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Sep 28
Rumor: Apple COO leaving for HP

File this one under the dubious category, but rumors are flying that Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook is leaving Apple for HP.

Silicon Alley Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/rumor-apple-coo-tim-cook-leaving-for-hp-2...) notes that the rumor seems to have emanated from Fly On The Wall, a site that serves up gossip to the investing community. HP is looking for a new CEO, but I don't think it will be Cook. I think he's happily ingrained at Apple is on the short list to (eventually) succeed Steve Jobs as CEO....

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Sep 28
Toshiba unveils Canvio USB 3.0 hard drives

Toshiba (http://www.toshibastorage.com) has introduced the CanvioM 3.0 portable hard disk drive (HDD) featuring a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. It's available in storage capacities of 500 GB, 750GB or 1TB for US$119.99, $129.99 and $179.99, respectively.

Canvio 3.0 drives are backward compatibility with personal computers and other devices equipped with USB 2.0 ports. Which is good for Mac users as Macs don't currently support USB 3.0.

Canvio 3.0 drives offer password-protection with up to 256-bit data encryption. On the inside, an internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology keep data safe during day-to-day movement from a desk, pocket, bag, or beyond, says Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division. The product maintains the same dimensions as previous Canvio products.

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Sep 28
CasaTunes software for Mac OS X gets RadioTime support

CasaTunes (http://www.casatunes.com) has announced new features to its CasaTunes software, including CasaTunesSync for the Mac, RadioTime and a new Pronto-based user interface.

CasaTunesSync for the Mac allows Apple users to synchronize their iTunes music from any Mac in the home with their CasaTunes Music Server. CasaTunes displays all of the iTunes music in the home as a single music library or as separate libraries for each Mac. Also included in this release is support for playing music from multiple connected iPod devices, including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, without the need to purchase iPod docking hardware. Regardless of whether the music resides in iTunes, on iPod devices, or both, CasaTunes can play the music throughout the home, says David Krinker, CEO of CasaTools.

The new release of CasaTunes includes support for the popular RadioTime, an Internet radio service with over 60,...

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Sep 28
Wondershare Video Studio Express is new video editor/converter

Wondershare Software has released Wondershare Video Studio Express for Mac 1.0 (http://www.applemacvideo.com/mac-video-studio-express.html), a video editor and converter. It allows users to edit and customize their video clips, including merging, trimming, splitting, cropping, adding effects and rotating.

Wondershare Video Studio Express automatically detects DV cameras, camcorders, iPhone, iPod, and imports video clips from these devices. It largely facilitates the video editing effects with three timeline tracks to organize and manage video, audio, background music separately.

Wondershare Video Studio Expres enables users to edit videos while previewing. It comes with 48 transition effect templates and allows users to play media files on the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Wii, Zen, Zune and PlayStation Portable, regardless of format...

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Sep 28
VinylStudio for the Mac spins to version 7.5.5

AlpineSoft has updated their vinyl-and-tape-to-CD-and-MP3 software, VinylStudio for the Mac, to version 7.5.5. It's a maintenance release with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

VinylStudio is a software solution for digitizing vinyl LPs and tapes. It records your records and tapes, splits those recordings into tracks, removes scratches, tape hiss and more and burns both audio and MP3 CDs and DVDs. You can also play your recordings on your computer. VinylStudio can look up track listings over the Internet and copy tracks to your iPod or MP3 player.

VinylStudio comes with audio cleanup filters to remove clicks, crackles, tape hiss and more. All you need is a turntable (or USB turntable) hooked up to your Mac, or you can record cassettes using any cassette player. VinylStudio includes instructions on how to connect up your turntable and will take you through the entire process of digitizing your music step-by-step.

VinylStudio costs US$29.95. You can...

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Sep 28
Acorn grows to version 2.5.1

Flying Meat has updated Acorn (http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/), a layer-based bitmap image editor. A free update for registered users, to version 2.5.1. The new version is a maintenance release with some bug fixes.

With Acorn, you can take screenshots and edit them immediately. You can chain together image filters to create effects. You can make new images and layers using your built-in iSight. Acorn offers layer-based image editing and image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window. The software works with drawing tables. Plus, you can write plug-ins using the Python scripting language, as well as in Objective-C.

Acorn is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher. It costs US$49.95, but version 2.5.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Sep 28
MacFamilyTree grows to version 6.0.5

Synium Software has released version 6.0.5 of MacFamilyTree (http://www.synium.de/products/macfamilytree/index.html). The new version adds MyHeritage to the web research function.

