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Oct 07
Apple to settle alleged stock-option backdating lawsuit

Apple has agreed to settle a securities class-action lawsuit related to alleged stock-option backdating for US$16.5 million, the New York City Employees’ Retirement System said Wednesday -- as reported by "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-settles-backdating-suit-with-nyce...).

NYCERS initially filed suit as lead plaintiff against Apple almost four years ago, alleging that the consumer-electronics maker improperly backdated stock options for employees between 2001 and 2006. In a statement Wednesday, New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo said the settlement with Apple includes $14 million to be distributed to shareholders, “along with the establishment of key corporate-governance reforms at the company.”

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Oct 07
Autodesk expands SketchBook product line

Autodesk has announced a series of updates that provide a new look and feel to the Autodesk SketchBook product line, spanning both the desktop and apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

“The latest releases mark an important step forward, offering a complete suite of sketching and illustration products that address a more complete spectrum of form factors and capabilities," says Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president of the Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk.

Autodesk SketchBook Pro 2011 sports a new user interface and toolbar designed to provide more intuitive access to key SketchBook Pro tools, together with enhanced brushes that enable users to more easily switch between drawing modes for lines, rectangles, circles, along with more extensive customization.

Autodesk SketchBook Designer 2011 illustration software joins the SketchBook product line. Formerly known as Autodesk Alias Sketch, Autodesk SketchBook Designer provides professional designers...

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Oct 07
Report: flood of iOS, Android devices revolutionizing enterprise...

Good Technology, which specializes in multiplatform enterprise mobility, has released its first quarterly data report detailing how the rapid adoption of Apple's iOS and Google's Android devices is revolutionizing enterprise mobility marked by a fundamental shift to device choice, multiplatform support, and the rapid adoption of tablets.

The "Good Technology Device Activation Report for 3rd Quarter 2010," based on data aggregated from thousands of Good's enterprise customers, illustrates this fundamental shift in the mobility industry.

"It's an exciting time in the industry," says John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Good Technology. "More than ever, consumers are strongly influencing IT decision makers based on their personal mobility choices.  The adoption of Good's by thousands of enterprise to secure and manage these new platforms gives us unique insight into the devices and platforms that enterprise end users are choosing and with our...

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Oct 07
ZooGue releases version 2 of ZooGue iPad Kase

ZooGue (http://www.Zoogue.com) has announced version 2 of their ZooGue iPad Kase for the Apple tablet. Inventor Tim Angel says the new version -- due to ship in mid-October -- boasts the same functionality as its predecessor but uses even better quality materials.

As a fully adjustable iPad case, the ZooGue Kase V2 also features a wider charger port cutout, now 1.5 inches long, to accommodate camera accessories. The shorter lip over the screen and special Velcro design is sharp and practical for all users, says Angel.

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Oct 07
Western Digital rolls out new home network drive

Western Digital has introduced its MyBook Live home network drive, which gives users storage of and access to their content among consumer-grade network drives and provides a set-up for centralizing a home's digital media.

The drives present a way to consolidate movies, music, and photos in one location while providing access to digital content from multimedia devices in the connected home. My Book Live home network drive's built-in media server works with any Mac or PC connected to the home network and allows you to stream digital media to a television set through a DLNA-certified multimedia device such as WD TV Live Plus HD media player, Blu-ray Disc player, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 game console. Users can also play music and videos stored on their drive in iTUnes as well as view their digital photos on their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with the swipe of a finger through the included WD Photos app.

Users can also access and share all the content and files stored...

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Oct 07
'YML' looks at 'what Steve Jobs learned'

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the "Road to Macca" and "What Steve Jobs learned." Also, "IRC Babe Sly" will have her announcements and announce the "Web Site of the Week."

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Oct 07
SerialMailer for Mac OS X updated to version 7.1

Falkon Ware (http://www.falkonware.com) has updated its SerialMailer bulk email app for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 7.1. The upgrade shows personalized subject and attachments on the preview screen.

