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Dec 21
Aluratek announces Bump wireless speaker line 


Aluratek (http://www.aluratek.com) has announced the Bump wireless/MP3 speaker line. The collection introduces four new products -- the AMS01F portable boombox, the AUWS01F USB transmitter with remote wireless speaker (pictured), the AWS01F boombox kit with separate remote wireless speaker, and the APS01F 3.5mm lithium ion portable speaker.
 


The Bump AMS01F portable boombox -- which has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$49.99 -- has a plug-n-play design that plays music by inserting an SD/SDHC card. The wireless speaker also features a built-in FM tuner and alarm clock function. 
 


For playing tunes from a computer anywhere in the house, the Bump AUWS01F ($79.99) provides a 2.4GHz wireless transmitter that ensures a high-quality connection up to 60 feet, according to John Wolikow, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Aluratek. Simply insert the USB dongle to get started; no...

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Dec 21
AccountEdge 2011 features iOS app, online time tracker

Acclivity has announced AccountEdge 2011 for Mac and Windows. The latest version of their small business accounting software marks a new era for the 20-year old desktop application, with a feature list including an app for iPad and iPhone, a new time-tracking web application, and advanced retainers and progress billing capabilities.

“We’re happy to announce our iPad and iPhone app will let people take their business on the road,” says Managing Partner Tom Nash. “You will be able to enter sales and expenses from anywhere and sync that data with your company’s Mac or Windows desktop version of AccountEdge.”

AccountEdge Mobile is currently available in the Apple App Store (iPad only, with the iPhone version soon to be released). The free app syncs cards, items, activities, and jobs, to create quotes and orders, and service and time billing sales, activity slips and expense transactions.

Time Tracker is a web application that lets employees and sub-contractors...

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Dec 21
TrendNet launches 450Mbps wireless access point

TrendNet (http://www.trendnet.com) has launched the US$199.99 450Mbps Wireless N Access Point, model TEW-690AP, which supports Access Point, Wireless Distribution System (WDS), and Repeater mode functionality.

Advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology with three spatial streams per antenna, generates a maximum theoretical wireless throughput of 450Mbps and wireless coverage. Gigabit Ethernet port maintains high performance wired connections. Features include four SSIDs per wireless band, encryption for each SSID, WMM Quality of Service (QoS) data prioritization, WPA2-RADIUS encryption, and an on/off power switch.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. Press the WPS button on the TEW-690AP, and then press the WPS button on a compatible wireless adapter, and the devices automatically exchange information and...

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Dec 21
WikiLeaks app pulled from Apple App Store

An unofficial iPhone and iPad app that let you view WikiLeaks site content and follow the WikiLeaks Twitter account on the go has been pulled from the Apple App Store, reports "TechCrunch" (http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/20/apple-removes-wikileaks-app-from-app-st...).

The Wikileaks app cost US$1.99 and promised "instant access to the world’s most documented leakage of top secret memos and other confidential government documents.”

"Its entry into the app store on December 17th was actually surprising, as Apple is usually quite strict and somewhat vague about its app approval standards," says "TechCrunch." "WikiLeaks and founder Julian Assange are quite controversial, to put it lightly but I’m not sure if the app directly violated anything in Apple’s TOS."

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Dec 21
Wal-Mart offers $50 gift card with iPhone 4 purchase

Wal-mart is giving consumers a US$50 gift card when they purchased an iPhone 4, part of a "last-minute gifts" promotion, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870388690457603205232115476...). The world's biggest retailer sells the latest version of the iPhone for $197 -- two dollars less than Apple and AT&T do -- with a two-year contract.

Wal-Mart sn't alone: earlier this month, electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. sold the iPhone 4 for $149, notes the "Journal." A spokeswoman said the limited time promotion has since ended.

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Dec 21
Man accused in insider trading case makes bail

The former Flextronics International manager accused of leaking details about the iPad and iPhone 4 won release on US$150,000 bail in the insider-trading case, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-20/ex-flextronics-manager-appears-...).

Walter Shimoon was granted bail Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal in San Diego on conditions that included securing his bail with $120,000 of the equity in his home. Shimoon, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Canada according to his lawyer, has owned the home since 2003 with his wife, Linda Awdishu, a professor at the University of California at San Diego, reports "Bloomberg."


