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Dec 14
'Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures' launches on the Mac

Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts, in collaboration with TransGaming, has released Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures for the Mac at http://www.CloneWarsAdventures.com .

Here's how the game is described: "Clone Wars Adventures is an action-packed browser-based virtual world where fans can live out the thrills and excitement of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series on Cartoon Network. 

"Clone Wars Adventures is the ultimate virtual destination for fans of the TV series where players go online to experience fun mini-games, daily activities, events, rewards, lively social environments and competitions. Players can battle alongside their favorite Star Wars characters like Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. It is updated every week with new content pulled from that week's new episode.
 
"In addition to weekly updates in Clone Wars Adventures, Mac players...

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Dec 14
TimeCache for Mac OS X gets interface improvements

The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache -- its time and expense billing app for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher -- to version 8.0.11. The update offers interface improvements and bug fixes.

TimeCache offers support for timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customizable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user's computer activity, the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries, can use Apple Address Book entries for client contact information, can produce charts of billable time and expenses, and can import from and export to iCal calendars.

Licenses for TimeCache are US$70 per user. Version 8.0.11 is a free update for registered users.

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Dec 13
Analyst expects growth of all Apple products over next two...

BMO Capital’s Keith Bachman told clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/13/apple-bmo-ups-target...) -- that he's reiterating a Buy rating on Apple shares and hasraised his price target to $355 from a prior $330.

Bachman also raised his rating for this quarter’s iPhone sales to 16.5 million units, from a prior 15 million. The analyst thinks Apple will sell 60 million iPhones this fiscal year and 76 millioin i fiscall 20`2.

And what of Apple's other products for this fiscal year? Bachman is forecasting 16.8 million Macs, 42.9 million iPods, and 21.3 million iPads. For 2012, he expects 20 million Macs, 36.5 million iPods, and 32 million iPads.

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Dec 13
Apple launches 12 Days of Christmas on iTunes

Apple UK has announced the "12 Days of Christmas" (http://www.itunes12daysofchristmas.co.uk/), which will run Dec. 26 through Jan. 6. Each day will offer a song, music video, TV episode, film, app or book for free download.


Each free download will only be available for 24 hours. You can sign up for daily email alerts for download the special 12 Days of Christmas app to make sure you don't miss out.

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Dec 13
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 13

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/).

Edward Dowling has announced Safety Switch 1.0, his new personal panic alarm for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The US$0.99 app allows users to send a distress message with their location to friends and family, ward off predators and call emergency services. Safety Switch features a one-touch shortcut to emergency services, a torch and loud, audible alarm serve to ensure users are out of danger as quickly as possible.

Mobwe has released Taptronics 1.0, a $0.99 iPhone and iPod touch game to practice and test reflex and reaction times. It features multiplayer mode to challenge a friend and an in app voice chat for communication during a challenge. Players can select from two themes to practice the play. Taptronics features two play modes,...

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Dec 13
Initial version of Light Peak may use copper

The initial version of Light Peak will use copper instead of light-based technologies, reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20025179-64.html?tag=mantle_skin;content), quoting "an industry source familiar with Intel's plans."

Developed by Intel and championed by Apple, this proposed technology paves the way for a new generation of extreme computer input and output (I/O) performance, delivering 10Gb/s of bandwidth, with the potential ability to scale to 100Gbs over the next decade, according to David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Architecture Group. At 10Gb/second, a user could purportedly transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds.

The optical technology allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than...

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Dec 13
If the iPad is a computer, Apple has 12% share of worldwide...

I've argued repeatedly that the iPad should be considered a personal computer -- and Goldman Sachs hardware analyst Bill Shope agrees with me. In a note to clients on Monday -- as reported by "Tech Trader Daily" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/13/apple-ipad-mac-12-pc...) -- the analyst only sees computer sales growing 8% next year, but is more bullish on tablet computers, especially the iPad.

In fact, Shope sees iPad sales surpassing Mac revenue by September 2011. The analyst argues that tablets should be considered part of the personal computer market, in which case Apple’s worldwide computer market share would rise to 12% this fiscal year, from 4.4% at present.

Last week DisplaySearch put the...

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Dec 13
Cydia plans competitor to Mac App Store

As Apple prepares to launch the Mac App Store next month, a rival effort is underway by Cydia (http://cydia.saurik.com) -- a popular app store alternative destination for the estimated 10% of owners of jailbroken iPhones -- is planning a competitor, reports "PC World" (http://www.pcworld.com/article/213399/apple_nemesis_to_offer_mac_app_sto...?).
At a developers conference this weekend, Jay Freeman, the man behind Cydia, The Mac App Store is designed to make it easy for users to find, download and pay for apps, without having to move around various web sites to download their software.

"Apple will put every app submitted in the Mac App Store through its infamous approval process. Also, there won'...

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Dec 13
Future unveils 14 'one-off' mags for the iPad

The magazine publishing company, Future, has unveiled 14 new titles for the iPad, each a tablet-specific niche brand that hadn’t existed in print. However, "each is a timeless one-off, designed to attract a large number of single-copy sales this coming New Year," says "mocoNews" (http://moconews.net/article/419-future-sees-ipad-as-a-bookazine-vehicle-...).

