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Sep 27
Justice Dept. orders Apple, others to dump 'anticompetitive...

The Department of Justice announced that it has reached a settlement with six high technology companies -- Apple, Adobe, Google, Intel, Intuit and Pixar -- that prevents them from entering into no solicitation agreements for employees.  

The Department said that the agreements eliminated a significant form of competition to attract highly skilled employees, and overall diminished competition to the detriment of affected employees who were likely deprived of competitively important information and access to better job opportunities. The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division filed a civil antitrust complaint today in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, along with a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve the lawsuit.                
 
According to the complaint, the six companies entered into agreements that restrained competition between them for highly skilled employees. The agreements between Apple and Google, Apple...

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Sep 27
New Apple TVs are shipping

Apple is shipping the revamped Apple TV it announced on Sept. 1. I pre-ordered one and received an email announcement on Monday that it should arrive by Oct. 1 (that's Friday).

The Apple TV "Take Three" offers a way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows on your HD TV for US$99. The previous Apple TV cost $249. Users of the new Apple TV -- which is 80% smaller than its predecessor -- can choose from the largest online selection of HD movies to rent, including first run movies for $4.99, and a selection of HD TV show episodes to rent from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for 99 cents. 

Yes, that's right, they're rent only. The new Apple TV has no built-in storage.

The new Apple TV also streams content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, as well as music, photos and videos from Macs and PCs to your HD TV. You can also enjoy slideshows of your photos on your HD TV using Apple TV’s selection of built-in slideshows. Apple TV has...

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Sep 27
Monotype Imaging taking entries for Web Font Awards

Monotype Imaging Holdings is accepting entries through Nov. 7, 2010 for the first Web Font Awards, an international competition designed to recognize web sites that incorporate exceptional use of web fonts.

Prizes include two US$3,000 cash awards, iPads and various typeface offerings from Monotype Imaging. Winning entries will be determined at a live judging event on Nov. 16, during the Future of Web Design conference, Nov. 15-17, in New York City.

Contest entries can be built with web font technology from any provider, including self-built solutions, as long as the site or web page uses actual fonts that are served to Internet-connected machines through the @font-face declaration. There is no limit to the number of entries that an individual can submit.

All accepted designs will be displayed in a gallery at http://www.webfontawards.com, where site visitors can rate each entry one...

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Sep 27
YUDU wants to 'solve iPad subscriptions nightmare'

YUDU Media (http://www.yudu.com), which specializes in ePublishing, says it has developed the "first iPad subscriptions solution today, the only real solution available to publishers looking to sell multiple time-sensitive titles."

The success and popularity of the iPad has spurred publishers from all over the world to adopt the medium, despite Apple’s 30% commission charge. However, the strict Apple controls and long approval process has meant many large publishers have been struggling to find the right sales model, especially those with time-sensitive publications such as daily or weekly titles, according to YUDU CEO Richard Stephenson.
 
Today, the company has unveiled a demo video of their new iPad subscriptions feature. The new feature gives YUDU iPad app customers the option of selling packages of multiple titles from within their apps, allowing their readers to subscribe in advance for a chosen...

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Sep 27
Sennheiser presents headset versions of six portable headphones

You can listen to music and have conversations using six new Sennheiser headsets (http://www.sennheiserusa.com) specially designed for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and other Apple products. All six versions -- the MM 70i (which has a street price of US$99.95), IE 8i ($449.95), PX 100-IIi ($89.95), PX 200-IIi ($109.95), HD 218i ($79.95) and HD 238i ($129.95) --are based on Sennheiser’s “Portable Entertainment” series.

The microphone and smart remote control unit are integrated into the cable, and allow the Apple product to be controlled at the push of a button or by voice commands. A range of functions can be controlled with a single button.

Depending on how often and how long the button is pressed, music tracks and videos can be played, paused or skipped to the next/previous song. The same button can also be used to receive and end phone calls and to activate the voice control function. This...

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Sep 27
Unity Technologies delivers Unity 3

Unity Technologies -- provider of the Unity development platform for interactive 3D content on the web, iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Android, Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, announced that Unity 3 is available.

