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Nov 02
Study: increased tablet demand hurting netbook sales

The debate continues over the impact tablets are having on both the consumer computer market and netbook demand. But what is particularly unclear is which companies are going to emerge as the biggest winners and losers?


To find out the ChangeWave research group (http://www.changewave.com) surveyed 3,108 consumers during October on the latest planned buying trends for computers, netbooks and tablets -- including the impact of the iPad. The percentage of respondents saying they plan on buying a desktop over the next 90 days (6%) has ticked up one point since ChangeWave's previous survey in August, while planned purchases of laptops (8%) remain unchanged.

But one area that’s come down drastically from a year ago is consumer interest in netbooks. Just 14% of those who plan on buying a laptop in the next 90 days say it will be a netbook. That's 10 points below ChangeWave's peak reading for netbooks...

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Nov 02
iPhone Credit Card Swiper adds retail transaction support

App Ninjas (http://www.appninjas.com), developer of Swipe for iPhone, is now shipping the Apple-approved Credit Card Swiper for iPhone. This hardware accessory adds support for retail transactions to the Swipe mobile credit card processing solution, which is available to merchants directly or through App Ninjas' network of value-added white-label partners.

The Swipe white-label solution enables Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), banks, and other merchant-focused companies to offer their customers a complete credit card processing solution for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Partners’ customers process cards through a custom-branded app, newly enhanced to support the Credit Card Swiper for full retail support.

Swiping cards offers merchants lower rates, when paired with a retail merchant account, and reduces the time required to process each transaction, says John Waldron, CEO of App Ninjas...

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Nov 02
Sorenson Squeeze Server now ready for 'the cloud'

Sorenson Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com) has announced the immediate availability of Sorenson Squeeze Server, a customizable and scalable video encoding solution that enables enterprises, post-production facilities, developers and video professionals to encode high-quality video in a secure, cloud-based environment.

Built on Amazon Web Services infrastructure it can be integrated into any third-party infrastructure provider. Squeeze Server relies on dedicated instances to provide efficient processing of video. It also comes with a 99.9% uptime guarantee as part of Sorenson’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) in addition to full customer support, says Sorenson CEO Peter Csathy,

Sorenson Squeeze Server users have access to all of the fundamental functionality of the g video encoding application Sorenson Squeeze, including advanced pre-processing filters and a broad selection of formats,...

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Nov 02
Belkin introduces FlipBlade, Grip 360 stand for the iPad

Belkin (http://www.belkin.com) has announced the Grip 360° + Stand and FlipBlade for the iPad. With the new Belkin solutions, the Apple tablet can be manipulated into just about any position.

The US$69.99 Grip 360° + Stand is an all-in-one solution that transforms three ways: a carrying case, a handheld case, and a stand. A flexible hand strap provides a carrying case to hold your iPad while you're on the go. The hand strap allows for 360-degree rotation to view content at any angle, and when you are at home or work, just remove the hand strap and attach the stand to position the iPad on any flat surface for comfortable viewing. The adjustable stand provides multiple viewing angles for gaming, reading, surfing the Web, or typing. (You can get the 360 without the stand for $59.99.)

The $29.99 FlipBlade is compact and provides support while boasting a sleek design. Its versatility enables you to view your...

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Nov 02
Sophos releases free Mac anti-virus for home users

Sophos (http://www.sophos.com) is offering a free Mac anti-virus product for consumers, available to download at no charge, with no time limit, and requiring no registration. Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac is available free to Mac home users worldwide.

Based on Sophos’s flagship security software, Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac has been released in response to growing concern about Mac malware, says Chris Kraft, product management vice president at Sophos. A recent Sophos investigation into attitudes about Mac security surveyed 640 people, which revealed that 95% expect Macs to be increasingly targeted by malware in the future, he says.

Although malware is more common on Windows than it is on Mac, Apple’s growing market share makes Mac an increasingly attractive platform for malware authors and hackers to target, according to Kraft. Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac provides...

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Nov 02
G-Technology introduces sleek portable USB drive

The G-Technology G-Drive slim (http://www.g-technology.com) from Hitachi GST is a new USB 2.0 external hard drive that works with any computer, but is designed with the MacBook Pro, MacBook and MacBook Air in mind.It offers 320GB of storage for US$99.99 in a "super slim" form factor.

The G-Drive slim leverages Hitachi GST’s 7mm Travelstar Z5K320 drive, purportedly making it the thinnest, 2.5-inch external hard drive in the world. It measures128.6 mm x 82 mm x 9.9 mm and weighs five ounces. Users can carry up to 80 hours of high-definition video, 320 hours of standard video, 114 movies, 80,000 songs or 160 games on it.