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Dec 21
MixTape for Mac OS X updated to version 1.2

Atomic Droplet (http://atomicdroplet.com/) has released MixTape 1.2, an update for its mixing application for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher. This upgrade include "automix" buttons that produce a first draft mix, a "snap" control that sets the start of musical phrases quickly, fine adjust of beat matched timings and clearer video tutorials.

MixTape -- available in an US$39 "lite" version and a $69 "pro" version -- takes the music users already have (from iTunes) and gives them an environment where beat matched mixes can be created without the complexity associated with audio workstations or DJ apps. The resulting mixes can be published either back into iTunes or directly onto the web.

Music is drag and dropped from iTunes into MixTape's library where a beat detection algorithm finds the base tempo and strips of lockable beats called "timing tabs." The main user interface is a timeline where music...

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Dec 20
Apple releases iAd Producer

Apple has released iAd Producer (http://developer.apple.com/iad/iadproducer/) for developers and designers who want to "design and assemble high-impact, interactive content for iAd."

iAd Producer automatically manages the HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript behind your iAd. For advanced developers, iAd Producer offers sophisticated JavaScript editing and debugging, along with a powerful extension mechanism that enables them to create and re-use their own page templates and components

iAd Producer is available for download on Apple’s developer web site. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.5, Safari 5 and iOS SDK 4.0.

iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Apple has iAd commitments for 2010 totaling over US$60 million, which represents almost 50 percent of the total forecasted US mobile...

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Dec 20
SwitchEasy releases Vulcan case for the iPad

SwitchEasy (http://www.switcheasy.com) has launched the Vulcan for the iPad. It's an US$29.99 case made of scratch and tear resistant Hydro Polymer material. It offers 360 degree protection with bundled screen guards, headphone jack protectors and a 30-pin connector protector.


The Vulcan sports two portable fold-out stands, one anti-static screen guard, one microfiber wipe, two 30-pin connector protectors and two headphone jack protectors. It comes in "ultrablack" and "ultraclear" version.

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Dec 20
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 20

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/).

Fans of classic gaming can now get their fix on their iPhone or iPod touch with TurboGrafx-16 Gamebox from Hudson Entertainment. The collection comes with a free game, “World Sports Competition.”  Once users have downloaded the app, they will be able to purchase 15 games which will be available for US$2.99 each. The list of games available right now in the TurboGrafx-16 Gamebox collection are: World Sports Competition, Bomberman '94, Bonk's Adventure, China Warrior, Dungeon Explorer, Gradius, Jaseiken Necromancer, Military Madness, New Adventure Island, Ninja Spirit, R-Type, Salamander, Soldier Blade, Victory Run, Vigilante and World Class Baseball. 

NTT Resonant, Japanese publisher of iOS games, and Berzerk Studio, a flash games developer,...

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Dec 20
Analyst: iPhone 4 a hot seller in China

Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities says in a note to clinets -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that the iPhone 4 has been selling faster than its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS.

"We continue to believe that China remains in the early stages of catching 'Apple fever' and demand for iPhone 4 has been well above the ramp of the iPhone 3GS thus far," he said.

White recently toured China and met with officials from the nation's wireless carriers. They indicated they believe the total high-end smartphone market in China is between 100 million and 125 million, notes "AppleInsider." That huge addressable market could prove to be a "significant opportunity for growth" for Apple in the years ahead, White said.

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Dec 20
Ottawa officials test driving the iPad

Ottawa is considering offers iPads to federal bureaucrats to cut down on paper and printing costs. In fact, about 20 treasury board workers are already using the high-tech device as part of a pilot project, reports "The Niagra Falls Review" (http://niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2897516).

The senior officials, including several deputy ministers, have been using the Apple tablet computer since the fall, with the cost of the project at $23,500, the article adds. The officials says the gadget could save hundreds of dollars a year in paper and printing costs for each staff member equipped with the device.

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Dec 20
Page Director ALS now compatible with InDesign CS5, QuarkXPress...

Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), an Adobe premier development partner and a provider of software solutions for the publishing industry, has announced that Page Director Ad Layout System 5.6.1, ALS for Magazines 5.6.1 and AdForce 5.6.1 are now available.

MEI’s flagship product and its related technologies have been upgraded for compatibility with the latest pagination software from Adobe and Quark.

ALS 5.6.1 works with enhanced versions of MEI’s Ad Import plug-in and ALS XT, which allow users to export issues to Adobe InDesign® CS5 and QuarkXPress® 8.5, the most recent releases of the industry’s leading page-layout programs. For customers still running older versions, compatibility is also available for InDesign CS4 and QuarkXPress versions 8.0-8.5.

