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Oct 27
XtremeMac announces Play-Through Sleeve for the iPad

XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has announced the Play-Through Sleeve for the iPad. It'sa US$34.99 full-coverage neoprene case with built-in screen protection. It is lightweight and ideal for the active iPad user. 

The Play-Through Sleeve’s protective built-in screen is clear and allows for touch screen navigation while still protecting iPad from unwanted scratches, dings and dirt. Additionally, the Play-Through Sleeve includes a removable headphone jack cover to protect the device while still allowing access to the jack when needed.

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Oct 27
Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad available for pre-order

Marware says the C.E.O. Hybrid for the iPad (http://www.marware.com/products/iPad/C-E-O-Hybrid-for-iPad) is available for pre-order. The C.E.O. Hybrid is a fusion of the traditional shell case and a padded folio case. It retails for US$49.99.

Featuring a low-profile, soft exterior and an injection molded structure, the C.E.O. Hybrid boasts minimal bulk, rigid support, padded protection and flexible functionality. It sports a carbon fiber twill pattern design lined with soft suede-like cloth and such extras as a hand strap for non-slip grip when the case is open, multiple angle stand options for viewing, display or typing, an elastic strap to hold the case in the open position, and a snap-tight precision molded closure system with reinforced corner protection.

The C.E.O. Hybrid is available in black. The C.E.O. Hybrid retails for...

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Oct 27
Localized versions of Vectorworks 2011 line now available in...

Nemetschek Vectorwork (http://www.vectorworks.net/international) says a number of its European distributors have released localized versions of the 2011 award-winning Vectorworks line of design software, including: Vectorworks Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Renderworks.

Versions in each country’s native language are now available in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The English-language version of the Vectorworks 2011 product line was released in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and other international markets on Sept. 14.

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Oct 27
Pamplin executive MBA students adopt iPads

In Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business has a new class of executive MBA students who have adopted iPads in their learning program, reports "Virginia Tech News" (http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/10/102710-pamplin-ipads.html).

“Executive MBAs need to be up-to-date on technology. What better way than by using such innovative products as the iPad?” says the program’s executive director Charles Jacobina says.

He expects that the students will use the iPad primarily as an eReader, as a tool for team collaboration and communication, and as a notepad for taking notes in class when used with a stylus, notes "Virginia Tech News." In addition to the student users, five Pamplin faculty members are using the device in their teaching, as a replacement for or complement to traditional...

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Oct 27
Kyte introduces live video streaming to iOS devices

Kyte (http://www.kyte.com/), a 360° video platform, today announced new live streaming functionality, enabling broadcasters for the first time to deliver both on-demand and live video experiences to any Apple iOS device, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The updated Kyte iOS Application Framework and SDK (software developer kit) allow customers to deliver native iPad, iPhone and iPod touch apps that feature live streaming video and audio, according to Chief Operating Officer Gannon Hall. Live streaming is also supported for HTML5-based web browsing on iOS devices.

The live streaming functionality is made even more powerful when combined with Kyte’s signature social features, such as the ability for mobile viewers to share content via Facebook, Twitter and email, as well as integrated commenting, rating and chat capabilities, which increase user engagement and social content discovery, says Hall...

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Oct 27
Future Sonics announces Atrio special edition headphones

Future Sonics (http://www.FutureSonics.com) has announced the new Atrio Special Edition (ASE) professional earphones. They're equipped with Future Sonics’ proprietary studio-grade dynamic driver.

The multi-driver and cross-over free ASE’s provide remarkable full range audio for use on stage, in-studio, or with your personal MP3 and multimedia pads and players, says Futer Sonics co-founder Marty Garcia. The ASE’s are available for US$229.

The Power of 1, Future Sonics' proprietary dynamic drivers, produce frequencies below 150Hz more effectively than multiple driver designs, delivering audio the way your own ears would naturally hear, says Garcia. The ASE sports a lightweight design with multiple in-ear sleeves to create a custom fit and seal with natural noise-isolation characteristics, he says.

They're available in a special edition chocolate color. Each ASE comes stored in a case...

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Oct 27
Intego warns of new new Mac trojan horse

Intego (http://www.intego.com) says it has discovered a Mac version of the Koobface worm, which spreads via social networks such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. The company sys its Virus Monitoring Center has been examining this malware for some time, and given the low level of risk, has not publicly issued information about it.

However, since other reports have been made public about this malware, Intego has decided to publish this security memo. Reports have circulated discussing a Trojan horse, but without understanding either the scope or the functioning of this malware, according to Intego.

