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Nov 11
Apple releases RAW, security updates

Apple has released The Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 and Security Update 2010-007.

The Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1072) extends RAW image format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’09 for the new cameras. It's a 6MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

Security Update 2010-007 brings the same security patches included in the recent Mac OS X 10.6.5 release to Macs running 10.5 (client or server versions). You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Nov 11
Study: tablet shipments to hit 58 million in 2014

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/6511af/the_worldwide_ere) says standalone e-readers will continue to address the needs of avid readers, to whom the reading experience is central, while tablets such as the iPad "are better suited for consumers who prefer a stronger multimedia experience, and only light reading.”

In 2009, standalone e-readers were one of the most popular devices in the consumer electronics world. Today, there is still buzz surrounding the e-reader market. However, the talk is of drastic price erosion, competition from the iPad, and the overall sustainability of standalone e-reader shipment growth. In response to the iPad introduction, e-reader manufacturers dropped price points in an effort to differentiate e-readers from the iPad and other multimedia tablet computers....

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Nov 11
MacJury offers 'Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2'

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to come up with the "Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2."

The guide is designed to help you decide what to get your favorite Apple product fan ... or maybe even yourself. The panel picking hardware, software, services and even edibles includes Peter Cohen, Tonya Engst, Katie Floyd, Ted Landau, Maria Langer, Tim Robertson, Dan Wood, and host Chuck Joiner.

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Nov 11
KavaServices 4.2 translates 58 languages in the Services menu

KavaSoft (http://www.kavasoft.com) has released KavaServices 4.2, an update of the collection of commands that transforms the Services menu in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). The upgrade adds support for translating text between 58 different languages.

KavaServices can translate, search the web, encode for HTML, calculate, convert units, sort, change case, execute commands, and more. Snow Leopard's redesigned Services menu is context-sensitive and fully customizable. You can choose exactly which commands you'd like to include in System Preferences, keeping the menu tidy and clutter-free. Your favorite KavaServices features are now right in the Services menu, rather than buried in submenus. KavaServices 4.x is a 64-bit universal application, and is designed specifically for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

Services replace the selected text in place, without the need to switch to a different program...

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Nov 11
iCalamus 1.21 supports iPhoto 11/Aperture 3 calendars, photo...

Invers Software has released iCalamus 1.21 (http://www.icalamus.net/icalamus/index.php?lan=en), an update of their multi-lingual, frame-oriented desktop publishing solution for Mac OS X 10.4.5 and higher.

iCalamus offers a way of creating simple posters, to complex magazines, scientific works and book publishing. Version 1.21 now supports iPhoto 08/09/11 and Aperture 3 calendar and photo book documents for printing as photographer book documents externally at a great price.

Developed exclusively in Objective C with intensive usage of Apple's Cocoa library, iCalamus takes advantage of the Mac OS X operating system, offering Unicode support and a Smart PDF import for creating mockups. And since iCalamus is modular, invers Software will be creating its new Open Development Area (ODA) allowing third-party developers to leverage the plug-in interface....

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Nov 11
iPresentee releases Keynote Themes 7.0

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com), developer of add-ons for Apple's iWork and iLife applications, has released Keynote Themes 7.0, to be used with Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.

Keynote Themes 7.0 includes 10 new hemes: Black Diamond, Cooking, Medicine, Solid Grey, Windmill, Wave, Triangle, Relax, Notebook and Blue Style. iPresentee now offers over 100 Keynote themes collection to choose from.
Each Keynote Theme is available in standard or HD formats. Keynote Themes 7.0 includes an installer to make sure the themes end up in the right place and will be displayed in Keynote's themes menu automatically.

Keynote Themes 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWork '08 or '09. Keynote Themes 7.0 may be purchased for US$30. Free Keynote add-ons are offered free of charge and can be downloaded from iPresentee's web site.

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Nov 11
XShot offers iPhone 4 case with detachable tripod adapte

XShot, the creator of the XShot Camera Extenders, has announced the XShot case (http://xshotpix.com/iphone4case.php) with detachable tripod adapter, exclusively designed for the new iPhone 4. Now users can mount their iPhone 4 to tripods, camera extenders, and other stabilizing devices.

