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Oct 22
Analyst: MacBook Air shipments to hit 700,000

MacBook Air shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 are expected to reach about 700,000 units, accounting for more than 17% share of the company's 4.1 million Mac shipments, while the 11.6-inch model will account for 60% of the total MacBook Air sales due to its low price, according a Chinese-language Commercial Times report citing vice president of Concord Securities research department, Mingchi Kuo -- as noted by "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101022PB200.html).

Kuo pointed out that the new MacBook Air notebooks paired with the company's upcoming new operating system Mac OS X Lion next year should be able to attract more consumers to purchase the machine as their second computer choice, while Taiwan-based supply chain players including notebook maker Quanta Computer, chassis maker Catcher Technology, panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) and...

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Oct 22
'MacVoices' looks at BookBrewer

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Dan Pacheco, founder and CEO of FeedBrewer, and Kelly Peterson, eBook Manager for Borders, discuss BookBrewer, the site that lets bloggers turn their sites into ebooks, suitable for publication and sale.

Pacheco reviews the process, how much it costs, how web sites get converted to ebooks, how long the process takes, and how they'rre distributed for sale. Peterson talks about Border's involvement in distribution and how it fits with their model of delivering content that people want to read.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Oct 22
Jobs, President Obama talk jobs

President Barack Obama discussed job creation and American competitiveness during a meeting with Apple CEO Steve Jobs in California on Thursday, reports "Fox News" (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/22/obama-talks-jobs-apples-steve...).White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the pair met at the Westin hotel in San Francisco.

"They discussed American competitiveness and education, especially reforms such as the president's Race to the Top initiative," Gibbs said in a statement. "They then talked about energy independence and ways to increase job creation."

Jobs is a major donor to Democratic causes, having contributed US$50,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2000 and $26,700 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006, per Federal Election Commission...

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Oct 22
Apple addresses FaceTime beta issue

Along with Apple’s FaceTime beta release came a new iTunes Store account security flaw. Now Apple has offered a fix.

According to "Cocoa Touch Apps" (http://cocoatouchapps.com/2010/10/apple-fixes-facetime-security-flaw-ser...), while people were "poking around" in the FaceTime beta, they noticed that they could easily access their iTunes Store accounts right from the app.  In doing so, they’re able to update their account settings without re-entering the iTunes Store password.  To make matters worse, the application automatically saves your username and password even if you sign out

"Cocoa Touch Apps" says this is Apple's "easy ... yet annoying fix":

Go to your User Folder / Library / Preferences and delete com.apple.FaceTime.plist

That will reset the settings for the app...

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Oct 22
Jobs comments on Java-Mac OS X situation

Apple's announcement that they would be ceasing future development of their version of Java for the Mac understandably worried Java developers.

Apple has posted developer documentation (http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#releasenotes/Java/JavaSnowLeopar...) that said:

"As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the Java runtime ported by Apple and that ships with Mac OS X is deprecated. Developers should not rely on the Apple-supplied Java runtime being present in future versions of Mac OS X.

"The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles...

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Oct 22
Apple denies discrimination against Korean iPhone users

Apple would be willing to improve its customer service policy for Korean iPhone users if a directly operated branch in Korea is established, Farrel Farhoudi, a senior director for the IT company's iPhone service, said in a parliamentary audit on Thursday -- as reported by "The Chosunilbo" (http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/10/22/2010102200910.html).



Grand National Party lawmaker Kwon Teak-ky raised the issue of different after-sales service policies between China and Korea and suggested it is discriminatory. Farhoudi replied that the regulations in China are different from those of Korea as there are directly operated Apple stores in China but none here, so the company's responsibilities are different., says "The Chosunilbo."

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Oct 22
Audioengine introduces N22 desktop audio amplifier

Audioengine has released Audioengine N22 Premium Desktop Audio Amplifier. The N22 is a compact integrated stereo power amplifier and headphone amp that you can connect to your iPod, computer, and speakers or headphones for a great-sounding personal stereo system.