MacFamilyTree 6.0.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. For new users the cost is US$49. Upgrades from previous versions prior to 6.x are $25. Version 6.0.5 is a free download for registered users of version 6.x. A demo is available for download. MobileFamilyTree, the companion app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available in the App Store for $4.99.

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Sep 28
QNAP releases NMP-1000P

QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com/) has announced the NMP-1000P Network Multimedia Player, a new product for audiophiles and AV enthusiasts.

It features the latest Sigma Designs video/audio decoder capable of displaying full HD movies with advanced menu navigation, next-generation Dolby and DTS multi-channel surround sound, lossless music, digital pictures with background music, and other multimedia content. The NMP-1000P is powered by a Wolfson stereo digital to analog converter.

It can be connected to a home network via wired or wireless 802.11b/g/n (a variety of compatible wireless USB adaptors are sold separately) network connection. The NMP-1000P can host a user-supplied 3.5-inch SATA hard drive with up to 2TB capacity for local content storage plus USB and eSATA external connections for storage expansion, as well as direct connection to a computer via USB and eSATA for data transfer. Contact QNAP...

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Sep 28
Don't forget Amnesia 1.2.4

Koingo Software has released Amnesia 1.2.4 (http://www.koingosw.com/products/amnesia.php) for Mac OS X. Amnesia performs a smart scan to determine all related files to be removed. The new version restores Mac OS X 10.4 support for now.

With Amnesia, you can uninstall applications, preference panes, screen savers, and Dashboard widgets, as well as all their related files. In addition, turn on a secure deletion option to prevent recovery of the removed files.

Amnesia comes with a built-in backup function that creates an archive of related files in case you wish to restore them at a later time. It will reinstall the pieces of the product exactly where they came from -- even if you choose to restore to a different machine.

Another feature Amnesia has to offer is the ability to create a list of untouchable software sets (in addition to the ones built-in)....

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Sep 27
Gefen premiers GefenPRO line

Connectivity solutions provider Gefen has released a new product line called GefenPRO (http://www.gefenpro.com), which are designed to be professionally installed in broadcast, rental/staging and post-production environments.

All products include 24/7 customer support from trained technical service representatives available at Gefen. GefenPRO products also purportedly feature a more rugged construction and internal power supplies using industry standard AC cords to improve performance in the field.

The GefenPRO product line offers matrix systems with 16x16 and 32x32 switching systems supporting more sources and displays. Additional products in the line include longer distance signal extenders based on fiber optics and a mix of converter/scaler products converting the 3G-SDI standard to HDMI, DVI and vice versa. Most GefenPRO products include a front panel for switching, IP control with a web page...

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Sep 27
DVDThemePAK.com releases widescreen iDVD themes

DVDthemePAK.com has released all its ThemePAK collections and button products with widescreen formatting and theme family features. Each theme now includes two templates instead of only one.

Each theme comes with a template for the main screen and a template for the chapter's screen. In addition all DVDthemePAK's iDVD products are now downloadable. All themes in each collection are now sold separately in addition to the standard ThemePAK collections.

iDVD ThemePAK collections are priced between US$29 and $39. Individual themes are prices at US$9. All ThemePAKs are NTSC and PAL compatible and may be shipped anywhere in the World. The new themes can be purchased through the DVDThemePAK web site (http://www.dvdthemepak.com).

Users must have iDVD 6.0 or 7.0 (iLife ’06, ’08, ’09) or later.

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Sep 27
Analyst: iPad may outsell rivals 4-to-1

In a note to clients issued Monday morning, Canaccord Genuity's T. Michael Walkley said -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/09/27/can-anybody-beat-the-ipad/?sectio...) -- that Apple's iPad may outsell its nearest rivals 4-to-1 in 2011 as Android tablets "struggle."

"Given the iPad's time-to-market advantage, superior user interface, and leading application ecosystem, we believe Apple will maintain both market share and value share leadership in 2010 and 2011 for this new product category," Walkley told clients. "Based on leading...

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Sep 27
Apple Peels to arrive in the US this week

GoSolarUSA (http://www.GoSolarUSA.com) says the first Apple Peel 520 products will arrive in the U.S. this week. The device purportedly lets the iPod touch operate as a smartphone.

When used with Apple’s iPod touch, the Apple Peel 520 functions as a protective skin that adds mobile voice and text messaging capabilities to the touch-screen media player. GoSolar announced last week that September’s initial manufacturing run is already sold out.

The Apple Peel 520 is the creation of 22-year-old Chinese programmer Pan Yong. The gadget slips over the iPod touch’s case and includes a battery, dock connector and SIM card. Once the proper software is installed, the Apple Peel adds the ability to make voice calls and text messages using the touch.