The software helps with sending mass communications to large groups like customers, students, employees, family or friends. The full version of SerialMailer costs US$34.95. The update to version 7.1 is free for everyone who registered an older version of SerialMailer after April 1, 2010. Otherwise it costs $14.95.

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Oct 07
Vitamin-R offers Noise Machine integration

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.31 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version offers integration with Publicspace's new Noise Machine product, which is free for registered Vitamin-R users.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType...

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Oct 07
Kingston increases microSDHC Card to 32GB

Kingston Digital (http://www.kingston.com), the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, will ship its first 32GB microSDHC Class 4 card on Monday, Oct. 11, at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$153.

Kingston's 32GB microSDHC card is capable of storing nearly 29,000 photos, over 6,000 songs and more than 2,000 minutes of video, says Mike Kuppinger, Flash card product manager, Kingston. Mobility and versatility are taken a step further as the card is available with a variety of adapters including SD and miniSD, allowing one card to be used in several devices, he adds. Kingston also ships the 32GB microSDHC card with a small USB reader for convenient data transfers.

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Oct 07
GraphicConverter update improves 1080p scaling

Lemke Software has updated Graphic Converter (http://www.lemkesoft.com/index.html), an image editing tool for Mac OS X, to version 7.0.1. The new version lets you scale to 1080p with and without a border added. Also, Japanese localization has been added.

GraphicConverter converts pictures to different formats and has tools for picture manipulation. With it you can import about 200 graphic file formats and export approximately 80 graphic file formats. It's a Universal Binary product, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

GraphicConverter costs US$39. Site licenses are also available. It requires Mac OS 10.5 or later. Version 7.0.1 is a free update for registered users of version 7.x.


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Oct 07
Mailplane for Mac OS X flies to version 2.2.1

Uncomplex gmbh has released Mailplane 2.2.1 (http://mailplaneapp.com), a new version of the Google Mail client for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds support for two-factor Gmail authentication.

Acting as a site specific web browser for Google's Gmail, Mailplane is a full fledged Mail client for the Desktop. It integrates the Gmail web interface into the Mac experience. It supports multiple Gmail and Google Apps accounts and lets you switch between accounts without the need to sign in/sign out from the Gmail accounts.

With iLife integration, you can browse and attach files from your iPhoto and iTunes libraries. Downloads can be directly imported into iPhoto as well. The integrated screenshot tool lets you take and attach a window, screen or region.

You can drag and drop files and images on the dock application icon, or any Mailplane window to create and upload attachments. With automatic photo...

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Oct 07
YummySoup for Mac OS X heats up to version 2.0.7

HungrySeacow Software has updated YummySoup (http://www.hungryseacow.com), its recipe management software for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.7. You can now drag and drop images from the image boxes right into your directions. There's also a new Command-Up and Command-Down to create ingredients in the recipe editor.

YummySoup! 2.0.7 sells for US$30, but version 1.x owners can upgrade for $10. Version 2.0.7 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. A 15-day demo is available at the HungrySeacow Software web site.

YummySoup is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Oct 06
Judge gives Apple time to dispute patent infringement ruling

A federal judge has postponed his final ruling in the patent infringement lawsuit a Yale professor won against Apple, giving the company more time to dispute an US$625 million penalty, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9189699/Judge_gives_Apple_tempora...).

In an order issued Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Davis spelled out a schedule that gives Apple and Mirror Worlds until the end of November to submit additional post-trial arguments. Apple is challenging a jury verdict in which the computer maker was ordered to pay as much as US$625.5 million to a company called Mirror Worlds for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed digitally.

Apple was ordered by a...

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Oct 06
Analyst: next gen iPad launching soon

In an Oct. 6 research note to clients -- as reported by "Forbes" (http://blogs.forbes.com/elizabethwoyke/2010/10/06/analyst-sees-45-millio...), Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White says that Apple is developing a smaller version of the iPad and suggests that sales numbers of the original iPad could reach 45 million in 2011.

