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Dec 08
Analyst: Mac sales to surge 16% in December quarter

Barclays Capital Analyst Ben Reitzes wrote in a note to investors -- as reported by "Forbes" (http://blogs.forbes.com/briancaulfield/2010/12/08/subsidized-ipads-sizzl...) -- that he expects Mac unit sales to surge 16% for the quarter ending in December, compared to the same period a year-ago.

Apple, meanwhile, seems to be preparing for the launch of the iPad 2 by the end of the first quarter of 2011. This could limit how much iPad inventory Apple wants to have on hand going into next year, says Reitzes.

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Dec 08
iPads, Beatles on iTunes among recommended gifts for those 50+

You might want to rethink that Christmas tie for Dad or that bottle of perfume for Mom. Just in time for the holidays, 50+ marketing specialist DMW Direct (http://www.dmwdirect.com) says consumers over the age of 50 are recasting our images of what growing older looks like. Consider putting an iPad in their stocking.

DMW Direct compiled a list of top holiday gifts for 50+ Moms and Dads:

° iPad. Unlike the stereotype of older consumers being averse to new things, Boomers are among the biggest buyers of new technology.

° Facebook 101. A Pew Internet and American Life study says almost half of adults 50–64 are now using social networking -- older adults are the fastest growing group signing on.

° E-reader. Forget about a book with oversize print. Sure, Dad may be having trouble with his eyesight -- but adults 50+ are 10 times more concerned about the environment than their parents were...

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Dec 08
Stem Innovation releases new Mac, iOS products

Stem Innovation (http://www.steminnovation.com/) has released the Tandem USB Digital Desktop Speakers for Macs and the TimeCommand audio alarm clock for the iPhone, iPod touch and ipad.

Tandem features proprietary Stem:Sonic iQ technology, a DSP-enhanced amplifier and performance tuned bass-reflex ports. The speaker system features a sleek enclosure, cloth grille and black acrylic top to perfectly complement any Mac, according to Gary Bart, founder of Stem Innovation. In addition to the USB digital pathway that delivers ideal audio throughput, additional audio sources may be connected using the auxiliary audio port on the back, he adds.

Tandem's speakers enable the main unit to be placed on either the left or right of a Mac notebook or desktop by taking advantage of a simple left/right swap switch. There's a headphone port on the main unit for personal listening.

Tandem is...

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Dec 08
Jobs is "CEO of the Decade'

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been named CEO of the Decade in the MarketWatch 2010 CEO Awards (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apples-jobs-rock-star-of-corporate-amer...). "MarketWatch" calls him the "rock star of corporate America."

Here's what the publication has to say about Jobs: "Jobs’s tenure as the chief executive at Apple Inc. during the past 10 years is well-documented. After pulling his own company back from the brink of bankruptcy before the decade started, he almost single-handedly went on to save the recording industry with the iPod and iTunes.

"He revolutionized handheld devices and touch-screen technology with the iPhone. And he may well usher in a post-PC era of computing with his latest gadget, the iPad."

“The resurrection of Apple is just the most...

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Dec 08
Apple drops challenge against OPTi patent verdict

Apple dropped its challenge of an US$19 million patent verdict lost to OPTi Inc. a day before a court was to hear the appeal, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-08/apple-tesla-moneygram-leisure-w...).

OPTi, which reported $3.25 million in sales for the three months ended Sept. 30, jumped 15 percent in over-the-counter trading after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington granted the companies’ joint motion to dismiss the appeal, the article adds. According to the case docket, the reason behind the request for dismissal wasn’t made public.

On Jan. 16, 2007, Opti announced that it had filed a complaint against Apple, in the Eastern District of Texas, for infringement of its U...

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Dec 08
Steve Jobs in IT Hall of Fame

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will among those honored as the "best the information technology (IT) industry has to offer" in a new IT Hall of Fame created by CompTIA (http://www.comptia.org), a non-profit trade association for the IT industry.

“Some of the iconic figures of the American business scene have emerged from the IT industry and the intent of the IT Hall of Fame is to recognize these game-changers,” says Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA.

The IT Hall of Fame consists of two wings: the IT Channel Wing for individuals who have made outstanding contributions or provided outstanding service to the IT channel; and the IT Innovators Wing, recognizing individuals responsible for outstanding technology innovations. Jobs is in the latter.

