sales?

Rodman & Renshaw's Ashok Kumar tells clients that the MacBook Air is cannibalizing iPad sales, reports "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/11/12/macbook-air-cannibalizing-ipad/?s...). The analyst says:

° Supply chain checks that suggest that Apple's monthly iPad production rate is unlikely to exceed two million per month by year's end -- considerably less than the 3 million/mos. some had predicted. That would put those six-plus million sales estimates for the December quarter at risk.

° Unspecified "anecdotal evidence" that the MacBook Air is cannibalizing the iPad. "A fully functional notebook in a very attractive form factor, may be resonating more with consumers than a content consumption only device." says Kumar.

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Nov 12
Murdoch: iPads cannibalize newspaper sales

James Murdoch, head of News Corp's operations in Europe and Asia, says sales of newspaper apps for devices like the iPad are cannibalizing sales of physical newspapers, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AB2OA20101112?utm_source=feedburn...).

Rupert Murdoch, News Corp's CEO and James's father, has called the iPad a game-changer for news media. Many in the industry agree, thanks to the iPad's large screen, high resolution and capacity for interactive features, notes "Reuters."

The article says James Murdoch welcomed the opportunity to sell through Apple's iTunes online store...

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Nov 12
Jouve Group offers direct online eBook conversion for Apple’s...

Jouve (http://www.jouve.fr) has developed an online client platform for Apple’s iBookstore, making its industrial conversion solutions available to publishers of all sizes.

Production costs start from US19.99 per book. Whatever the format (image or print PDF, epub, XML) or the complexity of the job, Jouve says it "ensures the highest quality production from its site in France. The production cost for each title is quoted upfront, and publishers can pay online to start the conversion process immediately.

iBooks is Apple's ebook/PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or downloaded a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. iBooks is a free download at the Apple App Store.

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Nov 12
AJA ships KONA 3G

AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) is shipping its new KONA 3G capture card. The multi-format SD/HD/Dual Link/3G/2K video I/O hardware for Mac and PC-based systems is available now, with an optional K3G-Box for additional connectivity.

AJA President Nick Rashby says KONA 3G provides professional editors with the utmost in workflow flexibility, supporting a broad range of video formats including: 10-bit uncompressed video 3G/HD/SD SDI I/O, new HDMI 1.4a output for stereographic monitoring to consumer 3D displays, 8-channel AES digital audio I/O (16-channel AES with optional K3G-Box) and 16-channel SDI embedded audio I/O, real-time hardware-based up/down/cross conversion to support a range of SD and HD formats, dual-link HD, even 2K formats, a hardware-based downstream keyer and more.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the KONA 3G is US$1,995. The K3G-Box is $395.

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Nov 12
Grand Theft Auto trilogy drives onto the Mac

Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software and TransGaming have brought the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy to the Mac. The trilogy revisits the entries of the series and includes Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

The Grand Theft Auto Trilogy is available via TransGaming’s GameTreeMac.com Mac gaming portal (http://gametreeonline.com/) for 30 days, with additional retailers to follow across North America and Europe. Each game costs US$14.99.

Here's how the trilogy is described: "Grand Theft Auto III introduced a 3-dimensional Liberty City and a completely open and interactive world, filled with hidden challenges and innovative 3D gameplay. The immense map offered players a scope and depth never before seen in games.  

"Grand Theft Auto: Vice City took a trip back in time and revisited the 1980s, complete with the era’...

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Nov 12
PluralEyes for Promiere Pro CS 4/5 launched

Singular Software (http://www.singularsoftware.com) has launched PluralEyes for Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Suite (CS) versions 4 and 5 for Mac OS X public beta program. Designed with video professionals in mind, PluralEyes provides workflow automation features for editing multi-camera, multi-take, and dual-system audio projects.

Designed for time-conscious video professionals, PluralEyes offers workflow automation tools for analyzing media content and synchronizing audio and video clips, including DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera images, says Bruce Sharpe, CEO, Singular Software. The PluralEyes application accelerates the workflow for multi-camera, multi-take and dual-system audio productions, he adds.

PluralEyes for Premiere Pro for OS X 10.5 and later is available to purchase via the Singular Software website for an introductory price of US$119 until Dec. 11.  The...

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Nov 12
SOHO Labels 5 adds new templates, artwork

Chronos (http://www.chronosnet.com) has released SOHO Labels 4, an upgrade to its label, envelope, and letterhead software for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and later. It adds new "smart" templates and a collection of artawork.