Any decision on a regular long-term tablet publishing schedule for Future’s monthly titles will come after these one-offs, perhaps hinting at how publishers are having to find a cost-effective iPad production timetable before going forward, the article adds. It means Future’s tablet strategy looks a lot like its roster of specialist “bookazine” one-offs, which increasingly grace newsagent shelves, says "mocoNews."

Future does publish...

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Dec 13
Paul Allen's lawsuit against Apple, others dismissed

Billionaire investor Paul Allen's patent lawsuit against Apple and other high technology companies has hit a snag as a federal judge in Seattle dismissed the complaint for not describing its allegations specifically enough, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870405870457601582020637580...).

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman on Friday set a Dec. 28 deadline for the plaintiff, a company controlled by Allen called Interval Licensing LLC, to file an amended complaint. A spokesman for Allen said it plans to do so soon, calling the judge's order a "procedural issue" that won't halt the case.

In August it was announced that a tech licensing company controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was suing 11 companies, including Apple, for violating...

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Dec 13
Ping gets playlist support

Apple’s Ping has added the ability to build and share playlists. Now users can import playlists from iTunes, build playlists in the iTunes social networking service, and let Ping friends add to their playlists.

Ping lets you follow your favorite artists, see what they’re up to, check out photos and videos they’ve posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes and the concerts you plan to attend.

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Dec 13
Ricoh introduces new Aficio series

Ricoh (http://www.ricoh-usa.com) has introduced the Ricoh Aficio MP C3001/C3501 and MP C4501/C5501 Series.

Building on the achievements of the Series' predecessors -- the Aficio MP C2800, MP C3300, MP C4000 and MP C5000 -- these new, versatile color multifunction products (MFPs) offer enhanced productivity, advanced security and eco-friendly operation for businesses of any size, all with a low total cost of ownership (TCO), according to Shun Sato, senior vice president, marketing, Ricoh Americas Corp.

The Aficio MP C3001/C3501 & MP C4501/C5501 series boasts output speeds of up to 30 pages per minute (ppm), 35 ppm, 45 ppm and 55 ppm for both full color and black and white, respectively. A mix of hardware and software solutions expands system capabilities. The hardware enhancements include printing from and scanning to a USB clip drive or SD card without network connectivity.

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Dec 13
Apple interested in Nortel's patents?

Last year Nortel sold its optical networking and carrier ethernet business to Ciena for US$769 million and its wireless business to Ericsson for $1.3 billion. Soon it will sell off its patents as well, "among them some thought to be essential 4G wireless technologies like Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Service Architecture Evolution (SAE)," reports "All Things Digital" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20101213/everybody-wants-nortels-4g-p...).

That IP is drawing a lot of interest from companies such as Apple, Research in Motion and Nokia, "none of which want to see it in the hands of a rival, particularly as 4G’s commercial availability broadens," the article adds. "All Things D," quoted unnamed sources, say all four companies are participating...

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Dec 13
Android market now second largest app store

Smaato (http://www.smaato.com), a mobile ad optimizer and mobile advertising company, has announced a compilation of mobile advertising trends for 2011. Smaato gathered market data for the three strongest regions in mobile marketing: the USA, Europe and Asia.

The trends show that, in 2010, the iTunes Store tippled its offering of mobile applications and the Android market was established as the second largest app store. Android bypassed Apple with a market share of 25% (Apple has 17%) and is now the second largest OS behind Symbian (37%) according to Morgan Stanley.

The growth of mobile as an established media channel will continue the next couple of years, according to Harald Neidhardt, CMO and co-founder, Smaato. Asia is still the leader in mobile advertising and will proceed being the strongest market in terms of ad spending. In 2010 Japanese companies already invested more than $1 billion in this...

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Dec 13
Apple tech soars on '2010 Trends on Twitter'

Twitter's "2010 Trends on Twitter" list (http://yearinreview.twitter.com/trends/) lists the iPad among the top 10 overall trends (the Gulf Oil spill was number one).


In the technology section, Apple ruled. The iPad was number one, Apple's iOS was number three, the iPone was number four and the MacBook air number nine.

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Dec 13
Apple using iTun.es domain as link shortener

Apple -- which has owned the iTun.es domain since December 2006 and is now rolling out Twitter integration for its Ping social networking service on iTunes -- is now using the domain as a link shortener, reports "MacRumors (http://www.macrumors.com).

Users sharing links to tghe iTunes Store content to Twitter will now see iTun.es being used to generate the links for their Tweets. Third-party Twitter applications may, however, continue to display Twitter's default "t.co" shortened version, notes "MacRumors."

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Dec 13
PhotoStyler for Mac OS X gets new rendering engine

Corner-A has released PhotoStyler 5.0 for Mac OS X (http://corner-a.com/photostyler). This new version features a new rendering engine with better stability and performance, improved user interface, batch processing features, as well as new filters, textures and presets.

