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Jan 11
New astronomy app available on the Mac App Store

Vito Technology (http://www.vitotechnology.com) has introduced Solar Walk for Mac, a 3D Solar System model application available on the Mac App Store for US$2.99.

This app is designed to explore not only the Solar System, but also the whole Galaxy. Among other features are real-time trajectories of  the most interesting artificial Earth’s satellites, your current position marker, the biggest cities on the globe, and the points of interests on Mars, Venus, and the Moon. The app starts the educational movie collection with the first video "Solar System Planets' Size Comparison".

Users can zoom in and zoom out to turn the Solar System and the Galaxy in any direction. Other features allow you to discover our own planet in greater details our own planet.

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Jan 11
'The Daily' coming to the iPad on Jan. 19?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will join News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch on stage at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to reveal iPad newspaper, "The Daily," according to a "Mashable" report (http://macte.ch/84d7p).

When? Probably on Jan. 19, but that may change, the article adds. Of course, neither Apple nor News Corp. have confirmed when (or if) the event is happening.

"The Daily" will have no web or print edition. The only way to get it will be on the iPad, where each edition will cost US$0.99.

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Jan 11
WaterField Designs introduces the Muzetto Bag in black leather

For the "refined male," WaterField Designs has released the black leather Muzetto for tablets, notebooks and gadgets. Available for pre-order, this "fashionable man bag" boasts naturally-tanned, black leather with a choice of six accent colors.

Five sizes fit laptops, netbooks, iPads and more and have a dedicated cell phone pocket. The vertical bag includes one main compartment, an under-flap pocket, a zippered interior pocket for extra security, and a back pocket. An adjustable strap allows users to wear the Muzetto across the chest or hanging from one shoulder. To reduce shoulder and back fatigue, a removable, shoulder pad with a grippy underside keeps the strap in place.

A gold liner lights up the interior making contents easy to differentiate, according to Waterfield founder Gary Waterfield. The flap length and angled sides highlight the Muzetto's svelte look.

The personal and portable sizes can carry daily necessities like a wallet, cell-phone,...

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Jan 11
Freecom launches thin mobile hard drive exclusively for Macs

Freecom (http://www.freecom.com) has unveiled the Mobile Drive Mg, a mobile hard drive designed specifically for the Mac. Encased in an ultra-lightweight and strong magnesium enclosure, the Mobile Drive Mg is an ideal match for the MacBook, according to Jelle Stalpers, Apple business development manager for Freecom

At 10mm, it's also the thinnest mobile hard drive available in the world, he adds. Interestingly, the drive sports an USB 3.0 interface -- and Macs don't support USB 3.0. However, it's backwards-compatible and will work with all USB 2.0 enabled computers and notebooks.

The Mobile Drive Mg will only be available through Apple Premium Resellers in a range of three different models. The models are 320GB for approximately US$103, 750GB for $155, and 750GB for $168.

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Jan 11
Clandestiny game launches on Mac App Store 


Clandestiny, a family orientated puzzle adventure game, was launched today by GRL Games (http://www.grlgames.net), the company long time industry veteran Graeme Devine founded after leaving Apple late last year. It's available at an introductory price of US$9.99 at the newly launched Apple App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "Clandestiny combines classic adventure, animated story and fun puzzles. There are over 40 minutes of animated story to go with the over 30 puzzles in the game. Join Andrew and Paula on this spooky adventure as you experience the castle's eerie rooms and hidden passageways, and encounter the angst-ridden ghosts of the family MacPhiles. Solve "wee" rascally riddles and persnickety puzzles to learn the fate of this dimwitted clan."



Clandestiny has three levels. The game was originally released by Devine when he was at Trilobyte in 1996 as the company’s third title,...

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Jan 11
FileMaker Pro 11 half off with purchase of FileMaker Go

FileMaker Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, says that, starting today, those purchasing FileMaker Go for iPad or iPhone may purchase FileMaker Pro for US$149 more than half off the retail value of $299.
 