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Dec 08
Chinese housewives caught smuggling iPads

Customs officials in Shenzhen, a southern Chinese city just across the border from Hong Kong, recently caught 14 housewives trying to carry 88 iPads and 340 mobile phones into China, in a bust worth 950,000 yuan, or roughly $143,000, the Guangzhou Daily reports -- and as noted by "The Wall Street Journal" (http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2010/12/08/china-detains-ipad-smuggli...).

One woman had 65 mobile phones strapped around her waist and over 20 more in a handbag, according to the newspaper. Apple already sells the Wi-Fi version of the iPad in China, but the 3G version isn’t available yet on the mainland. Buyers who want 3G-capable iPads must get the device from overseas -- fueling demand for mules to carry the tablets from Hong Kong to China, says the...

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Dec 08
Phone companies want Apple, others to help with bandwidth costs

European phone operators want Apple, Google and Facebook to pitch in and help pay for the billions of dollars of network investments needed for their bandwidth-hogging services, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-12-08/apple-google-asked-to-pay-up...).

As mobile and Web companies add videos, music and games, operators including France Telecom SA, Telecom Italia SpA and Vodafone Group Plc want a new deal that would require content providers like Apple and Google to pay fees linked to usage.

“Service providers are flooding networks with no incentive” to cut costs, France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard said last month. “It’s necessary to put in place a system of payments by service providers as a function of their...

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Dec 08
O'Reilly Media releases 'Best iPads Apps'

O'Reilly Media has released "Best iPad Apps" by Peter Meyers. The 240-page book costs US$21.99 for the print edition and $17.99 for the ebook version.

"Best iPad Apps" rounds up apps for getting work done, manipulating photos, making movies, creating comics, browsing the web, taking notes, outlining ideas, tracking your health, exploring the world and more.

Meyers writes about and designs digital books. Formerly an editor at O'Reilly Media, he co-founded one of the first multimedia textbook publishers (Digital Learning Interactive). He's covered the intersection of writing and technology for the "New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal," and "Wired" and blogs at http://www.anewkindofbook.com .

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Dec 08
SubRosaSoft releases MacForensicsLab Web Agent

SubRosaSoft (http://www.macforensicslab.com/) has released MacForensicsLab Web Agent 1.0, an automated web site crawler designed to hunt child pornography, with a built-in skin tone analyzer to identify images of evidentiary value.

MacForensicsLab Web Agent can be utilized by anyone with any level of technical abilities, according to the folks at SubRosaSoft. Only a couple of clicks are required for setup; a fetching and analyzing engine takes care of the rest and locates images of interest.

Web Agent is a tri-platform product that works with Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems. SubRosaSoft.com's MacForensicsLab Field Agent, has also been updated to include the option to save images of interest and now includes hashing within reports which is becoming more and more essential in computer crime investigations.  It's a free upgrade for all Field Agent 2.9 users.

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Dec 08
Countries and Capitals is new interactive atlas for young...

Geo4Kids (http://geo4kids.com), a developer of educational geographic software, has released Countries and Capitals, an interactive world atlas intended for learning the locations of the world countries and the names of their capital cities. It's compatible with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems.

The program features colorful maps of all six continents and also offers a challenging quiz mode where the user needs to guess either the location of a specific country or the name of the country by its capital. At the end of each quiz session, the user sees the quiz statistics and can identify his or her weak areas. If the task seems to be too hard, the user can click the compass in the lower left corner of the screen to see a tip.



Since the product is primarily intended for children, it´s extremely easy to use, says Andrew Steinberg, a project manager at Geo4Kids. The user can see the name of a country, its...

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Dec 08
Tools lets you transfer company catalogs, more onto the iPad

MaximumSoft (http://www.maximumsoft.com) has released tools that help to transfer company online catalogs, web sites, and presentations to Apple's iPad and view them at any time -- even when an Internet connection isn't available.

The tools allow users to download HTML-based materials either directly to iPad, or to their desktop computers and then upload downloaded files to their mobile devices. MaximumSoft Corp. tools include:

° iSaveWeb Pro and iSaveWeb apps that are available in the Apple App Store for US$4.99 each;

° WebCopier Pro ($40), an offline browser that runs on Mac and Windows desktops and whcih downloads web sites and transfers them to the iPad (or iPhone);

° iDreamPublisher ($40), a Dreamweaver extension that publishes sites directly to the iPad.