Formatted for Macs with plug n’ play connectivity, the G-Drive slim is Time Machine ready for added backup protection. It's USB-powered, so there's no need to carry around an extra power cord. It comes with a three-year limited warranty and is currently available online and at...

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Nov 02
Apple captures 95% share of global tablet shipments

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global tablet shipments reached over four million units in the third quarter of 2010. Apple was the clear market leader, capturing 95% global share and beating Android into second place.

“Global tablet shipments grew 26% sequentially to reach 4.4 million units in Q3 2010," says Peter King, director at Strategy Analytics. " Apple was the clear market leader during the quarter, capturing an impressive 95 percent share with the iPad and beating Android into second place.”

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds, “The tablet wars are up and running. Apple has quickly leveraged its famous brand, an extensive retail presence and user-friendly design to develop the tablet segment into a multi-billion-dollar global business. Android, Microsoft, MeeGo, webOS, Blackberry and other...

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Nov 02
Orb Audio debuts 'Hammered Earth' speakers

Orb Audio (http://www.orbaudio.com) has launched its new "Hammered Earth" premium speaker finish.  As the newest addition to Orb's customization choices, "Hammered Earth" joins existing finishes like Antique Copper, Antique Bronze and Hand Polished Steel.  

Each speaker measures 4 and 3/16 inches in diameter, yet has the output of a much larger speaker, due to a variety of design technologies, according to the folks at Orb Audio. The heart of the Orb speaker system is the spherical Mod1 satellite. Made in the USA from high carbon steel, each Orb speaker features earth magnets, custom voice coils and high performance Santoprene speaker surrounds.  

Orb Audio's Mod1 satellite speakers are available in Hammered Earth finish from US$269 per pair, and $873 for a 5.1 surround system with five speakers and Orb's custom Super Eight subwoofer.  

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Nov 02
Target to offer iPhone staring Nov. 7

Target (http://www.target.com) says it will carry the iPhone in 846 stores that include Target Mobile centers beginning Nov. 7. Just in time for the holidays, Target guests can select from the iPhone3GS or iPhone4 and receive quick in-store activation on the purchase of a new iPhone. 
 
"At Target we continue to offer our guests the best in electronics so we’re happy to add  iPhone to our Target Mobile offerings," says Mark Schindele, senior vice president, merchandising, Target. "With expert support from Target Mobile specialists and in-store activation, our guests will be able to leave the store with a new, working iPhone3GS or iPhone4 in-hand."

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Nov 01
Some Monster headphones causing problems when used with iOS...

Apple is tracking an issue with defective Monster headphones in conjunction with the iPhone, iPad and iPod, reports "engadget" (http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/01/apple-tracking-an-issue-with-defectiv...).

Purportedly, users may experience erratic behavior of their iOS device when using Monster headphones that use Apple's Remote and Mic technology. Symptoms are said to include pausing, playing and skipping forward or back through songs.

Apple is apparently blaming the "conductive flanges" used in many of Monster's earbuds, says "endgadget." The article says the problem seems to be limited to Monster headphones that include "ControlTalk" tech for controlling playback with a cable-mounted mic/volume/pause remote, modeled after Apple's own iPhone-bundled earbuds...

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Nov 01
Next iPhone may include NFC technology

Citing an anonymous source, "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/iphone-5-will-enable-ambitious-remote-computing...) says that Apple is working on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for both its smartphone and future Macs. The functionality is rumored to appear in Apple's next iPhone -- which "Cult of Mac" calls, quite sensibly, the iPhone 5 -- expected to launch in June 2011.

NFC is a short-range wireless connection technology that would turn the iPhone into an electronic wallet or security passkey, the article says. NFC is already in use in Asia and is expected to explode here in the next three to five years, especially if Apple adopts the technology.

NFC has been rumored for the iPhone 5, "and Apple appears to be gearing up for a NFC revolution," says "Cult of Mac." It has made...

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Nov 01
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 1

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/).

XCool Apps has introduced AppSwitch 1.0, an US$0.99 iPhone and iPod touch app that detects and displays all background and running processes, complete with actual names and icons. Its Switch to App technology harnesses one of iOS's features to let you quickly switch to another app, while Shortcuts lets you quickly switch to a feature within another app.

RouteOne has announced a free iPhone, iPad, and iPod app that provides RouteOne users the ability to view and manage all deals and leads, whether in the F&I office, on the showroom floor, or outside the dealership. The app allows dealers to view a condensed version of the Deal Manager, Deal Summary, and the Lead Manager (all critical features of the RouteOne system) as well as request and...

