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Sep 22
Aqua Connect announces over 60 features in Mac Terminal Server

Aqua Connect (http://www.aquaconnect.net) has announced support for over 60 features and options in their Mac terminal services solution. The Aqua Connect Terminal Server supports the latest Mac OS X features such as Core Animation and Core Image, along with greater compatibility with Apple’s Workgroup Manager.

Aqua Connect Terminal Server can now utilize more of the functionality of Apple’s Workgroup Manager, including the ability to create a Simple Finder in Mac OS X. A Simple Finder will allow administrators to deliver single or specific applications to users while also disabling the other functions of the desktop. Simple Finder is the easiest way for administrators to present application virtualization in OS X terminal services, says Renee Mehrian, executive vice president of Aqua Connect.

The Aqua Connect Administrator Tool was developed to complement Workgroup Manager’s features. The...

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Sep 22
Kensington introduces KeyFolio, Folio cases for the iPad

Kensington (http://www.kensington.com) has introduced the KeyFolio Bluetooth Keyboard and Case and Folio cases for the iPad. The former (which costs US$99.99) not only protects your iPad when on the road but also provides a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and hands-free stand when you reach your destination.

The rubberized keys were specially designed to cushion your iPad screen from bumps and scratches when the folio is closed. It has a synthetic leather cover and provides full access to all iPad controls and 30-pin connector. The rubberized keys are spill-proof, and the Bluetooth keyboard delivers wireless operation and includes iPad specific keys.

The $39.99 Kensington Folio Case protects your iPad in style while also providing a hands-free stand. It has a padded interior, synthetic leather cover and provides full access to all iPad controls and 30-pin connector.

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Sep 22
Ableton introduces Amp for Ableton Live 8 users

Amp (http://www.ableton.com/amp) is a new Ableton 8 audio effect designed to add warmth and drive. Co-developed with Softube, Amp delivers the sound and simplicity of legendary amplifiers and cabinets, according to the folks at Ableton.

Amp comes with Cabinet, a separate effect that provides a selection of classic guitar cabs, with optimized mics and mic positioning. Ableton has also included a range of sounds that transform Ableton’s instruments and effects with Amp’s new sonic character. These include Instrument and Effect Racks, Live Clips and over 400 presets.

Amp is included with Ableton Suite 8 and is available separately for US$129 from the Ableton web shop. Live 8 users can also take advantage of a free collection of new Instrument and Audio Effect Racks that use Amp's technology when they download the latest Live update, 8.2.

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Sep 22
Analyst: Apple revving up for Verizon compatible, CDMA iPhones

Analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro with Susquehanna Financial Group said in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that Apple is expected to build its first three million Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhones in December. If true, this underscores rumors that Apple is eyeing an early 2011 launch for a Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhone.

Quoting "contacts in the company's overseas supply chain," Fidacaro adds that the device is on track for an early 2011 launch. The analyst puts total GSM and CDMA iPhone production for the quarter at between 21 and 22 million.

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 there are two main competing network technologies: Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Code Division...

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Sep 22
Over one million iPhones sold in South Korea

Sales of the iPhone passed one million within about nine months of its debut in South Korea, reports "Yonhap News" (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/techscience/2010/09/19/8/0601000000AEN20...). KT Corp., the local carrier for the iPhone, said that 1.02 million iPhones were activated as of Aug. 16.

Furthermore, KT says it expects iPhone sales to reach 1.2 million in early October. The company received 350,000 advanced orders for the iPhone 4, the latest model from Apple, which arrived in the country Sept. 10.

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Sep 22
DEVONthink products ready for upcoming iPhone/iPad app


DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devon-technologies.com) has updated all editions of its information manager, DEVONthink, and its note-taking application, DEVONnote, to version 2.0.4.

The new releases of DEVONthink and DEVONnote have been prepared to work with the upcoming DEVONthink To Go for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as with DEVONagent 2.5. DEVONthink To Go lets users take their data with them on their device and add new documents on the go.

In addition, DEVONthink Pro Office 2.0.4 comes with a new "Import, OCR, and delet"' folder action for easy integration of e.g. network scanners, improves the reliability of the built-in text recognition, and improves the integration with DEVONagent 2.5, which is about to be released later this year.

DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office 2.0.4 allow the user to add reminders for documents to Hog Bay Software's Task Paper and...

