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Oct 04
Apple challenges Mirror Worlds verdict

Apple is challenging a jury verdict in which the computer maker was ordered to pay as much as US$625.5 million to Mirror Worlds for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed digitally, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-04/apple-challenges-625-5-million-...).

Apple asked U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis for an emergency stay of the Oct. 1 verdict, saying there are outstanding issues on two of the three patents. Apple said patent owner Mirror Worlds would also be “triple dipping” if it were able to collect $208.5 million on each of the patents.

Apple has been ordered by a jury to pay damages to Mirror Worlds for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed on a computer screen. The...

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Oct 04
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 4

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/).

OurLivez has fired off Torpedo Alley 1.0, an US$0.99 game for iOS devices. Players use five torpedoes to knock out the submarine mothership. At higher levels, defending mini-subs will sacrifice themselves to protect their mothership.

Fairlady Media has released Ghosts! 1.0, a $0.99 game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Players use a flashlight to find invading ghosts and other enemies in a dark landscape. Destroy the creepy enemies by zapping them with a lighting-enabled super flashlight or upgrade to a flamethrower for even better defenses. Ghosts! features 20 levels of gameplay.

Apalon has announced Cut It Up!, a $0.99 game for the iPhone and iPod touch. The main challenge of the game is to pass through various levels by cutting chunks off...

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Oct 04
Craft Animations provides sample CDS tools

Craft Animations has announced the integration of select Craft Director Studio (CDS) tools within the Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk Maya; 2011, currently available to customers on Autodesk Subscription at http://www.autodesk.com/advantagepack-maya .

CDS is based on research in autonomous control systems and provides interactive control and simulation of cameras and vehicles, which helps to significantly reduce animation production times. The free CDS sample bundle for Maya 2011 includes: Craft SoftMotionCam, Craft ObserverCam, Craft MultiStateCam, Craft HumanizerCam and four Craft pre-rigged models (from PerspectX).

Craft Animations offers over 20 additional animation tools and six Specialty Edition bundles designed for 3D animators, visual effects artists, game developers, forensic specialists, CAD professionals and architectural designers. All tools...

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Oct 04
DATRON iPad-operated D5 Dental Mill

Datron Dynamics (http://www.datron.com) has released the DATRON D5 Dental Mill. This 5-axis, high-speed machining center was designed specifically and exclusively for dental milling applications including crowns, bridges, abutments, inlays, onlays, telescopes, implants, bar work and even models.  It's the only machining center in the world to feature a touch-screen iPad to control all machine functions.   

A rigid cast iron construction houses a fully-integrated 5-axis automation system built to hold up to eight material blanks or “pucks” frequently used by dental labs. This integrated 8-piece handling system loads and unloads blanks for un-attended operation. Finished blanks can be unloaded from the machine while the machine is running.

The DATRON D5 is optimized for the efficient machining of common dental materials such as NEM, titanium, chrome-cobalt, zirconium, PMMA, wax, ceramics and dental...

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Oct 04
Analyst: Apple capitalizing on trend toward digital lifestyle

Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities issued an in-depth 85-page note on Apple to analysts Monday -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) and initiated coverage of Apple stock with a $430 12-month price target.

"We believe Apple is still in the early stages of capitalizing on the trend toward a digital lifestyle, while transforming itself to seize large opportunities in the enterprise market, advertising (i.e. mobile, TV, etc.), "cloud computing and social networking," White wrote.

White predicts Apple will sell 7.1 million iPads in its 2010 fiscal year, with sales growing 181% in 2011 to 19.9 million. In the 2012 fiscal year, he sees Apple selling 25.8 million iPads.

The analyst thinks Apple will sell 36.9 million units in 2010, up 78% year-over-year. For the 2011 fiscal year, White eyeballs Apple selling 49.1 million handsets, eventually reaching 71.1...

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Oct 04
Quark brings dynamic publishing to 100 million SharePoint users

Quark (http://www.quark.com) announced today that Quark Publishing System can be integrated with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 to offer the 100 million SharePoint users worldwide a single, affordable system for workflow, collaboration, and dynamic publishing that spans across all departments.

By uniting SharePoint and Quark Publishing System, knowledge workers and creative departments can collaborate within one system to create, edit, revise, and publish brand-compliant, cross-media marketing communications. This enables organizations across industries to boost the return on their SharePoint investment by reducing the cost of publishing marketing material while reaching target audiences more frequently with accurate and timely information, according to PG Bartlett, senior vice president of Product Management at Quark.