Those estimates are higher than those of other analysts. Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster recently predicted that Apple would ship 21 million units of the iPad in 2011. Apple hasn't revealed sales figures since late June, when it announced that it had sold more than three million iPads during the device’s first 80 days of availability. It is expected to give an update when it reports earnings on Oct...

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Oct 06
Energizer releases rechargeable iPhone 4 case

Energizer (http://www.chargeyouriphone.com) has introduced the AP1201 for iPhone 4. This rechargeable case with built-in battery purportedly supplies nearly twice the power of the iPhone, while offering protection that you never need to remove.

The AP1201 has “smart” battery technology that auto senses the iPhone 4 battery power status that's indicated through “hidden” LED’s on the back of the case. For power management, two charging options provide either high speed quick charge direct to the iPhone 4, or get simultaneous pass-through charging of the iPhone and AP1201 case. The AP1201 is rechargeable up to 500x and comes with a USB charging cable.

The AP1201 is a one piece case, manufactured with form-fitting recycled silicone rubber that's durable, extremely thin and lightweight, says Jim Olsen, vice president of marketing for Energizer North America. The low profile case is silky...

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Oct 06
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 6

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/).

Tapmates has announced Dribbblr 1.0 for iPad, a tool for viewing Dribbble anywhere. It allows you to browse the latest work of famous designers worldwide and never miss a shot again. You don't need to have an Dribbble account to use Dribbblr but if you provide a username, the app will show you latest shots by designers you follow. Dribbblr 1.0 is free with the option to turn off ads for US$2.99.

A new iPhone/iPod touch/iPad app offering a comparison of 400 of the top universities in the world has now been released on the Apple App Store. The official app for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010/2011 ($4.99) gives students, parents and academics an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of each university, and a chance to...

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Oct 06
'WSJ' says Verizon-compatible iPhone to be mass...

"The Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870373580457553619164934757...), citing "people briefed by Apple," says Apple will begin mass producing a new iPhone before the end of 2010 that will allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year.

The new iPhone would be similar in design to the iPhone 4 currently sold by AT&T but would be based on an alternative wireless technology called CDMA used by Verizon, these people said. Current iPhones only work on GSM networks, including that of the iPhone's exclusive U.S. carrier, AT&T Inc.

If it actually happened, this would be the first time Apple has produced a version of the iPhone for a CDMA wireless network, which is different from AT&T's GSM technology. In cellular service...

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Oct 06
Motorola sues Apple for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. Motorola says its subsidiary, Motorola Mobility, has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and certain Mac computers infringe Motorola patents. Motorola Mobility also filed patent infringement complaints against Apple in the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Florida.

Overall, Motorola Mobility's three complaints include 18 patents, which the company says relates to early-stage innovations developed by Motorola in technology areas found on many of Apple's core products and associated services, including MobileMe and the Apple App Store. The Motorola patents include wireless communication technologies, such as WCDMA (3G), GPRS, 802.11 and antenna design, and key smartphone technologies including wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services and multi-device synchronization.

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Oct 06
Logitech announces Google TV accessories

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has worked with Google on a line of products for the upcoming Google TV. The company has unveiled Logitech Revue with Google TV, a compact, plug-and-play companion box with its Logitech Keyboard Controller, which together provide control over the Google TV experience and home-entertainment devices.

The company’s portfolio of products for Google TV also includes the Logitech TV Cam and Vid HD service for HD video calling from the comfort of one’s sofa. In addition, Logitech is offering the Logitech Mini Controller for Logitech Revue as well as other applications designed for the Google TV platform.

With a broadband Internet connection available, connecting the Logitech Revue to your home entertainment system is easy, says Gerald Quindlen, Logitech president and chief executive officer. Use the included HDMI cable to connect the Logitech Revue to the port on your...

