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Oct 16
Apple updates MobileMe Calendar Web app

Apple has launched a tweaked the MobileMe Calendar Web app. MobileMe is the company's US$99-per-year suite of Internet tools.

It sports a new web interface with calendar sharing and event invitations, as well as new features designed to make it easier to use. Features include the ability to: share calendars with family and friends (though they must be MobileMe members in the beta); publish calendars for groups or teams; and offer event invitations with RSVPs. The app works with the calendar applications on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

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Oct 16
Iomega rolls out external SSD drives

Iomega has announced new host-powered Iomega External USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drives. The pocket-sized 1.8-inch external USB 3.0 SSD Flash drives will be available in early November in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

They're encased in a sleek metal enclosure that delivers added protection from drops up to 10 feet. Iomega's new SSD Flash Drives feature 256-bit hardware encryption for security, bundled anti-virus and backup software.

The new Iomega External SSD Flash Drive USB 3.0 will be available worldwide in early November in three capacities: 64GB for US$229, 128GB for $399, and 256GB for $749. Iomega's new External SSD Flash Drives will be available in the channel from distributors, systems integrators and others, as well as retailers and at www.iomega.com .

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Oct 15
Apple’s iPad coming to AT&T stores on Oct. 28

AT&T and Apple say that all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available at more than 2,200 AT&T Stores starting Thursday, Oct, 28. AT&T will offer customers 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad, complete with Apple’s easy on-device activation and management.

All iPad data plans are available without a term contract and include unlimited access to AT&T’s 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots. All iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in AT&T Stores across the US for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. Domestic data plans for iPad are priced at $14.99 per month for 250MB and $25 per month for 2GB with no term contract. Both plans include unlimited access to AT&T’s 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots.

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Oct 15
Verizon Wireless to carry the iPad

Verizon Wireless and Apple say the iPad will be available at over 2,000 Verizon Wireless Stores nationwide beginning Thursday, Oct. 28.

Verizon Wireless will offer three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, for a suggested retail price of US$629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi. Verizon Wireless is offering a monthly access plan to iPad customers of up to 1GB of data for$20 a month. In addition, Verizon Wireless will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models on a stand-alone basis.

The MiFi 2200 is small enough to fit in a pocket and allows customers to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 3G Mobile Broadband network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The MiFi 2200’s rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of active use and 40 hours of standby time on a...

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Oct 14
Tunepresto music composition platform announced

Tunepresto (http://www.tunepresto.com) has announced its new online platform that creates original, royalty-free music composition. Designed for videos, slideshow presentations and more, it analyzes video content to create an original background soundtrack based on individual musical style preferences.

Content can be shared across social media networks (Facebook, Twitter) and published to various video and slideshow platforms (YouTube, SlideShare). A soundtrack can be exported in a variety of audio formats, or published as audio and video combined. For further customization, files can easily be imported into Garageband, Final Cut Pro, and Windows MovieMaker.

Tunepresto also offers a more advanced downloadable desktop product -- Abaltat Muse 2.0. Unlike Tunepresto, Abaltat Muse 2.0 users have the added capability of adjusting the genre of music, tempo and changing instruments. Abaltat Muse 2.0...

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Oct 14
'YML' looks at next week's Apple Event

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at next week's "Back to the Mac" Apple event, the Windows Phone announcements, and more. 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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Oct 14
NetMine for Mac OS X gets new interface, more

ProteMac has released ProteMac NetMine 2.0 (http://www.protemac.com/NetMine/), an update of the network firewall for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds a new interface, a new firewall rules editor and a realtime connection request

NetMine can control Internet and network activity of all applications on your Mac. ProteMac NetMine intercepts all network activity traveling from your Mac and from every an application of your Mac.

NetMine firewall can prevent all unwanted outside and inside traffic from reaching protected machines. It can also restrict or prevent outright the spread of networked computer worms, trojans, viruses and malware, according to the folks at ProteMac.

The two-way firewall stops inappropriate or malicious access to your computer from both internal and external network sources. As a frontline defense, it prevents malware from spreading, providing protection...

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Oct 13
IDC: Apple has over 10% of US computer market

In the third quarter of 2010, Apple is estimated to have sold approximately two million Macs (I predict it's more), and the IDC research group says that puts Apple in third place among US personal computer vendors, passing Acer.

Apple grew more than twice as fast as any other US vendor. According to IDC, it now has 10.6% of the US market compared to 8.9% a year ago. Mac sales were up 24.1% year-over-year. Ahead of Apple in the US market is Dell with 23.1% and HP with 24.3%.

Globally, the computer market grew 11% in the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), nearly 3% below expectations, says IDC. The research group says constrained consumer spending resulted in a tepid back-to-school season but a commercial refresh remained largely on schedule and the overall market improved in September compared to the earlier part of the quarter.


What's more, the market still exhibited positive sequential growth over the second quarter which is the hallmark of third quarter...

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Oct 13
PadDock 10 is stereo sound system for the iPad

SMK-Link Electronics Corp. has released the PadDock 10 (http://www.pdstand.com/), an US$99.99 stand/stereo sound system for the Apple tablet.

