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Oct 28
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 28

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/).

Boinx Software has introduced its latest creation for digital photographers and photo enthusiasts -- the PhotoBox iPad application. Designed as a tool for photographers on-the-go, PhotoBox analyzes the technical quality of photos imported from camera to iPad via the iPad Camera Connection Kit.

The free app provides photographers with an on-the-spot analysis of images in terms of exposure, focus, color, and overall look and composition. Post-shoot, photographers can connect their iPads to a VGA projector to show their photos on the big screen for a deeper analysis and critique.
 
MacPractice, a developer of practice management and clinical software on Macs and iPhones for medical, dental and chiropractic offices, has announced the...

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Oct 28
Ballistic unveils new iPhone 4 case

Ballistic (http://www.goballisticcase.com) has unveiled the Ballistic SG (Shell Gel) for the iPhone 4. It's an US$29.99 solution for customers who desire a slimmer form factor but also need durability, according to the folks at Ballistic.

It has a soft, outer TPU for shock absorption and an impact resistant polycarbonate middle layer. On the outside is a soft silicon layer with ballistic corners to absorb the shock of a drop.

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Oct 28
'Take Control of MobileMe' up to second edition

The new "Take Control of MobileMe, Second Edition"from Take Control Books is designed to help readers get set up with Apple's MobileMe online service, understand its features, and complete useful tasks from both a desktop computer and an iOS device.

Author Joe Kissell, explains how MobileMe subscribers can get the most out of the services and demystifies interactions between MobileMe and handheld devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, as well as between MobileMe and the Mac. The 140-page ebook costs $10 and is available now at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/mobileme .

The ebook also has up-to-date details about fast-changing topics including MobileMe's email and calendaring services, and integration with both iLife '09 and the just-released iLife '11. It's 140 pages.

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Oct 28
Time Sink is app/window time tracking utility for Mac OS X

Many Trick has released Time Sink for Mac OS X (http://manytricks.com/timesink), an utility for tracking time spent in applications and windows. Time Sink is designed to answer that age old question "Where does the time go?" by showing users exactly where they spend their time.

Once launched, Time Sink automatically records the time each open window (and application) has been in the foreground, along with the total amount of time it's been open. It saves this data on the fly, and creates reports showing just how a user is spending their Mac time.

Users can alsogroup related windows (and/or applications) into pools, which are then tracked in the same way. So a user working on a client project can see just how much time they've spent working for that client, just by looking at the pool. Pools can also use wildcard characters in window names, to automatically collect any similarly-named...

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Oct 28
OWC releases Data Doubler line for Mac minis, iMacs

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has expanded its OWC Data Doubler optical bay drive mounting solution line with a custom fit model for Mac mini 2009 and iMac 2009-2010 models.

The OWC Data Doubler enables Mac users to replace their optical drive with a second hard drive or SSD for up to an additional 750GB of internal drive capacity, internal RAID, or other user customized internal data storage configurations. The US$79.99 OWC Data Doubler for 2009 Mac mini (user installable) and iMac 2009-2010 models (professional installation recommended) comes complete with all required hardware and is immediately available for the following Macs: Mac mini “Early 2009” and “Mid 2009” model; iMac 20-inch “Mid 2009” models; iMac 21.5-inch and 27-inch Late 2009” and “Mid 2010” models.

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Oct 28
CDMA iPhone orders to reach 10 million units next year?


Pegatron Technology expects its Apple CDMA iPhone shipments to reach 10 million units in 2011 and the company has recently started to gear up and is installing new equipment as well as hiring about 10,000 new employees at its plant in Shanghai, China, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101027PD216.html), quoting "sources from component makers."

Commenting on the news, Pegatron CEO Jason Chang declined to discuss its clients, but said the increase in employees is mainly to handle growing smartphone business and that he expects revenues in the first quarter of 2011 to see a strong increase, the article adds. In addition to the iPhone, Pegatron is also said to have been aggressively pursuing MacBook and iPad orders.

