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Feb 08
WaterField Designs unveils 11.6-inch MacBook Air Wallet

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has introduced the 11.6-inch MacBook Air Wallet, a lightweight MacBook Air travel case for the slim laptop, a mouse, the charger, the SuperDrive, cables and other accessories.

Fully packed, the US$89 case maintains its light and compact feel and can fit into an airline seatback pocket, according to Gary Waterfield, owner of WaterField Designs. It's available for pre-order now at the WaterField Designs online store and will ship at the end of the month.

More than a case, yet smaller than a bag, the MacBook Air Wallet celebrates the ultra-portability of the MacBook Air, says Waterfield. Users can tuck it the case under the arm, in another bag or -- with the optional shoulder strap -- carry it as a stand-alone bag. Scratch-free pockets, foam padding, and impact-resistant plastic inserts protect the MacBook Air, and soft, scratch-free internal pockets plus a...

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Feb 08
Better Finder Rename now Snow Leopard only

PublicSpace.net (http://www.publicspace.net) has released A Better Finder Rename 5.0, the latest version of its contextual menu plug-in that allows users to rename multiple files. The new version features a completely re-designed single window user interface and is modernized with a new 64-bit Mac OS X Snow Leopard-only architecture.

A Better Finder Rename sports an instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other features.

A Better Finder Rename is US$14.95 shareware for a single user license. Family, business and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher...

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Feb 08
Game gets Medieval on your Mac OS X

Brisk Mobile summons you to test your wits with Medieval (http://briskmobilegames.com/Games/MedievalHD). It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category

In the game, your goal is to survive the waves of enemies, protect your flag and keep your castle from being blasted into oblivion. You have to outshoot and outsmart your enemies to claim victory.

Medieval boast four game modes (Fast Fire, Easy, Medium, Hard) and three different shooting modes (Auto Fire, Show Arc, Drag Fire). There are six different troop types, eight unique weapons, 11 locations and numerous enemy types, including flying enemies and a BOSS enemy.

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Feb 08
There's new Optimism for the Mac App Store

Mental health software company Optimism Apps has announced Optimism 3.6 (http://www.findingoptimism.com/), an update of its mood chart and health planning application for Mac OS X 10.6.6. It's now available in the Mac App Store for US$24.99 in the Health & Fitness category.

Optimism helps a person to monitor the triggers and warning signs of a decline in their mental health, and develop strategies that help them to remain well, says developer James Bishop. It gives individuals a framework for self-help, in managing depression, bipolar disorder, or other physical and mental health conditions, he adds.

Optimism gets people started in being proactive about their health, learning the choices they can make everyday to assist in their wellbeing. As the software can be completely customized to suit an individual's specific circumstances, it is relevant to any health condition that...

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Feb 08
Vicinno Brings offers 15C Scientific Calculator for iPad, Mac

Vicinno Soft (http://www.vicinno.com/) has announced 15C Scientific Calculator 1.0 for the iPad and Mac OS X. It's an emulator for the HP 15C Scientific Calculator.

The app provides an emulation of the layout, functions, algorithms, capabilities, and key sequences of the original. One of five calculators in the 10C series, The 15C was the most advanced scientific calculator in the 10C series that were made from 1981 till 1989. The 15C was the most advanced scientific calculator in the line.

In addition to full implementations of original HP 15C, Vicinno the 15C Scientific Calculator sports like user manual accessible from within the app for reference on the go, optional click sound with each tap providing additional feedback, and more.

Vicinno 15C Scientific Calculator requires iOS 3.2 or higher on the iPad and Mac OS X 10.6.6 on the Mac. It's priced at US$29.99 and available worldwide...

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Feb 08
Artboard Drawing Software comes to Mac App Store

Mapdiva has introduced Artboard 1.0 (http://mapdiva.com/artboard), their new vector drawing software for Mac OS X, available exclusively on the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$19.99.

With Artboard, you can design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fashions, web graphics, and more. Use pre-designed templates to create fliers, invitations, signs, and business cards. Artboard includes over 1,600 styles and fully editable clip art, including speech bubbles, buttons, maps and flags, people factory, and home planning, plus a library to store your own creations.

Artboard features a style generator and stacked styles, providing a range of effects. It takes advantage of a Core Image-supported graphics card.

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Feb 08
ProSign 1.0 offers signature capture to Filemaker Pro

Geist interactive has introduced proSign 1.0 (http://www.geistinteractive.com/proSign), which lets you add signature capture to any FileMaker Pro solution. Signatures can be captured using any touch pad or pen and tablet input device.