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Sep 22
GEAR4 announces new AlarmDock Reveal for the iPod, iPhone

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com) has announced the US$69 AlarmDock Reveal alarm clock radio for iPod and iPhone. Available for purchase in the U.S. by Oct. 1, the compact device provides an alarm clock, an FM radio and a way to charge your iPod or iPhone.
 
AlarmDock Reveal features a 12 or 24-hour clock with a dimmable LCD display. The alarm can be set to wake up by buzzer, radio or your personal music library on your iPod/iPhone.When you can't roll out of bed, AlarmDock Reveal's entire top panel is the snooze control, eliminating the need to hunt for the snooze button to sleep in.

The AlarmDock Reveal is a small footprint product with a grille cloth that wraps around the whole device. The cloth curves away from the top edge to reveal a gloss black face, and the clock LCD shines through from behind.

The FM radio featured on AlarmDock Reveal has five programmable preset options and the iPod/iPhone...

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Sep 22
AirWatch Mobile Device Management 5.12 available for iOS 4.x...

AirWatch (http://www.air‐watch.com), a provider of enterprise-grade Mobile Device Management (MDM) software, today has announced the commercial availability of AirWatch 5.12. This new version of the AirWatch solution includes mobile device management capabilities for iPhone and iPod touch devices using iOS 4.

It's available in three delivery options: Software as a Service (US$2 per device per month), a dedicated software appliance ($30 per device) and software deployed on premise behind a corporate firewall (with pricing starting at $4,995). Delivery options allow for flexibility to transition easily across the different models.

According to AirWatch CEO John Marshall, iOS 4’s expanded enterprise integration technologies, coupled with the AirWatch MDM solution, let organizations deploy and manage both corporate- and employee-liable iPhone and iPod touch iOS4 devices; protect sensitive corporate data; secure access to enterprise resources; monitor compliance with...

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Sep 22
'MacVoices' talks with 'The Mac Mommy'

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Melissa Davis, aka "The Mac Mommy," and co-host of "Moms Gone Geek," talks about her tech background, including time served in the educational technology space, and why she does and doesn't consider herself a "mommy blogger."

Engaged in something of a social experiment with herself and her family at the center, Davis talks issues of privacy, the costs and benefits of a public persona, and her first troll encounter. She compares online tech community with more traditional social models, reveals a surprising source of inspiration, and outlines the many different types of information that can be found on her blog.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple...

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Sep 22
FileMaker Go for the iPhone, iPad lets you create PDFs, email...

FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced version 1.1 of FileMaker Go for iPhone and FileMaker Go for iPad, the apps that let users work with FileMaker Pro databases on iPhone or iPad.

These updates are available free from the Apple App Store, and include enhancements for creating PDFs, sharing databases via email, and inserting photos in databases. Users can now produce PDFs directly from FileMaker Go and either save them on their mobile devices or email them. This feature lets mobile users save and distribute reports, create invoices, and share project status directly from their iPad or iPhone.
 
Another enhancement is the ability to save a copy of a complete database and email it directly from FileMaker Go. With this feature, iPhone and iPad users can exchange databases from their devices without needing to dock with a desktop or laptop...

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Sep 22
Trek Support is backpack that powers gadgets

Quirky has released the US$130 Trek Support (http://www.quirky.com/products?utm_medium=release&utm_campaign=treksupport), a community-developed, checkpoint-friendly backpack that powers and protects your laptop and gadgets when you’re on the go. It features a removable battery-powered USB gadget dock, which can charge up to three electronic items at a time.

The Trek Support also has a detachable laptop sleeve at the rear, designed specifically for travelers. Just unzip Trek Support's main compartment, lay the laptop side flat, and place it on the conveyor belt for speedier TSA security checks.

Other features include: a detachable laptop sleeve that fits most 15-inch laptops; a gadget dock with up to seven hours of integrated rechargeable battery life; and specially designed pockets that...

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Sep 22
Nokia releases Qt 4.7

Nokia today released Qt 4.7, the latest version of the cross-platform application and UI (user interface) framework. It's available for download now for all of Qt¹s supported platforms, with upgrades for Nokia and customer solutions expected over the coming months.

A key feature of Qt 4.7 is QML (Qt Meta-Object-Language), a declarative language that describes the interface of a program and how it behaves. The new version also includes performance improvements that make applications and user interfaces run faster and smoother.

