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Feb 23
MobileMe to transition to new Calendar service on May 5

On May 5, MobileMe -- Apple's US$99-per-year suite of Internet services -- will transition completely to the new Calendar service that Apple launched in October. The new MobileMe Calendar includes calendar sharing, invitations, and a new Calendar web application.

To maintain calendar syncing between your devices and to continue accessing your calendar at me.com, MobileMe users must upgrade to the new Calendar by May 5. To do so:

1) Make sure you are using the most recent software on your devices and computers:

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch: iOS 4.2.1 or later

Mac: Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard or Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (requires manual setup)

PC: MobileMe Control Panel version 1.6.5

2) Sign in to www.me.com/calendar and follow the dialog that appears or click "Upgrade now" in the sidebar.

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Feb 23
Survey: Jobs' departure wouldn't have major impact on...

If CEO Steve Jobs -- now on a medical leave -- were to step down from Apple, it wouldn't have a material impact on customers' buying intentions, according to a new survey from RBC Capital Markets and ChangeWave, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The companies recently conducted a survey of 3,091 respondents between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, asking them about a hypothetical scenario in which Jobs might depart Apple. Of those surveyed, 93% said they would likely continue buying Apple's products or wouldn't actively change their purchasing decisions if the company's co-founder weren't running the show.

The latest results are a change from June 2008, when a previous survey found that 18% of respondents said they would be less likely to buy Apple products if Jobs weren't with the company. Analyst Mike Abramsky said the results show that Apple may be bigger than its CEO,...

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Feb 23
Apple announces special event on March 2

Apple has sent out media invitations to a special event scheduled for next Wednesday, March 2. The tagline on the invitation: "Come see what 2011 will be the year of."

With the corner of an iPad peeking out from behind the date on the invite, it's pretty safe to assume the iPad 2 will be revealed. The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10 am (Pacific).


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Feb 23
Study: by 2014 Apple's iPad business will be worth over $17...

By 2014 Apple's iPad business will be worth over US$17 billion, according to a new study by Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com).

By way of comparison, the worldwide smartphone market will be worth $ 65 billion by 2014 while the portable market will be worth $195 billion, according to the research group. Worldwide shipments of dedicated eReaders -- products like Sony's eReader and the Amazon Kindle -- will reach 7.2 million units in 2014, down from a high of 10.4 million units in 2012.

Meanwhile, worldwide shipments of media tablets will soar from 7.1 million units in 2010 to over 64 million units in 2014, according to Research and Markets.

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Feb 23
Quark announces QuarkXPress 9


Quark has announced QuarkXPress 9, the newest version of QuarkXPress, which will allow designers to publish directly to digital devices and increase their productivity with new features for design automation.

The new version gives designers the power to design for and publish to digital devices in a variety of formats, while also offering them even more control over the execution of their creative visions, according to the folks at Quark. QuarkXPress 9 sets a precedent for digital publishing by offering designers a flexible and cost-effective array of options for creating content that can be published to digital devices -- e-readers, smartphones, and tablets -- with one tool, and without programming code, they add.

With App Studio for QuarkXPress, designers will have a dedicated design environment within QuarkXPress 9 for creating content for the iPad. Designers will be able to create customized apps for the iPad, distribute their apps through the Apple App Store,...

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Feb 23
Apple tops product placement chart for 2010

Apple sat atop the product placement charts for 2010 after getting Macs, iPads, iPods and other items featured in 30% of the top movies at the U.S. box office in 2010, reports Brandchannel (http://www.brandchannel.com).

Nike, Chevrolet and Ford tied for second place, each appearing in 24% of the top films. Sony, Dell, Land Rover, and Glock appeared in at least 15% of the #1 films. 

Apple-branded products appeared in more than one-third of all number one films at the US box office between 2001 to 2010 (making 112 of the 334 #1 films in America since 2001). That is second only to Ford (144 of 334) and well ahead of third place Coca-Cola (96 of 334).

In fact, Apple products appeared in more top films in the last decade than McDonald's and Nike combined (92). Pretty impressive, considering that fewer than 15% of American computer-owning households have an Apple. (That figure, by the way,...

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Feb 23
Apple slices minimum buy-in for iAd in half

When Apple debuted its iAd service it required a minimum investment of US$1 million from advertisers. Now with the first run of iAd campaigns ended, Apple is lowering its minimum spend to appeal to smaller-scale advertisers that originally couldn’t afford the platform, according to "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/ILBgW).