For example, you can connect it to your Mac or PC with no software to install or settings to change. You can pair the N22 amp with the Audioengine P4 passives or your favorite speakers for a high-end mini desktop hi-fi music system, according to the folks at Audioengine. You can connect a subwoofer via the variable line output and charge your iPod via the USB power port. Two audio inputs are standard so you can plug in your computer, iPod or stereo directly.

The vertical design of the N22 with its integrated stand allows the 22 watt/per channel stereo class A/B amplifiers to run cool through passive convection without a fan or heatsink. The N22 fits easily on your desk and doesn't take up much space.

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Oct 22
'iFixIt' tears down the new MacBook Air

The new MacBook Air is an exercise of proprietary engineering, according to the gang at "iFixit," who recently took the new teeny laptop apart. You can find the teardown at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook-Air-11-Inch-Model-A1370-Teardown/... .

According to "iFixIt," while you can easily access everything once you remove the proprietary screws, you can't really replace any component with an off-the-shelf part, unless you source it from Apple or someone involved in Apple-based repair. Most components -- RAM included -- are soldered to the logic board, preventing them from being replaced. We definitely recommend users to buy the 4GB RAM version of the Air, as the paltry 2GB already borders on obsolete by today's standards.

The one standout in this proprietary sea is the 64GB SSD. It's...

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Oct 22
'AppleScriptObj C Explored' is available

Often overlooked in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") are the dramatic updates to AppleScript, specifically the new AppleScript/Objective-C support for the creation of AppleScript applications and applets.

Starting with Snow Leopard, AppleScript can now call any of the Cocoa routines and methods directly in application scripts, providing access to the full of the power of the Cocoa frameworks. In addition, AppleScript applications now fully integrate all Cocoa interface elements using outlets and actions, or Cocoa bindings, that link directly to AppleScript properties and handlers.

Adoption of ASOC (AppleScript/Objective-C) has been constrained by the lack of good documentation -- until now. AppleScript expert Shane Stanley, has written AppleScriptObjC Explored, an in-depth guide to creating AppleScript Objective-C applications. The guide includes both thorough documentation (in PDF format) and numerous example Xcode projects. For more info go to...

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Oct 22
Info needed on farming/agricultural software for the Mac

Our next Category Review will look at farming/agricultural software for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Oct. 27. We had intended to run a column on copywriting software for the Mac -- but we found none.

Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Oct 21
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 21

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/).

EA Mobile has announced that Reckless Racing for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available on the Apple App Store. The game is based on the original top-down racer developed by Sweden-based Pixelbite. The iPad is costs US$4.99, and the iPhone/iPod touch is $2.99.

MadFinger Games has released Samurai II: Vengeance ($2.99), a hack-and-slash action game for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Shutterfly, an Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, has expanded their mobile offerings with the introduction of a free photo-sharing application for the iPad designed to give customers more ways to enjoy and share their photos stored at Shutterfly.com.

iAPPS2GO has introduced iManage and iManage SE, the "Swiss Army Knife...

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Oct 21
Clio launches Apple in Law Firms Survey

Clio has launched the inaugural Clio Apple in Law Firms Survey. All legal professionals and law students from all law firms and law schools are invited to participate in the survey, regardless of size and location.

The survey aims to determine to what extent lawyers and law students are now using Apple and Mac products, and whether there is clear evidence of an increasing trend of the legal industry “going Mac” in the future. Available online at http://macsurvey.questionpro.com/ , the Clio Mac Survey will remain open until Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 5pm Eastern.

The tabulated results will be presented by Clio President Jack Newton at MILOfest, a conference for Mac-using attorneys being held on November 11-13 at the Disney World Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Clio will also be giving away a free iPad to a randomly selected survey respondent.

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Oct 21
iPresentee triples Mail Stationery Collection, offers free...

iPresentee (ttp://www.ipresentee.com) has released Mail Stationery 2.0 templates to be used with Apple's Mail software. It's an US$30 collection of 160 templates.

The new release retains 60 templates from the previous release and adds 100 new Mail Stationery templates for Mail. Also, iPresentee is offering a number of Mail Stationery templates for free.

New Mail Stationery templates comes with an installer to make sure the templates end up in the right place and would be displayed in Apple Mail New Message Stationery menu automatically. They require Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

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Oct 21
Equinux introduces new Stationary Pack Business Edition

Small businesses and offices can now send Stationery emails suited for a variety of purposes, whether a special offer, invoice or newsletter with the Stationery Pack Business Edition from equinux (http://www.equinux.com).