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Oct 28
Hard Candy Cases debuts designer iPad stylus

Hard Candy Cases (http://www.hardcandycases.com) has debuted a multi-purpose Capacitive Stylus for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It "weighs nearly as much as an iPhone, and is more akin to a Montblanc pen than any of the styli on the market currently," according to Hard Candy Cases CEO Tim Hickman
 
On the opposite end of the digital stylus, users can take notes or sign important documents with the refillable ink pen function. The pen is chrome-finished for a lustrous sheen, and available online for US$34.95.   

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Oct 28
LaCie rolls out new storage solutions

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has released two new professional storage solutions -- the LaCie d2 USB 3.0 and LaCie 2big USB 3.0. Thanks to the inclusion of 3TB hard drives and the performance of USB 3.0, LaCie’s 2big USB 3.0, now available in 6TB, purportedly achieves a 20% speed boost by reaching 306MB/s.

LaCie says that's the fastest performance of any 2-bay RAID solution to-date. The d2 USB 3.0 also demonstrates a speed increase of 156MB/s with the inclusion of a 3TB hard drive. The LaCie 2big USB 3.0 6TB and LaCie d2 USB 3.0 3TB will be available worldwide, at the beginning of November. Pricing starts at US$349.

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Oct 28
Serial port extension will 'kill' laptops in...

An Australian network engineer has designed and built a serial port extension for Apple handhelds, including the iPad, "that is set to spell the death of laptops in datacentres," according to "ZDNet Australia (http://www.builderau.com.au/news/soa/Aussie-makes-Apple-iMod-for-datacen...).

Designer and network engineer Chris Pollock, who will sell the devices for about US$50 through his site, IoNetworks, built the device after becoming frustrated at having to cart a bulky laptop into a datacenter in order to access serial ports on networking equipment, the article adds.

"For the last six years, I've been able to use SSH [Secure Shell] from my phone and so the idea of carrying a laptop into the datacentre has become less and...

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Oct 28
Apple increases employees, decreases amount of moolah spent on...

According to Apple's latest 10-K, which it filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, it has increased its number of employees, expects its gross margins to fall, and is spending less (percentage-wise) on ads.

Apple has 46,600 full-time employees as of Sept. 25, up from 34,300 a year-ago and 32,000 in 2008. Most of that increase came in the retail segment, where Apple now has 26,500 employees, 10,000 more than in 2009.

Apple says in the 10-K that its gross margin will likely fall in coming quarters, as it sells a larger mix of products such as the iPad. Apple reported a gross margin of 39.4% in fiscal 2010, down from 40.1% in 2009.

When it comes to advertising, Apple actually spent less: $691 million in 2010. However, total revenues were over $65 billion, so Apple only spent about 1% of its revenue on advertising. Last year, that percentage was 1.37%. In 2001, it was 5%.

For 2010 overall, Apple poured $2.6 billion into capital...

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Oct 28
VUDU comes to Boxee and the Mac

VUDU’s on-demand movie service (http://www.vudu.com) will soon be available to Boxee (http://boxee.tv) users on Mac, Windows, and the Boxee Box by D-Link.

Boxee is VUDU’s very first Mac and Windows delivery platform, allowing users both new and old to access VUDU’s huge library of content from any computer. In turn, VUDU will be Boxee’s first premium pay-per-view movie service with access to new release movies as soon as they come out on DVD along with a huge catalogue of TV shows and films.

VUDU is offering every new user who signs up through Boxee a free movie so you can try out the service when it launches. Boxee’s free software will give viewers access to VUDU’s movie collection in standard definition.

Users who have the Boxee Box by D-Link will experience the VUDU’s full HD and HDX library delivered directly onto their televisions in 1080p...

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Oct 28
Contort USB Hub manager available from Quirky

Contort -- a community-developed USB hub that manages your drives and cables while protecting them -- is available for US$34.99 from Quirky (http://www.quirky.com/products).

Contort is a four-port USB hub and cord manager with a 360-degree flexible rubber neck to protect all your USB devices from accidental damage. It has a built-in cord management wrap with four anchors to corral your cables.

Contort is the 59th product designed and developed by the Quirky community since Quirky’s launch on June 2, 2009. Quirky gives everyone the chance to get product ideas out of their heads and onto shelves. Each week, Quirky’s community collaborates to select and produce one new product idea.

