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Dec 01
EDA survey documents usage, future plans of Xserve owners

A survey conducted by the he Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://www.enterprisedesktopalliance.com) -- an organization to help IT departments integrate Macs into the corporate environment -- showed that Apple Xserve owners are considering a wide range of options in response to Apple's announcement on Nov. 5 it was ending the shipment of the Xserve hardware platform on Jan. 31, 2011.

Sixty-five percent of respondents expect to stay with their current Xserves for at least the next two years. When the time comes to replace the Xserve, over one third will migrate to one of Apple's recommended alternative platforms, the Mac Pro and Mac mini, which can both run Apple's OS X Server software.

Nearly as many people were unsure what solution they would choose for many of the services they currently run on an Xserve. A plurality of Xserve owners believes that the transition...

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Dec 01
iPad coming to Thailand on Dec. 3

The iPad will be released in Thailand on Friday, Dec. 3, at a starting price of 15,900 baht, reports the "MyThailand" blog (http://iphone.mythailandblog.com/2010/11/price-release-date-of-ipad-in-t...).

It will be sold at the iStudio and Apple Shop. "The official prices for iPad are several thousand baht cheaper than grey market at MBK and very favourable when compared to USA and UK," says "MyThailand."

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Dec 01
Netflix, FilmDistrict announce film licensing deal

Netflix (http://www.netflix.com) and FilmDistrict -- a multi-faceted acquisition, distribution, production, and financing company -- have announced a multi-year agreement through which first-run, theatrically-released films distributed by FilmDistrict will be licensed to Netflix for streaming over the Internet in the "pay TV window" a few months after their release on DVD.

Under the deal, major motion pictures that traditionally would have been licensed to premium cable channels will flow instead from FilmDistrict to Netflix for streaming to its members, beginning in 2011, says Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. Among the first films to be covered under the deal are "Drive," director Nicolas Winding Refn's adaptation of the James Sallis' crime tale starring the Academy Award-nominated duo Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, and the sci-fi action adventure film "Lockout," starring Guy Pearce and...

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Dec 01
StatCounter: BlackBerry overtakes Apple in mobile Internet usage

BlackBerry OS overtook Apple’s iOS for the first time in the US in November in terms of mobile internet usage according to web analytics company, StatCounter (http://www.statcounter.com). The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, finds that for the first time in the US BlackBerry OS at 34.3% overtook Apple’s iOS which recorded 33% in November.

Google’s Android is rapidly gaining and has almost tripled internet market share from 8.2% last November to 23.8% this year, according to the research group. Apple’s iOS has fallen from 51.9% to 33% over the same period, according to Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter. He added that, if current trends continue, BlackBerry and Android combined are on course to become twice the size of iOS as regards mobile Internet usage in the next year.

Commenting on Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 he said that it was not yet registering significantly in...

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Dec 01
Free DISH Remote Access transforms the iPad into a TV

DISH Network has announced that the DISH Remote Access -- a free application that gives DISH Network customers the ability to watch their live and recorded TV on compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops -- is now available for the iPad.

To enjoy live and recorded TV viewing on the iPad, DISH Network customers must have a broadband-connected, Sling-enabled device such as the Sling Adapter -- a small placeshifting device that pairs with DISH Network's ViP 722 or 722k HD DVRs.

"DISH Network is the only pay-TV provider to offer a true TV everywhere solution, and now we've extended that experience to the iPad," says DISH Network Chief Marketing Officer Ira Bahr. "Unlike mobile viewing from cable and telcos that limit access to select programs, our TV Everywhere services give consumers 24 x 7 access to all of their live and recorded content included with their DISH Network programming subscription."

In addition to TV viewing, the DISH Remote Access app also gives...

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Dec 01
Java Word to PDF doc conversion engine in beta testing

Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com) has announced beta testing of their Word to PDF document conversion engine. The company has released a Java library version for integration into third party systems, and will integrate this conversion functionality into their existing applications, PDF Studio and PDF Automation Server.

Tthe engine is slated to support converting Word to images as well as directly printing Word documents in the upcoming version, says Gerald Holmann, president of Qoppa Software. Qoppa solutions include: Java class libraries to incorporate PDF manipulation capabilities; Java components to integrate PDF viewing and annotating into applications; Command Line tools to convert, print, or secure PDF documents; and two commercial stand-alone applications: PDF Automation Server to automate workflows and document handling, and PDF Studio Desktop Tool to edit and manipulate PDF documents.

