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Dec 15
New books come to iBookStore

HarperCollins Children's Books says more than 30 of its most beloved picture books are available as e-books in time for the holidays. For the first time, Fancy Nancy, Splat the Cat, and that feisty dog Marley can be viewed digitally on the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone through the Apple iBookstore and on NOOKcolor by Barnes & Noble.

Also, Disney Publishing Worldwide has debuted illustrated books from Tron, Toy Story, Cars and other favorites on the iBookstore. The books --- priced from $2.99 to $9.99 each -- offer full-color, two-page spreads.

The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or download a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. The iBooks is a free download at the Apple App Store.

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Dec 15
Canada's government gives thumbs-up to the iBookstore

The federal government in Canada declared on Tuesday that having a Canadian version of Apple Inc.'s iBookstore would be of net benefit to Canada, reports the "Leader-Post" (http://www.leaderpost.com/news/iBookstore+gets+thumb+Canada/3978206/stor...).

In September, then-governor general Michaelle Jean ordered the government to review the digital bookstore's Canadian iteration to ensure it posed no risk to the nation's cultural identity. On Tuesday, the government found it didn't.

"Apple has demonstrated how iBookstore Canada represents new opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers, and I have determined that this investment will be of net benefit to Canada," Heritage Minister James Moore said in a statement announcing the approval.

Some of the new opportunities outlined in the...

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Dec 15
Stores carrying Apple products burglarized

Stores carrying Apple products should be on guard. Burglaries of such establishments seems to be on the rise.

A security camera caught this smash and grab robbery at an apple store in Greenwich, Connecticut, reports "NECN" (http://www.necn.com/12/15/10/New-England-Apple-stores-step-up-securit/la...). Thousands of dollars in merchandiser were stolen.

Several stores selling Apple products in Vermont and New Hampshire have also been targeted recently, notes "NECN." Police say the suspects were looking for drug money and knew the popular products would help them get it.

And yesterday South Burlington (Vermont) police responded to an alarm at Small Dog Electronics at about 0605 hours and found the...

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Dec 15
Apple ranks number 20 on Best Places to Work list

When it comes to great employers, the employees know best. Glassdoor.com, a jobs and career community where people share workplace insights, has just released the third annual Employees' Choice Awards, listing the top 50 "Best Places to Work" based on surveys collected from U.S.-based employees in 2010. Apple placed number 20 on the list.

The top five Best Places to Work, according to employees, are: Facebook, Southwest Airlines, Bain & Company, General Mills and Edelman. Of the 50 employers honored, 16 have been on the list for each of the last three years, and 21 are debuting on the list this year, including Facebook.

"Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards recognize stand-out companies that have retained the support and commitment of their employees despite the tough economic climate," says Robert Hohman, co-founder and CEO of Glassdoor. "Through anonymous employee reviews and surveys, Glassdoor offers a unique look into the top U.S. employers and some of the...

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Dec 15
iPads, iPod touches increasingly incorporated into classrooms

iPads and iPod touches are increasingly common in classrooms across North America, it seems.

iPads are being provided to students at several Bay Area public and private schools this year, including Hillbrook, which claims to be the only K-8 school in America using tablet computers in class and sending them home, reports the "San Jose Mercury News" (http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_16860666?nclick_check=1).

At Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose -- which introduced 32 iPads into the classroom this fall -- the devices are used only in class. And Stanford's School of Medicine gave 92 iPads outright to its first-year students this September. At Hillbrook, which received its iPads last summer as a gift from the parents of two students, seventh-graders such as Sophie slip the handheld devices into backpacks...

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Dec 15
Analyst: Apple will sell nine million Verizon iPhones in 2011

Apple will sell nine million Verizon iPhones in 2011, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients a note, as reported by "Business Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-will-sell-9-million-verizon-iphones...).

What's more, he says that estimate may be conservation. Munster thinks that Apple could sell closer to 20 million iPhones at Verizon next year.

The analyst thinks Verizon will activate 25 million smartphones next year. His estimate of nine million would only represent 36% of all activations for the year. Note that there's been no official word on if or when Verizon will carry the iPhone.