The new entry point is $500,000. “This new minimum buy is a great step forward and a necessary one, I think,” Mark Read, CEO of WPP Digital, the digital arm of global ad giant WPP, told John Paczkowski of "All Things D." “Lowering the minimum buy to $500,000 from $1 million will certainly make the platform more appealing.”

iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. He says that iAds, which are built into iOS 4, allow users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video,...

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Feb 23
Elan will continue its lawsuit against Apple

Another day, another lawsuit. Or at least a continuation of one. Elan Microelectronics plans to continue its patent lawsuit against Apple over multitouch technology and says a reported US$100 million settlement proposal from Apple was untrue, reports the IDG News Service (http://macte.ch/8Gpfa).

In March 2010 the Taiwanese maker of chips and touch-screens asked the U.S. trade agency to ban the import and sale of some Apple products, including the iPad, because of alleged patent infringement. The company claims Apple “knowingly and deliberately” used Elan’s technology, while continuing to introduce infringing products The petition also seeks to ban imports of the iPhone and iPod touch products, Elan said in the complaint.

Elan sued Apple in April 2009 , alleging infringement of two of its touch screen patents, The lawsuit alleges that Apple products -- including its MacBook, iPhone and iPod touch -- use...

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Feb 23
Analyst: Apple earnings will grow 25-30% per year

Apple's earnings will grow 25-30% per year through 2015 thanks mainly to the iPhone's addressable subscriber base, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients in a note today -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/KnfI8).

He thinks most folks are underestimating the company's opportunity to grow its mobile business over the next five years. Munster expects the iPhone, which represents 39% of Apple's revenues today, to at least keep pace with the smartphone's current growth rate of 35% per year and sell 200 million units in 2015. That implies that more than 40% of Apple's revenue stream will grow at the rate of 35% per year from 2013 to 2015.

The analyst expects the iPad to grow faster than the iPhone, and the Mac and iPod to grow more slowly. "The net is we believe a sustainable 25-30% growth rate in earnings could be achievable through 2015," he told clients.

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Feb 23
Major overhaul of Final Cut Pro coming this spring?

A group of video editors were on the Apple campus in Cupertino, California, recently in order to preview the new version of Final Cut Pro, reports "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/L99tT), quoting unnamed sources.

Purportedly, the next version of the professional video editing software will be “the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago." One of the "TechCrunch" sources described the new release as encompassing everything from low level architectural changes to a complete redesign of the user interface.

Early reports from people who have demo’d the new Final Cut Pro say that the changes are “dramatic and ambitious” and should alleviate concerns that Apple has shifted its video editing focus from the professional to the consumer space, shutting down work on FCP, adds "TechCrunch."

Apple plans on releasing the new product this spring, perhaps in a...

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Feb 23
Apple planning Joint Venture retail service?

The "Boy Genius Report" site is reporting (http://macte.ch/VObNm) that Apple is planning a new, retail-based service being called Joint Venture. First rumored back in March of last year, Joint Venture is an extension of Apple’s current Genius Bar services aimed at small businesses and prosumers, says "BGR."

Subscribers of the new service will be able to speak with a store-based Apple technician over the phone for one-on-one consultation and troubleshooting, or they can request an on-site visit, the article addsd. Currently, Apple’s Geniuses are not allowed to provide support remotely via the phone or in-person outside of Apple’s retail locations.

"BGR" says an unnamed source has confirmed that Apple will reveal these plans to retail employees this Sunday, explaining how to properly position, explain, and sell the new offering.

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Feb 23
FileMaker Developer Conference 2011 features over 60 sessions

FileMaker, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced schedule highlights for the FileMaker Developer Conference 2011, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate database developers, trainers and users. It will be held Aug. 2-5, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego.

Attendees will save up to US$300 off the full conference registration price, paying $1,295 (or US$1,949 for the Gold Conference registration package, which includes pre-conference and FileMaker Training Series sessions, as well as the FileMaker Developer Conference), by taking advantage of the limited-time “early bird” discount, available until June 17. Attendees will receive complimentary copies of FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced and FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPad.

Conference goers will learn how to build more professional databases, extend solutions to the web and deploy custom solutions for the iPhone and iPad. In addition to increasing their...

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Feb 23
New desktop audio player delivers hi-res playback

Audiofile Engineering has launched Fidelia (http://audiofile-engineering.com/fidelia/), an US$19.99 "premium desktop music player" created exclusively for Mac OS X and designed to offer "rich high-fidelity playback for music lovers of any taste or technical background."

It has support for numerous high-resolution file formats and an interface that honors the classic stereo amplifiers of decades past. Also, Fidelia integrates with users' existing iTunes libraries, says Matthew Foust, founding partner of Audiofile Engineering.

