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Jan 18
'Fortune': Jobs went to Switzerland in search of...

"Fortune" is reporting ( that Apple CEO Steve Jobs -- who announced a medical leave of absence this week -- spent part of 2009 at a hospital in Basel, Switzerland seeking treatment for neuroendocrine cancer, which he had surgically treated in 2004.

Jobs had surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, taking a leave of absence to recover. He returned, then took a second medical absence for roughly six months in 2009. At that time he underwent a secret liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

However, also during that absence, "Fortune" says Jobs also took an unpublicized flight to Switzerland to undergo an unusual, hormone-delivered radiological treatment at the University of Basel for neuroendocrine cancer. The treatment isn't available in the U.S.

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Jan 18
SanDisk announces SDHC card with UHS-I technology

SanDisk ( has introduced the SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card. The card features Ultra High Speed (UHS) technology from the newly released SD 3.0 specification and achieves up to 45MB/second read and write performance.

As DSLRs offer increasingly sophisticated features such as high megapixel continuous burst shooting and high-definition (HD) video capture, photographers need advanced memory cards capable of unlocking their cameras' full potential. The card achieves high performance and efficient power consumption in UHS-enabled cameras such as the Nikon D7000, says Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk.

The SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC card adheres to the new UHS Speed Class 1 video class rating, offering 10MB/second minimum sustained write speed capable of recording HD 1080p videos or even 3D content. The card is shipping to major retailers worldwide and comes...

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Jan 18
Future Apples releases iSpeak Translator for the Mac

Future Apps (, an iOS development company has released the iSpeak Translator for the Mac. It's available at an introductory price of US$4.99 at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher.

iSpeak Translator for the Mac is not just a mere text translator, but uses the highest quality text to speech syntheses available to speak the translated phrase back to you in the target language, according to Future Apps founder and CEO John Stefanopoulos. Instead of offering separate apps for individual language pairs, all languages are being combined into one application.

iSpeak Translator for the Mac includes five languages for the initial release: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The application will be updated with many more languages in the very near future at no additional cost, according to Stefanopoulos.

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Jan 18
Penn State students test driving iPads

Students at Penn State are test-driving iPads in a technical writing course. Last summer the school’s Education Technology Services (ETS) bought 40 Apple tablet computers for faculty and student projects. Michael Faris, an instructor in the Department of English, planned a technical writing course for fall 2010 featuring the iPad in its curriculum.

“Students in my class were juniors and seniors who had already developed their reading, writing and research habits,” Faris says. “The iPad forced them to adapt to different strategies and change the way they think about their work.”

Each student in the class received the touch-screen-only iPad and an accessory keyboard for the semester. Apple donated iTunes gift cards to cover the cost of applications students may have needed to download for the class -- like a word processing program -- as well as a gift card from publishing company Bedford/St. Martin’s, to cover the expense of the digital textbook they needed to download...

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Jan 18
Ovum: Android OS will edge pass the iOS by 2015

The iPhone and iPad accounted for 90% of the 14 million devices running "lite" operating systems sold last year. By 2015, however, when 150 million sales are expected, the proportion of smartphones and tablets based on Apple software will have dipped to 35%, the analysts at Ovum told clients -- as reported by "The Telegraph" ( And I'd take this prediction with a big grain of salt.

"This huge growth in shipments will be dominated by tablet-style technologies such as the iPad and will mainly be driven by consumers buying devices to complement their smartphones," says Tony Cripps, principal analyst, Ovum.

He adds that the main beneficiary will be Google, and that by 2015 its share of smartphone and tablet sales will have risen to 36 %, edging ahead of Apple. The remaining 29% of the "lite" operating system market will be divided between Microsoft, RIM and HP's WebOS, the analysts...

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Jan 18
iPad accounted for nearly 90% of media tablets shipped in 3Q10

The worldwide media tablet market grew 45.1% in the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), driven almost exclusively by global demand for Apple's iPad. According to the International Data Corporation ( researchgroup, vendors shipped 4.8 million units globally in 3Q10, compared to 3.3 million units in the second quarter of 2010 and iPad represented nearly 90% of the media tablets shipped worldwide in 3Q10.

The growing popularity of tablet devices among consumers worldwide is evidenced not only by adoption of media tablets, but also of eReaders, saysIDC. The third quarter of 2010 saw global eReader shipments increase to 2.7 million units representing 40% growth over 2Q10, with the U.S. representing nearly three-quarters of the worldwide eReader market.