According to David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies, among the dozens of new features in Unity 3 are:

° Unified Editor, which lets you deploy to any supported platform from one project in one editor;

° Beast Lightmapping, the industry's strongest lightmapper;

° Deferred rendering -- AAA class rendering available on web, consoles and standalone;

° Occlusion culling -- a completely new Umbra-powered PVS solution;

° Source-level debugger that offers single step through code, variable inspection and other development painkillers;

° Audio filters that let you perfect FMOD-powered ambiance effects with integrated editing;

° Lens effects -- AAA post filters ready for use in games or to be studied in source form.


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Sep 27
EU drops probe into Apple

European Union competition regulators have dropped a probe into Apple, after the company agreed to relax restrictions on the iPhone, reports "Macworld UK" (http://www.macworld.co.uk/ipod-itunes/news/index.cfm?newsid=3241048).

Apple has agreed to introduce cross-border iPhone warranty repair services for EU purchasers and relax restrictions on development tools for iPhone applications. Apple has now appointed service providers to "offer cross-border iPhone warranty services in those member states where Apple does not directly take charge of repairs," the Commission said.

The change in Apple policy should make it easier for iPhone customers to get repairs under warranty in a EU country other than where the smartphone was purchased, notes "Macworld UK."

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Sep 27
Apple is the most highly covered tech company

It's no surprise, but it's official: Apple is the most highly covered technology company, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Forty-two percent of the stories about Apple described the company as innovative and superior, and another 27% lauded its loyal fan base.

Still, there were doubts. According to the Pew Research Center, the most common such negative thread, that Apple products don’t live up to the hype, appeared in 17% of stories about Apple. 

For Google, the company’s advancements in making content easier to find topped its coverage at 25%. But it was only half as likely as Apple to be framed as having superior, innovative products (20%).

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Sep 27
iAd cutting into search giants' mobile ad shares

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! have swiftly lost share in the U.S. mobile advertising market to Apple's new iAd, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2010/tc20100926_023792...).

Apple will end the year with 21% of the market, according to estimates provided to Businessweek.com by researcher IDC. Google's share will drop to 21% from 27% last year, when combined with results from AdMob, the ad network it bought in May. Microsoft will drop to 7% from 10%.

"Apple's acquisition of Quattro and Steve Jobs's launch of iAd put a spotlight on mobile advertising," Paran Johar, chief marketing officer at rival mobile ad network Jumptap, told "Bloomberg."

Apple's push into mobile ads may be a reason for its rivals' market-share declines, the article adds...

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Sep 27
QuickBooks 2011 for the Mac goes on sale

QuickBooks 2011 for the Mac is now on sale from Intuit (http://www.intuit.com). The latest version of the financial software is available Sept. 28 at a suggested retail price of US$229.95 for a single user license.

QuickBooks 2011 for Mac features new reports and tools to help users track job-related mileage so they can claim the tax write-offs they deserve. Users can also customize reports and forms to reflect their brands and to show the exact data they need to show, says Dan Wernikoff, vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Financial Management Solutions division.

He adds that two new features ensure that QuickBooks 2011 for Mac can grow as a small business expands:

° Multi-User Access allows up to five employees to simultaneously view and edit QuickBooks data files.

° User Permissions lets small businesses determine who can work in up to eight accounting activity areas. In...

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Sep 27
hsc releases Outlook Message Parser Plug-in

hendrickson software components has released their first REAL Studio plug-in, the Outlook Message Parser Plug-in (http://www.hendricom.com/omppreview.html). It enables REAL Studio (REALbasic) developers to parse Microsoft Outlook Structured Storage (.MSG) files in a cross-platform development environment, including Windows, Macintosh OSX, and Linux.

According to the folks at hsc, parsing Microsoft Outlook Structured Storage .MSG files can be a challenge, even in a Windows development environment. The Outlookk Message Parser plug-in enables REAL Studio developers to easily parse Microsoft Outlook Structured Storage .MSG files cross-platform from the REAL Studio development environment.

REAL Studio developers can easily access the following properties of a Microsoft Outlook Message: From, Subject, Date, To, CC, UUID, SMTP Header, Body as Text, Body as HTML, Body as...

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Sep 27
Jumsoft releases new iWeb themes

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has released new themes for iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The new set offers 20 design themes suitable for multiple types of web sites, including 11 addition.

The new iWeb themes collection contains nine reworked themes from previous releases, and 11 new ones. The refreshed classic themes include Magic Sound, Sail Away, and Paradise (now called Bold Shapes). The new designs range from slick Comfort Zone to '70s inspired Stereo 77 to the healthcare-related Supreme Care. The set also includes a number of business-oriented themes with more subtle styling, such as Basic Info and Silver Shadow.