"Just as high-definition video technology has changed the way people experience movies and television, high-resolution audio formats like FLAC and Apple Lossless give consumers access to superior levels of sound quality," he adds. "Fidelia is designed as an elegant, approachable way for casual and studious listeners alike to embrace these...

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Feb 23
iBike Dash released for iPhone, iPod touch

Velocomp (http://www.iBikeDash.com), a sports technology company and creator of the iBike line of power meters, has announced the iBike Dash CC (Cycling Computer), a light-weight wireless bicycle computer system that turns any iPhone or iPod touch into your own personal fitness trainer. 

Priced starting at US$199, the iBike Dash CC includes a free app for the iOS devices. The app features customizable tools, from simple speedometers to work-out programs. The app is displayed on the iPhone or iPod touch screen with high-resolution color graphics and animation.
 
Intelligent biking is all about sustaining your energy, so that you have more than enough left for the last few miles. The iBike Dash CC tells you how hard is too hard. Riding within your boundaries is critical for safe training, and with the iBike Dash CC’s “HR Pacing Meter,” you can see at a glance whether your heart rate in the...

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Feb 23
V-MODA unveils customized headphones

V-MODA has unveiled Crossfade Customs, a personalization option for its over-ear headphone, the Crossfade LP. In honor of its five year anniversary of launching fashion metal headphones in color, the company will offer this service, previously only available to celebrities, to everybody.

To kick off the program, V-MODA customers can choose from six plate color options, four unique engraved designs with custom text on a choice of four base frames. Initial designs include a numbered jersey, crown, skull snake, and vinyl immortal angel logo. Colors available for the metal Crossfade LP plates are gold, black, gunmetal, pink, purple and red. The custom headphones will arrive ready-to-wear according to the buyer’s specifications.

The Crossfade LP features a patented 50mm dual-diaphragm driver, BLISS noise isolation, memory foam ear-cushions, metal memory headband and signature "V-ANGLE" design. Each pair includes an exoskeleton hard case, soft cleaning cloth, 24K gold plugs...

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Feb 23
Southwest Airlines teaming up with iTunes (sorta)

Southwest Airlines has launched InAirtainment as a website that sells music, TV shows and movies through Apple's iTunes Store, reports "Variety" (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118032639).

Southwest said it receives a small percentage of the sales generated by each download. Apple's iTunes Affiliates program typically pays a 5% commission for revenue generated by links to the iTunes store from websites and emails. Southwest's site launched by offering a playlist of 20 free songs from artists "about to fly" in their music careers, says "Variety."

"We want our customers to be able to find all their travel needs at Southwest.com and a big part of traveling is loading up on songs, movies, and all the television you've missed during the week," Southwest spokesperson Whitney Eichinger told "Variety." "Our new InAirtainment page allows customers an easy in to...

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Feb 23
Freshcode releases Bodega 1.4 with enhanced app updating

Freshcode, a Macintosh publisher and developer, has released Bodega 1.4, an update to its Mac software discovery and download application.

Bodega provides "corner store" access to the latest apps for the Macintosh directly from the Mac desktop. Version 1.4 includes an enhanced app updater feature, along with across-the-board feature and performance enhancements.

The Bodega app updater actually looks for and provides updates for all apps installed on the user's hard drive. It doesn't matter whether applications were downloaded from, or purchased through, Bodega; so long as the applications on the user's hard drive are Sparkle-enhanced, Bodega will keep on eye out for updates issued by the developer. When found, Bodega lets the user know an update exists, and will even download and install it for them.

Bodega requires Mac OS X 10.5 or greater. The Bodega 1.4 update is free to all Bodega users and available via Bodega's "Check for Updates" feature. For complete...

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Feb 23
ForeUI for Mac OS X updated to version 2.67

Easynth has released version 2.67 of its ForeUI prototyping tool (http://www.foreui.com/). The upgrade allows you to add a comment on any entity in the action editor.

ForeUI is a tool to create static or interactive prototypes for websites/software in your mind. Your prototype will be skinnable, and you can change its style from "hand drawing" to "wire frame," 
and to native OS styles. The behavior of prototypes can be defined with flow charts to handle specific events.

The prototype can be exported to wireframe images, PDF documents or DHTML simulation. The created prototypes will be useful for idea sharing, design review, feedback collection or usability testing etc.

ForeUI requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. The cost is US$99 per user for a lifetime usage license.

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Feb 23
File Multi-Tool 5 hits the Mac App Store

Publicspace.net has announced that File Multi Tool 5, a Mac App Store exclusive version of its A Better Finder Attributes product, is now available.