It cradles the iPad securely, keeping it safe and available for continuous desktop or countertop use. Charging the iPad while cradled, PadDock allows the user to tilt or rotate the iPad 360-degrees, supporting apps in any screen orientation. PadDock also eases syncing of iPad content with iTunes without swapping cables.

What's more, the PadDock 10 is a powerful stereo sound system for the iPad. It utilizes custom oval speakers, a class-D stereo amplifier and a passive radiator for extended bass frequencies.

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Oct 13
Sam's Club to sell iPhones, iPads

Wal-Mart's warehouse unit Sam's Club will begin selling the iPhone and iPad, reports the "Associated Press" (http://www.kgw.com/news/business/104860964.html).

The world's largest retailer said at an investor meeting in Wednesday it's expanding Sam's Club electronics and jewelry sections and will carry the Apple smartphone and tablet. The announcement comes a day after Wal-Mart said it will sell the iPad at 2,300 Walmart stores in the U.S. by mid-November.

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Oct 13
FotoMagico 3.6 offers iMediaBrowser 2 integration, more

Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com) has released version 3.6 of FotoMagico, the slideshow creation tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds MediaBrowser 2 integration and updated Flickr support.

The new iMediaBrowser 2 framework and interface sports expanded media libraries support for media browsing and locating capabilities, as well as added support for Flickr browsing directly within the application. A new "Linked to Slides" audio option provides users with the ability to link audio and soundtrack to specific slides, or allows it to move throughout the entire show.

In addition, users can now purchase the FotoMagico Remote iPhone app for US$4.99 (reduced from $19.99). With two Apple Design Awards under its belt, FotoMagico continues to impress users in version 3.6 with product updates and enhancements.

Version 3.6 also comes complete with a variety of product enhancements and bug fixes for a more...

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Oct 13
Absoft Pro Fortran 11.10 advances HPC code development

Absoft Corp. (http://www.absoft.com) has announced general availability of the new Absoft Pro Fortran 11.1 for Mac OS X. The new version advances parallel code development, analysis and performance on the Mac and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard") and Xcode 3.2.

Absoft considers version 11.1 a major release as it includes several new features that simplify development of extremely fast code for parallel systems, says President Wood Lotz. The new version expands the Fortran suite with additional performance tools for multi-cores.

 In addition to Absoft’s proprietary Dynamic AP technology, new features in Pro Fortran 11.1 for Mac OS include: a graphical SMP code and vector analyzer to assist in code tuning, OpenMP 3.0 support in the compiler, debugger and IDE, CUDA GPU support, IDE improvements (Apple C/C++ is supported as a plug-in), Fortran 2003 ISO C bindings, and upgraded...

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Oct 13
Apple plans 'Back to the Mac' event

Some folks would say it's about time, but Apple has announced a "Back to the Mac" media event at 10 am on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Naturally, there are no details. In its invitation to the press, Apple only says that invitees can see what's new for the Mac and that it will preview the next version of Mac OS X. Let the speculation begin....

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Oct 13
BatchOutput Server update tweaks 'write logs' feature

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.6. The new version can automatically write logs to a text file along with InDesign documents and addresses some performance and stability issues.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.

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Oct 13
Windows iPhone 7 will sync to Macs

If you really care, Windows iPhone 7 will sync to your Mac. When Microsoft failed to announce any Mac software for Windows Phone 7, many people assumed that meant that there would be no way to directly load content from an Apple computer onto the new devices. However, that won't be the case, reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20019432-56.html?part=rss&subj=news&ta...).

"Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers," Microsoft said in a statement.

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Oct 13
Apple shares top $300 for the first time

Apple shares climbed above the US$300 mark for the first time in the company's history as trading began Wednesday, notes "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-shares-rise-above-300-for-first-t...).

Apple rose $2.15 to $300.65 a share as the market opened, continuing the stock's rise this year that has lifted the stock by more than 42%. Apple is scheduled to report its fiscal fourth quarter results on Monday, Oct. 18.

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Oct 13
Apple to open new St. Louis retail store Saturday

Apple is set to open a new retail store in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, Oct. 16. Apple Store Saint Louis Galleria (http://www.apple.com/retail/saintlouisgalleria) is located at 2401 St. Louis Galleria.

Regular store hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Apple Store Saint Louis Galleria will be the company's 305th retail store. Apple plans to open another 16 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S. The store is also the first to offer a lounge area that will offer free Wi-Fi and allow customers to check in to Genius bar appointments.

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Oct 13
South Korean lawmakers want Apple to answer iPhone service...

Apple has been summoned by South Korean lawmakers to answer questions about the company’s iPhone- service policy amid complaints from local users, parliamentary officials said.

According to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-10-13/apple-summoned-by-korea-lawm...), Farrel Farhoudi, senior director for Apple’s iPhone service, will appear in parliament on Oct. 21 at the request of lawmakers led by You Won Il. South Korean buyers of the iPhone have complained that Apple mostly gives refurbished used phones to customers with faulty devices, instead of providing new handsets, free repairs or refunds, says "Bloomberg." Apple’s local service warranty gives buyers the four options when they have trouble within 14 days of purchase,...