It's a collection of over 200 templates. Featuring 12 unique design lines with 17 layout variations for each, Business Edition is equipped to cover many common business scenarios.

Each layout gives users the option to create Stationery emails in the style they want. You can add company logos, digitized signatures and photos in portrait and landscape format. There are text areas for headlines, message content, legal disclaimers and footers.

Stationery Pack Business Edition is available in English, German and French. Licenses start at US$59.95 at the equinux online store. Discounted volume licenses are also available. Stationery Pack Business Edition will soon be available as...

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Oct 21
MiRow is set of plug-ins for Front Row

FireCore has released MiRow (http://ww.firecore.com/mirow), a set of plug-ins for Apple's Mac OS X app, Front Row. The solution lets you:

° Enable additional media formats such as AVI, MP4, MKV and more without having to leave Front Row;

° Stream media from sites like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, BBC and more;

° Automatically download cover art and other metadata for your media files;

° Find new artists by accessing Last.fm radio stations, artist bios and slideshows;

° Use an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to take control with the Remote HD app;

MiRow normally costs US$24.95, but it's available now for pre-order for $19.95.

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Oct 21
New video course offers Core Data for Mac OS X training

You can learn how to develop with Apple's Core Data for OS X , iPhone and iPad in a new, 11-hour video training course presented by Marcus Zarra and Steve Scott. The course is made up of 28 chapters three of which can be viewed in full on the course page of the iDeveloper TV web site (http://ideveloper.tv).

Whether you are targeting Mac OS X or the iPhone/iPad, it is likely your application is going to need to access and persist data. Core Data helps you avoid dealing with complex SQL API's or having to handle XML by presenting you with an elegant object oriented way to access your data, says Zarra.

He's the owner of Zarra Studios and the creator of seSales and iWeb Buddy as well as being a co-author of "Cocoa Is My Girlfriend" a blog covering all aspects of Cocoa development. He's been using Core Data since its original release in OS X 10.4 Tiger and has released numerous applications and papers covering...

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Oct 21
Coladia releases Dracula 3 -- the Path of the Dragon for Mac OS...

Adventure game publisher Coladia and Anuman Interactive have announced that Dracula 3 -- the Path of the Dragon (http://www.coladia.com/en/17490/games/mac/dracula_3_the_path_of_the_dragon) is now available for Mac OS X. Following in the same vein as The Secrets of Da Vinci -- The Forbidden Manuscript, Dracula 3 -- the Path of the Dragon is an historical adventure game in which players have to solve a series of riddles and puzzles inspired by the world of Bram Stoker.

Here's how the game is described: "Mgr Arno Moriani, the 'devil's advocate,' is carrying out a canonization process, investigating in the interwar years a potential candidate for beatification in Transylvania. His investigation is quickly wrapped up. The strange stigmata on the corpse are not the hallmark of some divine power. In fact, the...

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Oct 21
MacJury weighs in on 'Back to the Mac' event

The "MacJury" (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to weigh in on yesterday's "Back to the Mac" event.

First on the docket is the new MacBook Air, what it offers, who it is for, and how it stacks up against competing classes of laptops. The examination continues with a look at what was and wasn't updated in the new iLife '11 suite of apps, including why the new GarageBand capabilities are cool, who it can help learn to play an instrument and how, and why the Movie Trailers feature
of iMovie may just improve your life (or at least make it look that way).

What the Mac App Store will mean for users and developers alike, how it could change software distribution, licensing and much more are bandied about by the panel of John F. Braun, Peter Cohen, Jeff Gamet, Jean MacDonald, Steve Sande and host Chuck Joiner.

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Oct 21
Apple now has 18% of smartphone marketshare

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew an impressive 78% annually to reach a record 77 million units in the third quarter of 2010, Apple was the star performer, as it overtook RIM and closed the gap on Nokia.

“Global smartphone shipments grew an impressive 78% annually to reach a record 77 million units in Q3 2010," says Tom Kang, director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple was the star performer during the quarter, as it captured a record 18% marketshare, overtook RIM and closed the gap on Nokia.”