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Dec 15
HandStand accessory cradles the iPad

Hub International has released the HandStand for the iPad. It's an US$ , ergonomically designed accessory that cradles the the Apple tablet, providing a control platform that positions the device as an extension of the user’s hand, says inventor Jaime Smith.

The design frees up a navigation hand, reduces fatigue, and eliminates common problems associated with iPad use, including inadvertent scrolling, application launching, and awkward iPad controlling and maneuvering, he adds. The HandStand is made of silicone and has a tough, rotating disk that allows you to spin the iPad freely from landscape to portrait and back again.

The company is currently taking all orders online (http://thehandstand.com/) and will be evaluating retail placement opportunities in coming months, Smith. The pre-order price is US$59.95.

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Dec 15
ooVoo launches first 4G mobile video chat service

oVoo (http://www.ooVoo.com) has launched ooVoo Mobile, a mobile video chat service on the Android marketplace. It allows up to six users to simultaneously participate on a video call.

ooVoo Mobile users can make calls to friends, family and colleagues on Macs, PCs, tablets and other mobile phones. And it works over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G networks.

As well as six-way video chat and unparalleled quality, ooVoo Mobile also features free ooVoo-to-ooVoo voice calls, text chat, contact list integration and video calls to any person not on ooVoo via a web browser. Available immediately on the Android Market for the HTC Evo and Samsung Epic, ooVoo plans to support new devices every day as well as iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in early 2011.

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Dec 15
Slideshow update for Mac OS X sports revised QuickTime formats

Apimac (http://www.apimac.com) has released Slideshow 9.6, an update to their slideshow and presentation tool for Mac OS X. The update includes revised QuickTime exportation formats to support the iPad and iPhone 4.

Slideshow allows you to create slideshow presentations and portfolios that can be distributed as freestanding programs for Mac and Windows or as movie files. The files can be distributed as freestanding programs for Mac and Windows systems or as movie files optimized for YouTube, CD-ROMs, the Web, iTunes, iPod, iOS (iPad, iPhone and iPhone 4) mobile devices and computers.

Slideshow 9.5 also offers mproved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), Apple Remote support updated to work with Snow Leopard and the new Aluminium Remote, user interface improvements and more. It costs US$39; a demo is available for download.

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Dec 15
BBEdit for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 9.6.2, an update to its HTML and text editor. It fixes reported issues and adds syntax coloring and function navigation support for JSON.

A refined Translate command simplifies the process of converting documents between HTML and plain text, according to Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software. BBEdit 9.6 also includes support for directory-specific settings and a new command-line option for creating projects.

The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for US$30.

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Dec 15
Raidon launches internal, 2.5-inch SSD storage

Raidon Technology (http://www.RAIDON.com.tw) has announced two internal 2.5-inch iR2420-2S-S2 and iS2420-2S-S2 storage device with aluminum textures and a tray ejection design.

They accommodate two 2.5-inch SSD or SATAII hard drives that offer quick installation. They're the size of a 3.5-inch and can be installed in any 3.5-inch HDD slot in a computer.
 
The tray ejection design can be installed SSD or HDD without any screws. What's more, the SSD or HDD is removable while the system is still running. Contact Raidon for pricing options.

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Dec 15
Chronos announces upcoming SOHO Notes 9, SOHO Organizer 9

Chronos has announced a special pre-release sales event for its forthcoming release of SOHO Notes 9 and SOHO Organizer 9. The aim of this sales event is to introduce the new features in these forthcoming products and give users a chance to save money.

SOHO Notes 9 and SOHO Organizer 9 will be officially released before Jan. 31. Users may pre-order either product at a 25% discount before midnight on Dec. 31 at http://www.chronosnet.com/store/version9presale.html . Similarly, currently registered customers may pre-order an upgrade at a 25% discount.

During the pre-release pricing, you can purchase SOHO Notes 9 for US$29.99 (it's regularly $40). You can buy SOHO Organizer 9 for $74.99 (it's regularly $100). Pre-release pricing for upgrades is: upgrade to SOHO Notes 9 for $18.75 (regularly $25) and upgrade to SOHO Organizer 9 for $37.50 (...

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Dec 15
Tickets on sale for tenth annual San Francisco FCPUG SuperMeet

The FCPUG Network has announced the Tenth Annual San Francisco FCPUG SuperMeet will take place on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California.