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Dec 01
Dress-Up Pups Puts Dogs on the Catwalk

Anawiki Games and Retrostyle Games have teamed up for Dress-Up Pups (http://www.anawiki.com/game/dress-up-pups), an US$9.99 game for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher.

Here's how the game is described: "It offers several variations on the ever-popular Match-3 style of gameplay. Dress-Up Pups provides the player with a varied challenge, by mixing standard 'swap' Match-3 mechanics with alternative 'chains' and 'groups' modes. The player is also provided with two forms of power-ups and each chapter of the story ends with a jigsaw puzzle mini game.

"The game follows the story of Pattie, who's been working as office help at the Dress-Up Pups fashion agency for dogs. When her boss has to fly overseas on important business, she's left in charge of the agency, and has to come up with creative outfits for a variety of eccentric clients. The dogs, their owners, their exchanges...

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Dec 01
Raidon rolls out 2.5-inch, internal RAID module

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has unveiled the MR-2020, a 2.5-inch, internal RAID module. It accepts two 2.5-inch hard drives and supports RAID 1.

Its small form factor matches with 5.25-inch CD-ROM device and saves half the space a 3.5-inch product needs, according to the folks at Raidon. A 2.5-inch hard drive also consumes one half less power than a 3.5-inch does, they add.

The MR2020 is also an embedded RAID controller to provide RAID function for preventing data failed. Accepting two hard drives and coming with RAID 1 (Mirroring), as either hard drive is failed, the system will keep running with the backup one and alert the user to replace the failed hard drive. The failed hard drive can be substituted without turning off the system.

The MR2020 comes with tray modules that can accept a 15mm height 2.5-inch hard drive. The hard drives can be replaced because of its hot swappable...

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Dec 01
H2O Audio announces Flex All Sport Buds

H2O Audio (http://www.h2oaudio.com/) has launched a new line of "waterproof, sweatproof" headphones, the US$29.99 Flex All Sport Buds. They're waterproof up to three feet.

Users can choose from such colors as Envy Green, Power Pink, Onyx Black and Super Hero Blue. Three different sizes of earplugs provide a personalized fit.

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Dec 01
Mahjong In Poculis 3.5 adds mode for children

In Poculis (http://www.in-poculis.com/) has released Mahjong In Poculis 3.5, an update to their free solitaire game for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows. The new version sports a mode designed for children.

Here's how the game is described: "Perfect for mahjong lovers or those who simply enjoy challenging memorization, Mahjong In Poculis is a memory game where players have to select identical tiles to make them disappear. The game features 120 levels and six scenarios, including Christmas, Halloween, Asian and Easter. Each one has its own levels, graphics and music."

To get users started, a five-step, in-game tutorial can be displayed on demand. Players may also post their scores and photo on the game's web site.

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Dec 01
SubRosaSoft introduces MacForensicsLab Social Agent

SubRosaSoft has released MacForensicsLab Social Agent 1.0 (http://www.macforensicslab.com/ProductsAndServices/index.php?main_page=p...), an US$79.95 app designed to get evidence from chats, private messages, and blog activity on Facebook and other social networking web sites.

Social Agent can scan Macs running the Safari web browser for evidence of social network activity and can identify social networking web pages visited by the suspect.

The initial support includes social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Friendster, Meetup, and others. This information can be very valuable in cases of crimes against children, says SubRosaSoft CEO Marko Kostyrko.

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Dec 01
Swarovski Frame Case released for the iPhone 4

CAZE (http://www.iphonecaze.com) has announced the US$99.99 BlingFrame for the iPhone 4, which the company says is the world's first Swarovski frame case.

CAZE is combining Swarovski crystals and an slim frame in a case with four flashed colors. CAZE used ThinEdge -- purportedly the world's slimmest frame case for crystal embellishment -- so the BlingFrame has the thinnest possible wall-thickness and can fully protect the chrome edges and corners of an iPhone.

It offers access to all phone functions without having to remove the case. To ensure all-around protection, the BlingFrame comes with a free screen protection kit (front and back film).

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Dec 01
MenuEverywhere ready for large, multi-monitor Mac users

Binary Bakery Software (http://www.binarybakery.com) has released MenuEverywhere 1.4.3, an update to their US$14.95 Mac OS X 10.6.x utility. Designed for large monitor or multi-monitor users, it makes the menubar's menu accessible from any window on any screen.