Since its debut in July 2010, FileMaker Go has become the top-selling business database app for iPhone and iPad. Customers who purchase FileMaker Go for iPhone ($19.99) or FileMaker Go for iPad ($39.99) from the iTunes App Store between Jan. 11 and June 17 will be able to download FileMaker Pro 11 from the online FileMaker Store for $150, a 50% discount.
 
The FileMaker Go apps let customers work remotely with FileMaker Pro databases on the iPhone or iPad to manage a range of tasks, including customer relationship management, on-site event registration, management of inventory or tracking project status while traveling. Businesses can use more than 30...

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Jan 11
NewPC gadgets releases stainless steel iPad kickstand

NewPCgadgets (http://newpcgadgets.com/) has introduced Tablet Coasters, a stainless steel kickstand for your iPad. These polished stainless steel coasters are designed to raise the Apple tablet to a comfortable 35 degree viewing angle while enabling you to be more productive.

Actually, Tablet Coasters work with all popular tablet computers including the iPad, Samsung Galaxy, HP Slate, BlackBerry PlayBook, Toshiba Honeycomb, Motorola Xoom, ZTE Light and dozens more. Not only do they improve the look of your iPad but the steel surface may help improve the wifi signal in some models, according to the folks at NewPCgadgets.

The Tablet Coaster includes non-skid rubber feet on the bottom and top lip. Coasters are priced as low as US$14.95 each (in quantity).

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Jan 11
friedEgg Touch 1.6 released on the Mac App Store

FriedEgg Limited (http://www.friedegg.com) has released version 1.6 of friedEgg Touch, an interactive data analysis tool for Mac OS X. From this version onwards, friedEgg Touch will only be available through Apple's Mac App Store.

As part of this transition, the price has been reduced from US$39 to $14.99. In addition, there are several key improvements in this latest release, which focus on the sharing of data and analysis files:

° Save as a package, with data. Analysis files can be saved as package, containing a copy of the original file with the data table. As the analysis is closely tied to the source data table, it makes it easier if they can be stored together, according to to the folks at FriedEgg Limited. The package is shown as a single file in the Finder, and can be moved and emailed to other users, as if it were a single file.

° Export all data columns. Selected data can be...

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Jan 11
Artbeats releases Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) stock footage library.

Artbeats, which specializes in the production of high quality stock footage, has released their Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) stock footage library. The initial offerings include a variety of nature shots, plus the first S3D aerial stock footage available to the royalty-free market.

New 3D content will be added monthly, including pyrotechnic, city scene, establishment, winter scene and additional aerial collections, says Phil Bates, Artbeats president and lead cinematographer. Artbeats is the first production company to utilize Pictorvision's gyrostabilized eclipse 3D aerial rig, capturing aerials of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach and the shores of Catalina, he adds.

Artbeats' S3D stock footage is offered as QuickTime movie files with formats that include HD stereo pairs (both sides squeezed horizontally into a single HD frame), separate HD Right and Left views and 4K versions (when shot on RED). Available via the company's web site (...

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Jan 11
Safari Prairiefire gets speed boost

Balooba Software has updated Safari Prairiefire, a Mac OS X tool that allows the user to automatically scan and clean up Safari's bookmarks, to version 1.5.

With the tool, the user gets presented with a unique, clearly outlined list of all Safari web bookmarks. Version 1.5 brings performance upgrades. Scanning, checking duplicates and deleting unwanted bookmarks are now up to 100 times faster, according to Balooba Software CEO Peter Berglund.

Safari Prairiefire also allows the user to automatically scan and clean up Safari's bookmarks. The user gets presented with an outlined and intuitive list of all Safari web bookmarks. Users can then perform a scan where each bookmark link is tested and verified for accuracy and online status. The user can then select Individual or groups of bookmarks and edit or remove outdated, unwanted or bad links. Duplicate bookmarks can be identified and removed.