Customers can use iSaveWeb Pro app to download company online catalogs, web sites, presentations directly to the...

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Dec 08
Stem Innovation launched to develop iOS accessories

Product designer Gary Bart has launched his latest venture, Stem Innovation (http://www.steminnovation.com/). The Florida-based company will focus on the development of iOS accessory products.

"Exciting opportunities now exist for forward-thinking manufacturers to deliver compelling solutions driven by mobile devices," says Bart, founder and former CEO of XtremeMac. "Stem's mission is to enable users to connect their mobile products to their personal environment using the power of apps."  

Stem is introducing the first of its new products through Apple retail and online stores for the 2010 holiday shopping season.

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Dec 08
Apple updates QuickTime, VoiceOver Kit

Apple has updated QuickTime and its VoiceOver Kit for iPod nanos (fifth generation) and iPod shuffles (third and fourth gen).

QuickTime 7.6.9 (for Mac and Windows) sports updated security measures and improvements to file handling for JP2, GIF, PICT and FlashPix images, along with several video formats including AVI, MPEG, Sorenson, and QTVR. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

VoiceOver Kit has been updated to version 1.4. Enabling VoiceOver for iPod allows you to hear the names of songs, artists, and playlists spoken when listening to content on your iPod. If you have the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic or the In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic, you can also use VoiceOver to navigate playlists. Version 1.4: enhances pronunciations for artists and song names; improves voices in Korean, German and Russian, and adds Hungarian, Romanian, Slovak and Thai language support to the fourth-gen shuffle.

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Dec 08
Tapeless workflows discussed in 'Class on Demand'...

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has released the newest "Class on Demand Legends Series" weekly training webinar, featuring digital media instructor Larry Jordan, titled "Creating a Tapeless Video Workflow in Final Cut Pro."

Since Jordan's first Final Cut tutorial on tapeless media "Working with Tapeless and DSLR Media," he has received numerous requests for a second webinar catered specifically to new users. This week "Creating a Tapeless Video Workflow in Final Cut Pro" does just that. Tapeless newbies can now learn the entire media process: from set-up, ingest, and configuring scratch disks, to editing, rendering, and exporting for the web. Users do not need access to tapeless media to watch this tutorial.

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. "...

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Dec 08
GEAR4 will offer Angry Birds iPhone, iPod touch cases

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com) has announced the first line of Angry Birds protective cases for the iPhone 4 and the fourth generation iPod touch. The cases are decorated with characters from the top-selling smart phone game and are available in three designs – Red Bird, Yellow Bird and Pig King.

The cases are US$24.99 each. Ranked as the top game for smart phones, Angry Birds is number one in Apple's app store in 69 countries and has ranked in the top three in the U.S since spring 2010.

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Dec 08
iPresentee adds Premium iWeb themes

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com/) has announced iWeb Themes 11.0 to be used with Apple's web site building application. iWeb Themes 11.0 adds five original themes: Happiness, Personal Page, Black Style, Old Fence and Village.

The new release extends iWeb themes collection up to 110 themes. The themes' backgrounds are customizable. Instead of using a static background image that iWeb doesn't allow users to edit or replace, iPresentee's themes incorporates a series of layered images which are editable, replaceable or removable.

iPresentee themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each theme is available for US$10. The set of five new iWeb Themes 11.0 may be purchased for $25.

The iWeb Suite bundle may be purchased for $70. It includes 75 iWeb themes, 35 iWeb themes for business, 15 iWeb intros, 75 iWeb animations and...

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Dec 08
Tidy Up for Mac OS X gets smart basket creation feature

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.1, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.3.1 adds the ability to create six new smart baskets. The new option is accessible from the File menu and allows for the creation of the smart baskets using the selected folder and file as a filter. There are also bug fixes.

Tidy Up 2.3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.

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Dec 08
Spot Documents cloud-based storage system

Spot Documents (http://www.spotdocuments.com/) is a new alternative to Apple's iDisk, DropBox and other cloud based file storage systems, offering a desktop-like searching and browsing experience.

It leverages the security and redundancy of Amazon's S3. The iPad, iPhone, OS X and Web clients are all free to use. A single account can host multiple repositories, and any number of users can be assigned read only or read/write access to each repository.

