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Mar 31
Apple to absorb increasing costs due to Japan's brownouts

Although Japan's power brownout policy is seriously affecting the operations of Japan-based upstream component makers, causing related upstream components to see price rises, since Apple has agreed to absorb all the additional costs in exchange for smooth shipments, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/9lKDw).

Apple's upstream component suppliers, which purchase components from Japan, are expected to see their profitability undamaged in the short term, according to sources from upstream component makers, the article adds. However, "DigiTimes" says that, for other tablet vendors, purchasing pressure will increase, and "if they are unable to absorb the extra costs, which will only give Apple more advantages in the market."

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Mar 31
Apple's VP of worldwide marketing communications leaving?

Allison Johnson, who has served as Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing communications since 2005, is leaving the company, reports "All Things Digital" (http://macte.ch/Cq2KJ), quoting "several sources."

She's purportedly leaving to co co-found a new marketing and communications firm with another Silicon Valley communications luminary, Former Facebook PR exec Brandee Barker. Sources told "All Things D" that Johnson will begin work at the venture after negotiating her departure from Apple, which is likely to come sometime before the summer.

At Apple, Johnson has managed global advertising for some of the company’s most revolutionary products and the iconic ads for them. Those ads have been created by TBWA\Chiat\Day.

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Mar 31
ParentsRemote 1.0 lets you keep track of your child's...

SubRosaSoft.com has released ParentsRemote, a tool for parents looking to protect their kid's in a digital world. It "makes it simple for you to monitor and control your children's computer remotely using an interface that is as familiar as an advanced television remote control," says SubRosaSoft.com CEO Marko Kostyrko.

A built-in key logger and history monitor help the user keep track of who their child is communicating with online and keep track of the contents of the conversation. The user can obtain recently visited websites, downloads, and programs, and decide what action to take. 

Users can access the built-in web camera and desktop screenshots lets the user take photos inside their child's room. ParentsRemote gives the user the ability to discover what is happening on their child's screen. These activities can also be automatically recorded at the interval of the user's choice. Remote volume and power controls let the user coperate their child's computer...

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Mar 31
Witness turns your Macs into a home alarm

Orbicule has introducced Witness for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The software turns a Mac into a home alarm system, using its iSight camera as a motion sensor. If motion is detected, Witness sends mugshots and video to your iPhone or iPad.

Witness uses advanced motion detection, says Peter Schols, president of Orbicule.. The alarm system can be controlled and monitored remotely using either the witnessapp.com web app or a free iOS app. These apps allow the user to remotely arm or disarm the alarm and they instantly alert the owner when motion is detected, showing mugshots and video of the intruder.

Witness is available from http://orbicule.com/witness . An account costs US$39 (one-time fee), with a $29 student license.

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Mar 31
Layer Comps 2.0 InDesign Plug-in for InDesign CS3-CS 5 shipping

DTP Tools has released its Layer Comps 2.0 plug-in for Adobe InDesign. Layer Comps enables users to record different layout variations.

Landscape and portrait  pages for iPad can now have the same source file, as well as print and electronic output allowing designers to do most of the work just once, staying in the same document until the final export. Version 2.0 lets you record: objects' size and position; page size and orientation; and states of layers in linked graphics (.psd, .ai) changing appearance or effects applied between versions

Layer Comps plug-in is sold for US$40 per license. It can also be purchased as a part of the Layer Tools bundle with Layer Groups plug-in. As with all DTP Tools plug-ins, upgrades from all previous versions are free. A 14-day demo for InDesign CS3-CS5 on Mac and Windows systems is available at http://www.dtptools.com/layercomps .

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Mar 31
Missing manuals for iPhoto '11, iMovie '11

O'Reilly has released "iPhoto '11: The Missing Manual" (http://macte.ch/XlQgT) and "iMovie '11 and iDVD: The Missing Manual" (http://macte.ch/d3Xuw).

The former is US$31.99 for the ebook edition, $39.99 for the print edition, and $43.99 for print plus ebook edition. The latter is $27.99 for the ebook edition, $34.99 for the print edition, and $38.49 for print plus ebook edition

Here's how the books are described: "iPhoto '11 makes it easier than ever to transfer photos from a digital camera, organize them, and publish, print, or share them—but there's still no printed manual. The new version of iPhoto boasts loads of new features including easier ways to get your photos online and new options for creating printed projects. Fortunately, David Pogue and Lesa Snider team up in this funny, authoritative book that should have been in the box...