Safari Prairiefire costs US$6 throughout January; a demo version is...

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Jan 11
Phiaton releases PS 20 NC, PS 210i earphones

Phiaton Corp. (http://www.phiaton.com) manufacturer of personal audio products, has released two personal listening solutions. The new earphones include:

° Primal Series PS 20 NC (US$149), available in glossy black and glossy white versions. The slightly larger than conventional earbud-type headphones allow for a wider frequency range and more realistic musical presence, according to the folks at Phiaton. Notably, the new PS 20 NC Earphones feature Phiaton's exclusive "Noise Blocker" noise cancellation technology – blocking 95% of outside noise, they add.

° Primal Series PS 210i ($139) -- in addition to their "Half In-Ear" design, they feature dense silicon eartips, purportedly delivering deep bass and crystal clear high frequencies for rich and balanced sound.  The PS 210i features a remote microphone cable that allows you to pause your music to accept a phone call and then resume listening with the...

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Jan 11
iWebTemplate announces five new iWeb templates

In collaboration with iPresentee, iWebTemplate has added five new themes to be used with iWeb, the web site building component of Apple's iLife suite. The new themes are Happiness, Personal Page, Black Style, Old Fence and Village.

The new iWeb templates can be customized. Over 150 iWeb templates are now available at iWebTemplate. The new themes includes an installer to make sure the themes end up in the right place.

The templates require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 and iLife '11). Each new iWeb theme is available for US$10. Samples and more info are available at the iWebTemplate web site (http://www.iwebtemplate.com).

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Jan 11
QNAP unveils new rack-mounted NAS Server

QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has expanded their Turbo NAS lineup with the addition of the TS-419U+ rack-mounted NAS server targeted specifically at the SMB and workgroup market segments.  

The TS-419U+ features four hot-swappable SATA hard drives with up to 8TB of total capacity (using 2TB drives) packaged in a compact 1U rack-mounted chassis. The TS-419U+ supports 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard drives in hot-swappable drive carriers. The TS-419U+ features a Marvell 1.6GHz CPU and 512MB of DDRIII memory,.

The TS-419U+ can be configured for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare, or JBOD with online RAID capacity expansion and online RAID level migration for high data redundancy. The TS-419U+ supports iSCSI target service with Thin Provisioning, dual Gigabit LAN ports with failover and load-balancing, and Wake on LAN. The TS-419U+ also features four USB ports and 2 e-SATA ports for expanding the storage capacity or...

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

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Rickey Nguyen has released Chinese Entertainment 1.0 for iOS devices. The US$0.99 app includes the latest Chinese news, TV shows, movies, music, reviews, entertainment news as well as other news retrieved from various sources from the Internet. It has both English and Chinese feeds, with options to share links on your Twitter and Facebook as well as send in email.

Vision Thing Software has released a free version of its iPhone and iPod touch game Ballywoo -- The Game Sensation of 1932. Ballywoo recreates one of the first commercial, mass-produced pinball machines ever made.

Sulaba has introduced Word Teaser Pro 1.0, a tree style 4-in-1 game for iPad. The $2.99 app lets you create custom word puzzle of any topic, such as math, science, history, and...

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Jan 10
TNS: iPhone gaining in the enterprise market

Smartphone use continues to rise among both consumer and business segments, according to TNS (http://www.tns-us.com) research group, which has released results compiled from TNS BusinessWave. The study shows the iPhone gaining traction in the enterprise arena.

TNS BusinessWave confirms that smartphones are an increasingly important tool for the business market. The advance of new operating systems, capabilities and mobile applications that improve employee productivity, have resulted in steady growth in the market, particularly within the past year.  Smartphones now represent more than half of all handheld wireless devices used by corporate liable wireless users, up 22% from a year ago, while penetration of other wireless phones has declined.  