An updated Qt SDK is now available for download. It contains Qt 4.7, Qt Creator 2.0.1 and everything developers need to create applications and to re-use the code across the Qt supported platforms. It can be downloaded at http://get.qt.nokia.com .

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Sep 22
EastWest announces Hollywood Strings Gold Edition

EastWest has followed up their Hollywood Strings Diamond Edition virtual instrument with the US$795 Hollywood Strings Gold Edition (http://www.soundsonline.com/hollywood-strings). Designed for film, television, and video game scoring, it provides all of the sounds from the Diamond Edition in 16-bit resolution and includes a single, mid-tree mic position, all articulations with the exception of bow-change legato, and does not include Divisi mics.

The Gold Edition ships on multiple DVDs. It was designed to run on most music creation computer systems, and the system specifications are consistent with most other EastWest/Quantum Leap products.

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Sep 22
PandaWare updates TimeCache, TimeCache Manager

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 8.0.10. The update offers improvements to reports, invoices and analysis charts, and several bug fixes.

In addition, it provides support for several new features in TimeCache Manager, a companion application for workgroups that allows managers to consolidate billing information.

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.

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Sep 21
Adobe reports record revenue

Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) has reported strong financial results for its third quarter fiscal year 2010 that ended Sept. 3.

In the third quarter of fiscal 2010, Adobe achieved record revenue of US$990.3 million, compared to $697.5 million reported for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 and $943.0 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2010. This represents 42% year-over-year revenue growth. Adobe’s third quarter revenue target range was $950 million to $1 billion.

Adobe’s GAAP [Generally Accepted Accounting Principles] diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 were $0.44, based on 523.2 million weighted average shares. This compares with GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.26 reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 based on 531.8 million weighted average shares, and GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.28 reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2010 based on 533.3...

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Sep 21
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 21

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/).

Sulaba has announced Memory Puzzle 1.0, an US$2.99 game for the iPad. It allows you to play three different types of 'Memory Puzzle' games in one application, including Numbers, Colors and Picture Puzzle. Players can also challenge friends by adding multiple users and post their scores on FaceBook or Twitter.

Duck Duck Moose has released Park Math 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The $1.99 app introduces early math concepts to children in pre-school and kindergarten. With seven educational activities, Park Math teaches counting, addition, subtraction, sorting and more as children play with Blue Bear and his friends in a park.

The Bicycle Association of Great Britain has rolled out Bike Hub Cycle Journey planner 1.0, its first iPhone app...

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Sep 21
Apple sues Sanho Corp. for patent infringement

Apple is suing Sanho Corp. for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the California North District Court in San Jose. Among the products named in the suit are Sanho's magnetic power connectors, as well as a MacBook car charger.

Sanho (http://www.hypershop.com) is the company behind the HyperMac line of external batteries for the MacBook, iPod, iPad and iPhone and the HyperDrive portable photo storage device. The company was founded in 2002.

According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), Sanho's products use recycled official MagSafe products made by Apple. Apple's lawsuit also singles out charging and data cables that rely on the 30-pin dock connector compatible with the iPod, iPhone and iPad ecosystem of devices, the article says.

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Sep 21
Apple pulls in 39% of handset industry's profits

Michael Walkley of the Canaccord Genuity group says Apple 17 million mobile handsets in the first half of 2010, compared with 400 million handsets sold by Nokia, Samsung and LG.

Yet he told clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/09/21/pie-chart-apples-outrageous-share...) -- Apple pulled in 39% of the industry's profit during that period, more than the 32% earned by the world's three largest handset makers combined.

"We are also impressed with Apple's ability to monetize its innovative products through selling high-margin consumer products that drive strong earnings results and growth trends for Apple shareholders," Walkley said. "A case in point is the mobile phone market, where most handset OEMs struggle...

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Sep 21
LaCie announces new IPS display

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced the latest addition to its line of professional displays: the 24-inch LaCie 324i, featuring a 10-bit P-IPS LCD panel. It's designed for prepress, illustration, web design, and photographic workflows.

The LaCie 324i color is rated at 102% NTSC and 98% AdobeRGB. With wide gamuts that are not disturbed by irregular patterns, digital artists can rely on true colors that maintain the integrity of their work, says Ahcene Tirane, Lacie product manager for displays.

Its 178° viewing angle provides the same visual experience and quality from numerous axes, without distorting the picture or losing color, he adds. The monitor boasts an anti-glare panel and 1920 x 1200 resolution. If landscape isn't he desired display mode, you can pivot the LaCie 324i 90 degrees to portrait mode. The multifunction stand glides when raising, lowering, swiveling, tilting, or pivoting the...