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Nov 01
Has Apple settled iAds lawsuit?

A trademark lawsuit filed against Apple by a Web advertising firm over the term "iAds" was quietly settled in July. No one has disclosed exactly how the case was resolved but Apple now owns the "iAds" trademark, and last week a company peripherally involved in the suit posted a note to the web that said Apple paid a "seven-figure settlement," reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20021361-37.html?part=rss&tag=feed&sub...).

Innovate Media, an online ad agency, filed a trademark suit against Apple in April, saying it has used the term "iAd" since 2006 and was granted two trademarks for the term in October 2008. "CNET" says that on Thursday, Consor, a company that helps evaluate intellectual property, posted a release to the Web titled "Consor...

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Nov 01
Kingston launches next gen SSD technology

Kingston Digital (http://www.kingston.com), the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, has launched its next generation SSDNow V+ solid-state drive (SSD), the Kingston SSDNow V+100.

The new V+100 provides corporations with a viable solution to extend the life of currently installed client systems while meeting user performance expectations, according to Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. The new drive features enhanced garbage collection that's not operating system dependent.

The V+100’s drive performance has also purportedly been increased by 25%, enabling more efficient data transfer over the previous generation. In addition, a new 96GB capacity has been added to the family. Manufacturer's suggested retail pricing starts at US$220 for a 64GB, 2.5-inch SATA SSD.

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Nov 01
SuperTalent introduces USB 3.0 flash drive at under $15

SuperTalent (http://www.supertalent.com) says their new USB 3.0 Express Duo has broken the US$15 price barrier.

The fastest USB 2.0 flash drives are limited to a maximum READ speed of approximately 32MB/second. Super Talent’s new USB 3.0 Express Duo can top over 67MB/s when plugged into a USB 3.0 port, yet remains fully-backward compatible to USB 2.0 and for about the same price, according to SuperTalent Chief Technical Officer CH Lee. Starting today, Super Talent will begin offering the 8GB USB 3.0 Express Duo for $14 and the 16GB version for $29.

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Nov 01
HyperMac to become HyperJuice

HyperMac/Sanho Corp. says its products will be rebranded HyperJuice, as part of negotiations with Apple following a lawsuit from the Mac maker.

"In the coming weeks, the 'HyperMac' brand name will be renamed to 'HyperJuice' as part of our ongoing comprehensive licensing negotiations with Apple regarding a wide array of technologies and issues," Daniel Chin, president of Sanho, said in a press release.

In September, Apple sued suing Sanho Corp. for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the California North District Court in San Jose. Among the products named in the suit were Sanho's magnetic power connectors, as well as a MacBook car charger.

Sanho (http://www.hypershop.com/) is the company behind the HyperMac line of external batteries for the MacBook, iPod, iPad and iPhone and the HyperDrive portable photo storage device. The company was founded in 2002.

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Nov 01
Spanish-language Vectorworks 2011 line released

Nemetschek Vectorworks has announced the availability of the Spanish-language version of the Vectorworks 2011 line of design software, including: Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Fundamentals and Renderworks.

The Spanish-language version will be available in Spain, and South and Central American countries such as Mexico, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Argentina. To check for availability in your country, please visit www.vectorworks.net/international . For Spanish-language brochures, FAQs, videos, and other marketing collateral, please visit www.vectorworks.net/espanol .

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Nov 01
Apple takes lead in US smart phone market

In the third quarter of 2010 (Q3 2010), the worldwide smart phone market grew 95% over the same quarter a year ago to 80.9 million shipped units, according to new data from the Canalys research group (http://www.canalys.com). Nokia retained its leadership position, albeit by a diminished margin, with a 33% share of the market.

However, Apple’s healthy performance this quarter saw it achieve a 17% share worldwide, a little ahead of RIM, which held a 15% share this quarter. In the world’s largest smart phone market, the US, Apple ousted RIM from the top spot, seizing a 26% share as iPhone shipments continued unabated.

RIM has also launched its latest generation smart phone, the Torch, though it only saw half a quarter’s shipments in the US. But the plethora of smart phones running the Open Handset Alliance’s (OHA’s) Android platform meant that Canalys’ final published country-level data shows that it...

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Nov 01
NetMarketShare: Safari, iOS gain market share

Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from September to October, while the Mac OS X percentage dipped slightly, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 4.98% of the global market share in October, compared to 5.03% in September (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 92.21% as of October. That's up from 92% in September. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.33% in October compared to 5.27% in September, while Internet Explorer had 59.26% Firefox had 22.82% and Chrome had 8.47%. That compares to, respectively, September percentages of 59.65%, 22.96% and 7.98%, for the browsers.

