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Feb 09
Adobe launches Flash Player 10.2

Adobe is launching Flash Player 10.2 (http://macte.ch/PWFGA) for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. The release introduces Stage Video, a full hardware accelerated video pipeline for "best-in-class, beautiful video across platforms and browsers," says Adobe.

Additionally, this version of Flash Player offers all the new capabilities previewed in the beta release, like custom native mouse cursors, multiple monitor full-screen support, Internet Explorer 9 hardware accelerated rendering support, and enhanced sub-pixel rendering for superior text readability.

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Feb 09
'MacVoices': Andy Ihnatko on the recent Macworld Expo

On a new "MacVoices TV" (http://www.macvoices.com) Andy Ihnatko of "The Chicago Sun-Times" explains where he was for the first two and a half days of the recent Macworld Expp, and what caught his attention before he got there. He also talks about the importance of Macworld, and how it provides a platform for people with ideas to get the word out.

"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 community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Feb 08
Apple Store Updating Now

The Apple store is currently not available saying: "We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly."

Which is the sign of new releases or other significant changes in the store.

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Feb 08
Apple is most valuable company on earth

In its last fiscal quarter Apple sold a record 16 million iPhones last quarter and nearly doubled the sales of iPads, at least five firms have raised their 12-month forecast on the stock to an average price of $467, or a 32% increase from here, reports "CNBC" (http://www.cnbc.com/id/41473211).

At that level, Apple’s market value would total US$433.7 billion, surpassing Exxon Mobil’s current market value of $423.2 billion. After underestimating iPhone and iPad sales for the last year, analysts as a group have ratcheted their numbers up for Apple this year more than any other technology company, according to analysis by Bespoke Investment Group.

"CNBC" notes that Apple’s stock hit a new all-time high Tuesday of $355.12, valuing it at $326.6 billion.

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Feb 08
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 8

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

RedStamp has announced an US$0.99 iOS application that allows users to email, text, post or paper mail stylish, personalized notes directly from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The app is filled with RedStamp's signature stationery designs featuring editablesentiments pre-written by RedStamp's founder and etiquette expert, Erin Newkirk.

Volyy has launched eLastyc Pix 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The $2.99 app lets you tweak faces, slim down, grow muscles, and apply absolutely crazy effects to faces or pictures of anything else.

PSJ Apps has released Testicular Cancer Checker 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. This free app features reminder alerts for men to examine themselves for testicular cancer, as well as provides instruction for...

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Feb 08
Analyst: FTC may frown upon Apple's ebook vendor policy

Research analyst James McQuivey tells the "Los Angeles Times" (http://macte.ch/lLDzM) that Apple’s rules “could be interpreted as restraint of trade” and invite the attention of the Federal Trade Commission.

“One way to look at this is that Apple is leveraging its monopoly power over the iPad and iPhone platforms,” McQuivey said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if phones were ringing at the FTC today about this.”

Apple has said if ebook vendors like Amazon and Google want to use the iPhone and iPad to sell books, they'll now have to offer them through Apple's iTunes store. Previously, when users of Amazon's iPhone app wished to buy a book, the e-commerce company routed the customer to its own site, circumventing Apple's internal sales process for which it takes a 30% cut of the purchase price.

McQuivey told the "Times" he sees two potential drawbacks to Apple's approach. One: by dictating where digital...

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Feb 08
ENPA concerned about Apple's subscription plans

Apple is being warned against trying to "squeeze cash" out of the newspaper industry by controlling subscriptions for iPads and iPhones, reports the "BBC" (http://macte.ch/PN8iK). The European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA) says it's concerned by the company's plans to direct online sales through iTunes.

If that happens, a large cut of their profits would go to Apple the ENPA says. Several European newspapers claim that Apple has banned them from offering free electronic editions to their print customers. Publishers' main concern is that users will not be allowed to subscribe via newspapers' own web sites, notes the "BBC."

In a statement, the ENPA said: "consumers may only have access to the newspaper of their choice via the iTunes store, where the transaction would be subject to commission." Apple currently receives a 30% share of revenue from apps and ebooks sold.

Apple declined to...

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Feb 08
ComScore: Apple has 25% of smartphone market

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "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 December 2010. The report shows Apple's share of the smartphone market rising from 21.4% to 25%.

The comScore 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 December report found RIM to be the top smartphone market for the three-month period with 37.3% market share. That's down from 31.6% for the three-month period ending in September 2010.

Google's market share rose from 21.4% to 28.7% for the...

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Feb 08
Verizon may have sold 500,000 pre-ordered iPhones

Verizon may have sold 500,000 iPhones before it shut down pre-orders on its web site, "The Street" (http://macte.ch/5QCPU) reports. JP Morgan analyst Phil Cusick came up with that figure based on previous Verizon smartphone sales announced.

After breaking its previous phone sales record in the first two hours of pre-orders, Verizon continued to take orders for 15 more hours until 8:10 p.m. (Eastern), the article notes, quoting Cusick. In a note to clients, based on the pace of sales, the analyst estimated that more than 500,000 Verizon iPhones were sold on day one.

Verizon said sales of the Verizon iPhone crushed its previous one-day sales record. Cusick noted that that record was 100,000 Motorola Droids, a Google Android-powered phone that first sold on Nov. 6, 2009. The analyst estimated that the first sample of Verizon iPhone demand puts the phone on track to exceed the Droid's debut performance.

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Feb 08
Panini offers RDC solution for Mac users

Panini (http://www.panini.com), a global payments processing technology provider, is providing a Mac interface for their check scanners designed for remote deposit capture (RDC).

The solution is the first to offer native support in the Mac environment along with true MICR capture allowing Mac-based small businesses the ability to capitalize on the many advantages and efficiencies available with RDC, says Michael Pratt, chief marketing officer, Panini.

Panini’s new Mac interface includes native support in Mac OS X, is based on Vision API version 3.6 and supports their check scanning products, Vision X and I:Deal. For more info about the check scanners, go to the Panini web site.

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Feb 08
LogonKey forms 'immune bubble' around your computer

ProteMac has announced LogonKey, software that presents security for computer data packed into USB dongle. This software reduces log-on procedure to inserting USB flash drive.

According to the folks at ProteMac, LogonKey relieves users from entering anything from the keyboard; it is the serial number of your USB flash device that will be necessary for user identification. The software lets users choose between computer access via USB dongle or usual password that meets their specific security demands.

Device removal blocks access to computer system from the outside, enabling users to specify the activity after logging out: screensaver, logout, sleep or shutdown. LogonKey delivers the ability to get personal access code wrapped up into portable device.

LogOnKey requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$49.95 for a single user license and may be downloaded at the ProteMac web site (http://...

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Feb 08
WaterField Designs unveils 11.6-inch MacBook Air Wallet

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

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

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

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Feb 08
Better Finder Rename now Snow Leopard only

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

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

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

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Feb 08
Game gets Medieval on your Mac OS X

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 08
Artboard Drawing Software comes to Mac App Store

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

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

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

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Feb 08
ProSign 1.0 offers signature capture to Filemaker Pro

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

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

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

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

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Feb 08
2X VirtualDesktopServer 9 offers iPhone, iPad connectivity

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

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

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Feb 08
Raidon launches new RAID storage solutions

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

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

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

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Feb 08
Password Repository update improves Print Settings

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

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

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

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Feb 07
Intel provides update on support chip design issue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 07
iTunes still top online movie seller

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

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

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

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