File Multi Tool 5 is a file tweaking tool for Mac OS X. It combines the features of "Photo Date Changer" and "File Date Changer 5" and adds a few tricks of its own.

Just like Photo Date Changer, File Multi Tool 5 allows you to manipulate JPEG EXIF timestamps at will by setting them to specific times or batch adjusting them by adding and removing time. It also allows you to synchronize the file creation and modification dates with the shooting dates of JPEG EXIF, as well as a wide variety of RAW formats, so that files sort properly in the Finder and other systems.

Just like File Date Changer 5, File Multi Tool 5 gives you total control over file creation and modification dates, setting them to specific times and dates, adding or removing time or simply removing them altogether. File Multi Tool 5 is available...

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Feb 23
TextExpander update adds new HTML/CSS snippet group

SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.2.4. The update adds a new HTML/CSS predefined snippet group that takes advantage of the fill-in snippet format, which handles input of multiple variables.

When one of the new HTML/CSS fill-in snippets is triggered, the user can manually enter the attributes of HTML tags and CSS definitions, such as width, height, and URL. Fill-in snippets were first introduced in TextExpander 3.

The regular cost of TextExpander is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.x from earlier versions costs $15.
Version 3.2.4 is a free update for registered users of...

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Feb 23
Sick Chinese workers ask Apple for help

Chinese workers injured while making touchscreens for mobile devices, including iPhones, have written to Apple asking it to do more to help them, reports the BBC (http://macte.ch/Ka0io).

Some 137 workers suffered adverse health effects following exposure to a chemical, known as n-hexane. They claim that the Taiwanese factory owner has not given them enough compensation. Apple has commented on the matter.

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Feb 22
Intel to debut Light Peak on Thursday?

Intel plans to roll out Light Peak, a high-speed connection technology that Apple is also likely to adopt, says "CNET" (http://macte.ch/iP2Uy), quoting an unnamed "industry source familiar with the details of the event."

Intel released a statement to the media today saying that on Thursday in San Francisco it will "host a...press briefing to discuss a new technology that is about to appear on the market." "Maybe not coincidentally, Apple is expected to roll out new MacBook Pros -- and possibly other products -- on Thursday, notes "CNET."

Intel has said in the past that the first products using Light Peak should appear in the first half of 2011. When Intel initially demonstrated Light Peak at its developer conference in 2009 it used a machine running Apple's Mac OS X.

Light Peak paves the way for a new generation of extreme computer input and output (I/O) performance, delivering 10Gb/s of...

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Feb 22
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 22

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

Nagaraja Rivers has announced Speak Shan 1.0, an iPhone app for learning the Shan Language. It's a $1.99 talking phrasebook and vocabulary builder containing over 400 words and phrases with audio playback recorded by a native Shan speaker. Shan is spoken by over three million people in Shan State of Burma, northern Thailand, and southern China. It's very closely related to the Thai and Lao languages.

Fotopedia has released Memory of Colors, presenting the amazing colors of humankind’s last treasures. The new app for the iPad and iPhone takes viewers "on a photographic journey through disappearing cultures around the world and shares a message of peace, tolerance, and respect." Fotopedia Memory of Colors is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch....

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Feb 22
MacTech Labs releases study of top games under virtualization

MacTech Labs, part of "MacTech Magazine" (http://www.mactech.com), has released its latest testing results of its study of gaming under virtualization.

MacTech's goal was to see how well Windows games played under Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac, and give customers advance information on what the experience they can expect. MacTech has released the results including video captures of each game, playability scores, and frames per second.

Testing specifically focused on how well the game performed and playability, rather than an evaluation of each game itself. Games were selected based on whether they were Windows-only, their popularity, and rankings from top gaming sites, and are a good representation of the questions MacTech receives about Windows gaming on the Mac. The tests were performed on MacBook Pros running Windows 7.

"MacTech Labs has been doing product evaluations and testing for more...

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Feb 22
Apple makes list of world's most innovative companies

"Technology Review" has announced the 2011 TR50, the second annual list of the world’s most innovative technology companies. Not surprisingly, Apple is on the list.

In selecting the TR50, the editors of "Technology Review" look for companies that are setting the agenda in an increasingly important market, on the verge of disrupting an established market, or creating an entirely new market. Spanning energy, computing, the Web, biomedicine, and materials, the companies on the list are using their inventions to reshape their industries and to transform how we live.

“The TR50 companies are leaders,” says Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of "Technology Review." “They are setting the agenda in their markets and prompting other companies to follow them.”

"Technology Review" says the rest of the consumer electronics industry is scrambling to catch up to the iPad and that the iPhone still sets the standard for smart phones, even if its market share slips. The...

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