"This threat is a Mac OS X version of the Koobface worm, which is served as part of a multi-platform attack via a malicious Java applet," the company says. "The malware itself is made up of a number of elements, though in order to simplify, we will use the term 'Trojan horse' to describe it. (Technically, it...

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Oct 27
'iPod: The Missing Manual' up to ninth edition

O'Reilly Media has released "iPod: The Missing Manual, Ninth Edition" (http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920010142) by J. D. Biersdorfer. It's 304 pages and costs US$15.99 for the ebook edition and $19.99 for the print version.

The updated book covers the latest iPod touch, iPod shuffle and iPod nano, as well as the iPod classic. Biersdorfer is the author of "iPad: The Missing Manual," "iPod: The Missing Manual" and "The iPod Shuffle Fan Book," and is co-author of "The Internet: The Missing Manual" and the second edition of "Google: The Missing Manual." She has been writing the weekly computer Q&A column for the Circuits section of "The New York Times" since 1998.

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Oct 27
Barclays reiterates 'overweight' rating on Apple

Barclays reiterated its "overweight" rating on Apple, saying that shares can benefit by strong iPad demand, a continued iPhone 4 ramp, significant international expansion & a pipeline of new innovations, reports the "International Business Times" (http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/75879/20101026/apple-iphone-iphone-4-mac...?).

"We believe the biggest news of the event was the launch of new MacBook Airs w/no HDD's & prices from $999- $1599 (prior models cost $1500-$1800) which should help stimulate Mac sales into the holidays," analyst Ben Reitzes told clients. "... We believe the new MacBook Airs will help Mac growth remain solid into calendar year-...

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Oct 27
Fifty-four percent of web video now HTML5 compatible

Video search engine MeFeedia (http://blog.mefeedia.com/html5-oct-2010) now says that 54% of web video is now compatible with HTML5, the format beloved by Steve Jobs and preferred by Apple over Flash.

That’s more than double the tally the company had back in May. MeFeedia also found that:

° Flash remains the dominant player within desktop environments.

° Mobile is driving HTML5 video adoption. HTML5 compatible (H.264 mostly) video is the most common format for mobiles (inc. iPhone, iPad and Android).

° Publishers and platforms now offer iframe embeds, allowing them to switch players dynamically, depending on the access device.

HTML5 is being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the web. It's touted as the next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and DOM Level 2 HTML and is designed to...

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Oct 27
White iPhone 4 delayed until 2011

The white iPhone 4 has been delayed yet again and apparently won't go on sale before next spring, reports "CNET" (http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/mobile/10/27/white.iphone4.delay.cnet/).

"We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we've decided to delay its release until this spring," Apple said in a note.

This comes after Apple had released an updated version of its App Store iPhone app with the option to reserve a white iPhone 4 in stores. The white version was supposed to launch in June, but Apple cited manufacturing issues, and pushed the launch back to July.

That deadline passed, with Apple stating that the handset would be available by the end of the year, but it has now been announced that the white iPhone 4 will not be available until early 2011. Apple has said...

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Oct 27
Chinese company sues Apple over 'iPad' trademark

Another day, another lawsuit. Chinese firm Proview Technology is suing Apple, saying it has the rights to the "iPad" trademark.

According to "Physorg" (http://www.physorg.com/news/2010-10-apple-accused-copyright-infringement...) -- quoting a "Beijing News" article -- the company says it registered the iPad trademark in January 2000 and still owns the rights to its use in China. Apple started selling its tablet in the country last month.

Li Su, a shareholder of Proview Technology, has demanded the California-based Apple "immediately stop its rights infringement activities" and hold fresh negotiations with the Chinese firm, according to the report. Li threatened that the company would otherwise ask authorities to "seize relevant Apple products." The two companies held talks...

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Oct 27
27-inch Cinema Display touch screens announced

Troll Touch (http://www.trolltouch.com), a manufacturer of custom touchscreen solutions for Apple computers and displays has announced two new additions to its Mac product offering. The first is an internally integrated, high resolution, analog resistive touchscreen overlay and controller system that replaces the sheet glass that is installed on the display when purchased from Apple.

The second product announced is a user-installed 27-inch removable touchscreen system that incorporates the same analog resistive technology and high resolution controller as the Troll Touch factory integrated, internal product. The SlipCover external system can be installed or removed by the user in minutes.

Both products are shipped with driver and calibration software. The systems are both Mac and Windows compatible. Delivery of the 27-inch systems is slated to begin on or before Dec. 1. Pricing is: US$2,499...