MenuEverywhere works with almost any Mac OS X application. With the app, you can access menus in the following ways: screen-top menu on (non-primary) secondary screens; window-attached menubar; window-attached menu button; and hotkey pop-up menu at mouse location

In MenuEverywhere, menu access methods are all optional; those not used may be switched off. The app has configurable button/menubar styles, multiple font sizes for menu labels and menu items, the ability to show the Apple menu in addition to application's menu, an exclude list facility to prevent usage on apps of your choosing, and more.

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Dec 01
Prepare for mind games in Winter Voices, Episode One

You can now plunge into the mind's eye of a tragic heroine in the first episode of Winter Voices, the narrative-driven, episodic, single player role-playing game from independent game developer Beyondthepillars. Players can download the first episode, "Those who have no name," now for the Mac and PC at the Winter Voices web site for US$4.99.

Gamers who embark on the wondrous, psychological adventure of Winter Voices must embrace a new form of role-playing, leading the heroine past her own personal demons come to life, says Guy Levi-Bochi, CEO of Beyondthepillars. Players will confront= terrors by choosing one of three female character classes and helping their heroine persevere her difficult journey.

Levi-Bochi says the game offers "a challenging and snowy ordeal, bringing her face-to-face with strangers and travelers as she leaves behind the familiar faces of her home village." To progress, players need to guide her beyond the fears plaguing her journey, including...

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Dec 01
DxO Optics updated to version 6.5.1

DxO Labs (http://www.dxo.com) has released the latest version of its image enhancement software for photographers: DxO Optics Pro 6.5.1. The upgrade adds RAW support in both its Standard and Elite editions for the Nikon D7000 and Sony Alpha DSLR-A390.

DxO Optics Pro and upgrades for both Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows will be offered at a 30% holiday season discount through Dec. 25. They're available from both DxO Labs’ e-store and selected resellers at the holiday season discount of:

° DxO Optics Pro Standard edition: US$99, reduced from $169;

° DxO Optics Pro Elite edition: $199, reduced from $299.
 
All customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro since June 1, 2009 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 6.5. All other users benefit from the 30% discounts:

° DxO Optics Pro Standard (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Standard: $49, reduced from $79;

° DxO Optics Pro...

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Dec 01
Epic Games releases November 2010 Unreal development kit beta

Epic Games (http://www.epicgames.com) has released the November 2010 UDK Beta, the latest version of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 that provides access to the toolset used in blockbuster video games, 3D visualizations, digital films and more.

Epic says it's committed to providing the UDK community with regular software releases at no charge, and the latest beta is available now at http://www.udk.com/download .

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Dec 01
iPad, iPhone in the Enterprise to be Addressed in MaaS360...

MaaS360, the provider of cloud-based Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solutions, has announced a free webinar titled “Enabling iPhones and iPads in the Enterprise” on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 2 pm (Eastern).

Donna Lima, Fiberlink’s customer engineer, will provide best practices for enabling employees to securely access corporate resources and collaboration applications from their iPhones and iPads. You can register for the free webinar at...

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Dec 01
Lightworks 2010 Public Beta available

EditShare has announced the first step in the roll out of Lightworks Open Source. The free Lightworks 2010 public beta download is available to all interested participants.

Now anyone can familiarize themselves with the Lightworks editing system and view the new features and enhancements on the professional editing solution. It was introduced in 1989 with real-time synchronization and a variety of editing features.

The next version will include improvements in capture/playback, editing, effects, tools, film, third party support, collaboration, I/O support and more. For more info on the Lightworks Open Source project and the public beta, go to http://www.editshare.com/lightworks .

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Nov 30
It's iPad verses Kindle in the eReader market

The eReader market has essentially become a two horse race between the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad, according to the latest survey of more than 2,800 consumers by the ChangeWave research group (http://www.changewave.com).

The Amazon Kindle (47% of the market and down 15 points) is hanging on to a rapidly diminishing lead over the iPad (32%; up 16 points) among current eReader owners. However, the iPad’s share of the overall market has doubled since the last time ChangeWave surveyed e-Reader owners in August. The rest of the market includes the Sony Reader (5%) and the Barnes and Noble Nook (4%).