ProSign runs on both Mac and PC, and no special hardware is required. Signatures are captured and stored as Base64 encoded data urls which makes them easy to display in web viewers or to embed into HTML email, according to geist interactive founder, Todd Geist.

You can also convert these into PNG files later for storage and display using the free GoSignCompanion plug-in. ProSign requires FileMaker Pro version 9 or greater

ProSign is available by itself for US$239 or bundled with GoSign for FileMaker go for $289. Existing GoSign customers are eligible to get proSign at a special price of $219. Site licenses and demo files are...

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Feb 08
2X VirtualDesktopServer 9 offers iPhone, iPad connectivity

2X Software, an international developer of virtualization and server-based computing software, has released the 2X VirtualDesktopServer 9, offering application and virtual desktop delivery to computers, workstations and mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad and Android connectivity.

The release also continues to improve upon the implementation and management of virtualized IT infrastructures, such as Microsoft Terminal Server, Hyper-V or VMware ESX, while also improving environment performance and scalability, making the product ideal for IT infrastructures of all sizes, says Nikolaos Makris, CEO of 2X Software. To download an evaluation version of 2X VirtualDesktopServer 9, go to http://www.2x.com/virtualdesktop/register.html

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Feb 08
Raidon launches new RAID storage solutions

Raidon (http://www.RAIDON.com.tw) is releasing a new generation of SAS 6G storage solutions: the 2880 Series. This series can to be deployed while offering stability at highest performance beyond 700 MB/second to the SMB, the company says.

The 2880 Series supports 8 to 15mm height 2.5-inch HDD’s and is embedded with a dual SAS 6G host interface. It provides multiple RAID levels up to RAID 6, for the highest level of redundancy, and also offers a snapshot function for system configuration backup. If a failure occurs the system can be recovered providing additional data security.

The 2880 Series comes in two models, the iR2880 for internal and the GR2880 for external use; both models are equipped with the RAIDON SAS 6G module from Intel 80341 CPU and 1GB of DDR2 RAM with LCD system status display. Both products also provide a web graphical user interface for system configuration and monitoring via...

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Feb 08
Password Repository update improves Print Settings

Tension Software has updated Password Repository (http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 2.12.4. The upgrade improves the Print Settings feature.

Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document is not saved in any place. Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.12.4 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Feb 07
Intel provides update on support chip design issue

On Jan. 31, Intel (http://www.intel.com) disclosed a design issue with a support chip, the Intel 6 Series Chipset that has the potential to impact certain computer system configurations, including the Sandy Bridge chip expected in upcoming Macs.

As a result of discussions and specific requests from computer makers, Intel is resuming shipments of the Intel 6 Series Chipset for use only in computer system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue. Only computer makers who have committed to shipping the Intel 6 Series Chipset in computer system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue will be receiving these shipments. We're not sure if that includes Apple.

This resumption of shipments of the Intel 6 Series Chipset is not changing the company’s updated first quarter 2011 and full-year financial outlook published on Jan. 31. In parallel, Intel has started manufacturing on a new...

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Feb 07
DisplaySearch forecasts 200% year-over-year tablet

Momentum behind tablet (slate) shipments is growing, with a year-over-year increase of nearly 200% to 55.7 million units expected in 2011, according to the "DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report."

Though growth rates will slow over the forecast period, the slate personal computer share of the overall mobile personal computer market, which also includes notebooks and mini-notes, will rise to nearly 35%, or 172.4 million units, by 2014. Total shipments of the mobile personal computer market are expected to reach 503.8 million units by 2014.

“The upcoming product announcements, introductions and demonstrations in the coming weeks will build on the tremendous momentum that the market has already seen and will lead to segmentation in the tablet (slate) PC market,” says Richard Shim, mobile computing analyst for DisplaySearch. “This segmentation translates to significant shipment growth and proliferation in the short and long term.”

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Feb 07
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 7

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Environmentalist James Yang has developed Lazy Green, an US$1.99 iPhone game app that helps "lazy environmentalists" save energy by raising animals threatened by climate change. In order to raise the animals, the player has to perform easy energy-saving tasks recommended in the game. The player can choose to raise one of five animals threatened by climate change -- the polar bear, penguin, lion, hummingbird, and sea turtle.

Third Chicken has released the "Shake the States -- Fun Games for Kids Series" app ($0.99) for the iPad. Just shake the iPad and the states drop and bounce. Your goal is to put them all in the right place.

Evetone Labs has introduced Hidden HD 1.0 for iPad. The $2.99 app allows for protecting one's private files behind a password...