This trend is noted across businesses of all sizes and industries; growth is most rapid among the smallest businesses, but smartphone penetration remains highest...

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Jan 10
Intel announces patent cross license agreement with NVidia

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has entered into a new long-term patent cross license agreement with Nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com). The companies have also resolved pending litigation in Chancery Court in Wilmington, Delaware, ending all outstanding legal disputes between the companies.

“This agreement ends the legal dispute between the companies, preserves patent peace and provides protections that allow for continued freedom in product design,” says Doug Melamed, Intel senior vice president and general counsel. “It also enables the companies to focus their efforts on innovation and the development of new, innovative products.”

Under the transaction, Intel receives a license to Nvidia’s patents subject to the terms of the agreement. Nvidia receives a license to Intel’s patents subject to the terms of the agreement, including that x86 and...

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Jan 10
Analyst: Verizon iPhone could cost slightly more than AT&T...

In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz says the Verizon iPhone could carry a slightly higher price tag than the AT&T version when it's announced on Tuesday (keep in mind that Apple hasn't confirmed this).

In order to be compatible with Verizon's network, the redesigned device must include an internal CDMA radio, which the analyst says is a more expensive component than the UMTS technology found in the current AT&T-compatible iPhone.

"The key differentiator is the cost of CDMA-related components," Moskowitz says. "While the acquisition price of the iPhone could be slightly more expensive for subscribers on Verizon, we think that there will be offsets, specifically network performance ... If Verizon can avoid network performance issues during and after a potential iPhone roll-out, then we expect a multi-...

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Jan 10
iWork.com beta now supports Keynote presentations, new storage...

Apple released iWork 9.0.5 last week that offers, among other changes, enhancements to the iWork.com beta service, including the ability to play Keynote presentations online and new options for public sharing and private online storage.

In an email to iWork.com beta users, Apple had this to say:

"Using Keynote for Mac, share your presentations and let viewers experience them with over 15 animations, video, hyperlinks, and audio. Play back a presentation on iWork.com using the latest version of Safari on a Mac or PC, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Just swipe to advance slides on your iPad using Safari.

"New publishing options for public sharing and private online storage. Upload your documents for private online storage and easily access them from anywhere, or share your documents on social networks using a Public link. Also, you can now embed your presentation seamlessly on a website or blog using the embed code provided by iWork.com ."

Apple launched the iWork....

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Jan 10
Apple granted 563 patents in 2010

IBM earned more U.S. patents in 2010 than any other company, topping the list of patent winners for the 18th year in a row. Apple broke into the top 50 for the first time, reports "NetworkWorld" (http://macte.ch/ADm2Z).

With 563 patents granted, Apple earned the No. 46 position in IFI’s count. Other tech vendors earning spots on the top 50 list include Cisco, which placed 17th with 1,115 patents, and SAP, in 42nd place with 649 patents.

IBM secured 5,896 patents last year, according to data from IFI Claims Patent Services. Samsung Electronics was the second most prolific patent winner, with 4,551 patents received in 2010. Microsoft placed third with 3,094 patents, followed by Canon (2,552), Panasonic (2,482), Toshiba (2,246), Sony (2,150), Intel (1,653), LG Electronics (1,490) and HP (1,480).

The top 10 list is nearly unchanged from 2009, says "NetworkWorld." Only the ninth-place recipient is...

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Jan 10
Apple against 'succession-planning policy' for CEO

Apple is advising its shareholders to vote against a proposal to reveal a “succession-planning policy” for the company’s CEO at the company's annual shareholders meeting on Feb. 23. However, that's what the Central Laborers’ Pension Fund, which owns more than 11,000 shares in the firm’s stock.

Apple says in a regulartory filing (http://macte.ch/fDoHJ) that it doesn’t want to publicly disclose any succession plan because the company is worried that such a move could affect its retention of its top people, who might be lured away by rivals.