According to IDC, media tablets are tablet form factor devices with color displays larger than five inches and smaller than 14 inches, running...

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Jan 18
Two charged with stealing iPad users' data

Two U.S. prosecutors filed criminal charges against two people accused of stealing the email addresses and other personal data of about 120,000 users of the iPad, reports "Reuters" (

Daniel Spitler and Andrew Auernheimer were each charged with one count of fraud and one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization, prosecutors said. The charges arise from an alleged hacking last year of AT&T's servers, which affected iPad users who accessed the Internet through AT&T's 3G network.

The charges come seven months after a group calling itself Goatse Security said it hacked into AT&T's iPad subscriber data. The group obtained a list of email addresses that also included celebrities, chief executives, politicians and several senior government officials, adds "Reuters."

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Jan 18
CDMA iPhone orders expected to hit 12-15 million in 2011

Taiwan-based notebook maker Pegatron Technology has recently started shipping its Apple CDMA iPhones orders with total volume is estimated to be around 12-15 million units in 2011, reports "DigiTimes" (, quoting "sources from upstream component makers."

Pegatron originally only forecasted internally to ship about 10 million CDMA iPhones in 2011. However, as demand continues to stay strong, the company has recently increased its internal shipment forecast to 12-15 million units, "DigiTimes" adds.

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Jan 18
Analyst predicts sales of four million Macs for first fiscal...

Any drop in Apple's share price tomorrow "presents a buying opportunity ahead of earnings," according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty in a note to clients, as reported by "AppleInsider" ( He discussed the impact of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' medical leave of absence, as well as an improved outlook for iOS and more favorable component costs than previously expected.

"We expect the company to report strong December quarter results Tuesday night and continue to believe our bull case of CY11 $25 EPS (vs. consensus of $20.68) is increasingly likely on the back of stronger than expected iPhone/iPad shipments and gross margins." the analyst says. ""In addition to upward revisions from the recent Verizon launch, our meetings highlighted long iPhone lead times in China given strong demand. iPad touch panels, the major bottleneck over the past several quarters and 10-15% of...

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Jan 18
Ludwig receivers to be compatible with iPod docking stations

Ludwig Enterprise ( says its new receiver, dubbed The One, will be compatible with the Apple’s iPod docking devices.

The One’s docking connector is designed to mate or electronically couple with “off the shelf” docking cavities in external speakers, clock radios, charging stations and more. Interoperability improves product performance and increases accessory choices. The One radio is designed to be a mobile or fixed based multi-channel, multi-purposed digital 2-way communication device.

The device will resemble existing PDAs with touch screen for channel selection, GPS, USB port, and self-contained antenna. The primary service is audio but may be enhanced with video, signage, text, educational and social networking features.

Availability and pricing for The One hasn't been announced.

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Jan 18
WD expands line of SAS hard drives

Western Digital ( has announced the availability of its second-generation WD S25 SAS drives and its latest WD RE SAS 3.5-inch drives for the traditional enterprise market.

Shipping now, the 2.5-inch, 10,000 RPM, WD S25 with SAS 6 Gb/second interface hard drives offer IT professionals storage with new 450GB and 600 GB capacities. The WD S25 line, including the previously released 147GB and 300GB capacities, is designed for mission-critical server and storage systems.

Also shipping now to original equipment manufacturers, the new 3.5-inch, 7,200 RPM, WD RE SAS with 6 Gb/second interface hard drives offer 1TB and 2TB capacity points. The WD RE SAS drives mark a commitment to the expansion of WD's SAS portfolio for high-capacity data center storage, storage area networks (SAN), network attached storage (NAS), direct attach storage (DAS), networked surveillance...

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Jan 18
Brother expands all-in-one inkjets

Brother International Corp. ( has announced its second generation of Professional Series inkjet all-in-one machines (MFC-J6510DW, MFC-J6710DW and MFC-J6910DW) priced from US$249 to $349.  

This new Professional Series from Brother offers small business owners an opportunity to print, copy, scan and fax up to 11 x 17 inches. The new models sport such features as duplex (two-sided) printing to reduce paper consumption and Super High-Yield ink cartridges to save on replacement costs. The machines also offer fast print speeds, an auto-document feeder and dual paper trays to increase total capacity up to 500 pages.

All of the models will be compatible with the free downloadable Brother iPrint&Scan app by April, which allows wireless printing from or scanning to an Apple mobile device or Android smartphone. The Brother Professional Series MFC-J6510DW and MFC-J6710DW...