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Oct 27
ShotPut Pro Enterprise Edition released for the Mac

Imagine Products (http://www.imagineproducts.com) has released a new multi-version user of its ShotPut Pro application for Mac OS X. ShotPut Pro?--Enterprise Edition is designed for sites with many users and computers and is built for rapid, remote deployment via disk imaging.

This version of ShotPut Pro? for Mac requires individual computers to access your internal "server" once during initialization of the application. After cloning the master disk with the unactivated software on it, or installing ShotPut Pro? individually, simply launch the software once on the target computer to auto-activate from the Enterprise Software Manager.

The Imagine Enterprise Software Manager controls all serial numbers and allowed number of copies. It runs on your server or active computer on your network when activating ShotPut Pro? on individual Macs.

Available for Macintosh or Windows,...

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Oct 27
SecureMac says trojan horse that affects Mac OS X is 'in...

SecureMac says it has discovered a new trojan horse in the wild that affects Mac OS X, including Snow Leopard. The trojan horse, trojan.osx.boonana.a, is spreading through social networking sites, including Facebook, disguised as a video.

The trojan is currently appearing as a link in messages on social networking sites with the subject "Is this you in this video?" According to the folks at SecureMac, when a user clicks the infected link, the trojan initially runs as a Java applet, which downloads other files to the computer, including an installer, which launches automatically.

When run, the installer modifies system files to bypass the need for passwords, allowing outside access to all files on the system. Additionally, the trojan sets itself to run invisibly in the background at startup, and periodically checks in with command and control servers to report information on the infected system. While running, the trojan horse hijacks user accounts to spread itself...

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Oct 27
Disk Drill 1.0.55 released by CleverFiles

CleverFiles (http://www.cleverfiles.com) has updated their new data recovery software for Mac OS, Disk Drill. The new release (version 1.0.55) features fixes that help you recover your data faster, more effectively, with much better results, according to J. Press of CleverFiles.

Specifically, these changes were applied to Recovery Vault, the brand-new technology developed by CleverFiles to improve data recovery from HFS/HFS+ Mac file systems. Now Disk Drill has better understanding with Mac´s feature to empty trash securely. Also, version 1.0.55 correctly detects USB media and boasts many other graphical user interface and low-core updates.

Disk Drill is compatible with any PowerPC or Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or newer and is 64-bit ready. Currently it's in beta testing and is being offered for free. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software, so use with care.

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Oct 27
iPad, tablets may be slightly cannibalizing notebook sales

Jon Peddie Research (http://www.jonpeddie.com), a research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, has announced its estimated graphics chip shipments and supplier’s market share for the third quarter of 2010 (Q3’10). Tablets such as the iPad seem to be having some effect.

Overall graphics chip shipments were an unseasonably 1% down from Q2’10 due to the 8.4% drop in notebook sales despite an 8.4% growth in desktop sales reflecting the increasing impact of the notebook market. The possible cause for the decline in notebook sales could be the iPad, and the related shift from netbooks.

Embedded graphics processors from Intel showed strong growth, up 50% from Q2’10, while total IGPs shipments from all vendors slowed to a modest 1.4% growth quarter-to-quarter.
Overall, market shifts occurred for all vendors even though the quarter-to-quarter total shipments were basically flat.

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Oct 27
Adorama announces iBoard keyboard for iOS devices

Adorama (http://www.adorama.com) has announced the Flashipoint iBoard wireless Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, as well as Macs. The US$69.99 keyboard is purportedly manufactured to the same specs as the original Apple wireless Bluetooth Keyboard but with an additional feature.

In addition to normal keyboard functions, this app-controlled mobile keyboard also provides shortcuts that allow users to open apps and web sites. The iBoard Keyboard kit includes:

° The keyboard with App shortcuts such as “Mail” printed on the keys to provide users with a quick response to certain apps and web sites. The keyboard’s “A” Hot key is pre-programmed to take users to the iPad and iPhone accessories page at: http://www.adorama.com/ipadkeyboard . Also included is a full coverage transparent skin with...

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Oct 27
InnoPocket rolls out Transformer iPad case

InnoPocket (http://www.innopocket.com) has launched the Transformer case for the iPad.The US$34.99 case has a 3-in-1 utility design.

Transformer's patented swivel hinge design allows you to rotate the lid for optimum table top viewing but still securely grip the device when carrying or holding the device. It serves as a shield for protecting, a stand for viewing, and a stage for typing.