When fully charged, the Apple Peel’s 800mAh battery offers nearly five hours of talk time and 120 hours of standby use. Pricing will be around US$60....

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Sep 27
Digital music sales go flat in the US

The Nielssen research group says the rapid rise of digital music sales has stalled in the United States, the world's biggest and most important market, with sales in the first half of 2010 flat compared with a year before. However, digital music sales were up 7% in Britain, up 13% in Germany and up 19% in France.

Nielsen says digital sales were flat in the U.S. market after a 13% increase from 2008 to 2009 and 28% growth from 2007 to 2008. Jean Littolff, managing director of Nielsen Music, told "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68Q2FM20100927) the flat U.S. sales could be due to weak consumer confidence, the appeal of new music releases and confusion over the many different ways people can buy music online.

"I think this is a plateau, it doesn't mean that this digital consumption is going to drop significantly," he said. "It's...

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Sep 27
Cachet Financial Solutions announces RDC platform for the Mac

Cachet Financial Solutions (http://www.cachetfinancial.com), a provider of remote deposit capture (RDC), hasannounced the development of a new platform for their remote deposit capture solution. RDC Select™ will now be available to users of Mac OS X systems beginning Oct. 15.

"We are excited to bring our new RDC Select platform to all of Apple's Mac users.  With Apple's current growth in popularity, we realized there was a large segment of the RDC marketplace that was being underserved," says Jeffrey Mack, president & CEO of Cachet Financial Solutions.  "Cachet is in the business of providing the most advanced and industry-leading RDC solutions to financial institutions and their customers. This announcement brings our entire RDC Select product line to Mac users and it will allow them to experience all the benefits of remote deposit capture that PC owners currently enjoy."

Cachet's...

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Sep 27
Justice Dept. orders Apple, others to dump 'anticompetitive...

The Department of Justice announced that it has reached a settlement with six high technology companies -- Apple, Adobe, Google, Intel, Intuit and Pixar -- that prevents them from entering into no solicitation agreements for employees.  

The Department said that the agreements eliminated a significant form of competition to attract highly skilled employees, and overall diminished competition to the detriment of affected employees who were likely deprived of competitively important information and access to better job opportunities. The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division filed a civil antitrust complaint today in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, along with a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve the lawsuit.                
 
According to the complaint, the six companies entered into agreements that restrained competition between them for highly skilled employees. The agreements between Apple and Google, Apple...

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Sep 27
New Apple TVs are shipping

Apple is shipping the revamped Apple TV it announced on Sept. 1. I pre-ordered one and received an email announcement on Monday that it should arrive by Oct. 1 (that's Friday).

The Apple TV "Take Three" offers a way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows on your HD TV for US$99. The previous Apple TV cost $249. Users of the new Apple TV -- which is 80% smaller than its predecessor -- can choose from the largest online selection of HD movies to rent, including first run movies for $4.99, and a selection of HD TV show episodes to rent from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for 99 cents. 

Yes, that's right, they're rent only. The new Apple TV has no built-in storage.

The new Apple TV also streams content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, as well as music, photos and videos from Macs and PCs to your HD TV. You can also enjoy slideshows of your photos on your HD TV using Apple TV’s selection of built-in slideshows. Apple TV has...

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Sep 27
Monotype Imaging taking entries for Web Font Awards

Monotype Imaging Holdings is accepting entries through Nov. 7, 2010 for the first Web Font Awards, an international competition designed to recognize web sites that incorporate exceptional use of web fonts.

Prizes include two US$3,000 cash awards, iPads and various typeface offerings from Monotype Imaging. Winning entries will be determined at a live judging event on Nov. 16, during the Future of Web Design conference, Nov. 15-17, in New York City.

Contest entries can be built with web font technology from any provider, including self-built solutions, as long as the site or web page uses actual fonts that are served to Internet-connected machines through the @font-face declaration. There is no limit to the number of entries that an individual can submit.

All accepted designs will be displayed in a gallery at http://www.webfontawards.com, where site visitors can rate each entry one...

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Sep 27
YUDU wants to 'solve iPad subscriptions nightmare'

YUDU Media (http://www.yudu.com), which specializes in ePublishing, says it has developed the "first iPad subscriptions solution today, the only real solution available to publishers looking to sell multiple time-sensitive titles."

The success and popularity of the iPad has spurred publishers from all over the world to adopt the medium, despite Apple’s 30% commission charge. However, the strict Apple controls and long approval process has meant many large publishers have been struggling to find the right sales model, especially those with time-sensitive publications such as daily or weekly titles, according to YUDU CEO Richard Stephenson.
 