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Feb 07
iTunes still top online movie seller

Despite intensified competition from fierce rivals including Microsoft and Wal-Mart Stores., Apple’s iTunes store in 2010 managed to hold onto its dominance in the U.S. market for movie electronic sell through (EST) and Internet video on demand (iVOD), new IHS Screen Digest research from iSuppli (http://www.isuppli.com) shows.

The iTunes accounted for more than two-thirds of U.S. EST/iVOD movie consumer spending in 2010, at 64.5%, down from 74.4% in 2009. The company also maintained its control of three quarters of the U.S. EST business in 2010. Apple’s hold on its market share supremacy was all the more impressive given that the business underwent a significant expansion in 2010, with EST/iVOD movie revenue rising by more than 60% for the year.

“The iTunes online store showed remarkable competitive resilience last year in the U.S. EST/iVOD movie business, staving off a growing field of tough...

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Feb 07
'iFixIt' tears down the Verizon iPhone

"iFixIt" has torn down the Verizon iPhone and found it's substantially redesigned inside. At first glance, the differences are more significant than we saw between the iPhone 3G and the 3GS.

For example, the location and design of the RF components -- EMI (electromagnetic interference) shields, connector locations, even board layout -- is changed.

"They redesigned the vibrator -- a seemingly minor item, but it takes up a large amount of space inside the phone," says Kyle Wiens of "iFixIt." "My tester said that the 'Verizon vibration was quieter, a little softer to feel, and made a better sound on the table.' (No, I'm not making a 'That's what she said' joke.) It used to be in the top right portion of the phone, across from the camera. Now it's on the bottom left."

But here's the biggest news: Apple is using the same Qualcomm chip as the Droid Pro World Phone. The Qualcomm MDM6600 chip supports HSPA+ data rates of up to 14.4 Mbps and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A/Rev...

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Feb 07
Whoosh enables batch/bulk emailing from the Mac desktop

Whoosh (http://www.theescapers.com/whoosh/) is a new product from The Escapers. It uses the Amazon SES to enable batch/bulk emailing from the Mac desktop.

The Amazon SES service provides a REST service, which until now required a knowledge of HTTP services, and XML. According to The Escapers, Whoosh changes all that and allows full access to the SES service via a familiar Mac user interface.

The app supports campaigns, so you can manage as many email campaigns as you like. Whoosh can import your tab-delimited files from spreadsheets or databases, and mail-merge details into every mail your customers receive.

Whoosh supports plain text and HTML emails. It also keeps an eye on your quota, and lets you view stats direct from the Amazon service.

Whoosh is available at an introductory price of US$29.99 for a limited time. A demo is available for download. Whoosh...

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Feb 07
Verizon iPhone arrives Thursday

Just in case you haven't heard, the iPhone 4 arrives on the Verizon Wireless network for the general population this week. Beginning at 7 a.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, Feb. 10, the Apple smarataphone will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide and Apple's retail stores.

The iPhone 4 is available for a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16 GB model and $299.99 for the 32GB model with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers can subscribe to a Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes) or a Nationwide Talk and Text plan (beginning at $59.99 for 450 minutes and includes unlimited text, picture and video messaging), as well as an unlimited email and web data plan for $29.99 per month.  

Customers will also enjoy the new Personal Hotspot capability paired with a 3G Mobile Hotspot plan to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The 3G Mobile Hotspot plan is $20 per month for 2GB.

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Feb 07
Apple has a CEO succession plan; most companies don't

Apple may not want to disclose its CEO succession plan, but at least it has one, notes "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/EWZST). Which is more than you can say for most other companies.

According to a global survey of 1,300 companies by Korn/Ferry (http://www.kornferry.com/), although 98% of companies believe a CEO succession plan to be important, only 35% currently have one in place. And 49% haven’t had one in place for the last three years. Despite the recent increase of unexpected departures of several high profile CEOs, the trend hasn't fully opened the eyes of corporate executives, according to the Korn/Ferry Executive Survey.



“Given the number of abrupt, high profile executive departures this year, it’s surprising that more companies are not acting with greater urgency to put a CEO succession plan in place,” says Joe...

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Feb 07
iPhone sees 86.2% growth year-over-year

Apple's iPhone gained more ground in the worldwide smartphone market year-over-year, with shipment volume growth coming from Asia/Pacific and Japan, according to the IDC research (http://www.idc.com).

As of the fourth quarter of 2010, Apple had 16.1% of market share shipping 16.2 million iPhones. That compares to 16.1% and 8.7 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2009. That's 86.2% growth. Nokia leads the market with 28% market share and 28.3 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010.

In addition, Apple made further inroads into the enterprise market, with more companies adding Apple to their approved smartphone list and increased development of corporate-centered applications. Rumors of an iPhone 5 have begun to heat up the blogosphere, with many expecting a new design and perhaps a mobile wallet, says IDC.