The multipurpose XShot iPhone 4 Case sports a sleek hard case with full enclosure to fully protect the iPhone 4 and also acts as a bumper for good reception. The universal tripod adapter that can be used in both landscape and portrait modes

The Xshot is a two-piece slim case that's easy to snap on and remove to use with docking devices and speaker, says Michael Daoud, co-founder of XShot. Plus, it comes with a mini flex tripod .

The XShot iPhone 4 Case retails for US$24.95 and will be available at the end of November. The Pocket XShot camera extender and the iPhone 4 case can also be...

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Nov 11
DGA releases 'tangle resistant' earbuds

Digital Group Audio (DGA) has launched Zipbuds (http://www.zipbuds.com), an US$39.99 earbud system that incorporates "tangle resistant," zipper-integrated, braided nylon cabling.

Zipbuds are the perfect earbud system for on-the-go listening, whether exercising at the gym, studying, road tripping, laying out at the pool, or traveling, says DGA President Erik Groset. They come in a variety of colors, including black, blue with white, pink with white, black with blue and black with pink .

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Nov 11
Four more nations preparing for iTunes movies

Apple has announced movies for iTunes in Japan, but four more nations are ready for movies on their respective iTunes Store, according to Fabio M. Zambelli of "setteB.IT" (http://www.setteb.it/), an Italian language web site for Mac users.

"We're still waiting for an official announcement, but in Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland everything is nearly ready and we bought/rented movies on iTunes Store Italy," he says. "We have the screenshots for all the nations at 'setteB.IT'."

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Nov 11
DEVONtechnologies updates freeware apps

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devon-technologies.com) has released updates for all its freeware applications and services: EasyFind, PhotoStickies, ThumbsUp, XMenu, BlueService, CalcService, and WordService.

All have been updated to the latest frameworks and optimized for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. In addition new features have been added and bugs fixed.

Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann, president of DEVONtechnologies, says EasyFind 4.6 features a new path control giving direct access to the path of a found item, columns can be customized, the Escape key can be used to close the Quick Look preview, and the asterisk operator again matches all items. Searching whole volumes is much faster, the visual appearance has been improved, and EasyFind comes with a brand new application icon.

PhotoStickies 5.6.2 comes with a new Italian localization and many detail improvements; XMenu 1.9.1 has...

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Nov 11
AccountEdge gains local focus in Asia

Acclivity (http://www.acclivitysoftware.com) has announced a partnership with Asian Business Software Solutions (ABSS) for Asian distribution and support rights to its AccountEdge small business Mac software. ABSS is the exclusive republisher of MYOB business management software in Asia and will distribute AccountEdge under the MYOB brand. 

ABSS will distribute an internationalized version of AccountEdge with features that allow it to be used by small businesses throughout Asia. The user can create whatever tax is required for their country, with sales tax reports available to report on tax information for tax forms.

The user doesn't need to lock in a currency and, instead, can select their home currency, and then set up as many additional currencies as needed. While the interface is in English, users can customize their invoices and other forms in most languages.

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Nov 11
Mac Restart for Mac OS X gets internal improvements

Tension Software has updated Mac Restart X (http://pomola.com/products_macrestart/macrestart.html), a Mac OS X app that can restart a Mac on a regular basis or one time only at a specific date and time or at launch using it via Apple iCal or other applications -- to version 1.6.1. The upgrade sports internal improvements.

Mac Restart uses the native Mac OS X Date Time Calendar control. It warns the user before a restart, showing a progress bar or jumping from the dock. And the software has a variable warning time interval adjustable in the preferences.

Mac Restart requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$20, though version 1.6.1 is a free update for registered users.

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Nov 11
Jobs up for TIME's Person of the Year, also named a '...

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is a nominee for TIME's 2010 Person of the Year. You can see the list of this year's candidates (listed in alphabetical order) below. As usual, TIME's editors who choose the actual Person of the Year reserve the right to disagree with readers.

You can see the 2010 Person of the Year poll here and who is winning so far at http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2028734_20290... . As we post this story, Jobs is in fourth place, trailing Julian Assange, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (listed as one "person") and Lady Gaga.

Here's what TIME has to say about Jobs: "Every year, the mercurial head of tech giant Apple seems to outdo himself with another eye-popping, paradigm-shifting product that refuels the brand's seemingly...

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Nov 11
IDC: Microprocessor unit shipments up in third quarter

Worldwide computer microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the third calendar quarter of 2010 (3Q10) increased 2.1% and 2.5%, respectively, compared to 2Q10, according to the latest processor study from International Data Corporation (http://www.idc.com/).