MEI has also updated its FiFi, Fido and Split & Folio XTs and plug-ins for compatibility with QuarkXPress 8.5 and InDesign CS5. FiFi and Fido restore file-path information for ad files after ALS pages have been...

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Dec 20
Steve Jobs number four on CEO Wealth Creation rankings

The top 50 CEOs delivered an average total shareholder return of 73.3% since June 2007, according to a new study published by "Chief Executive" magazine and calculated by Applied Finance Group. That performance handily beats the 14.9% average of the S&P 500 during the same period.

Priceline CEO Jeff Boyd took the spot as the #1 value creator based on the success he has had in taking his company's online travel services to international markets, expanding market share and growing the top line -- while keeping tight controls on costs. Apple CEO Steve Jobs ranks number four on the list.

Others in the top 10 are: Aflac's Daniel P. Amos (#2), Federated Investors' J. Christopher Donahue (#3), Amazon's Jeffrey P. Bezos (#5), Colgate-Palmolive's Ian M. Cook (#6), Ecolab's Douglas M. Baker Jr. (#7), DeVry's Daniel Hamburger (#8), Fastenal's William D. Oberton (#9) and C.H. Robinson Worldwides's John P. Wiehoff (#10).

"The past 12 months have not been an easy time...

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Dec 20
iPhone, iPad rank high in Ask.com list of hottest gifts

Ask.com, an online brand for questions and answers, has revealed the hottest gifts this holiday season, selected from the millions of questions asked throughout the last month at Ask.com. Not surprisingly, the iPhone and iPad ranked high on the list.

iPhone reigned with more than twice as many questions asked about Apple's big seller as compared to the next phone in line, the Droid, according to Ask.com. The BlackBerry was also a popular gift item, although Ask users were not nearly as inquisitive about the handheld as its iPhone and Droid peers.

Though the iPad was one of the year's hottest tech products, it still couldn't beat the Kindle for top reader in the gifts category. The iPad only received two-thirds the amount of questions as the Kindle. The Barnes & Noble Nook couldn't keep up, with less than half as many questions as the Kindle.

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Dec 20
iPads, laptops help retail e-commerce sales

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that measures the digital world, says holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 47 days of the November-December 2010 holiday season is looking good, thanks, in part, to the iPad and laptops.

For the holiday season-to-date, US$27.46 billion has been spent online, marking a 12% increase versus the corresponding days last year. The most recent week (week ending Dec. 17) reached $5.15 billion in spending, an increase of 14%versus the corresponding week last year, with four individual days surpassing $900 million, led by Green Monday (Monday, Dec. 13) with $954 million and Free Shipping Day (Friday, Dec. 17) with $942 million. Free Shipping Day achieved a 61% increase versus the corresponding shopping day last year, highlighting the appeal and success of the promotion in which more than 1,500 merchants offered free shipping.

Computer hardware...

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Dec 20
Back to the Future game speeding to the Mac this Wednesday

Telltale’s Back to the Future: The Game will debut this Wednesday, Dec. 22. The five-part season’s first episode “It’s About Time!” will be available for Mac and platforms.

Fans can still get the Puzzle Agent game free with their pre-order (US$24.95) from http://www.backtothefuturegame.com, and Telltale also donates $1 to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation with each purchase up through the launch. The series will debut on the PlayStation Network and iPad platforms in early 2011.\

Here's how the game is described: "Back to the Future: The Game brings the iconic ‘Marty McFly’, ‘Doc Brown’ and the DeLorean Time Machine together in a completely new cinematic adventure, which unfolds over five exciting episodes. Six months after the events of the third film, the DeLorean Time Machine mysteriously returns to Hill Valley. ‘Marty’ must go back in time and recruit aid from a...

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Dec 20
Bioserie 'grows' an iPod touch case made of plants

Bioserie (http://www.bioserie.com), a company that engineers ways in which bioplastics are used, has announced its line of iPod touch 4G cases made of plant material, providing an environmentally friendly option for Apple device owners who want complete protection without sacrificing natural resources. The cases are US$34.95 each.

Emitting considerably less greenhouse gas in the manufacturing process, bioserie covers are made from a unique blend of bioplastics that are all derived from plants and annually renewable resources, says bioserie CEO Kaya Kaplancali. The fourth generation iPod touch marks the expansion of bioserie’s existing line of “made of plants” covers, which includes cases for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3G/3GS, iPod touch 2G/3G and iPod nano, he adds.