PhotoStyler offers a way to style digital photos with your Mac. It supports all image formats that are supported by Mac OS X, including RAW images, and uses your GPU to process the photos wherever possible.

PhotoStyler 5 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs. It costs US$30.

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Dec 13
'MUG Event Calendar': guest speakers, parties

This week's "The MUG Event Calendar" is filled with guest speakers and holiday parties.

Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra will visit a Pennsylvania group, while Michael Mills of Apple Federal will present to a North Carolina group. The MacNotables are out in full force this week, with Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus set to deliver a “State of the Mac” address to a Texas group, "Macworld" Senior Editor Christopher Breen scheduled at a California group, and Adam Engst of TidBITS and Take Control and Chuck Joiner of The MacVoices Group teaming up for a virtual visit to a Connecticut group.

Take Control author and Mac expert Joe Kissell will round out the roster with a visit to an Oregon group. Holiday parties are the dominant topic at MUG events this week, but there will also be presentations of the iPad, Microsoft Office, FileMaker Go and iLife ‘11.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (...

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Dec 13
Seagate delivers 1TB, 2.5-Inch enterprise HDD

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has introduced the Constellation.2, which it says is the industry’s first 2.5-inch enterprise-class hard drive to reach a record 1TB capacity. The Constellation.2 drive is designed for server storage applications and offers 6Gb/s performance.

The Constellation.2 drive is designed for system builders and original equipment manufacturers. Seagate says the drive is fit for use in a range of applications in Directed Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Area Network (SAN) environments, from small-to-midsized businesses to the largest enterprise data centers storing and hosting data to the cloud.

The Constellation.2 drive is offered in capacity choices of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB, and with 6Gb/s SATA or 6Gb/s SAS interface options. Its second-generation design provides improved data integrity with the new T10 Protection Information standard and an...

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Dec 13
Beta of Tembo find utility for Mac OS X available

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com) has released a beta version of Tembo, a "friendly" find utility designed to make searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks easier.

The final version is headed for the Mac App Store, which is due to launch next month. The folks at Houdah say Tembo is an efficient search tool based upon the Spotlight engine. Specifically, it's been inspired by the original Spotlight interface as we knew it under Mac OS X Tiger. Search results are grouped by categories. Preferences allow for categories to be enabled, disabled and reordered.

Tembo may list up to 2,500 search results within each group. Here you will find filter appropriate for the context to help you sort through the list of results. Messages, for example, may be filtered by subject, sender and recipient.

Tembo can also wors as an extension to Mail or iChat to locate messages. And as an...

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Dec 13
BatchOutput Server updated to version 4.6.3

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.6.3. The new version allows users to reset location of output folder with a click of a button helping save time and avoid redundant steps.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.6.3 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.

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Dec 13
DiskLibrary update for Mac OS X adds DVD, CD types

Obvious Matter (http://www.obviousmatter.com) has updated DiskLibrary, a media cataloging application for Mac OS X, to version 1.9.7. The upgrade lets you export as a tab-separated values file.

Version 1.9.7 also adds movie DVD and audio CD types; you can now search for media types. There's a new application icon and various bug fixes.

DiskLibrary is designed for those who have a lot of media to keep track of. It catalogs not just your complete file structure, but also creates thumbnails, and stores metadata, for most popular media formats. DiskLibrary is capable of importing export formats from CDFinder, FileFinder, WhereIsIt, DiskCatalogMaker X and DiskTracker.

DiskLibrary is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.10or higher. It costs US$39, but version 1.9.7 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available for...

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Dec 13
HoudahGeo 2.7 adds high quality maps, satellite imagery

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 2.7. The new version adds high quality maps and satellite imagery. Maps are used within HoudahGeo to check the results from automatic geocoding as well as for manually placing photographs.

HoudahGeo costs US$30 for a single-user license for new users. Version 2.7 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher.

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Dec 10
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 10

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/).

Wulven Game Studios has released Santa Slaughter 1.0, available for free on the iPhone, iPad and Facebook. In the game, Santa's village is under attack, and it's up to him to stop the evil monsters in this 3D first person shooter.

Beansprites has introduced Dark Woods 1.0, a fantasy game for the iPad. In the US$3.99 game, you explore five worlds with various themed layouts, and battle creatures from magical mushrooms to creepy trees and bats.

Pumpkin Approved has debuted Goo Goo Zoo 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's a $1.99 children's game that features baby animals reacting to touches. Each animal has an identifiable baby action that it performs when touched. Animal names are displayed on screen to help children learn to...

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Dec 10
Justin Bieber, Dr. Dre team up for Justbeats headphones

Pop singer Justin Bieber has launched a new line of headphones, Justbeats by Dr. Dre, that are available exclusively at Best Buy stores in the U.S. and on BestBuy.com. The headphones express Bieber's signature style by offering both on-ear and in-ear versions in his favorite color: purple.  

The Justbeats by Dr. Dre Solo Headphone (US$199.95) and iBeats by Dr. Dre Justbeats Edition ($119.95) include features such as ControlTalk so that users can answer a phone call while listening to music.

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