Each theme contains eight page variations such as Home, Album, and About Me. Jumsoft's iWeb themes require iWeb 2.0 or later.

The iWeb Themes Bundle is US$69. You can buy individual themes for $12.99 each.

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Sep 27
'MUG Event Calendar': Ihnatko, Marra, others make...

This month marks the end of September, but the month -- and summer -- goes out with a bang in this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

Andy Ihnatko of the "Chicago Sun-Times" and "MacNotables" will be the very special featured speaker at a New Jersey Group, Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra will present to a Pennsylvania group, and members of The Apple Store Staff will show off some cool products to a Florida group.

What's more, a group of Mac celebrities will be speaking at the North Coast Mac User Group’s annual Macintosh Computer Expo, and include, in roughly alphabetical order: "Macworld" Senior Editor and "MacNotable" Christopher Breen; "Typical Mac User" host Victor Cajiao, "The Mac Observer"'s Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet; "Amateur Traveler" host Chris Christensen; "The MacCast"’s Adam Christianson; Mac author and expert Jim Heid; Mac authors Tom Negrino and Dori Smith; Kurt Schmucker of Microsoft; graphics author Lesa Smider; and digital photography...

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Sep 26
Google, Apple extend search engine deal

In February, there was some speculation about Microsoft having a very good chance at landing a deal with Apple to make Bing become its default search engine for the iPhone. However, Google will apparently remain the default search engine for now.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt says their search contract had been "recently extended," but didn’t get into any particulars, reports "Search Engine Journal" (http://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-apple-extend-search-deal-for-i...). Apple was reportedly receiving about US$100 million a year in search revenue from Google with the...

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Sep 26
China Unicom says iPhone 4 demand outpaces supply

China Unicom said Sunday its supply of iPhone 4 handsets isn't enough to meet demand but that it will boost its stock as quickly as possible, as sales began at a much faster pace than when the network operator first launched older versions of the iPhone last year, reports "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/china-unicom-says-iphone-4-supply-short...?).

China Unicom had taken over 200,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders by early Saturday, the day sales started, and over 40,000 buyers received the phone and a bundled mobile service plan that day, the company said in a statement. For comparison, China Unicom sold 100,000 iPhone handsets in roughly six weeks last year after launching the devices in late October.

"More iPhones will be available soon and customers...

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Sep 26
Apple releases iTunes 10.0.1

Apple has released iTunes 10.0.1. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

The update adds a Ping sidebar in which you can "Like" or "Post" about music from your iTunes library. Plus, you can see the recent Ping activity of a selected artist in your library, or of all artists and friends you follow on Ping. iTunes 10.0.1 also fixes several bugs; namely it:

° Addresses an issue where the picture quality of a video changes depending on whether the on-screen controls are visible;

° Resolves an issue where iTunes may unexpectedly quit while interacting with album artwork viewed in a separate window;

° Fixes a problem that affects the performance of some third-party visualizers;

° Addresses an issue where the iTunes library and playlists appear empty;

° Resolves an issue that created an incompatibility with some third-party shared libraries.

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Sep 24
Apple, others negotiating with Justice Dept. on hiring practices

Apple, Google and four other companies are negotiating an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to end practices that limit hiring of each other’s employees, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-24/google-apple-intel-said-poised-...?), quoting "people familiar with the emerging accord."

Intel, Adobe, Walt Disney-Pixar and Intuit are also in the talks that would halt agreements under which companies refrained from placing “cold calls” to lure workers, said the people who asked not to be identified discussing the proposal, the article adds. Such unsolicited calls had proved to be successful recruiting tools, one of the people said.

The agreement, which may be completed and announced as early as today (Friday), would...

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Sep 24
Toon Boom unveils Studio 6

Toon Boom Studio (http://www.toonboom.com) has released Toon Boom Studio 6, a new version of its 2D animation software that adds bone rigging features. As a bonus, Toon Boom Studio 6 comes with several bone-ready templates that users will be able to incorporate into their own projects.

Valued at US$29.99, this template pack speeds up the animation creation process. In addition, Studio 6 includes a 62 minute How To Video that covers step by step instructions on how to create bone animation. This How To Video is offered for a limited time only to all Studio 6 customers and is valued at $59.99.

You can buy Toon Boom Studio 6 now at the special pre-launch price of $279.99instead of $329.99, valid until Sept. 30. Upgrades from version 4.5 and 5 to version 6 can be purchased at $99.99.