Doors open at 4 pm and presentations begin at 7 pm. The San Francisco FCPUG SuperMeet kicks off a year-long celebration of the tenth anniversary of the SuperMeets and promises to be the single largest gathering of FCS, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers in the Bay Area for all of 2011.

At 4 pm will be the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase," featuring over 25 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 pm and continue until 11 pm. Tickets are on sale online for the early bird price of US$10 each plus ticket fee (early bird pricing ends Dec. 28) and $6 for students with a valid student ID.

The San Francisco FCPUG SuperMeet agenda will feature presentations from Autodesk and AJA, show-and-tells from local Bay Area filmmakers and tips and...

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Dec 15
FmPro Migrator upgraded to version 5.5.8

.com Solutions has announced FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 5.5.8 (http://www.fmpromigrator.com/products/fmpro_migrator/index.html). The new version creates .Net database front-end applications from popular desktop database applications.

Compiled applications can be deployed as Windows desktop or cross-platform SilverLight apps. This feature leverages the automated layout and relationship importing features of FmPro Migrator Developer Edition, along with FileMaker Pro Advanced or Microsoft Access and Visual Studio 2010.

FmPro Migrator Developer Edition is priced at US$200 per developer. It includes a copy of FmPro Migrator Developer Edition for both Mac OS X and Windows platforms.

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Dec 15
Zevrix Deliver beefs up emailing feature

Zevrix Solutions (http:/www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.1, a maintenance update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks. The upgrade update lets users add email recipients at delivery time.

Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other powerful capabilities. It supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and other services, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once. Deliver also lets users send output files directly from Adobe InDesign.

Deliver 2.1 can be purchased from Zevrix web site for US$19.95 (it's free with purchase of BatchOutput for InDesign). A demo is available for download. The upgrade from File Courier is free for licensed users. Deliver works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

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Dec 14
Apple updates printer drivers

Apple has released updated printer drivers for various Canon, Fuji and Lexmark printers. You can download them via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.

By default, Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard installs software supporting the printers currently used by your Mac (if available), nearby printers on your network, and popular printer and scanner models. You can learn more about the latest printer updates at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669 .

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Dec 14
Apple releases Apple TV firmware update

Apple has released a firmware update for the latest Apple TV. The update will appear automatically for Apple TV owners.

There are no release notes or other info on what the firmware update entails. The only thing we know is that the moniker of the update goes from iOS 4.2 Build 8C150 to iOS 4.2.1 Build 8C154.

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Dec 14
Mac sales surge in November

Mac sales surged last month, according to new data from the NPD research group (http://www.npd.com). Sales rose 19%, and the new MacBook line has sold well. Apple is also being adopted by more businesses, notes "24/7 Wall Street" (http://247wallst.com/2010/12/14/apple-and-lenovo-take-pc-growth-lead/).

Toshiba saw November sales improve 22% improvement over October and Lenovo saw a 69% gain. On the other hand, HP saw a 15% dip in sales.

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Dec 14
iPad is Most Memorable New Product Launch of 2010

The iPad secured the number one spot as the Most Memorable New Product Launch of 2010 (http://www.mmnpl.com), a host of equally interesting product introductions garnered consumer attention in this year’s Most Memorable New Product Launch survey. by Schneider Associates, an integrated marketing and public relations agency.

Technology products took five spots, with the Windows 7 coming in a close second to the iPad and compensating for the failure of Vista in 2007. Rounding out the tech trend were Motorola Droid (#4), the iPod nano (#6) and Samsung 3DTV (#8). Quick, low cost breaks were also a theme, with consumers remembering small indulgences in the form of small but tasty impulse purchases like Pretzel M&Ms (#3), McDonald’s Smoothies (#5), and Starbucks VIA instant coffee (#7).

As always, a few innovative and nontraditional product offerings made memorable impressions, with Huggies Jeans Diapers (#9...

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Dec 14
Analyst expects 'smart TV' from Apple by 2012

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Forbes" (http://blogs.forbes.com/ericsavitz/2010/12/14/apple-off-morgan-stanley-b...) -- Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said she removed Apple from her firm’s best idea list, noting that the stock is up 28% over the past six month, twice the gain for the S&P 500 over the same span. However, she keeps an US$375 price target on the shares.

