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Nov 24
MacNotables looks at the Beatles on iTunes, iOS 4.2

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Ted Landau talks about the reaction to Beatles' in iTunes who's buying and why it is relevant. He then turns his attention to the new iOS 4.2 software that enhances the iPad, his experiences with it, and his favorite feature that is made even better by a third-party app.

Netflix has made some changes to their pricing. Landau discusses the Netflix experience and what effect the change will have on his use of the service.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly. Not all panelists can make all shows due to...

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Nov 24
ITC investigating Apple's patent claims against Motorola

Apple's patent claims against Motorola will be reviewed by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which could issue an order banning Motorola phones from the U.S., reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-24/apple-patent-case-against-motor...).

The ITC will determine if Motorola is infringing Apple patents and whether it should rule to block U.S. imports of Motorola phones made overseas that run on Google’s Android operating system. Notice of the investigation has been posted on the agency’s website, notes "Bloomberg."

Earlier this month Apple sued Motorola, alleging that the company's smartphone lineup and the operating software it uses infringe on the iPhone-maker's intellectual property. The two lawsuits came...

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Nov 24
Vlambeer announces Super Crate Box for Mac OS X

Game Studio Vlambeer has announces that a freeware Mac version of their debut title, Super Crate Box (http://www.supercratebox.com/), will be available for download starting this weekend.

In Super Crate Box, players aim to collect crates while endless hordes of enemies spawn from the top of the screen. By collecting crates, players earn points and are assigned a random weapon that can be used to dispose of the enemies.

The game aims to bring back the glory days of arcade gaming in the form of a hectic platform shooter, says says Rami of Vlambeer. The game boasts a pixel art-style and a chiptune soundtrack.

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Nov 24
Jodie Drake and the World in Peril comes to the Mac

Codeminion says Jodie Drake and the World in Peril (http://jodiedrake.com/), produced by development studio Sleepwalker Games, is now available for Mac OS X and Windows systems. It costs US$9.99

Here's how the game is described: "Following the adventures of Jodie, a photographer and explorer turned heroine, this hidden-object game features varied mini-games on six continents. Featuring beautifully rendered graphics, supplemented by crisp sound effects, Jodie Drake offers two difficulty levels that allow players of different skill levels to play the game without an overly easy or hard gaming experience.

"Jodie Drake and the World in Peril places the player in control of a female heroine, exploring locations around the world. While discovering new levels, players are challenged by seven different mini-games and puzzles, ranging from hidden-object scenarios to mazes. The plot is moved forward by comic-...

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Nov 24
Kiwi Twitter client grows to version 2.0

YourHead Software (http://www.yourhead.com) has announces Kiwi 2.0, an update to their customizable Twitter client for Mac OS X.

Kiwi 2.0 is now free, supports tabs and multiple windows, and provides quick and easy access to user profiles. The upgrade is also more customizable and has new themes. New rules allow users to filter, mark, or highlight desired content or tweets. Kiwi also supports picture posting, URL shortening, and @name completion, as well as many other Twitter specific features.

Kiwi 2.0 includes a whole new tabbed interface that gives users more control over their Twitter timelines. Users can view timelines in one window or break them out into separate windows. A new profile view gives detailed information about users and allows a user to follow, unfollow, and block other users as well as many other options.

Kiwi 2.0 comes with nine built-in themes, and dozens more are...

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Nov 24
MYStuff update for Mac OS X gets some interface tweaks

Minder Softworks has updated MYStuff (http://www.mindersoftworks.com/products/mystuff), a "stuff manager" for Mac OS X, to version 1.5. The upgrade improves the user interface, and adds support for all file types, including audio, video, and office files.

Combining features of PDF managers and home inventory programs, MYStuff adds additional features, and gives users a way of filing and finding their information. It makes it easy to file and find information about the things you own, according to the folks at Minder Softworks. You make a new record, and key in what you bought, where you bought it, how much you paid and how you paid for it, warranty information, and other key data. Then you can add an unlimited number of files to the record: a scan of the receipt, photos of the item, a PDF of the manual, and anything else you'd like to add. What's more,...

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Nov 24
August Software offers ODBC Demo System

Enterprise software developer August Software has announced the availability of its Internet-based Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) Demo System permitting iPad
and iPhone developers to test with the most popular database servers, including Oracle, MySQL, IBM DB/2, SQLite, Microsoft SQLServer 2008R2, Access and Excel while announcing new support for its popular ODBC SDK on Apple's just-released iOS 4.2.1
operating system. For more info go to http://ODBCrouter.com/ipad .