Also new is: Cover Flow for previewing kits in a dedicated window; a Font Preview mode for previewing fonts in a list or animated fashion; a Trim To Label feature to hide objects outside the canvas for a quick preview; named placeholders, automatic images, and more; regular text placeholders and text + image placeholders. Also, SOHO Labels 5 sports 23 new iScrapKits containing 1,308 graphics from artists all over the world.

A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site. SOHO Labels costs US$39.99 a single user license and $69.99 for a family pack. Registered SOHO Labels 1.x, 2.x, 3.x, and 4.x customers can upgrade to version 5 for $25.

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Nov 12
Akvis revs NatureArt for Mac OS X, Windows

Akvis has released NatureArt 1.5 (http://akvis.com/en/natureart-tutorial/effects/index.php) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's an update of the tool for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos.

You can choose from these nature effects: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire. You can also create a vast array of effect versions.Change the weather on a photo, illuminate a night sky with glistening stars, light up a dark landscape by adding sources of light, create a flaming text effect and more.

Akvis NatureArt is available in two versions: as an independent program (standalone) and as a plug-in to a photo editor. Each is US$72. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, etc.

A demo is available for download. Also, Akvis NatureArt can be purchased...

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Nov 12
Simple Help Editor beefs up ability to reuse content

The PandaWare Company has updated Simple Help Editor, its cross-platform help authoring application, to version 4.1.2. Mac and Windows users can use Simple Help Editor to create software help systems that display in Apple Help Viewer, Windows' HTML Help viewer, a Web browser, or in a proprietary help window (for applications created with Real Software's REALbasic).

Version 4.1.2 enhances Simple Help Editor's capabilities for reusing content. A key feature, Placeholders, has been expanded to allow replacement of text virtually anywhere text can be entered, making it easier to reuse help content for different products or different versions. This update also improves some aspects of text editing in Simple Help Editor, and fixes a handful of bugs.

Simple Help Editor is available as a Mac OS X Universal Binary application (for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher) and a Windows 2000 or higher application. Both can be downloaded from The PandaWare Company's web site (...

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Nov 12
RunRev updates LiveCode software development platform

RunTime Revolution (http://www.runrev.com) has released LiveCode 4.5.1, a general maintenance release for all users, bringing added stability across all the platforms. This latest release is free for all LiveCode 4.5 users.

New features and enhancements include: enhanced keyboard layout handling; improvements to MySQL database access and database security; enhanced support for XML namespaces; improvements to embedded web browser object; security protocol enhancements; and over 60 other bug fixes and minor enhancements

LiveCode 4.5.1 also adds support for the accompanying LiveCode iOS Mobile plugin pre-release for building iOS apps for the Apple App store. For new users pricing starts at US$99.

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Nov 12
Jumsoft releases Pages Clipart 7.0

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has released Pages Clipart 7.0, a selection of 1,200 images designed to illustrate presentations, invitations, web pages, posters, newsletters, and a variety of other documents.

Pages Clipart 7.0 content covers a range of subjects, from technology to nature to home appliances, with a selection of national and leisure themes now included in the latest version. The package offers a choice of images, wide-scale compatibility, and details such as the ability to add transparent image backgrounds and PDF formatting.

The former allows users to place images on top of different background colors or patterns, while the PDF format enables users to resize images without compromising quality. Pages Clipart 7.0 is compatible with Apple Keynote, MS Word, PowerPoint, and various graphics programs.

It requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and Apple iWork '06 or later. Pages...

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Nov 12
FileMaker Presents the Bento 3 Event Planner

FileMaker, Inc (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced the Bento 3 Event Planner, a customized set of six new templates that lets Mac users organize event details all in one place.

The Bento 3 Event Planner includes a free 30-day trial of the Bento 3 for Mac personal database, plus six professionally designed, ready-to-use templates including Events, Tasks, Expenses & Invoices, Locations & Venues, Contacts, and Vendors. The Bento 3 Event Planner is available today by free download from the Bento Template Exchange.

All six templates in the Bento 3 Event Planner are linked together, allowing information to flow from one template to the next, without the need for repetitive data entry. To organize events on the go, the new Bento 3 Event Planner lets customers synchronize information between their Mac and iPad or iPhone devices running either Bento for...

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Nov 12
Oracle, Apple announce OpenJDK Project for Mac OS X

Oracle and Apple have announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OX X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client.