She also sees lots of new goodies from Apple over the next two years. For 2011, she expects a Verizon iPhone, the iPhone 5 in July and lower priced iPads by April. For 2012, she expects Apple to unveiled a "smart "TV, a redesigned iPad and and LTE iPhone.

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Dec 14
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 14

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/).

Gamers who want to make sure they never miss another video game release date now have a solution: GAME.minder, a free iOS app from Handelabra Studio. Currently tracking over 1,000 games, GAME.minder enables iPhone users to search and filter their favorite games by platform (including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and many others), title or release window. Once they find their games, users set a RE.minder, and GAME.minder does the rest. The app notifies the user when dates change and at one month, one week or one day before each release date.

Groupnet has announced PubMed Clip, an iPhone/iPad app to search PubMed. In addition to the search functionality, it supports saving the necessary citations on iPhone/iPad and working with other...

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Dec 14
First iAd for iPad is for 'Tron Legacy'

The first iAd for iPad will launch Tuesday for the upcoming Disney movie, "Tron Legacy." This is a preview of what Apple's mobile ad format will look like on the iPad, and the only iAd planned for Apple's tablet for this year, an Apple spokesman told "Advertising Age" (http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=147660).

Here's how "Advertising Age" describes the ad: "Like its iPhone and iPod Touch predecessors, the first iPad iAd is chock-full of the rich graphics, touch navigation and video native to apps. The full-screen 'Tron' ad, which will run in iPad apps such as TV Guide, includes close to 10 minutes of video, images from the movie, a theater locator with showtimes, and a preview of the movie soundtrack with the option to purchase on iTunes without leaving the ad. For the first time in any iAd, users will also be able to send email straight...

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Dec 14
TuneWear releases TuneFolio Urban for the iPad

TuneWear (http://www.tunewear.com) has announced the new TuneFolio Urban series of mobility cases for the iPad. The US$59.95 can be carried like a notebook, includes a shoulder strap and can be positioned as a stand.

The TuneFolio Urban is available in two styles, wide and tall, and four color variations. hen closed, it can be carried like a notebook with the iPad held securely inside. The iPad screen is fully protected and the elastic band keeps the case tightly shut and prevents the Apple tablet from slipping out.

The wide stylecan be folded into a horizontal standing position and is best for watching movies or surfing web sites. It has a velcro adhesive mechanism that allows setting the iPad angle at any position. To adjust the position, lift the Apple tablet up and then place it back down down to the preferred angle. Adjust it to a steeper angle for watching a movie or adjust it to a lower...

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Dec 14
BitDefender releases Antivirus 2011 for Mac OS X

BitDefender (http://www.bitdefender.com), a provider of Internet solutions, has announced the latest version of its antivirus solution, BitDefender Antivirus 2011 for Mac. It's designed for Mac OS X users, networks running both Mac and PCs and users operating a dual-boot Windows and Mac system.

In addition to proactively securing Mac computer systems from viruses and removing malware threats, the latest version incorporates BitDefender’s antiphishing technology to protect households using multiple operating systems. 
 
“We’re seeing more and more Mac-specific threats as the market grows. Moreover phishing attacks can expose sensitive information or an identity regardless of the operating system, making security software a must for any computer,” says Catalin Cosoi, BitDefender’s head of online threats lab. “The latest release of BitDefender Antivirus for Mac offers protection that’s...

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Dec 14
OWC announces do-it-yourself SSD kits for laptops

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the OWC Do-It-Yourself (DIY) SSD Storage Upgrade Kit starting at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$109.99.

Available in 14 configurations with capacities up to 480GB, the OWC DIY SSD Kits let you upgrade your Mac or Windows laptop to the solid state drives (SSDs). They also work with Mac minis.

With the OWC DIY SSD Storage Upgrade Kit, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and PC laptop users can upgrade their computer’s internal hard drive with SSDs from OWC. They can then continue to use their old drive by installing it into the provided OWC enclosure for a pocket-sized portable external drive.

Select kits include a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle. For bundle details, visit ...

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