In the spirit of U.S. Black Friday events this week, August Software will offer discount pricing on all new purchases made using Store Code 112610 at its online stores from Nov. 23 through Nov. 26. The offer can't be combined with other offers and isn't applicable to prior orders. Store Code must be entered prior to checkout to receive the discount.

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Nov 24
Syncro Soft releases new Syncro SVN Client

Syncro Soft (http://www.syncrosvnclient.com), the producer of Syncro SVN Client, has announced the immediate availability of version 6.1 of its Subversion (SVN) client.

Version 6.1 improves the information presented in the Working Copy view and delivers better performance of the SVN related tasks and compare operations. You can now choose to ignore "svn:externals" definitions when exporting or checking out from repository or when updating resources in the working copy.

All Working Copy view modes contextual menus have the same content and structure in SVC client 6.1. They're dynamically built and display only the actions which can be applied for the selected resources.

Information about the resources file type is presented in the Working Copy area in a new column, which allows you to sort the resources according to the file extension. The external and switched resources are...

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Nov 24
Juice pack air, workbook case offered in new colors

Mophie (http://www.mophie.com) is offering new color availability for the $79.95 juice pack air for the iPhone 4 and the $59.95 workbook protective case for the iPad.

The workbook, which launched in late October in black, white and orange, now also comes in two new color combinations: chocolate with cyan strap and cement with yellow strap. Glossy white and soft-touch red colors join the line of juice pack air for iPhone 4 external rechargeable battery cases, which have previously only been available in soft-touch black.

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Nov 24
Speck introduces CandyShell Flip for iPhone 4

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has introduced the US$34.95 CandyShell Flip for the iPhone 4. With the case you can dock the phone without removing it from its case.

The Flip's single-piece, patent-pending design is based on Speck’s CandyShell. It offers a hard shell with soft, rubberized interior lining and button covers that provide shock-absorbent insulation against bumps and drops. The lower portion of the case features a hinged flip-back panel to facilitate docking. When the case is removed from the dock, the panel simply flips down into place to keep your phone protected.

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Nov 24
EngLits collection comes to the Apple iBookstore

InterLingua Publishing has announced its full collection of EngLits summaries (http://www.englits.com) of classic books of more than 80 titles in Apple's iBookstore.

Some of the EngLits titles include William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet",  Charles Dicken's "Great Expectations" and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby". EngLits summaries of classic books were developed to assist high school and college students to fully comprehend all of their school required reading.

EngLits provides students with a detailed description of the books, helping them to become familiar with the story; making it easier to complete school assignments on time. The EngLits summaries can be purchased in a variety of formats.

Starting today, customers can download these books for US$2.99 each from the iBookstore and read them on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The iBookstore is accessible via the free iBooks...

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Nov 23
Woz: Apple HASN'T bought Nuance

Early Tuesday, it was reported that Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak saod in an video interview that Apple has bought Nuance, a voice recognition company. However, he says he was wrong.

“I think voice recognition is going to become, more and more, a part of these machines,” Woz said in the interview with Romil Patel, founder of TVDeck.com. “Apple’s probably thinking the same way. They recently bought the company Nuance.”

However, the Apple co-founder now says he was "totally wrong" in his statement. "I thought I'd read about it but obviously got it all wrong," Wozniak told "Reuters" (...

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Nov 23
'WSJ': Apple poaching members of RIM's enterprise...

Apple "is not only poaching corporate customers from BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, it's poaching members of RIM's enterprise sales team, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20101123-712196.html).

In the past 18 months, at least five members of RIM's enterprise-sales team have left the company to join Apple, the article adds. This includes Geoff Perfect, who served as Head of Strategic Sales at RIM for nearly five years before leaving in April 2009 and joining Apple a month later as Head of Enterprise iPhone Sales, says the "WSJ," referencing LinkedIn, the online networking service for professionals.

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Nov 23
Want an Apple 1 in prime condition? Be prepared to pony up

The listing of a 1976 Apple-1 computer in a Christie's sale "caused quite a stir - especially over the estimated price of £100,000 - £150,000 ($US160,300 - $US240,450)," reports "IT Wire" (http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/home-it/43431).