Through the integration of Quark Publishing System -- the engine that enables dynamic,...

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Oct 04
Left for Dead coming to the Mac this week

Valve says Left 4 Dead 2 will hit the Mac OS on Tuesday, reports "Insanely Great" (http://www.insanely-great.com/news.php?id=11413). The game will be released through the company’s Steam.

Left 4 Dead 2 was originally released last November on Windows and Xbox. In the game players must fend off a world infected by zombie-like creatures

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Oct 04
Analyst: iPad waaaaay ahead of competitors

Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore told clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/04/ipad-lead-seen-as-overwhelming/?s...) -- that he's surveyed the tablet computer scene and concluded that things don't look good for the iPad's competitors.

"We believe Apple's lead in the tablet market will prove difficult to close by the onslaught of competing products coming over the next several quarters," he says. "Ultimately, we expect the slew of upcoming competition to fall flat from a user experience standpoint while struggl[ing] to materially undercut the iPad on price."

According to Whitmore, the iPad is ahead of competitors by: 12-18 months in terms of content; two or more years in terms of other media acquisition and integration via iTunes; and "...

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Oct 04
Apple on its way to overtaking Exxon in terms of market...

Apple is on its way to overtake Exxon Mobil Corp. as the largest company by market capitalization, though it still has a ways to go, reports the "San Francisco Chronicle" (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/04/BUO41FNORG.D...).

As soon as the total value of the company's shares edges above Exxon's, Apple will take over the top spot in the Standard and Poor's 500, the market index used by most professional money managers.

"Apple still has some catching up to do before it takes the lead, of course," notes the "Chronicle." "As of now, there is a $60 billion difference in the two companies' market capitalization. If the price of Exxon stays flat, Apple's stock will need to rise 12 percent to move ahead of the oil giant, according to Brian...

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Oct 04
Adidas drops iAd?

"Business Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/adidas-gives-up-on-apples-iads-because-st...) says Adidas has apparently backed out of Apple's iAd mobile advertising program because Apple CEO Steve Jobs was "being too much of a control freak.

According to one industry exec, Adidas decided to cancel its iAds after Apple rejected its creative concept for the third time. In an effort to dial up ad quality, Apple has taken more control over iAds than any other program in the industry, including making the actual ads themselves, notes the "Business Insider." And, as the "Wall Street Journal" noted in August (...

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Oct 04
Apple, Nissan tie for top spot in Ace Metrix top 10

Ace Metrix (http://www.acemetrix.com), which specializes in television advertising analytics, has announced the Ace Metrix Quarterly Top 10 for the third quarter ending September 30, 2010. For the first time, two national breaking ads tied for best creative effectiveness: Apple iPad “Demonstration of Features” which first aired on Au.17 and Nissan “Wouldn’t It," airing Oct. 28, both scored Ace Score 671, out of a possible 950, and compared to an Ace Score average of 532 for all ads.

“These top ten ads represent a huge achievement in a highly competitive industry. Resonating with today’s fickle consumer is a constant challenge for brands, and these ads represent the best of the best when it comes to effective creative with their consumers,” says Peter Daboll, chief executive of Ace Metrix. “The Ace Score is unique in its ability to track the breadth of all advertising creative that lands on today’s...

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Oct 04
Pageflex Studio ID 2.0 brings FLEX-ibility to Adobe InDesign...

Pageflex, a division of Bitstream (http:/www.bitstream.com) and a developer of enterprise variable data publishing and web-to-print solutions, has announced Studio ID 2.0, a desktop variable data publishing (VDP) plug-in for Adobe InDesign.

This new release includes support for Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) on both the Mac and Windows platforms, and the patented flex technology of Pageflex. Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, president and CEO, Bitstream, says the patented flex technology allows design layout containers (text boxes, shapes, groups, etc.) to dynamically stretch, shrink, and reposition themselves in reaction to the quantity and size of the variable text or images poured into them. The template designer defines layout rules that govern how the containers can flex individually and in relationship to each other so that a pleasing page design is maintained even as the layout changes, she adds.

Users of both Adobe InDesign CS4 and CS5 can take advantage of the new...

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Oct 04
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in stores Dec. 7

Blizzard Entertainment says World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/cataclysm), the third expansion for the subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, will be released starting on December 7.