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Sep 21
Last.fm comes to AppleTV

Version 4.2 of aTV Flash (http://firecore.com/atvflash) -- an US$49.95 USB flash drive that inserts into the Apple TV and will upgrade it to do various kinds of new things -- has been released. 

This version -- a free update to registered users of version 4.0 -- brings a certified Last.fm app to the Apple TV. It allows you to experience your favorite music and includes support for streaming Last.fm radio, artist bios, artist artwork and scrobbling recent plays back to Last.fm.

As always, aTV Flash includes support for additional media formats that are not typically supported by the AppleTV. These formats included DivX, Xvid, AVI, WMV, VIDEO TS (DVD files) and many more. Additionally it adds a fully integrated WebKit based web browser, and the ability to expand the storage capacity through the use of an external USB hard drive.

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Sep 21
Go to MacTech Conference, get your Apple authorized training...

Immediately following the Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Apple Authorized Training Center v.2 Consulting is offering a study hour and exam session on Nov. 5, 12:30 am to 4 pm on site at the conference.

Having an Apple Certification is the best way to prove to your clients or employer that you possess the knowledge and know-how to be considered a "guru" in your Mac-related field of expertise.
You can take any Apple Certification Exam that is currently available at the time of testing.
v.2 Consulting will have an Apple Certified Trainer on site during the study hour to assist with Mac OS X Support Essentials and Server Essentials related questions.

If you register for MacTech Conference using this special form (https://forms.mactech.com/fillsurvey.php?sid=205) you get your certification exam paid for as part of the conference. ...

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Sep 21
'MacNotables' looks at the changes in TV show viewing

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Jim Dalrymple of "The Loop" is starting to come around to Apple's way of thinking when it comes to TV show watching, and shares his perspective on the rent vs. buy model, his rapidly dispersing concerns over streaming vs. hard drive-stored media, and what it all means to the consumer.

In the dispute over Flash-based development tools for the iOS, did Apple fold, or make a sound business decision? Dalrymple has some thoughts on that, as well as Yahoo's disingenuous position on Apple's iAd platform.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob...

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Sep 21
CalDigit VR mini now holds up to 2TB

A little over a year ago, CalDigit (http://www.caldigit.com) introduced the CalDigit VR min, a compact and bus-powered , two-drive RAID system with a quadruple interface.  The CalDigit VR mini is hasn’t gotten any bigger, but it can hold twice as much data and even outperforms the previous generation.

The CalDigit VR mini now supports RAID levels 0, 1 and JBOD, supporting speeds fast enough for high definition video editing, according to the folks at CalDigit. Using eSATA, the CalDigit VR mini can reach speeds of over190MB/s.  

It's only two inches tall and five inches long -- small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The 1TB and new 2TB CalDigit VR mini cost US$499 and $599, respectively.

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Sep 21
Macs continue to lead in computer customer satisfaction

ustomer satisfaction with personal computers surged 4.0% to match the industry’s all-time high of 78 in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index. And Mac users were the most satisfied of all.

Nearly all brands showed increases in satisfaction and no manufacturer declined. Lower prices, better service, and an emphasis on new, smaller systems and a variety of portable computers helped drive the improvement. However, Apple continued its dominance, leading the computer category by a wide margin for the seventh straight year.

Customer satisfaction with Apple’s computer products, including the iPad, rose 2% to an ACSI of 86 -- the highest score ever for Apple. The company now has a 9-point lead over its nearest competitor. No other company in the ACSI has as formidable a lead within its own industry.

Innovation and product diversification, along with strong customer service, have long been at the center of Apple’s success. At times, demand for Apple...

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Sep 21
Germany: Apple, others must come up with data protection...

Germany's government has told Apple, Google and other providers of online map services to come up with their own guidelines on data protection by Dec. 7 or face new regulations on the market, reports "Total Telecom" (http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?C=3&ID=458750).



Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said after a meeting between German officials and Internet executives that they had one last chance to adopt voluntary measures or Berlin would draw up legislation to protect consumers. Representatives of the companies involved didn't attend the news conference.



The announcement came at the end of five hours of talks between de Maiziere, the federal justice and consumer protection ministers, data protection authorities and managers from firms specializing in online navigation services, according to "Total Telecom."

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