Here's Apple's statement on the proposal (Proposal Number 5): "The Company recognizes that a highly talented and experienced management team, not just the CEO, is critical to Apple’s success. Accordingly, the Board already implements many of the proposed actions and
41maintains a comprehensive succession plan throughout the organization. While the Board strongly...

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Jan 10
We may see Light Peak on Macs this year, after all

I wasn't sure if we'd see Light Peak on Macs this year. But now I think we will, at least late in the year. In an interview with IDG News Service David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Architecture Group, said the interconnect technology is ready for implementation, reports "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/86vfk).

"The copper came out very good, surprisingly better than what we thought," Perlmutter said. "Optical is always a new technology which is more expensive."

Perlmutter declined to comment on when devices using Light Peak would reach store shelves, saying shipment depended on device makers. Intel has in the past said that devices with Light Peak technology would start shipping in late 2010 or early this year. For the majority of user needs today, copper is good, Perlmutter said. But data transmission is much faster over fiber optics, which will increasingly be...

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Jan 10
iPhone 3G price cuts -- and more on the Verizon/iPhone...

Last week, AT&T said it would drop the price of the iPhone 3GS from US$99 to $49, and Apple is following.The 8GB iPhone 3GS is now available from Apple’s stores for half of its previous price.

The price may have been halved, but you'll still sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T. This happens just as Verizon is holding a special press event at 11 am (Eastern) tomorrow and is expected to announce that it is now carrying the iPhone in the US.

Although there has been no confirmation from Verizon or Apple that this will happen, all the pundits expect it to. Verizon may sell 13 million iPhones this year, largely because of pent-up demand from existing customers, UBS AG analyst John Hodulik told clients in a note, as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/6pc4s).

“It’s going to be the dominant device at Verizon as soon as it’s launched, and, I think, cannibalize the other...

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Jan 10
Apple to scrap restocking fee?

Apple will scrap a 10% restocking fees for customers returning products to its retail stores, according to Internet reports, reports "NetworkWorld" (http://macte.ch/HbElU). The policy, expected to take effect Tuesday, coincides with an event from Verizon, where it's expected it will be announced that the company will begin carrying the iPhone.

Currently Apple's store policy is to automatically charge 10% of a product's retail price, known as a restocking fee, when you choses to return a previously opened product. The amount is charged as a fee for Apple to refund the customer and restock the merchandise.

"9 To 5 Mac" (http://macte.ch/oGfxQ) reports that from Tuesday, Apple will cease the restocking fee practice from its retail chain. The 14-day return period will still apply, but if you want to upgrade one of the products you bought...

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Jan 10
Zevrix releases Deliver Express

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express, an automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks.

The app processes files automatically from watched hot folders and offers variable e-mail notifications, delivery to multiple destinations, encryption and more. It supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and other major services. Deliver Express can run unattended and is suitable as a company-wide server solution as well as for single users.

As a company-wide server solution, Deliver Express can be installed on a dedicated station and run unattended. Users only need to copy files to network based hot folders, and the files will be sent automatically with customizable email confirmation issued upon delivery. Recipients can download the file using a link inserted automatically into notification e-mail.

The license prices are based on the maximum...

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Jan 10
Unblunder 1.0 offers protection against accidental data loss

Yazsoft has released Unblunder 1.0 (http://yazsoft.com/products/unblunder/), their new recovery solution for Mac OS X. It was developed specifically to help protect against accidental data loss by offering Mac OS X a "Recently Deleted" feature, giving you time to recover files before they're gone forever.

Unblunder uses Mac OS X's UNIX underpinnings to hang on to files after the Trash has been emptied. When started, it runs quietly in the background and stays out of your way, according to the folks at Yazsoft. For optimal file recovery and peace of mind, Unblunder needs to be running before an accident happens.

By default, trashed files over 250 MB in size linger for five minutes and smaller files are kept for a day. Of course, you can tweak all these settings to match your work style.

Unblunder requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It costs US$10 for a single-user...

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