Today, the company has unveiled a demo video of their new iPad subscriptions feature. The new feature gives YUDU iPad app customers the option of selling packages of multiple titles from within their apps, allowing their readers to subscribe in advance for a chosen...

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Sep 27
Sennheiser presents headset versions of six portable headphones

You can listen to music and have conversations using six new Sennheiser headsets (http://www.sennheiserusa.com) specially designed for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and other Apple products. All six versions -- the MM 70i (which has a street price of US$99.95), IE 8i ($449.95), PX 100-IIi ($89.95), PX 200-IIi ($109.95), HD 218i ($79.95) and HD 238i ($129.95) --are based on Sennheiser’s “Portable Entertainment” series.

The microphone and smart remote control unit are integrated into the cable, and allow the Apple product to be controlled at the push of a button or by voice commands. A range of functions can be controlled with a single button.

Depending on how often and how long the button is pressed, music tracks and videos can be played, paused or skipped to the next/previous song. The same button can also be used to receive and end phone calls and to activate the voice control function. This...

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Sep 27
Unity Technologies delivers Unity 3

Unity Technologies -- provider of the Unity development platform for interactive 3D content on the web, iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Android, Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, announced that Unity 3 is available.

According to David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies, among the dozens of new features in Unity 3 are:

° Unified Editor, which lets you deploy to any supported platform from one project in one editor;

° Beast Lightmapping, the industry's strongest lightmapper;

° Deferred rendering -- AAA class rendering available on web, consoles and standalone;

° Occlusion culling -- a completely new Umbra-powered PVS solution;

° Source-level debugger that offers single step through code, variable inspection and other development painkillers;

° Audio filters that let you perfect FMOD-powered ambiance effects with integrated editing;

° Lens effects -- AAA post filters ready for use in games or to be studied in source form.


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Sep 27
EU drops probe into Apple

European Union competition regulators have dropped a probe into Apple, after the company agreed to relax restrictions on the iPhone, reports "Macworld UK" (http://www.macworld.co.uk/ipod-itunes/news/index.cfm?newsid=3241048).

Apple has agreed to introduce cross-border iPhone warranty repair services for EU purchasers and relax restrictions on development tools for iPhone applications. Apple has now appointed service providers to "offer cross-border iPhone warranty services in those member states where Apple does not directly take charge of repairs," the Commission said.

The change in Apple policy should make it easier for iPhone customers to get repairs under warranty in a EU country other than where the smartphone was purchased, notes "Macworld UK."

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Sep 27
Apple is the most highly covered tech company

It's no surprise, but it's official: Apple is the most highly covered technology company, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Forty-two percent of the stories about Apple described the company as innovative and superior, and another 27% lauded its loyal fan base.

Still, there were doubts. According to the Pew Research Center, the most common such negative thread, that Apple products don’t live up to the hype, appeared in 17% of stories about Apple. 

For Google, the company’s advancements in making content easier to find topped its coverage at 25%. But it was only half as likely as Apple to be framed as having superior, innovative products (20%).

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Sep 27
iAd cutting into search giants' mobile ad shares

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! have swiftly lost share in the U.S. mobile advertising market to Apple's new iAd, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2010/tc20100926_023792...).

Apple will end the year with 21% of the market, according to estimates provided to Businessweek.com by researcher IDC. Google's share will drop to 21% from 27% last year, when combined with results from AdMob, the ad network it bought in May. Microsoft will drop to 7% from 10%.

"Apple's acquisition of Quattro and Steve Jobs's launch of iAd put a spotlight on mobile advertising," Paran Johar, chief marketing officer at rival mobile ad network Jumptap, told "Bloomberg."

Apple's push into mobile ads may be a reason for its rivals' market-share declines, the article adds...

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Sep 27
QuickBooks 2011 for the Mac goes on sale

QuickBooks 2011 for the Mac is now on sale from Intuit (http://www.intuit.com). The latest version of the financial software is available Sept. 28 at a suggested retail price of US$229.95 for a single user license.

QuickBooks 2011 for Mac features new reports and tools to help users track job-related mileage so they can claim the tax write-offs they deserve. Users can also customize reports and forms to reflect their brands and to show the exact data they need to show, says Dan Wernikoff, vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Financial Management Solutions division.

He adds that two new features ensure that QuickBooks 2011 for Mac can grow as a small business expands:

° Multi-User Access allows up to five employees to simultaneously view and edit QuickBooks data files.

° User Permissions lets small businesses determine who can work in up to eight accounting activity areas. In...

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