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Mar 31
New Sena iPad 2 cases work with Apple's Smart Cover

Sena Cases (http://www.senacases.com/apple/ipad-2-cases/ )has announced new high-end leather cases for the iPad 2. The Sena Folio (pictured), Florence and UltraSlim also accommodate the Apple Smart Cover.

The US$59.99 UltraSlim slips over the Smart Cover and provides protection to the entire iPad 2 including the back of the iPad 2, but it has zero excess material offering a seamless and protective ultra-thin look and feel, says Sena Cases CEO Ramsey Oten. The Sena Folio Case for the iPad 2 sports an improved leather portfolio book design othat ffers a side-folding design with three integrated positions including portrait and landscape standing positions, as well as a typing position.

The Folio features a soft velvet protection on the inside, as well as multiple pockets for credit cards. It is secured with a strap and snap closure for total protection when...

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Mar 31
Keynote Themes 3.0 packs over 80 themes

Elia Network and iPresentee have announced Keynote Themes 8.0 (http://www.keynotestage.com/), which includes 80 themes to be used with Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWorks suite.

KeynoteStage contains 165 keynote themes contained in three categories: Keynote Themes, Keynote Themes for iPad and Keynote Motion Themes.. Each Keynote Theme is available in standard or HD formats. These new Keynote Themes has from 18 to 23 different master slide layouts.

Keynote Themes 8.0 costs US$30; each theme can be purchased for $5. The new release includes 10 new themes: Cloverleaf, Dew Drops, Paperclips, Crayon, Splash of Ink, Color Block, Water Drops, Color Spectrum, Yellow Art and Color Curves. The themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or iWork '08/' 09.

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Mar 31
SMEStorage announces CloudFTP

SMEStorage (http://www.smestorage.com) has released CloudFTP, a new feature add-on for their open cloud platform that enables FTP storage clouds even if the underlying storage cloud doesn't support the File Transfer Protocol.

The CloudFTP feature continues a theme of providing ubiquitous access into silo'd storage clouds. SMEStorage already enables WebDav access into any storage cloud supported by the open cloud platform via the use of the CloudDav product. in addition to this users can already use the Amazon application programming interface to access any of the storage clouds mapped to their account.

According to SMEStorage CEO Ian Osborne, CloudFTP has been tested with many popular FTP clients such as Transmit, CODA, Krusader, Filezylla, the Ubuntu ftp client, Total Commander, and others. CloudFTP is available to new and existing SMEStorage users and is priced at US$19.99.

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Mar 31
NewerTech debuts StoraDrive Media Storage Tray

Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has expanded its hard drive accessory line with the introduction of the new $7.99 Media Storage Tray for use with the NewerTech StoraDrive.

The Media Storage Tray transforms one of the stackable anti-static StoraDrive cases into a compartmentalized, padded, all-in-one storage solution for protecting and organizing multiple digital media formats. It can hold up to 13 pieces of digital media in multiple formats.

Made of ESD foam rubber and weighing 0.8 oz., the Media Storage Tray provides fingertip access to five different media formats in a single, space saving desktop location. The Media Storage Tray insert is designed as an enhancement for the $9.95 NewerTech StoraDrive stackable anti-static cases.

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Mar 31
Accounted 3.0 sports over 25 new features, improvements

Oranged Software has released Accounted 3.0 (http://www.oranged.net/accounted/), an update to the accounting package. The upgrade has over 25 new features, improvements and bug fixes.

Accounted 3.0 sports a modern look. The interface has been completely reimagined, making it cleaner and sleeker. The program as a whole has been updated to be more readable, making it easier to browse through your accounts and transactions, according to the folks at Oranged Software. They've even updated the icons.

The new version also sports account-specific currencies, improved exchange rate updating, and several other currency-related features. The People window has been enhanced with new capabilities, including mass deletion and merging. Elsewhere in the program, you can also duplicate transactions and set new filtering and display options for the accounts list, and more.

Accounted 3.0...

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Mar 31
New Traktor generation drives into stores

Native Instruments says the Traktor 2 generation is now available in stores worldwide.

The company says the new Traktor generation establishes the next level of versatility and ease-of-use with its Traktor Pro 2 software and Traktor Scratch Pro 2 digital vinyl system, as well as its two-deck Duo versions. New features include TruWave waveform displays, SoftSync track synchronization, powerful sample decks and more.