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Jan 18
Virtual TimeClock update offers new payroll integration

Redcort Software has announced Virtual TimeClock '11 (, the latest version of the time and attendance software for Mac and Windows computers. Employers can now prevent or restrict clock in and out times based on employee shifts, instantly track late arrivals, and view shift reports and summaries to reduce overtime costs and more easily manage employee time and attendance.

Virtual TimeClock '11's new overtime control features allow employees to record an early clock in as their shift start time or prevent early clock-ins altogether. Allowing users to clock in early but not starting until their actual shift start time is called a "Courtesy Clock In."

Early clock-ins can be overridden by a manager with a new security access setting. Clock-out restrictions work in a similar fashion to control late clock outs, including a new automatic clock out...

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Jan 18
'MacVoices' looks at the Final Cut Pro SuperMeet

The new "MacVoices" ( continues down the "Road to Macworld" a with a look at the expo's long-running companion event, The Final Cut Pro SuperMeet.

Heading in to the 10th year of gatherings of digital video gurus, Daniel Berube and Michael Horton talk about how CES and Macworld compare, and what makes Macworld unique. This year’s San Francisco SuperMeet is back during Macworld week, making it the perfect compliment for those with an interest in digital video. Derube and Horton talk about the training and networking opportunities the SuperMeet offers, why the venue is an important part of the move back to Macworld week, the limited-attendance workshops and more.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco from Jan. 26-29 at the Moscone...

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Jan 18
Invoices for Mac OS X gets interface improvements

Tension Software has updated Invoices (, a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.8.1. The upgrade offers some interface improvements and adds a display, above the form, of the paper format used.

Invoices (US$40) allows you to create a new invoices with all data without using the keyboard, only with the mouse and all from a single panel view. You can make two different type of invoices, Plain and Table, where description of sold goods and services can be managed in a different way.

Invoices automatically calculates totals and taxes, in accordance with the set-up the user specified using his own country's rules. Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.4. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Jan 17
Power Manager 4.0.3 includes new developer tools

DssW has released Power Manager 4.0.3 for Mac OS X. This release includes new developer tools and bug fixes.

Power Manager is an automation and energy saving solution for Mac OS X. It boasts a range of energy saving events, including the ability to run applications and scripts to a schedule.

New to Power Manager 4.0.3 is the Power application programming interface. Developers can now programmatically access the battery and power information. This information includes the battery health, charge, and time remaining. A range of power sources are supported, including Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS). The Power API is available through C, Objective-C, shell, and AppleScript interfaces.

Power Manager 4.0.3 also fixes a bug in the inactivity trigger. This bug affected how multiple inactivity triggers interacted, and could cause triggers not to fire.

For more information, and to download a 30-day demo version of Power Manager, go to...

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Jan 17
US Mac sales up 18% year-over-year for holiday quarter

New domestic sales data from the NPD Group ) says Apple's U.S. Mac sales were up 18% year-over-year during the holidays, suggesting that the company remains on track to report its best quarterly Mac sales ever.

In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster unveiled the latest stats from the NDP research group. The figures showed that international Mac sales are growing even faster than domestic, which means Apple is in line to meet Wall Street expectations of 24% year-over-year sales growth.

NPD data from the September 2010 quarter hints that Mac sales were up 22% year-over-year, while Apple reported actual Mac unit growth of 27%. Munster thinks Apple will sell 1.2 million iMacs in the December quarter, without a major redesign, compared to about 500,000 of the newMacBook Air.

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Jan 17
Apple stock dips on Jobs' medical leave of absence

U.S. markets were closed on Monday in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, but the announcement that CEO Steve Jobs was taking another medical leave of absence (with Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook again overseeing day-to-day operations at Apple), the company's stock was down nearly 10 % in Frankfurt, Germany, for European trading. It closed the day down 6.2 percent, to finish at €244.05.

U.S. markets, including the NASDAQ, where AAPL is traded, will open at their regular time of 9:30 a.m. eastern on Tuesday. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (, analyst Mike Abramsky said he expects Apple stock to be volatile in the near future, but also buoyed by the strong expected quarter for the start of fiscal 2011.

He noted that Apple and Jobs' decision not to reveal the CEO's condition could "sustain uncertainty." However, the...

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Jan 17
'Consumer Reports': don't buy the first Verizon...