The Transformer is a contemporary transparent book style case constructed from crystal clear polycarbonate with non-slip rubber grips on the swivel hinge. You can transform your case into a work station by folding the lid back for a low level typing solution.

The Transformer provides full protection for the iPad’s glass display and aluminum body wrapped in polycarbonate. It offers access to the dock connector, volume control, power switch and speaker.

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Oct 27
Apple execs exercise stock options

Several senior Apple -- including Betsy Rafael (controller), Jeffrey Williams (operations senior VP) and Bertrand Serlet (software engineering senior VP) -- took advantage of the company's recent record share prices to exercise some of the stock options they've been sitting on, reports "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/26/bob-mansfields-10-million-payday/...).

But none saw quite the windfall that Bob Mansfield enjoyed last Thursday, the article adds. According to an SEC Form 4 filed Tuesday, Mansfield sold 40,000 shares on Oct. 21 with a strike price of $36.54 for $308 apiece -- clearing $10.844 million in the deal.

"Mansfield's market timing was pretty good, but not as good as Serlet's, who sold 5,000 shares on Oct. 18 for $318.50 each, within $0.50 of Apple's all-time...

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Oct 27
Analyst: Apple, Netflix a good match

Here's more fodder for the "what companies should Apple buy?" discussion. Gleacher & Co. analyst Brian Marshall, on CNBC’s “Fast Money,” said Apple should buy Netflix.

“I do think that that transaction could make sense,” said Marshall -- as noted by "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/10/26/netflix-apple-makes-...). "You know, Apple wants to be the first company to seemlessly integrate the home office and the living room. What’s limiting them now is basically...

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Oct 26
Apple launches online store in China

Apple has introduced the Apple Store in China (apple.com.cn), which features free shipping, free personalized engraving on any iPod or iPad, and the ability to custom configure any Mac with just a few clicks.

“We are thrilled to open our newest online store in China,” says Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook. “With personalized engraving, configure-to-order options and free shipping on everything, the Apple Store is a great destination for our customers in China.”

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, signature gift wrap is available with the purchase of most Apple products including iPod, iPad and iPhone. The online Apple Store also lets eligible students and faculty members take advantage of special education pricing on Apple products. Also starting today, customers in China can access the Apple App Store in Simplified Chinese.

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Oct 26
Apple drops in Greenpeace rankings

In the latest Greenpeace Greener Electronics rankings (http://www.greenpeace.org), Apple takes a big drop (from fifth to ninth place) "not because it has lost any points but because several other companies have overtaken it."Here's what Greenpeace has to say about Apple:

"Apple drops to 9th place from 5th, with the same score of 4.9. Apple does best on the toxic chemicals criteria, where it scores most of its points. All Apple products are now free of PVC vinyl plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs), with the exception of PVC-free power cords in countries where their safety certification process is still ongoing.

"For this Apple continues to score full marks (doubled). Apple scores points for its chemicals policy informed by the precautionary principle and for lobbying the EU institutions for a ban on PVC, chlorinated flame retardants and BFRs during the current revision of the EU’s...

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Oct 26
Apple Pro Training part of Government Video Expo

NewBay Media, a publisher of digital content creation media, hsa announced details of its conference program for Government Video Expo (http://www.gvexpo.com), coming to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

Featuring three distinct conference programs covering a broad range of topics, Government Video Expo is expected to attract thousands of video and A/V professionals for three full days of education, training, exhibitions, film screenings and networking events. At the heart of Government Video Expo’s educational program is the Digital Media DC Conference, produced by Future Media Concepts, which features three full days of sessions in five parallel tracks, and includes over 50 presentations focusing on the latest techniques and practices for editors, motion graphics designers, new media professionals and video producers.

Tracks include: Final Cut...

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Oct 26
Apple wants more business, government clients

Apple has enlisted Unisys to help it help it sell more to businesses and U.S. government agencies, expanding beyond a customer base made mostly of consumers, reports Bloomberg.

Unisys will provide maintenance and other services to companies and government agencies that purchase Apple devices, Gene Zapfel, a managing partner at Unisys, said in an interview. One of the first of its kind for Apple, the contract was signed this month, he told "Bloomberg," though he didn’t discuss terms of the deal.

Apple has tended to cater mostly to consumers, though it’s adding corporate customers in part because of widening interest in other products, such as its mobile phones, Brian Marshall, an analyst at Gleacher & Co., told "Bloomberg."

“Apple will get adoption of more Mac clients in the enterprise because of the iPhone,” Marshall added, citing the way users of the iPad helped attract customers to Macs.

Unisys (...

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