With the new Traktor Audio 6 and Traktor Audio 10, the second generation of Native Instruments' DJ interface range offers expanded connectivity and additional features for club use. For the Traktor Kontrol S4 system, the new Traktor Pro 2 software replaces the originally included Traktor Pro S4 version. All Kontrol S4 owners will receive a download upgrade free of charge.

Suggested retail pricing is: Traktor Pro 2, US$229; Traktor Scratch Pro 2, $669; Traktor Duo 2, $119; Traktor Scratch Duo 2, $399; Traktor Audio 6, $279; and Traktor Audio 10, $449...

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Mar 31
Beta of DevonAgent 3 available

DevonTechnologies says its DevonAgent research tool is now available in version 3.0 public beta 3.

Public beta 3 of DevonAgent integrates web search even tighter into the system with a brand new menu extra that makes DevonAgent's unique search technology available from anywhere on the Mac, according to DevonTechnologies President Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann. Placed on the right-hand side of the menu bar the menu lets the user type in queries and open interesting results with a single click in DevonAgent or any other web browser of choice, he adds.

In addition, public beta 3 brings two new search sets querying Google and Bing unfiltered, a new plugin for the Highbeam article archive, and detail improvements. Reports support OPML and HTML now, search sets can be exported by dragging them to the Finder, and phrases can contain the asterisk operator. DevonTechnologies has also slightly overhauled the styling of search results and fixed a number of bugs and glitches.

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Mar 31
Poster 1.1 adds SmugMug support, more

Reinvented Software has updated Poster 1.0 for Mac OS X (http://reinventedsoftware.com/poster/), to version 1.1.

Poster is an app for uploading photos and videos to multiple sites and accounts. Version 1.1 adds support for posting to SmugMug, posting videos to Facebook, improves the app's plug-ins for iPhoto and Aperture, people tagging and more.

Poster works with popular photo editing and management applications and can also perform some tricks of its own, such as rotating and resizing photos before uploading. With it you can post photos and videos to Flickr and photos to Facebook.

For Flickr, Poster can post both photos and videos, auto-complete tags, allows you to create and choose sets, submit photos to groups, tag people and moderate your photos all within the app. Its

All Items view lets you work with an entire set of photos as easily as just one....

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Mar 31
FlashVideo Converter gets new video engine, interface

Macvide has announced FlashVideo Converter 3.5 (http://www.macvide.com/Macvide_FlashVideo_Converter/), an update of the Flash to video conversion utility for Mac OS X . The upgrade includes a new video engine, a new interface and Adobe Flash 10.2 support.

FlashVideo Converter allows conversion of Adobe Flash files to video. All of the most popular formats are supported, including MP4 (iPod Video), MOV, 3GP and MPEG.

FlashVideo Converter 3.5 is available for US$99.95 for a single user license. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Version 3.5 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Mar 31
World Clock Deluxe ticks to version 4.7.5

MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.5.

The offset from UTC of Irkutsk, Russia has been updated after the Irkutsk region moved from Irkutsk Time (UTC+8) to Krasnoyarsk Time (UTC+7) on March 27. Also, Daylight-saving Time information for Belarus, Chile, the Gaza Strip, Morocco, Russia, Samoa, Turkey, the West Bank, and Western Sahara has been updated.

With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian.

World Clock Deluxe requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and runs natively on both...

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Mar 31
'YML' looks at WWDC, OS X, more

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the upcoming Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, Mac OS X and Amazon's plans for world domination. Also, "IRC Babe Sly" will have her announcements and announce the "Web Site of the Week."

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Mar 30
Mac OS X 10.6.7 Supplemental Update for 13" MacBook Air...

Apple has released Mac OS X v10.6.7 Supplemental Update for 13" MacBook Air (Late 2010), which addresses an issue that makes the system unresponsive when using iTunes.



Apple says it's recommended for all 13-inch MacBook Air (Late 2010) users running Mac OS X v10.6.7. You can obtain the 461KB update via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Mar 30
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 30

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

Mobistealth has announced Mobistealth iPhone Pro version. The US$79.99 app enables a user to activate the phone remotely and either record or listen live to the surroundings.

Dealnews.com -- a year-round resource for online deals on consumer electronics, gadgets, computers, apparel, and more -- has released a free app that allows iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users to browse more than 100 deals a day from 2,000-plus online retailer. The main feature of the dealnews app is push alerts, which sends personal deal alerts for specific products or coupons to on-the-go users within minutes of a deal going live.

True Hero Studio has introduced Exam Time 1.0, an education tool for iOS devices. The $0.99 app operates on strict time management features for...