The expansion will be available on DVD-ROM for Mac OS X and Window at a suggested retail price of US$39.99 and will also be offered as a digital download from the Blizzard Store. A special Collector’s Edition packed with bonus items will be available exclusively in retail stores for a suggested retail price of $79.99.

Here's how the expansion pack is described: "In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the...

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Oct 04
Epson introduces new printers

Epson America (http://www.epson.com) has announced the Epson Stylus Pro 7890 (24-inch) and 9890 (44-inch) for photographers and proofing professionals. The company has also announced the Stylus Pro 4900 17-inch printer.

THe Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890 printers combine eight-color Epson UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta ink technology with auto-sharing Matte and Photo Black inks, and Epson's MicroPiezo TFP print head to produce high quality prints at speeds about twice as fast as their predecessors (the Epson Stylus Pro 7880 and 9880), says Reed Hecht, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America.

The Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890 offer the same leading technology found in the Epson Stylus Pro 900-series, including ePlaten automatic media loading, spindle-free roll media loading, a roll media tracking system, front control panel with 2.5-inch color LCD, rotary cutter, fabric catch bin, and robust...

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Oct 04
'MacVoices' looks at controlling mail in iOS devices

On the new "MacVoices (http://www.macvoices.com), Joe Kissell talks about his latest book, "Take Control of Mail on the iPhone and iPod touch, iOS 4 Edition."

If you thought the unified In-Box in Mail in iOS 4 was the only enhancement, think again. Kissell reviews some of the other new features, including moving messages between accounts, the four different ways to access your Gmail account, working with MobilMe's mail on your iOS4 iDevice, using your own domain or other email service with Mail, and more.

"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 04
Barcode Producer update adds Send to InDesign button

Apparent Corp. has updated Barcode Producer (http://www.itsapparent.com/barcodeproducer/), its barcode creation software suite for Mac OS X, to version 6.1. It adds a Send to InDesign button and now works correctly with Adobe InDesign CS5.

There's also a new Copy Picture menu option designed to make it easy to simply "copy and paste" barcodes from Barcode Producer to the document you're working on. Code 39 barcodes is a new feature for adding asterisks to the human readable text below the barcode.

Barcode Producer is a tool for creating barcodes visually, with one-click export for Adobe Creative Suite products, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat Distiller.

Version 6.1 costs US$199. Barcode Producer is a Universal Binary app so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Oct 04
Verbatim introduces new USB 3.0 portable hard drive

Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) has released the Store ‘n’ Go SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compact portable hard drive. It will be available in 500GB and 750GB versions this month, and in a 1TB in November.

The Store 'n' Go SuperSpeed USB 3.0 will, alas, only run at USB 2.0 speeds on Macs. Apple computers don't yet offer support for USB 3.0.

Available in a piano-black finish, the Verbatim unit includes Nero BackItUp & Burn software for Windows, a free trial of Norton Online Backup (5GB) and a seven-year limited warranty. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Oct 04
AquaFold 9 sees open APIs

AquaFold has released Aqua Data Studio 9.0 (http://www.aquafold.com), an upgrade to its universal database query and administration software designed to make it simple to visualize and manipulate multiple relational databases from within a single interface.

The app is designed for business analysts, software developers and database administrators (DBAs) worldwide and lets them consolidate the design, development and maintenance of enterprise relational databases into one versatile application. Among the new features in version 9.0 are AquaScript and open application programming interfaces (APIs), a set of application APIs that open up the rich core functionality of Aqua Data Studio for automating tasks, scripting and customizing the application to specific user or enterprise needs. Processes that took multiple steps within Aqua Data Studio's graphical interface can now be automated with just a single...

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Oct 04
PCI Geomatics to release GXL Aerial

PCI Geomatics will announce the launch of its GeoImaging Accelerator Aerial (GXL-A) software at the Intergeo 2010 Conference this Oct. 5-7 in Cologne, Germany. This follows an earlier announcement in March when Microsoft’s Photogrammetry division, Vexcel Imaging GmbH, agreed to partner with PCI to produce an image processing system specifically for Vexcel Imaging’s UltraCam aerial cameras and UltraMap photogrammetric software.
 
GXL-A (http://www.pcigeomatics.com/gxl) completes PCI’s UltraMap workflow product line with the addition of high-speed orthorectification and mosaicking capabilities. Using PCI’s multi CPU/GPU distributed processing architecture, aerial image producers will realize significant improvement in production throughput and reduced costs.