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Sep 24
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 24

>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/).

BookLover, developed by Electric Pocket, is a new iPhone app for book lovers who not only are always on the lookout for good books, but eagerly share with friends after they’ve read a great one. They simply input the title and author (if known) and BookLover goes online to retrieve the cover art and any other information available. It's available at an introductory rate of US$0.99.

IMAK Creations has announced Who Is The Smartest? (WITS) Vocabulary for iPhone and iPod touch users. Fall 2010 marks the beginning of the college and graduate school admissions season with the taking of ACT, SAT, and GRE tests. Now students have a US$2.99 tool in learning advanced vocabulary words. Who Is The Smartest? (WITS) Vocabulary integrates with Apple's new...

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Sep 24
Target to carry iPads starting in October

Target will begin carrying four models of the iPad next month, starting at $499.

The nation's second-largest discount chain says it will start selling touchscreen tablet computer starting Oct. 3, according to "Forbes" (http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2010/09/24/business-technology-hardware-a...). The announcement was made at a Target media conference in Minneapolis, where the company is based.

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Sep 24
HyperImage for Snow Leopard now a Tumblr client

KavaSoft has released HyperImage 3.5 (http://www.kavasoft.com/HyperImage/), an update of the US$25 Mac OS X app that lets you download images from web sites. It's now a full featured Tumblr client.

Tumblr is a community for blogging and reblogging photos. HyperImage helps you do everything you can do on the Tumblr web site. Just enter the address of a Tumblr blog, and HyperImage will download all of the photos

HyperImage includes a built-in image browser. You can skip over unwanted images and choose which links to follow. With HyperImage you can also include or exclude images with certain names and choose which image formats to download.

HyperImage is available for US$25. You can try it for free, and images downloaded with an unlicensed copy will contain a watermark. HyperImage requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and is 64-bit optimized.

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Sep 24
DiGi launches iPhone 4 in Malaysia

Malaysian communications provider DiGi Telecommunications has launched a new range of tariff plans in the monarchy to accompany the availability in the country of Apple's iPhone 4, it said, reports "MIS Asia" (http://mis-asia.com/news/articles/digi-launches-iphone-4-in-malaysia-wit...?).

“We are thrilled to bring iPhone 4 to our customers,” said DiGi head of marketing, Albern Murty. “Malaysians are fast becoming regular users of mobile Internet, and now with iPhone 4, we expect to see a strong upward trend as customers enjoy the features of the new iPhone."

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Sep 24
11.6-inch Apple laptop coming?

Quanta has reportedly landed orders for 11.6-inch MacBooks from Apple, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100923PD222.html). Shipments of 11.6-inch MacBooks are expected to top 400,000-500,000 units in 2010, the article says.

Quanta is expected to ship a total of 13-13.2 million notebooks in the third quarter, says "DigiTimes." That's down 3-5% from 13.7 million units shipped in the second quarter. The company shipped 3.6 million notebooks in July and 4.4 million units in August.

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Sep 24
'MacVoices' looking at taking control of PDF Pen 5

On the new MacVoices ("MacVoices"), Michael Cohen, the author of the brand new "Take Control of PDF Pen 5" book, starts out by reviewing the history of the PDF, a file format most Mac users encounter every day, but may not fully understand.

He explains how and why it was developed, why not all PDFs are created equal, and some things you can't natively do with them. PDFpen 5 from Smile solves those problems, and Cohen takes us on a tour.

"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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Sep 24
Macgamestore taking pre-orders for Assassin's Creed 2...

Macgamestore.com has begun taking pre-orders for UbiSoft's Assassin’s Creed 2 Deluxe Edition (http://www.macgamestore.com/detail.php?ProductID=1612) for the Macintosh. The game, which is scheduled to be available on Oct. 4,, is available for pre-order as a digital download for 34.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

Assassin’s Creed 2 Digital Deluxe Edition includes Assassins Creed 2 and three bonus maps. You can explore some of the Renaissance’s most prestigious monuments to reveal secret treasures in three special in-game maps: Palazzo Medici, Santa Maria Dei Frari, and the Arsenal Shipyard.

Here's how the game is described: "Assassin’s Creed 2 is the follow-up to the title that became the fastest-selling new IP in video game history. The highly anticipated title features a new hero, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a young Italian noble,...

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