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Oct 28
Left for Dead game, goodies released for the Mac

Valve (http://www.valuesoftware.com) and its Steam gaming service, has released the Left 4 Dead game for the Mac, along with all the previously released DLC content for the zombie survival action title.

Here's what Valve has to say about it: "Mac OS X users rejoice, you can celebrate Halloween in style. Left 4 Dead is available for Mac users everywhere. What does this mean for Mac users? You get Left 4 Dead and all the previously released DLC for one low price. Plus, thanks to Steam play you can play in the same games on the same servers as PC users.

"On Oct. 5 we promised the OSX version of L4D by Halloween. Since hell froze over and we actually made the date, we brought back some other updates – ALL THE WAY FROM HELL! These updates for L4D include tank spawns in stasis until a player takes over, no tank slow down while on fire and we turned off auto-spawning in Finales (plus a few more...

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Oct 28
Bracketron announces two new iPad mounting solutions

Bracketron (http://www.bracketron.com), a manufacturer in mounting solutions for mobile consumer electronics, has announced two new mounting solutions for the iPad.

The first is a desktop stand is designed for use at home or the office. The second product is a headrest mount that attaches to the back of the driver or passenger headrest for backseat viewing. They're US$19.95 each.

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Oct 28
MEI offers Adobe DPS training

Managing Editor (http://www.maned.com) -- an Adobe premier development partner and a provider of software solutions for the publishing industry -- is offering training and consulting services for publishers, advertisers and creative teams using Adobe’s new Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) to build specialized content for tablets such as the iPad.

MEI has been working with Adobe during the development of the DPS tools, which were made available on Adobe Labs this week. In conjunction with this beta release, MEI’s workflow, technology and design experts are ready to assist users of the suite, from template creation to app deployment.

Depending on a publisher’s specific tablet needs, MEI also offers the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform, which is fully compatible with Adobe’s DPS. K4 allows publishers to integrate Adobe InDesign and InCopy to create and manage content for print, online, mobile and, now...

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Oct 28
Qoppa Software enhances Java PDF Libraries, Components

Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com), a provider of PDF solutions, has released ew versions of its Java PDF Libraries and Components, adding PDF feature coverage along with improvements in memory management and performance.

There's now new Unicode support in jPDFProcess, jPDFAssemble, and jPDFNotes. These libraries now allow editing unicode text in annotations content and within document properties (author, subject, description). This will be of special interest to customers using non-latin characters such as Arabic, Asian (Chinese, Japanese and Korean), Greek, or Cyrillic characters.

There's new callout annotation in jPDFProcess, jPDFViewer, jPDFNotes. The callout tool combines a text box with a line and an arrow and is used to draw attention to text or objects in a PDF document.

Theres a new calibration tool in jPDFNotes. The measuring tool now also allows architects and engineers to set the...

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Oct 28
Strata releases Live 3D CX 2

Strata (http://www.strata.com) has released the Strata Live 3D CX 2 Suite of design tools for 3D on the web. It offers one-click publishing to the cloud and the ability to distribute, share and embed interactive 3D content anywhere on the web. Live 3D Version 2 becomes the first solution to make high-quality interactive 3D content as easy to publish and share as a YouTube video, according to Ken Bringhurst, president of Strata.

Live 3D is a cross platform Java based application for publishing interactive 3D content to the web and Adobe PDF, allowing viewers to experience products in a virtual 3D environment with the ability to rotate, zoom, measure, and interact with a model’s features and options. Its content requires no special plug-ins and is already viewable by the majority of people accessing the Internet, says Bringhurst.

Each license of Live 3D comes with a free subscription to StrataLive3D.com...

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Oct 28
SoftStep is USB/MIDI foot controller

Keith McMillen Instruments (http://www.keithmcmilleninstruments.com) has released SoftStep (US$289.99), which it says is the first universal multi-touch USB/MIDI foot controller. It can be used with an effects racks or software programs.

SoftStep weighs in at just over a pound and fits into most laptop and guitar cases. Ten sensor keys support five degrees of motion such as up/down, left/right, inc/dec, pressure and rotary motions that can be preprogrammed to control effects, software, or multimedia.