Compared to 3Q09, worldwide computer microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the third calendar quarter of 2010 (3Q10) increased 8.6% and 24.1%, respectively, says the research group. The average sequential change in unit shipments between a calendar year's second quarter and its third quarter is an increase of 10.6%.

For revenues, the average sequential change is an increase of 9.0%. So, these increases represent lower performance than usual for a third calendar quarter.

"Market demand for processors was weak in July and in August," says Shane Rau director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC. “Original equipment...

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Nov 11
UK consumers say 'no way' to paying GBP400 for an iPad

The latest research from Broadband Genie (http://www.broadbandgenie.co.uk) has shown that most UK consumers won't dream of paying GBP400 for a iPad, despite the desirability of the UK's number one new gadget. This will also be bad news for Samsung, whose Galaxy tablet is being released with similar price points in the run up to Christmas.

In a poll of more than 1,300 visitors to the broadband, mobile broadband and smartphone comparison site, more than 60% said the iPad was "definitely not" worth GBP400 or more. More than 200 more said it "wasn't really" worth the price tag, putting the total thinking it was a poor value up to 80%.

"There's a clear message here from British consumers -- while they like the idea of a tablet, they aren't willing to pay through the nose for one," Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling says. "With ereaders, smartphones, netbooks and even laptops now...

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Nov 11
Apple premieres movies on the iTunes Store in Japan

Apple says movies are now available on the iTunes Store in Japan giving customers a way to enjoy movies on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, or with the new Apple TV on their HD TV.

Starting today, Apple says there are over 1,000 movies to rent or buy in high definition and standard definition from major international film studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and top Japanese studios including Asmik Ace Entertainment Inc., Fuji TV, Kadakowa Pictures, Nikkatsu, Shochiku Company Limited and Toei Company Limited.

With iTunes Movie Rentals, once a movie is rented, it starts downloading from the iTunes Store directly to iTunes or Apple TV, and users with a fast Internet connection can start viewing the movie in seconds. Customers have up to 30 days to start watching their movie, and once a movie has been started customers have 48 hours to finish it -- or watch it multiple times...

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Nov 11
O'Reilly releases 'QuickBooks 2011: The Missing Manual...

O'Reilly Media has released "QuickBooks 2011: The Missing Manual" (http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920010937?utm_content=em-orm-pr-Quickbooks+2011%3A+TMM&utm_campaign=O'Reilly&utm_source=iPost&utm_medium=email&imm_mid=065edd&cmp=em-orm-pr-Quickbooks+2011%3A+TMM), a US$29.95 manual for Intuit's financial software. The 720-page book -- also available as a $27.99 ebook -- offers tips on specific features, as well as get basic accounting advice.

"QuickBooks 2011 has a few new features that are really helpful," notes author Bonnie Biafore. "For example, if you send an invoice with the same content to many of your customers, batch invoices let you create one invoice and send it to as many customers as you want. And now, you can also use Web mail like Gmail or Yahoo! to send email messages to contacts."

Topics covered include how to: set up QuickBooks; manage your business, follow the money; find key info quickly, streamline your workflow; build and...

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Nov 11
Snow Leopard tutorial DVD explores Mac security, technical...

Software training and eLearning content provider Infinite Skills has just released a new video course (http://www.infiniteskills.com/training/os_x_snow_leopard_technical_and_s...) exploring many of the advanced features in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

Taught by Apple systems expert Chris Tarnowiecky, the course has been created to help users expand their awareness of the UNIX-based operating system and accomplish technical and security tasks such as command line use, disk partitioning, software automation and more.

"There's a really big gap in the way Mac security is usually marketed and discussed," says Mike Spaulding, president of Infinite Skills. "We're excited to bring viewers a real, fact-based look at how these subjects actually impact power users and...

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Nov 10
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.5

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.5. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X System Preferences app. According to Apple, the update:

° Improves reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers.

° Addresses performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture.

° Addresses stability and performance of graphics applications and games.

° Resolves a delay between print jobs.

° Addresses a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme.

° Resolves an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal.

° Addresses an issue in which dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide.

° Resolves an issue in which Wikipedia information may not display correctly in Dictionary.

° Improves performance of MainStage on certain Macs.

° Resolves spacing issues with OpenType fonts.

° Improves reliability with some Bluetooth braille...