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds: “Global smartphone shipments grew 78% from a year earlier, the industry’s fastest rate since the mid-2000s. However, the surging volumes are placing heavy demands on component suppliers and moderate shortages of select components are emerging ahead of the...

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Oct 21
Study: 4% of US households own tablet computers

The Nielsen Company (http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/connected-devices-does...) recently surveyed more than 5,000 consumers who already own a tablet computer, eReader, netbook, media/games player, or smartphone to get a better sense of who is using these devices and how they are using them. Among the insights:

° Four percent of U.S. households now own tablet computers.
° The iPad trumps the iPhone for “print” and video viewing.
° A majority of iPad owners have already downloaded and paid for content

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Oct 21
Apple issues Mac App Store Review Guidelines

Apple has issued an initial outline of what developers will need to do to get their apps listed in the upcoming Mac App Store, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

"The App Store has revolutionized the way mobile apps are developed and distributed," Apple writes in the Mac App Store Review Guidelines document. "With over 300,000 apps and 7 billion downloads, it has been a huge hit with developers and users around the world. Now we are thrilled to be opening our new Mac App Store to the hundreds of thousands of Mac developers and tens of millions of Mac users around the world."

The guidelines further note, "to ensure that apps are reliable, perform as advertised, and free of offensive material, we will review every app on the Mac App Store based on a set of Mac App Store Review Guidelines that we are ready to share with you. These guidelines are designed to help you create...

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Oct 21
Plantiffs amend iPad overheating lawsuit

Three iPad owners who sued Apple this summer because their tablets overheated have added Apple's TV and web commercials to their complaints, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9192219/Hot_iPad_lawsuit_turns_Ap...). Court documents show that Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning amended their original federal complaint to cite iPad ads as key in their decision to buy the Apple tablet.

"Apple released a commercial depicting use of the iPad in various places, including outdoor locations such as a sidewalk cafe, front steps of a building, and on a grassy lawn, among others," the new complaint stated. "Apple also posted a commercial on its website depicting the iPad being used in a variety of ways, including outdoors while affixed to...

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Oct 21
Apple adds 2.8GHz Core i7 option for MacBook Pros

Apple has added 2.8GHz, Intel Core i7 processor options for its 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros. Customers can now choose to upgrade their notebooks with 2.8GHz Core i7 CPUs, which are now available for both notebook sizes.

Upgrading the 17-inch MacBook Pro to the 2.8GHz adds US$400 to the basic price. It's a $200 upgrade for 15-inch MacBook Pro customers.

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Oct 21
AT&T activates 5.2 million iPhones in third quarter

AT&T has reported third-quarter results highlighted by growth in consolidated revenues, strong sales of integrated devices, gains in IP-based and strategic business services, and disciplined execution on cost initiatives. And it activated 5.2 million iPhones in the quarter.

For the quarter ending Sept. 30, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled US$31.6 billion, up $847 million, or 2.8%, versus the year-earlier quarter, marking the company's third consecutive quarter with a year-over-year revenue increase. Versus the second quarter of this year, consolidated revenues were up $773 million, or 2.5%.

Compared with results for the third quarter of 2009, operating expenses were $26.1 billion versus $25.4 billion; operating income was $5.5 billion, up from $5.4 billion; and AT&T's operating income margin was stable at 17.3%, compared to 17.5 percent.

iPhone activations, spurred by the iPhone 4's release, were up 62.5% from the previous quarter.

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Oct 21
Apple posts Java, ProKit updates

Apple has posted updates for Java for Mac OS X and ProKit. You can obtain the updates via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_22.

Java for Mac OS X 10..5 Update 8 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating J2SE 5.0 to 1.5.0_26, and updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_22 for 64-bit capable Intel-based Macs.  J2SE 1.4.2 is no longer being updated to fix bugs or security issues and remains disabled by default in this update.

ProKit 6.0 (Snow Leopard) fixes issues with user interface software that is shared by Apple's professional applications. This update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express, Soundtrack, Logic Studio, Logic Pro, MainStage, WaveBurner and Logic Express. 

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