"The 'hole' for Apple when it concerns documents is that there is no fast, simple way to browse and search a companies documents from iPhones, iPads and Web," says Spot Documents Founder Tom Anderson. "The current solutions from DropBox and iDisk, and others offer no content searching -- but perhaps more importantly, they offer no real icons or previews. Spot Documents offers icons and 'Quick Look' like previews as have become familiar and...

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Dec 08
Ansca Mobile updates Corona SDK platform

Ansca Mobile (http://www.anscamobile.com) has released Corona SDK, a new version of its Mac-based industry standard mobile development platform. With Corona SDK, developers can write code once and build apps and games for both iOS and Android at the touch of a button.

The new release includes new APIs [application programming interfaces] that support, among other functionality, OpenAL audio, Facebook integration and MapView. In addition, Ansca merged all features of its Corona: Game Edition product into the core CoronaSDK product, with the latter now boasting all features and serving as the single product SKU offered by the Company.

The new Corona SDK audio engine is built on the industry standard OpenAL, designed for low-latency, high performance mixing and supporting 32 audio channels. Corona SDK now integrates the latest version of the native Facebook library (which is currently iOS-only...

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Dec 08
BatchOutput for InDesign updated to version 3.9.10

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.9.10, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The update improves PDF preflight options and offers enhanced support for multiple versions of InDesign.

BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.

BatchOutput 3.9.10 can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$129.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The upgrade to BatchOutput 3.9.10 is free for users of version 3.x, and $51.98 from earlier versions. It includes the Deliver application (a $19.95 value). Users who purchased BatchOutput 3.7 and earlier can contact Zevrix...

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Dec 08
FileMaker delivers FileMaker Go training

FileMaker, Inc. has announced FileMaker Go training, now available in the updated FileMaker Technical Resource Kit (http://www.filemaker.co.uk/trk/).

The free downloadable kit’s four self-paced training modules include the new FileMaker Go module, which teaches users how to optimize and deploy FileMaker Pro databases on the iPad and iPhone. It also provides recommendations for using calculations and scripts in FileMaker Go, and covers passing data between FileMaker Go and other mobile applications.
 
The FileMaker Go training module and three modules covering some of the hottest FileMaker topics (Working with Layouts, Reporting and Security) are sold as part of the £65 FileMaker Training Series, but are available free, along with a 30-day trial of FileMaker Pro, in this kit, says Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc.

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Dec 08
Beta of DaisyDisk 2.0 for Mac OS X available

The DaisyDisk Team has released a beta of DaisyDisk 2.0 (http://www.daisydiskapp.com), a scanning/mapping system utility for Mac OS X. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

The beta features built-in file deletion, can scan several disks at a time, has brand new UI based on Core Animation, and more. In DaisyDisk, disk contents are displayed as an interactive sunburst map, revealing large files that may no longer be necessary. The sunburst map provides a color-coded overview of disk usage, and can be navigated to preview deeper levels of data.

DaisyDisk supports all kinds of drives, including Time Machine volumes, network share drives, FTP drives, USB thumbsticks, FireWire drives, CD/DVD drives and images, FUSE drives, SATA drives, IDE/ATA drives and RAID drives. When the application is launched an overview of all mounted disks is displayed, with graphical...

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Dec 07
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 7

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/).

The Juno Company has announced Juno’s Musical ABCs, an eBook app that gives children a way to learn and interact with the alphabet. It works with the iPhone and iPod touch and is available free for a limited time.

Developer and musician Paul Slocum has released sir Sampleton 1.0, his new sampling keyboard app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With the US$2.99 app, the user can create unique sounds with their own voice or with noisy objects around the house, save it as a musical note sample, and then play it back on the App's keyboard.

Active Mind Apps has introduced Kids' Quotas 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Developed specifically to serve as an activity time tracker, the $2.99 app helps manage a child's time in any activity...

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Dec 07
Speck introduces DustJacket for the iPad

Speck (http//www.speckproducts.com) has delivered a duo of new folio-style cases for the iPad and Kindle 3.

The DustJacket for iPad both protects and enhances its functionality, according to Speck CEO Irene Baran. The protective cover opens like a book and folds back flat for a comfortable grip. You can also unfold and position the DustJacket to multiple preset angles for viewing or working.

The custom cradle holds your iPad securely within the micro-fleece lined interior, and the padded leatherette exterior adds extra comfort and protection from bumps and drops. The DustJacket is available in red and black leatherette at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$49.95.

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