“We are excited to welcome Apple as a significant contributor in the growing OpenJDK community,” says Hasan Rizvi, Oracle’s senior vice president of Development. “The availability of Java on Mac OS X plays a key role in the cross-platform promise of the Java platform. The Java developer community can rest assured that the leading edge Java environment will continue to be available on Mac OS X in the future. Combined with last month’s announcement of IBM joining the OpenJDK, the project now has the backing of three of the biggest names in software.”

OpenJDK will make Apple’s Java technology available to open source developers so they...

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Nov 12
Info needed on GED software for the Mac

Our next Category Review 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. 17.

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

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Nov 11
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 11

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/).

ExxonMobile has announced the Exxon Mobile Fuel Finder, a free app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which provides drivers with real-time maps, driving directions and station information for more than 10,000 Exxon and Mobil retail locations across the continental United States.

Mindwarm has released AddTo SF 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The US$0.99 app shows you San Francisco and lets you create your own travel guide from your photos and notes. You can create your own map with the highlights you want, photo album and travel diary. At any time you can add a note or photo to your album. If you have allowed location, then your current location will be added to that note and photo. Send your notes, photos and maps to your friends.

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Nov 11
AMD Fusion chips coming to the Mac?


During AMD's Financial Analyst day, the "GigaOM" (http://gigaom.com/) and "Fudzilla" (http://www.fudzilla.com/) sites picked up on a PowerPoint slide that AMD's senior vice president and chief of sales officer, Emilio Ghilardi, displayed but didn't discuss. The slide featured two iMacs and a Mac Prowith the AMD Fusion logo below them.

If this slide is any indication, Apple could be on the verge of using AMD processors in its desktops, says "PC Mag" (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372484,00.asp). This week AMD this week demonstrated the company's first APU, which stands for Accelerated Processing Unit, based on its Fusion technology.

AMD says Fusion is a new approach to processor design and software...

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Nov 11
Apple looking for Mac app reviewers

A new job posting (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=66205...) shows that Apple is looking for Mac Application Reviewers for the upcoming Mac App Store. Here's the job description:

"Apple Worldwide Developer Relations is seeking a software application specialist; someone who is meticulous, analytical, able to exercise objective analysis, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and has strong customer service skills.

"Candidate needs to be able to organize and prioritize a heavy workload. The candidate must be hardworking, detail-oriented, and able to work quickly & efficiently. We˙re looking for a self-starter, a quick learner with excellent communication skills, who is able to work independently and...

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Nov 11
Ping, Twitter buddy up

Starting today Ping, iTunes' new social network for music, and Twitter are making it even easier for people to share music discoveries with their friends by putting Ping activity, song previews and links to purchase and download music from the iTunes Store right in their Tweets on Twitter.com.

On Ping you can link to your Twitter account to instantly find Ping users among the people you already follow on Twitter. Once you’ve linked the accounts, whenever you Post, Like, Review, or tell your friends why you purchased a song or album on Ping, this activity will also be tweeted to your Twitter followers -- complete with playable song previews and links to purchase and download music from iTunes.

Ping, introduced in iTunes 10, lets you post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes, plus view concert listings and tell your friends which concerts you plan to attend. It lets you follow your favorite artists to see...

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Nov 11
'Class on Demand Legends Series' debuts

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, today unveiled the brand new "Class on Demand Legends Series" training initiative.

An expansion of the current Class on Demand training lineup, "Class on Demand Legends Series" provides an exclusive "inside look" at the inner workings of influential industry experts and figureheads. The seminars, webinars, and workshops encompass everything from analyses of industry trends, to exciting tips, tricks, and workflow solutions delivered directly from the experts themselves, says Paul Holtz, CEO and founder, Class on Demand.

Class on Demand has called on internationally renowned consultant and Apple-Certified digital media trainer, Larry Jordan, to kick-off the series. Jordan boasts an impressive 30-plus years of experience as a television producer, director, and editor with both national broadcast and corporate credits.

Each "Class on Demand Legends Series" webinar featuring...

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Nov 11
Study: Verizon iPhone will substantially grow iOS market share

In a new report from ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com), global smartphone shipments to mobile business customers are forecast to grow at a CAGR [compound average growth rate] of 15%. The research group says Apple should do well, especially if a Verizon iPhone does appear.

The mobile business customer smartphone installed base will exceed 30% worldwide; in North America, it will exceed 65%.  But behind these numbers will be a hyper-competitive marketplace defined by the operating system.

According to enterprise practice director Dan Shey, “With the iPhone and now Android, business customers simply have more choices. While each region will have a different set of competitive dynamics, within a few years regional installed base market shares of 50%+ will be a thing of the past.”

Relevant worldwide and regional installed base statistics from the analysis include:
 
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