In terms of owner satisfaction ratings, ChangeWave's survey shows that 75% of iPad owners are "very satisfied" with its eReader capabilities compared to 54% for the Kindle. The research group also asked eReader owners about the types of content they’re reading on their devices -- and found major...

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Nov 30
Retrevo report: iPhone owners love their accessories

By Andrew Eisner

Not everyone is lucky enough to own an iPhone, Droid or some other cool smartphone, but we'd wager that most of you know someone who does and there's also a good chance you'll be buying a gift for that person this holiday season.

If you want to make sure your gift is well received we suggest you heed this advice based on a recent Retrevo Gadgetology study that looked at smartphone owners under the age of 35, the gadgets accessories they own, and the ones they want to buy.

Smartphone owners prefer accessories

Although most non-smartphone owners would still prefer a sweater or scarf this year, smartphone owners under 35 are a different breed. The study found a large number of those smartphone owners say they would like to receive accessories for their phones and other gadgets more than more traditional items like clothing, books, perfume, and sweets. When we asked what they plan to buy for themselves...

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Nov 30
Apple sued over 'unsafe' MagSafe

Another day, another lawsuit. A lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court in Connecticut by Great Northern Insurance Company claims that Apple's MagSafe charger, attached to a 2007 MacBook Pro, caused a major fire at a Connecticut home, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

According to the lawsuit, the fire marshal of the town of Glastonbury concluded that the blaze, which occurred on May 23, 2008, was caused by the "external system components" of the laptop found in the home. Great Northern has made payments in excess of $75,000 to a client after an accidental fire occurred at their family's home, notes "AppleInsider."

Great Northern's lawsuit attempts to prove that the MagSafe adapter was "in a defective and unreasonably dangerous condition" due to Apple. The complaint argues that Apple "manufactured and sold the MagSafe adapter in a condition that it knew, or should have...

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Nov 30
Apple updates Game Center terms of service

Apple has updated its Game Center terms of service so that gaming invites sent to friends will include the "real" name users have associated with their Apple ID, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

iOS games that support Game Center connect to your account automatically at launch and enable features such as multiplayer support, high score leaderboards, and the ability to invite friends to play with you. However, yesterday Apple issued an update that prompts users to first agree to the new ToS, which includes the comment, "we have changed the Game Center terms and conditions to provide you notice that if you send a friend invitation, the full name associated with your Apple ID will be shared with the recipient. If you accept a friend invitation, the full name associated with your Apple ID will be shared with the sender."

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Nov 30
Apple's 'data center guru' dies from heart attack

According to "9to5Mac" (http://www.9to5mac.com/38912/apples-top-data-center-executive-olivier-sa...), Oliver Sanche (center), the man in charge of all things related to data centers for Apple, passed away last Thursday from a heart attack.

Sanche was heading Apple’s soon-launching North Carolina data center, the article adds. He joined Apple from eBay in late 2009 where he used to lead data center projects as well.

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Nov 30
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 30

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/).

Deep Prose Software has announced FastTalker 1.0 for the iPhone and iPad. The US$1.99 app is for making quick audio notes on-the-go without having to look at the screen or tap a lot of buttons. It is designed to capture quick audio recordings of 5, 10, 15, or 20 seconds at a time. FastTalker starts and ends recording automatically; just start the app and record your thoughts.

Hot Chili Apps is expanding their Christmas Card Edition. Christmas C@rds HD 1.0 are e-cards. The $3.99 app allows anyone to design on the iPad in HD quality and in a complete new look, with a choice of various graphic elements for designing his/her own Christmas card to his individual taste. It has 36 C@rd templates that can be decorated on the iPad with personal photos or...

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Nov 30
OWC Expands Mercury Rack Pro Rackmount RAID Line

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has expanded the storage capacity of its OWC Mercury Rack Pro rackmount storage solutions to 12TB.

It touts four hard drive bays each capable of holding up to 3TB each in a 1U rackmount design. The Mercury Rack Pro is available in two RAID and interface models: the “Quad Interface” model with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2, and eSATA ports and Hardware RAID 0/1/5/10/Span modes; and the eSATA port multiplier RAID ready model.

The Mercury Rack Pro is immediately available in 17 pre-configured solutions, from 2TB to 12TB with manufacturer's retail pricing starting at US$529.99. The Mercury Rack Pro is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 and higher, and Windows Windows XP and later operating systems and comes complete with all interface connecting cables, a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle, and up to a five-year solution warranty.

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