The Apple 1 was the original Apple computer designed by Steve ("Woz") Wozniak. The significance of the particular example auctioned by Christie's was that it included a number of associated items including the all-important (to collectors, at least) cardboard box, plus the manual, original invoice, and a typed letter signed by Steve Jobs, says "IT Wire." Also, the Apple-1 offered for sale was number 87 of a production run of perhaps 200, of which as few as 50 are thought to survive, the article adds.

(Pictured is an Apple 1 at the Smithsonian.)

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Nov 23
HeloStrap flies to the iPad

Wizski Industries has unveiled the HeloStrap, an accessory strap made exclusively for the Apple iPad. It has a 360° single rotating connection, which secures the iPad to the user’s grip while allowing it to rotate in the user’s hand.

The HeloStrap works with most cases. Consumers simply secure it around two opposite corners of the iPad, adjust the hand strap to their hand size and the iPad is "instantly securely mobile," according to Paul Wizikowski, president and CEO of Wizski Industries.

The HeloStrap for iPad is available in black, orange, red, blue and green through Amazon.com at the price of US$24.99 starting December 1, 2010. Corporate orders with company logo inclusion and bulk rates are also available through http://www.helostrap.com .

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Nov 23
iPad tops US kids' wish list for the holidays

With Black Friday rapidly approaching, parents may want to get up early Friday morning to find deals, as a recent survey shows their kids are eyeing some wallet-stretching electronics this holiday season.

Across a multitude of electronic offerings, the Apple iPad leads all devices (31% interest in future purchase) among American kids ages 6-12, according to a new survey from the Nielsen research group (http://en-us.nielsen.com/content/nielsen/en_us/expertise.html). Apple’s iPod touch is also popular choice among kids, generating similar levels of interest as computers.

In fact, the iPod Touch outpaces the perennial handheld gaming favorites Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable. Among gaming consoles, kids indicate they will be requesting the Sony PlayStation 3 the most this year; however, the platform will be competing...

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Nov 23
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 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/).

Widget Revolt has announced the first version of Timewinder available for the iPad. The US$2.99 app offers a background alarm clock that takes advantage of the 4.2 iOS system. The new version of Timewinder also includes customer-requested features including background timer notifications that do not require user interaction for all iOS compatible devices.

Qwizzly has released Medley 1.0, a $1.99 anagram word puzzle game for iOS devices. It offers a new approach to the classic anagram word puzzles. Solve the puzzles by flipping tilled letters horizontally. Words are comprised of 5, 6 or 7 letters depending on the difficulty level. The faster you uncover the words, the more points you gain. Medley offers beginner, medium and advanced levels to...

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Nov 23
Over 450,000 Beatles albums sold at iTunes since Nov. 16

More than 450,000 albums and two million individual songs were sold on iTunes worldwide, according to Apple, since the Beatles catalog was made available Tuesday (Nov. 16). In U.S. the best-selling album was "Abbey Road" and best-selling song was "Here Comes the Sun," reports "Billboard" (http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i39b5c49ccd74a...).

U.S. album sales totaled 119,000 units, which included 13,000 digital box sets, while individual digital track sales reached 1.4 million, the article -- quoting "industry sources" -- says. Said sources say the U.S. album sales tally of 119,000 counts each box set as one unit, while Apple’s worldwide album sales tally counts each box set as multiple sales units, although it wasn’t immediately clear how many units...

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Nov 23
Is the 'Apple Tax' real?

The so-called "Apple Tax" is an argument that has been around for almost as long as Macs have been rivaling PCs. And despite the fact that so much has changed over the past few decades, the argument still arises almost every time Apple introduces a new computer.

No, it's not the argument of "PC versus Mac" from a software and compatibility standpoint; that's an entirely different animal worthy of its own analysis. This is an argument over dollars and cents. For years, PC loyalists (or just those who are anti-Apple for one reason or another) have argued that Apple computers are more expensive than their similarly equipped, Windows-based counterparts. From notebooks to desktops and pretty much anywhere in-between, many have complained passionately about the so-called "Apple tax."

So "Hot Hardware" did a stud on the matter. You can find "Is The 'Apple Tax' Real? Mac vs. PC Pricing Compared" at...

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Nov 23
Foxconn opens new factory, ups iPad production

With holiday demand for the iPad ramping up, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) recently started mass production of the Apple tablets at its new plants in Chengdu, China, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101122PD225.html). Although the production lines can only manufacture about 10,000 units each day, the capacity is still expected to help satisfy demand, the article says.