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Oct 13
Canon releases new imageClass laser printers

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has added four new imageClass laser printers to its lineup of small office and home office solutions. The new Color imageClass LBP7200cdn and imageClass LBP6650dn/LBP6300dn/LBP6000 black-and-white laser printers mark the entry of the imageCLASS brand into the U.S. single-function printer market.

The new Color imageClass LBP7200Cdn laser printer is designed for networked office environments that wish to perform high-quality color printing in-house, according to Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. Also available are a variety of efficiency-boosting features including duplex print, a 15 second first print time and advanced features such as toner save mode, booklet mode, poster mode and watermark printing.

Handling paper sizes up to legal, the Color imageClass LBP7200Cdn features a 250-sheet cassette plus 50-sheet...

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Oct 13
Quest Software delivers desktop virtualization for iPads

Quest Software (http://www.quest.com) has announced expanded device support for Quest vWorkspace with the introduction of vWorkspace connector software for the iPad and “Zero PCs.”

By expanding device support and deployment options for vWorkspace, Quest gives businesses more ways to embrace the benefits of deploying virtual desktops with lower cost and greater mobility, says Simon Pearce, vice president and general manager, Quest Desktop Virtualization Group.

The vWorkspace Connector for Zero PCs extends the concept of a “zero client” to PC hardware, effectively enabling computers to be used as single-purpose client devices that require zero administration and updates, he adds. The vWorkspace Connector for iPads expands the benefits of vWorkspace to a broader set of users by providing support for the most popular dual work and personal mobile device in today’s workplace, according to Pearce.

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Oct 13
Boris FX introduces Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas...

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has released Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas Pro 10. Based on the Open Effects Association (OFX) platform, BCC 7 for Vegas Pro gives Sony editors a collection of over 140 visual effects plug-ins.

Customizable presets allow editors to quickly create high-end effects with no learning curve, according to Dave Chaimson, vice president of worldwide marketing, Sony Creative Software. Effects can be selectively applied via channel or region-based masks. All filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration.

Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas Pro has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$595. This is a special introductory price that's available through Nov. 19. The reg

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Oct 13
Ricoh announces G700SE digital camera

Ricoh Americas Corp. (http://www.ricoh-usa.com) has released its G700Se digital camera. The ruggedized, water and dust proof camera is an improvement on the G500SE, continuing in the tradition of Ricoh SE products, the company says.

Complete with wireless data communication capabilities (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth, the G700SE uses Global Positioning System (GPS) functions and laser barcode readers. The camera also features a Scandisk card (SD-1), which provides a higher level of security with password-enabled access. By sliding the card into the camera, a user can only read information by entering the correct password.

Yuki Uchida, vice president of New Business Development, says among the improvements found in the G700SE is a more robust and advanced GPS option, with an increased accuracy from six to three meters. This provides more reliable position and direction information, he adds. The camera has...

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Oct 13
Raidon presents 8-bay SAS 6G RAID storage solutions

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has released the new SAS 6G storage solution, iR2880-8S-U5, performing at a data transfer rate beyond 700MB/second. High level RAID6 data redundancy also can be installed.

The iR2880-8S-U5 offers an optimum SAS 6G storage solution especially to multi-operational workstations and data based servers for the small to medium business market. It sports an Intel 80341 CPU and 1GB of DDR2 RAM under the hood. The embedded dual SAS 6G host interface supports eight of 15mm height 2.5-inch hard disk drives from a physical figure of three standard 5.25-inches CD-ROM spaces. It also provides system configuration and monitoring via LCD control panel, LAN or RS232 ports.

The iR2880-8S-U5 offers multiple RAID levels up to RAID6 and provides high level snapshot and clone functions. Contact Raidon for pricing options.

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Oct 13
Akvis releases NatureArt for Mac OS X, Windows

Akvis has released NatureArt 1.0 (http://akvis.com/en/natureart-tutorial/effects/index.php) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a tool for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos. You can choose from six nature effects: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire.

In the future the program will learn new natural phenomena. NatureArt also lets you create nature scenes from scratch, such as converting a blank background into a sea view or a night sky with scattered, glistening stars.

Akvis NatureArt is available in two versions: as an independent program (standalone) and as a plug-in to a photo editor. Each is US$72. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, etc.

A demo is available for download. Also, Akvis NatureArt can be purchased as a part of the...

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Oct 13
Adobe: people prefer mobile browsers over downloadable apps

Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) has published the results of its first quantitative mobile consumer study, conducted by its Omniture Business Unit including newly integrated Adobe Scene7.

The study of 1,200 U.S. consumers measured mobile user preferences, characteristics, satisfaction levels and other experiential factors across four key consumer categories: consumer products & shopping, financial services, media & entertainment, and travel. The study revealed that when it comes to the mobile user experience, respondents generally favor mobile browser experiences over downloadable mobile app experiences across all four categories, and prefer mobile apps when interacting with social media and music and self-contained experiences such as games and maps. Overall, consumers report equal satisfaction levels with their browser and app experiences and spend about the same amount of time interacting with each....

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