The iOS's market share also rose, according to...

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Nov 01
Adobe unveils Connect 8

Adobe has announced Adobe Connect 8, an update to the company’s web conferencing solution. Based on Adobe Flash Player software, the latest version provides enterprises and governments worldwide with capabilities for deliveringexperiences across multiple devices

Key new features of Adobe Connect 8 include a simplified interface for greater usability, expanded and more flexible collaboration capabilities for sharing ideas more freely, and enhanced audio and video integration for richer multimedia experiences, according Adobe. In addition, it offers a software development kit (SDK) for greater extensibility, a new, optional desktop client based on the Adobe AIR runtime for easier meeting management, and support for a range of mobile devices to extend reach and enhance productivity.

Adobe Connect 8 is expected to be available worldwide on an on-premise basis by the end of November. It's expected to be available on a hosted basis in North America starting this month (...

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Nov 01
Patterno 1.1 for Mac OS X adds 'Antique tile' effect

Applications for Life Company has announced Patterno 1.1 (http://www.appsforlife.com/products/patterno/), an update to the utility that creates background images and tiled patterns for Mac OS X. The new release brings new "Antique tile" effect, enhances the "Rays" effects and adds 10 new shapes to use for patterns design.

Patterno creates stripes, mosaics, tiled patterns and much more. Even the complex bokeh-like effect can be created with just a few mouse clicks, according to the folks at Applications for Life. It's designed for business and post cards design, book covers design and many other graphics areas where the eye-catching image is essential.

Patterno comes with more than 50 templates to start from. It provides "generators" that can be configured to create various effects. All the configuration is done by the small number of sliders.

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Nov 01
'MacVoices' starts down the 'Road to Macworld...

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com) Paul Kent, vice president and general manager at IDG for Macworld, offers a first look at the Macworld 2011 Conference tracks and what will be offered.

Starting with the "immersive learning experience" that is the Macworld workshops, he takes us through who will presenting and some of the topics, including the just added Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iLife '11 sessions, the Supersessions, the IT Conference track, and the User Conference track. Kent also provides an exclusive announcement on the "Show Me Something I Don't Already Know" track, talks about the dates of this year's show and how they worked out, the part that music will once again play at Macworld, and gives an update on The Macworld All-Star Band.

He and 'MacVoices' host Chuck Joiner discuss the opportunity that Macworld offers to hardware and software developers to connect with the most...

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Nov 01
SmartBackup update for Mac OS X gets speed boost

Freeridecoding has updated SmartBackup (http://freeridecoding.com/smartbackup), a Mac OS X app for lightweight backups, to version 3.1. The upgrade boasts faster analyzing due to optimization of the sync engine.


There's also a new option to accelerate analyzing by only comparing the modification date . Additionally, SmartBackup 3.1 offers improved support for WebDAV and improved handling of locked files during archiving and purging.

SmartBackup performs backups to hard drives, network sharepoints, webDAV, USB sticks and iPods. It supports configuration via Spotlight "saved searches," archiving of deleted or changed items, file exclusion, handling of multiple backup sets, one-click restore and automation using iCal, Automator or shellscripts.

A home single license is priced at US$27. A Family Pack option (five installations) is available for $58, and business...

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Nov 01
'MUG Event Calendar': Dr. Mac, iLife '11, more

"The MUG Event Calendar" for November is getting off to a busy start.

Mac author and MacNotable Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will make his annual trek to Chicago for pizza and a MUG appearance, while user group activist Nicholas Pyers will be the presenter at an Australian group, and a team from The Apple Store will present the new iLife ‘11 to a California group. Other notable topics include a VOIP presentation in Ireland, mobile apps in California, making movies with cell phones in New Zealand, and the new Apple TV in Virginia.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one...

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Nov 01
TopXNotes for Mac OS X adds note syncing with iOS devices

Tropical Software (http://www.tropic4.com) has updated TopXNotes, the note organizer for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, to version 1.6.1. It now has note synchronization with iOS devices including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

This new capability builds on TopXNotes 1.5 which modernized the User Interface including a new, taller, customizable toolbar with larger icons, a rewritten NoteOrganizer, two-finger scrolling, new icons, and several cosmetic improvements. Version 1.6.1 is a small update with minor feature additions, changes and fixes.

TopXNotes 1.6.1 is available for US$39.95 from the Tropical Software web site and many Mac resellers. TopXNotes 1.6 is a free update to customers who have already purchased version 1.5. Existing customers with a version previous to 1.5 can upgrade to version 1.6 for $19.95.

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