"Consumer Reports" is advising people to hold off buying the iPhone 4 from Verizon Wireless next month, saying the device they'll be getting is a middle-aged smartphone that Apple will likely replace in the summer with a new generation (the expected iPhone 5). In an online blog (), "CR" says you do take the plunge with the first model, here's what you may be facing for the next two years:

"No 4G. At this year's CES, it became very clear that 4G networks, which promise data connections up to 10 times faster than 3G and dramatically smoother video streams, represent the future of mobile technology. And any smart phone that doesn't have this capability will get old fast.

"True, Verizon's fledgling 4G LTE currently reaches only 38 markets (an estimated 100 million people), but this desirable service is expanding quickly—Verizon promises to reach 200 million people by the end of 2011). More important: You can't upgrade phones to support Verizon's LTE network.


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Jan 17
Beatles sell over five million tracks on iTunes

Sales of Beatles tracks on iTunes have topped five million since becoming available last November, according to Apple -- as reported by "New Media Age" ( What's more, sales of Beatles albums have topped one million, with the 1969 album , "Abbey Road," the band’s bestselling album on iTunes.

The Beatles' catalog arrived at the iTunes Store on Nov. 16. This followed years of negotiations between Apple and The Beatles’ record label EMI Group.

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Jan 17
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 17

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Iber4 today has announced Magnetball 1.1 for iOS devices. The US$9.99 is played by bouncing iron balls straight at red magnets to get points. Each ball falls from above by gravitational force. As the player, you must bounce the ball using a steel bar. The bar is controlled by your finger sliding over the iPhone/iPod screen. Control can also be done by using a multi-touch interface, and serve to give enhanced angle and speed control.

Lazrhog Games has released GeoSpin 1.0, an original puzzle game for iOS devices. A mix of 2D and 3D, you control the orientation of an Archimedean solid geometric shape in 3D in the $0.99 game and must grab the surrounding colored shapes to slot into their correct places. You can race against your OpenFeint friends' times,...

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Jan 17
Xsan, Final Cut Server, Mac OS X Server on the chopping block?

According to unnamed sources, the discontinuation of the Xserve by Apple would be only the beginning of an overhaul, which would lead to the disappearance of some professional oriented activities, according to a "Hardmac" report (

Noting that the info is "unverified," the article says that Xsan and Final Cut Server could be among the programs being discontinued. "Hardmac" goes so far as to say that the Lion version of Mac OS X Server could be the last server version of the operating system.

In November, Apple announced it would discontinue its Xserve rack-mount server in January. Why? “Since its introduction in the fall of 2009, Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server has become Apple’s most popular server system," the company says.

Apple will continue to sell its rack-mount server product through Jan. 31, 2011, and will continue to honor warranties and support contracts. Apple...

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Jan 17
'The Daily' to forego Apple iAds for now

The launch of News Corp's iPad newspaper, "The Daily," has been pushed back, and now it seems the publication won't be running Apple's iAds.

Instead, News Corp. will sell all its own ads, powered by Medialets' multimedia and analytics technology, reports "Advertising Age" ( Among the initial advertisers are Macy's, Verizon Wireless, Land Rover, Pepsi Max and Virgin America, the article adds.

Ads combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs (now on a medical leave of absence). He adds that iAd, which is built into iOS 4, allows users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using in-ad purchase to download an app or buy iTunes content.

Developers who join the iAd Network can incorporate a variety of advertising formats into their apps. Apple...

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Jan 17
Universal, Sony Music to implement 'on air, on sale'...

Universal and Sony Music plan to combat piracy by making new singles available digitally at iTunes and other online stores the day they first hit the airwaves, reports the "Guardian" (

Songs used to receive up to six weeks of radio airplay before they were released for sale. Sony, which will start the "on air, on sale" policy simultaneously with Universal next month, agreed that the old approach was no longer relevant in an age where, according to a spokesman for the music major, "people want instant gratification."

"Wait is not a word in the vocabulary of the current generation," David Joseph, CEO of Universal Music, told "The Guardian." "It's out of date to think that you can build up demand for a song by playing it for several weeks on radio in advance."

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Jan 17
Steve Jobs takes another medical leave of absence

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:

"At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

"I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

"I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy."

It was just over a year ago that Jobs took his first medical leave of absence. At that time, Cook also filled in to run Apple's day to day operations.

Before joining Apple, Cook was vice president of Corporate Materials for Compaq and was responsible for procuring and managing all of Compaq’s product...

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