Currently, most of the iPad supplies still come from Foxconn's plants at Shenzhen, China, which can supply a maximum of 2.5 million units monthly -- with volumes fluctuating based on the supply of components such as touchscreen modules or panels. iPad shipments in the fourth quarter could surpass seven million units with volumes for 2010 to reach 15 million units, says "DigiTiimes."

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Nov 23
Smartfish unveils Whirl mini notebook mouse

SmartFish Technologies (http://www.getsmartfish.com) has launched the Whirl Mini Notebook Laser Mouse for Macs and PCs. It "adapts to the natural motion of your hand," according to Dr. Jack Atzmon, president and CEO of Smartfish Technologies.

The Whirl Mini Notebook Mouse was developed in collaboration with The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, whose mission statement is to “improve mobility and the quality of life for all.” This is the Hospital's first collaboration on a consumer product in its 160-year history, says Atzmon.  A portion of the Whirl's proceeds will be donated to the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Education Fund to help further research of technologies.

The Whirl Mini Notebook Laser Mouse features an ambidextrous design, 1600-dpi hi-def laser sensitivity, 2.4MHz wireless connectivity and long battery life.  It comes in an array of colors --...

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Nov 23
Analyst: Mac shipments outpace market 3-to-1

In sales to business, the Mac's year-to-year growth last quarter was nearly eight times faster than the industry average, according to Needham analyst Charlie Wolf. In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/11/23/mac-shipments-outpace-market-3-to-1/) -- the analyst said the Mac's share of the business market last quarter was 4.36% and that:

° At 28.5%, Mac shipment growth in the September quarter easily outpaced the PC's market growth rate of 9.7%.

° The twin drivers of the Mac's outperformance were the home and business markets. Mac shipments grew 25.3% in the home market compared with a market growth rate of 10.4%. More significantly, the Mac became the dollar share leader in the U.S. home market with a 29.4% dollar share.

° Continuing the pattern...

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Nov 23
Freeverse releases Field of Glory for Mac OS X

Freeverse (http://www.freeverse.com) has released Slitherine’s hit wargame Field of Glory for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), and its three expansion packs, Rise of Rome, Storms of Arrows and Immortal Fire.

Here's how the game is described: "For the first time ever, the incredibly deep yet accessible turn-based strategy masterpiece developed by HexWar is available for the Mac OS X.  Drawing on the strengths of Slitherine’s original tabletop gaming system of the same name, Field of Glory gives players the chance to experience historical warfare set during the Rise of Rome, spanning Zama in North Africa to the battles of Boudicca’s revolt in Britain.  

"Players can choose to battle against enemy AI or compete against other players in multiplayer mode online.  Wage multiple battles at once, using the seamless asynchronous play mechanics of the play by email system (PBEM).  

"And with the...

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Nov 23
Griffin Technology, Col. Littleon team up for 'fine...

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has entered into a co-op partnership with Col. Littleton, "purveyor of fine accouterments in the Americana tradition."

The initial offering from the Griffin + Col. Littleton Co-Op features eight artisan-quality pieces, ranging from wallets to sleeve-style cases, portfolios, and bags. Each piece is hand-made in the Col. Littleton workshop in Lynnville, Tennessee, from soft, dry-milled American Steer Hide leather.

Once each piece is constructed, the customer may choose to personalize it with their initials. Pricing ranges from US$80 for a wallet to $695 for a courier bag for a laptop and iPad. Go to the Griffin Technology web site for details.

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Nov 23
IntelliScanner Wine Collector 400 delivers automatic wine...

IntelliScanner's smart barcode scanner for wine organization received a major upgrade today with the US$279 Wine Collector 400 (http://www.intelliscanner.com/products/wine/). The newest IntelliScanner for wine automatically identifies bottles with its included mini barcode scanner, offering cellar management for Mac OS X (10.4.8 and higher) and PC users.

The Wine Collector 400 is now shipping with double the memory and an all-new integrated Wine Store. Also, IntelliScanner Corp. (http://www.intelliscanner.com) is bundling the newest IntelliScanner mini 250 barcode scanner with a full 500 barcode memory capacity and delivers an all-new Wine Store powered by Wine.com. Wine Collector 400 also sports iPhone and iPad web apps, a rechargeable memory scanner, and the Cellar Viewer grid...

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