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Mar 30
Microsoft continues fight against Apple's trademarking of...

Microsoft has once again filed opposition to Apple's efforts to trademark the phrase "App Store," reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/n3VJ3). In a new reply filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to get Apple's trademark application refused, Microsoft "rebutted Apple's rebuttal from earlier this month," the article adds.

"The undisputed facts establish that 'app store' means exactly what it says, a store offering apps, and is generic for the retail store services for which Apple seeks registration," the company wrote in the filing. "Apple does not contest that its other services are ancillary and incidental to its retail store services. Summary judgment should be entered denying Apple's application in its entirety."

In the nine-page document, Microsoft takes aim at Apple's defense of the trademark, which made use of testimony from Robert A. Leonard to show that "App Store" was in fact a proper noun...

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Mar 30
SmithBucklin equips employees with iPad 2s

SmithBucklin (http://www.smithbucklin.com/), an association management and professional services company, is giving its employees an Apple iPad 2 as a way to reward excellent staff performance, improve productivity and enhance the company’s social media capabilities, according to President/CEO Henry Givray.

SmithBucklin employees will receive a 32GB Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi capabilities. For a nominal fee, they can upgrade to a 64GB version or one that offers Wi-Fi and 3G service through Verizon or AT&T. Also, employees were given an US$50 Apple gift certificate that may be used to purchase iPad accessories such as the new Smart Cover, digital AV adapter, camera connection kit or keyboard.

The association management company employs more than 600 people, with offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn. All of the company’s offices and conference rooms are Wi-Fi...

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Mar 30
Apple to announce latest financial results on April 20

Apple will announce the results for their second fiscal quarter on Wednesday, April 20, at 2 pm (Pacific). There will be an audio webcast with analysts broadcast live at that time; you'll need QuickTime to listen.

The average analyst estimate for iPad sales in the quarter is 6.23 million. Also, Mac sales are expected to increase by about 20%.

In its last fiscal quarter Apple announced record-breaking results (again), including $6 billion in profit on revenue of $26.74 billion. The company also sold record numbers of Macs, iPhones, and iPads. For the second fiscal quarter, Apple has issued guidance of $22 billion in revenue with profits of $4.90 per share.

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Mar 30
Analysts weigh in on Apple's size, rumored iPhone 5 delay

Two analysts have weighed in on Apple's stock, looking at the potential of Apple to grow and the effect of a rumored delay in the release of the iPhone 5.

Shaw Wu with Sterne Agee has initiated coverage of Apple with a Buy rating as part of a broad transfer of coverage from analyst Vijay Rakesh, reports "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/JKVG8). He says that investors still under-appreciate the growth in Apple’s end-markets, as well as its ability transform existing markets and create new ones.

“One of the key concerns that we and many investors have is that AAPL has gotten to a size where it is becoming difficult to grow the way it has over the past 10 years,” writes Wu. “We believe this is a legitimate concern but at the same time, if any company could do it, it would be AAPL," Wu tells clients. "We think the beauty with the AAPL story is that the company doesn’t need to win everyone over to continue its...

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Mar 30
Survey: iPhone poised for big success in China

A new survey by Morgan Stanley and AlphaWise -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- says that Apple is poised to capitalize on an explosion in sales of 3G smartphones in China, with the iPhone the most popular option, though lower prices could give it the lion's share of sales.

The survey results show 3G handsets and smartphones are taking off in China in 2011. Nearly 90% of respondents said they have "high interest" in buying a 3G handset or smartphone as their next phone.

Of those who plan to buy a smartphone, the most popular option is the iPhone. A total of 30% of respondents with 3G handset purchase intensions said they will most likely purchase an iPhone, followed by 25% for a Nokia device, 7% for HTC, 5% for Samsung, and 4% for Motorola.

The iPhone would be an even more popular option, the survey found, if Apple were to lower the price of its...

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Mar 30
SQL injection campaign infects some iTunes URLs

iTunes, reports "The Inquirer" (http://macte.ch/VOibq). Lizamoon is a SQL injection attack, where hackers target the database backend of a website and execute unauthorized commands by taking advantage of insecure code.

Insecurity firm Websense says that, according to a Google search, over 28,000 URLs have been compromised. It saw infected iTunes URLs that the media player will download from the publisher to update podcast and episode availability, says "The Inquirer."

"We believe that these RSS/XML feeds have been compromised with the injected code," says Websense security expert Patrik Runald. "The good thing is that iTunes encodes the script tags, which means that the script doesn't execute on the user's computer."

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