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Dec 20
'MUG Event Calendar': Macworld Expo, holiday cheer

Busy holiday schedules take their toll on this week’s "MUG Event Calendar," but there are still meetings you should know about.

Paul Kent, general manager of Macworld will visit a California group to discuss the year’s biggest Apple event, and an Ohio group will celebrate 25 years in the business of being a Mac User Group. Another California group will discuss the new Apple products, and other groups will get together to enjoy Mac talk and holiday cheer.

"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 nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Dec 20
Southern Stars releases free iPhone app to track holiday...

On the night of Dec. 20-21, a total lunar eclipse will dress the moon in holiday red for more than three hours. For 72 minutes of that eclipse, the Earth's shadow will hide the moon in complete darkness.

This unusual celestial event is visible for hundreds of millions of viewers across North America. The last year North America saw a total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice was 1638. The next is 2094 -- making this event a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.



To ensure people can track this eclipse, Southern Stars is releasing the latest version of its SkySafari LiteT iPhone app for free through Dec. 22. SkySafari Lite is an app that correctly predicts and displays this eclipse. It features research-grade accuracy, the largest celestial database of any mobile planetarium app, and descriptive content written by experts. To download SkySafari Lite now, go to...

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Dec 20
TuneWear announces Wrist Watch case for iPod nano

TuneWear (http://www.tunewear.com) has announced the US$14.95 Wrist Watch Case for the six generation iPod nano 6G. It's a wearable silicone case available in nine color varieties that wrap around your wrist to transform the nano into a wristwatch.

The Wrist Watch Case is designed to allow full access to the touch screen, which can be set to the clock display mode. All controls are fully accessible while wearing the case.

A TuneFilm protective film is included for protecting the nano's screen. The Wrist Watch Case is available in clear, pink, read, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and black.

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Dec 20
2empowerFM Dialogs Unlimited 2.0 adds over 90 features, fixes

Dracoventions (http://www.dracoventions.com) has announced 2empowerFM Developer Assistant 2.5 for FileMaker Pro.

Developer Assistant lets FileMaker developers search for text within all scripts, database fields, tables, and in many other database windows. Developers can also evaluate selected text to speed debugging and development. Version 2.5 has completed beta testing for Macintosh FileMaker, includes an improved user interface, and now works when FileMaker is set to any of its 10 standard languages.

2empowerFM Developer Assistant v2.5 is available immediately. This is a free upgrade for those who purchased a Mac or Windows license within the last year. New Developer Assistant licenses start at US$69 for a single user; upgrades after a year are half price. Other plug-ins in the 2empowerFM family start at $19 and some are free. Developer (redistribution) licenses are also available....

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Dec 20
Keynote Themes Plus introduces 10 new themes

Keynote Themes Plus (http://www.keynotethemesplus.com) has introduced 10 new Keynote themes for use with the presentation creation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.

The new themes are: Blue Map, City Time, Green Orbit, Ink Drops, Medicine, Official, Orange, Thumbs Up, Warning and White Oval. In addition, two free themes were released as a Christmas gift for all Keynote users: Cheers and Snowflakes.

There are five sizes available for each theme including HD. They are: 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 720, 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1080 in pixels, so everyone can find the perfect size for widescreen (16:9, 16:10) or traditional (4:3) displays and projectors. All the presentations made by using Keynote Themes or Keynote Themes in Action with moving backgrounds can be transferred to the iPad.

To use Keynote themes from Keynote Themes Plus requires a Mac with iWork '08 (Keynote 4...

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Dec 20
Application Systems North America announces ContaxCRM Suite 2.1....

Application Systems North America has updated ContaxCRM Suite 2.1.5, an update of its contact management solution for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows.

ContaxCRM allows individuals and companies to better manage their day-to-day contacts and relationships, and build a detailed contact history for customers, suppliers, prospects, members and other contacts. To celebrate this release Application Systems is offering the coupon code XMAS25 which will give a 25% discount on any purchases made from the Arten Science store.

iPhone and iPad integration with ContaxCRM Suite will be available next spring. This will be available as a free upgrade to all existing customers. ContaxCRM Suite consists of four modules, which can be used individually or together as a fully functional Contact Relationship Management Solution.

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Dec 20
LinkOptimizer for InDesign updated to version 4.5

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.5, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version adds the ability to convert image color space to an ICC profile space, with full control over how the conversion is done.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.10 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.5 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.

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