The product will be offered as a standalone deskside or single-node rack system. It's fully upgradable to multiple node...

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Oct 04
Digital comic book, eBook manager for Mac OS X available

Kaiju Software has announced the public beta launch of Ehon 1.0 (http://www.ehonapp.com) for Mac OS X (10.6.4 or higher). It's a Mac-only digital comic book, manga and ebook management program.

Ehon is designed to simplify digital library management. Users can import all of their digital comics and ebooks and let Ehon do all the work. The app will import all of the major ebook and  comic file formats, as long as they're not DRM protected, including epub, PDF, CBR/RAR, CBZ/ZIP and even image folders.

The configurable application offers shelves, CoverFlow or simple list modes. Users can choose which elements to display in the library.

Ehon is  available immediately for download as pre-release software. Early adopters get a discounted price of US$18 until the final version 1.0 is released. Early purchasers get a fully functional license that will work with 1.0 version and all 1.x updates. Just...

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Oct 04
DockView for Mac OS X now refreshes constantly

Kapeli has released DockView 1.4.1 (http://kapeli.com/dockview/), an update of the Mac OS X app that extends the Dock and makes it aware of the windows that applications have open. The previews refresh constantly so you can keep an eye on windows without activating them.

With DockView, whenever a user points the mouse at an application's icon, thumbnail images of the windows are displayed. The app helps Mac OS X users visualize the windows they currently have open and find the window they're looking for. It's also able to display the previews in the default Mac CMD Tab application switcher. Users can identify the application they are looking for and reduce the time it takes to switch between applications.

DockView requires Mac OS X 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard"). It may be purchased for US$7.99. The free version displays an alert every now and then and is otherwise fully unrestricted. Version 1.4....

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Oct 03
AddMovie for Mac OS X premieres version 1.9

Limit Point Software has updated AddMovie (http://www.limit-point.com/Utilities/AddMovie.html), a tool for combining multiple movies or images into a single movie and batch exporting movies to any format supported by QuickTime, to version 1.9. It combines multiple movies into a single movie and batch exporting movies to any format supported by QuickTime.

AddMovie is a utility for concatenating several files into one single movie, or batch converting movies to other formats. It supports all formats provided by Quicktime. Since the output format is configurable, you can also use AddMovie to convert movie file formats, say from MPEG-4 to 3GP for display on your Bluetooth phone, etc,

It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's donationware. Try it and if you use it, donate to the developers so they can continue working on this and other Mac products....

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Oct 03
NetMarketShare: Mac, Safari, iOS gain market share

Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from August to September, 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 5.03% of the global market share in September, compared to 5% in June (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 91.08% as of September. That's up from from 91.34% in August. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.27% in September compared to 5.16% in August, while Internet Explorer had 59.65% Firefox had 22.96% and Chrome had 7.98%. That compares to, respectively, August percentages of 60.40%, 22.93% and 7.52%, for the browsers.

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

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Oct 02
Apple ordered to pay damages to Mirror World

Apple has been ordered by a jury to pay damages to Mirror Worlds for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed on a computer screen, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-01/apple-loses-mirror-worlds-trial...). The federal jury in Tyler, Texas, awarded $208.5 million in damages for each of the patents infringed.

"Bloomberg" says the verdict form was unclear as to whether the amount applies to the three patents collectively or would be charged individually. Lawyers for closely held Mirror Worlds declined to discuss the verdict.

In 2008 Mirror Worlds Technologies, a Texas based company, accused Apple of violating four distinct but related patents that touch on creating "streams" of documents that...

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Oct 02
Gridstore to demo next-gen NAS solution

Gridstore (http://www.gridstore.com), which specializes in enterprise-class Network Attached Storage grid (NASg) solutions, will demonstrate its next-generation scale-out NAS solution in booth #758 at the MSPWorld conference, being held in Los Angeles Oct. 4-6.  

Demonstrations will focus on the solution's grid architecture and how it changes the dynamics and economics of NAS for the MSP and SMB markets, enabling them to create storage pools that centralize sharing and management of massive amounts of NAS-stored files. By combining the simplicity, convenience and affordability of NAS with the scalability, performance and reliability of enterprise-class storage, the NASg solution eliminates the risk, cost and complexity of traditional siloed storage solutions.  Gridstore puts scale-out NAS in reach of MSPs and small-medium sized businesses who until now suffered with the limitations of stand alone NAS,...

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