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Oct 06
Mariner Software serves up MacGourmet 3.0

Mariner Software has updated MacGourmet Deluxe (http://macgourmet.com/), its recipe and cooking software for Mac OS X, to version 3.0. The new version offers an entirely reworked user interface, as well as significant feature additions and updates which include an all new Recipe Import Assistant, Chef View and Shopping List functionality.

MacGourmet Deluxe 3.0 combines recipe and wine collection with simplified organization. Users will be able to create, edit and share recipes; make wine and cooking notes, and with the new Recipe Import Assistant, import recipes found on the web and expand their collection.

Recipes can be published to a MobileMe account or to a personal Web site and are now easily organized with steps enabling the user to add images, labels and highlighting. The latest version of MacGourmet Deluxe includes 150 hand-picked recipes that can be added to an existing collection, printed or...

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Oct 06
Macsimum Poll: are you happy with the Apple TV features?

Recently, Apple released a new Apple TV In this week's poll, we want to know if you're happy with its features. The poll can be found at the right hand side of our home page, below the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked which of the new iPods you planned on buying. Forty-five percent of you said none of them, 35% said the new iPod touch, 25% percent said the new iPod nano, 4% said the (unchanged) iPod classic, and 1% said the new iPod shuffle.

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Oct 06
ComScore: iPhone has 24.2% of US smartphone market

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), which measures the digital world, has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending in August.

The report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms in the U.S. according to their share of current mobile subscribers ages 13 and older, and reviewed the most popular activities and content accessed via the subscriber's primary mobile phone. The August report found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 23.6% market share, while RIM led among smartphone platforms with 37.6% market share.

For the three month average period ending in August, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 23.6% of U.S. mobile...

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Oct 06
Why aren't Americans recycling their old gadgets?

By Andrew Eisner

It seems like every time you turn around a new and better smartphone or HDTV set goes on sale. That's great for consumers who are eager to upgrade to the latest gadgets but it's maybe not so good for the environment.

The bad news is 60% of Americans are not recycling their old gadgets. The good news is that resellers and manufacturers are rising to the occasion and implementing their own recycling services. In this Gadget Census report we look at how consumers across the country are being green with gadgets and what is being done to help manage the growing number of devices that are turning into e-waste every day.

Based on a 2008 EPA report, we calculate that by the end of 2010 there will be so much e-waste accumulated (since the year 2000), it could cover the island of Manhattan in old electronics three feet deep. Factoring in data from this same EPA report, we project by the year 2020 there will be so many old, unused, or...

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Oct 06
Apple developing new form factors for iPhones?

Apple is currently working to expand the iPhone line, and may offer larger and smaller models as soon as early 2011, Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu has told clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

He said his checks with sources in Apple's overseas supply chain have indicated that the company is working on new iPhone models with both larger and smaller touchscreens. Wu thinks the products could launch in 2011, and on new carriers other than the currently exclusive AT&T.

"Our sources believe these likely represent new high-end and low-end iPhone models to complement its current iPhone 4," Wu told investors. "One possibility we are picking up is a "mini" or "nano" iPhone with a smaller candybar form factor leveraging technology in its new mini touchscreen iPod nano."

The analysts thinks the new phones could become available on U.S. carriers other...

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Oct 06
Analyst: Apple TVs selling out at retail stores

JMP Research analyst Alex Gauna is telling clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/10/06/nice-hobby-apple-tv-...) -- that the new Apple TV is selling out in many of Apples U.S. retail stores. He says his checks find that “the new Apple TV product has continued to sell out in Apple stores across the nation after its launch last week.”

“We were not particularly surprised when we couldn’t get our hands on the Apple TV over this past introductory weekend in San Francisco, but when the scarcity persisted into this week it got us to checking and we subsequently learned that stores across the nation were selling out of their inventory on the same day as receipt in Boston, Chicago, New York and...

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