SoftStep also has a four-direction navigation pedal, an alphanumeric LED display, and backlit keys. It connects to a computer through USB and contains Expansion and Expression ports. With the MIDI expansion module, SoftStep can be used with or without a computer (Mac or PC) to connect to external MIDI hardware.

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Oct 28
YML ponders: is Apple an arrogant company

The new "Your Mac Life" episode ponders the question, "Is Apple an arrogant company?"

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Oct 28
Virtual Programming acquires Syncode

Virtual Programming has announced the purchase of Australian developer Syncode (http://syncode.com.au/), which is known for its Synotes, Syncopy, and iTweetReply utilities for Mac OS X and iOS.

Virtual Programming will immediately assume ongoing support for all three products, as well as development of a new product listed as "Coming soon" on Syncodes web site. Additional software development is currently being discussed.

Virtual Programming will retain use of the Syncode brand for current and future versions of Syncodes products. It will remain distinct from Virtual Programmings brand, which is associated with gaming entertainment for Mac OS X and iOS.

Synotes is an iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch app that's also available as a web application. It lets users create, view, edit, save, and delete notes that are synced between devices, as well as with the web version, via Syncode's server. Users...

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Oct 27
'MacVoices' looks at CoTweet

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Meg Clark and Ayush Agarwal of CoTweet discuss their solution for social media activity by enterprise-level
clients.

With posting capabilities for both Twitter and Facebook, CoTweet facilitates not just getting the word out, but also offers tools to manage customer interaction and sales opportunities through integration with SalesForce. The CoTweet duo discuss the logistics of getting started with CoTweet, the feature sets of both their free and paid services, 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 27
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 27

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/).

Simiula has announced KissOnThefly 1.0, a virtual kissing app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. It allows you to send virtual kisses with animated postcards with sound. As an Introductory offer, from Oct. 26-31, KissOnThefly 1.0 is free; after this it will cost $0.99.

Demansol has introduced Lost In The Jungle 1.0, an US$0.99 hidden object game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The objective of Lost In The Jungle is to let the user explore dense forests in search of hidden objects in order to get her colleague out of Tribal's clasp. Lost In The Jungle offers 40 forests to explore, with the option for user defined play lists of songs, featuring a multiplayer mode to play with family and friends, and much more.

Tapulous, part of...

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Oct 27
Apple hosting 'secret' iOS developer meeting next week...

"Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-ios-developer-event-2010-10) says that Apple is hosting an event for iOS developers in California next week. Quoting "an industry source," the publication says it may be a more intimate version of the iPhone Tech Talks that Apple hosted around the world last year.

This year, app publishers may get some extra face time with Apple engineers, and perhaps some hands-on development help. The big idea, it seems, is an effort to improve the quality of iOS apps available in Apple's App Store, says "Silicon Alley Insider."

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Oct 27
Apple, Gemalto working on 'special' SIM card?

Sources inside European carriers have reported that Apple has been working with SIM-card manufacturer Gemalto to create a special SIM card that would allow consumers in Europe to buy a phone via the web or at the Apple Store and get the phones working using the Apple App Store, reports "GigaOm" (http://gigaom.com/2010/10/27/is-apple-about-to-cut-out-the-carriers/).

It’s rumored that Apple and Gemalto have created a SIM card, which is typically a chip that carries subscriber identification information for the carriers, that will be integrated into the iPhone itself. Then customers will then be able to choose their carrier at time of purchase at the Apple web site or retail store, or buy the phone and get their handset up and running through a download at the Apple App Store as opposed to visiting a carrier store or...

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Oct 27
Study: mobile operators can expand tablet market by 70%

The Strategy Analytics research group (http://www.strategyanalytics.com) predicts that greater use of operator retail stores and subsidies could grow volumes of tablet sales by over 70% in the US and Europe.

Companies across the value chain are developing strategies to participate in the hot new tablet market, driven by the success of the Apple iPad, the firm says. Mobile operators, such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, have announced plans to sell the iPad directly in their retail stores. As device vendors ready new tablets, aiming to take market share from Apple, it is important to understand the role that operators and their subsidies can play in tablet market growth, says Chris Ambrosio, executive director of the Strategy Analytics Global Wireless Practice.

"Subsidies can be an important tool to promote tablet sales, but operators need to price data plans at levels that...

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