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Nov 10
Contrary to reports ....

Contrary to reports published elsewhere on the Web, "Macworld" (http://www.macworld.com/article/155623/2010/11/apple_wigear.html) has confirmed that Apple did not acquire Wi-Gear, the maker of iMuffs Bluetooth headphones.

“Two words: ‘I wish!’” Wi-Gear CEO Mark Pundsack said via e-mail, when asked about the rumors that Apple had bought the company.

Also contrary to reports AirPrint hasn't been pulled in the upcoming iOS 4.2. Apple CEO Steve Jobs purportedly said in an email exchange (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=11397413#post11397413) that: "AirPrint hasn't been pulled. Don't believe everything you read."

Now that doesn't mean that it hasn't...

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

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/).

Imagam has announced gDocuments 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. The US$0.90 app lets you create text documents, email, view and manage Google Docs files on your iOS device.

GamesAisle has unleashed Earth Invaders 3D 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. It's an $0.99 jet fighter game in which players defend our planet against alien invaders.

You can track expenses, set budgets, convert currencies, and calculate tips and meal cost splits on your iOS device with Trip Boss travel manager, Expense and Budget edition. The $4.99 app offers get-location, real-time currency rates, and photo receipts features.

Food for Benjamin has kicked off No More Socks 1.0 for iOS devices. The $0.9 app includes comparison shopping and...

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Nov 10
Dana-Farber turns to iPads to help cancer patients through...

Andrea Casella comes to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston every week for chemotherapy to treat her lung cancer. It’s a full day.

“I start with blood work and then I have a doctor’s appointment and then I come in for the chemo which is a couple of hours. It’s exhausting,” says Casella. “And I get bored quickly. You can only read so many magazines and books. It really puts you to sleep.”

Recognizing that patients can spend hours in the clinic for treatment and tests, Dana-Farber has started lending iPads to patients like Casella to help them pass the time. The portable Apple tablets are available to sign out for a three-hour period at no charge; all that is needed is a patient identification card and driver’s license.

They are pre-loaded with games like chess and Sudoku, movies, and a full library of music, as well as videos and information about cancer care at the Institute. The iPads also includes many popular news and entertainment apps.

“Many...

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Nov 10
Tekkeon unveils battery case for the iPhone 4

Tekkeon (http://www.tekkeon.com) has unveiled a slim, rechargeable battery case for the iPhone. myPower includes a swappable battery pack that can be exchanged on the go.

This US$79.95 battery case not only provides extra power on the go, it protects the iPhone 4 from everyday wear and tear. It also acts as a dock for automatic syncing via a micro USB 2.0 interface.

myPower for iPhone 4 features Tekkeon’s eSwap technology, in which the battery is housed in a separate module that can be exchanged with a fresh battery module while on the go. The battery case comes with the Ultra Slim 1200 mAh battery pack, with extra battery packs -- both the Ultra Slim battery pack ($39.95) and the Ultra Power 2200 mAh battery pack ($49.95) -- available as optional modules.

Equipped with a replaceable efficient lithium polymer battery pack, myPower for iPhone 4 preserves the iPhone battery by bypassing the...

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Nov 10
Bang & Olufsen unveil their first docking station

Bang & Olufsen (http://www.bang-olufsen.com) has launched its first ever iPod/iPad/iPhone docking station. The US$999 BeoSound 8 features a two dimensional design, bold form, and a superior sound quality due to its custom-made conical speakers and high-performance amplifiers, says Zean Nielsen, president of Bang & Olufsen America.

Plus, it's directly compatible with the iPad, without having to utilize any extra wires or adapters, ensuring a clean, minimalist design.

"BeoSound 8’s light and characteristic design makes it highly flexible in use. It is perfectly suited as a music system not only in a main room, but also in the kitchen, on the patio or even at the summerhouse," says Nielsen. "BeoSound 8 can be placed on a wall bracket or any flat surface and still deliver fantastic premium quality sound. Additionally, BeoSound 8 has a manual room adaptation switch with three positions (...

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Nov 10
MacJury offers 'Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1'

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to come up with the "Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1."

The guide is designed to help you decide what to get your favorite Apple product fan ... or maybe even yourself. The panel picking hardware, software, services and even edibles includes John F. Braun, Pat Fauquet, Nancy Gravley, Joe Kissell, Omaha Sternberg and host Chuck Joiner.

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