According to the "IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker," vendors...

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Feb 07
Moska releases Archiware PresSTORE integration for Canto Cumulus...

Retrieving files from PresSTORE Archive just got a easier thanks to Archieware PresSTORE Integration for Cumulus, a new Cumulus add-on released by Moksa.

Originally developed by Moksa as a custom Cumulus integration for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Moksa president Vincent DiPaola saw an opportunity to bring archive and retrieval from within the Cumulus Client to the larger Canto Cumulus market. The Moksa integration provides an interface to PresSTORE archives from within the Cumulus Client.

By selecting records in the Cumulus collection window, users can manage and retrieve files from tape jukeboxes, and more. Cumulus Integration for PresSTORE is priced at US$1,995 for an unlimited seat license. It’s available for Cumulus 8.0 or later (Mac OS X and Windows), and can be purchased directly from Moksa (http://www.moksa.com), or through authorized Archiware and Canto resellers.

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Feb 07
British House of Lords gives thumbs up to iPads

As reported by "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/hBPsd), peers in the British House of Lords will soon be able to use iPads and other mobile internet devices during debates. The Lords Administration and Works Committee said in a new report that current restrictions are "incomplete, outdated and contradictory".

For a trial period of one year, it is proposed that peers should allowed to refer to handheld electronic devices including all tablets, smartphones and ebook readers, during debates, provided they are set to silent, notes "The Telegraph." However, laptops will remain outlawed. Internet-enabled Lords will be restricted in what they are allowed to browse, however.

"Members taking part in proceedings should be able to use electronic devices to access Parliamentary papers and other documents which are clearly and closely relevant to the business before the House," the report proposes. "Members should...

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Feb 07
Analyst ups his sales forecasts for iPhones, iPads

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/sDma0), Susquehanna's Jeff Fidacaro has raised his Apple price target from US$445 to $465 and upped his sales estimates for the iPhone and iPad.

For the March quarter, Fidacaro raised his iPhone shipment estimate to 19.8 million (from 17.7 million). For fiscal 2011, he's looking for iPhone shipments of 76.7 million (up from 70.5 million), an increase of 92% year over year.

Fidacaro's supply-chain sources suggest a build of 6.7-7.1 million iPads in the current quarter (2 million iPad 1s and the rest iPad 2s) and sales of 5.25-5.5 million units. The big bump comes next quarter, after what he believes will be the April launch of the iPad 2. Fidacaro is looking for sales of 8.5 million iPads (up from 6.5 million) in the June quarter and has raised his fiscal 2011 estimate to 32.1 million iPads (from 27.3 million), an increase of 330% year...

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Feb 07
Georgia may go with iPads for students

Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams says that Georgia legislators and state educators are considering an offer from Apple regarding iPads, reports the "Atlanta Journal Constitution" (http://macte.ch/9nD6S),

"Last week we met with Apple Computers, and they have a really promising program where they come in and their recommending to middle schools -- for $500 per child per year, they will furnish every child with an iPad, wi-fi the system, provide all the books on the system, all the upgrades, all the teacher training-- and the results they’re getting from these kids is phenomenal."

Williams said legislators are currently searching for money in the state’s education budget to fund pilot programs across the state.

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Feb 07
Analyst raises target price on Apple stock

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/TSVUG) -- Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf has raised his target price on shares of Apple from US$375 to $450, saying the “trajectory” of sales of the iPhone and iPad now appears to be higher than he originally expected.

Wolf now estimates 300 million smartphones were sold in total last year, up from a prior expectation of 250 million units. He also notes his estimation for iPhone sales last calendar year was only 40 million, which turned out to be below the actual 47.5 million Apple sold.

For 2011, he’s now modeling 75 million units. Wolf sees Apple with a 16% share of smartphones now, moving to perhaps 22% in the next five years, with the assumption Verizon Communications sells 16 million units this year and 16 million next year.

As a consequence of the iPhone and iPad estimates, Wolf raised his estimate for the material...

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Feb 07
WWDC 2011 to be held June 5-9?

A new listing for a generic "Corporate Meeting" scheduled for June 5 through 9 at San Francisco's Moscone West could prove to be a placeholder for Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The convention center calendar shows Sunday, June 5, through Thursday, June 9, set aside for an unnamed meeting labeled as a "convention/tradeshow." While the generic listing is no guarantee of the WWDC 2011 dates, the second half of June is booked with five different events, suggesting that Apple's annual event will occur earlier in the month, notes "AppleInsider." The June 5 bloc set aside at the Moscone Center has been reserved at Moscone West, where Apple has historically held WWDC.

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