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Sep 13
'Tech Night Owl' looks at new iPods, new Apple TV

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at the aftermath of Apple’s media event, which featured the introduction of new iPods and a totally redesigned Apple TV. They also focus on Apple’s surprise decision, this past week, to update the rules of the road for the Apps Store.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from http://www.technightowl.com/radio ; an archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast. You can also access our show's podcast feed, now available at http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml .

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Sep 13
'MUG Event Calendar': iMovie, Time Machine, more

Several notable guests and presentations are on tap in this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will visit a Texas group, Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra will present to a New Jersey group, while some of his colleagues from The Apple Store, will present to one California group, and Jennifer Bell of Prosoft Engineering will be the featured speaker at another California group.

Bob Boldt of Other World Computing will show off what they offer to a Wisconsin group, while author and graphics expert Scott Kelby will be the special guest at a Michigan group. Other topics up for this discussion include iMovie, Time Machine, digital photography, Numbers vs. Excel, Pages, networking and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac...

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Sep 11
New iPad before the holidays?

A version of the iPad with a built-in video camera and support for the new FaceTime video conferencing standard has already progressed to the advanced testing stages, says “AppleInsider” (http://www.appleinsider.com), quoting a “person with proven knowledge of Apple’s future product plans.”

When might such a device arrive? Perhaps in time for holidays, but no later than March 2011, the article says. And the move, if it happens, would be as much about FaceTime as the iPad.

“It’s also believed that Apple may striving to embed FaceTime within its entire mobile arsenal before making good on a promissory to open up the standard to the rest of the world, thereby mitigating the market opportunity for rival tablet devices that could incorporate the technology,” says “AppleInsider.”
FaceTime is video calling that uses Wi-Fi. Apple says that using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice...

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Sep 10
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 10

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/).

Blackmagic Design has announced Videohub Control for iPad, a new, free control panel software that allows the iPad to become a XY control panel for all Blackmagic Design Videohub series routing switchers.

DigitalDeejay has released mix.dj for iPad. This $6.99 app gives you access to thousands of mixes from DJ's around the world in one click. You can listen to more than 25,000 mixes straight from your iPad, streaming whenever and wherever you want, all via WiFi or 3G. You can choose from 25 pre-programmed moods and genres.

Aspyre Apps has introduced PhotoCaddyHD, its new iPad version of their photography guide. It's a $3.99 handbook for photographers of all skill levels, with content that is constantly evolving thanks to an active user...

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Sep 10
Apple sues Sanho Corp. for patent infringement

Apple is suing Sanho Corp. for patent infringement. The lawsuit (http://dockets.justia.com/docket/california/candce/5:2010cv04042/231609/) was filed Thursday in the California North District Court in San Jose, though details aren't yet available.

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.

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Sep 10
MicroStrategy deploys 1,100 iPads

MicroStrategy, a business intelligence software maker, has deployed 1,100 iPads to executives and sales personnel to conduct critical job-related tasks. The company said it expects 700 more iPads to be deployed soon, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9184419/BI_firm_takes_iPads_over_...).

MicroStrategy is one of the largest business users of iPads to go public about its deployment, the article adds. Most other businesses that have talked about iPad use have around 100 users.

MicroStrategy said it is using some applications that can run on both the iPad and the iPhone, while others are designed to fully take advantage of the larger 9.7-inch iPad touch screen. For example, some of the latter applications help sales personnel...

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Sep 10
Apple's free Bumer case program ends Sept. 30

Customers who buy an iPhone 4 after Sept. 30 won't able to request a free case through Apple's case program, Apple announced today (http://www.apple.com/iphone/case-program/). However, they will be able to contact AppleCare to request a free Bumper.

"We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought," says Apple. "A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free."

For everyone else, Apple is discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after Sept. 30. The company is also returning to its normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after that date. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.

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Sep 10
JPMorgan, UBS eyeing iPhones?

JPMorgan Chase & Co. may soon let employees use iPhones for corporate e-mail, making it an alternative to Research in Motion’s BlackBerry at the bank for the first time, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-10/jpmorgan-said-to-test-iphone-fo...), quoting "two people familiar."

JPMorgan is purportedly testing the iPhone and smartphones based on Android software. The bank is the second-largest in the U.S. by assets and has about 220,000 employees worldwide.

UBS AG, Switzerland’s biggest bank, said it is also considering allowing its staff to use iPhones for company messaging as more of them opt for the Apple product, adds "Bloomberg." UBS has more than 63,000 employees.

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Sep 10
Apple updates printer, scanner drivers

Apple has released several printer and scanner driver updates for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

They involve products from Brother, Infotec, Laner, Gestetner, Ricoh, Savain and NRG. You can obtain 'em via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Sep 10
FaceTime coming to Macs, Windows systems?

The French site Mac4ever (http://www.mac4ever.com/news/57279/rumeurs_du_vendredi_ilife_et_facetime/) says that Facetime, Apple’s open source video chatting protocol, will be coming to iChat on the Mac -- and to Windows, as well. I think they're right, and have predicted this before.

In case you're not familiar with it, FaceTime is video calling that uses Wi-Fi. Apple says that using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice call, with no set-up required. On the iPhone 4 and fourth gen iPod touch, you can instantly switch to the rear camera to show others what you are seeing with just a tap.

FaceTime works right out of the box. You don't have to up a special account or screen name.If you want to start a video call with your best friend, find her entry in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button....

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Sep 10
Gartner: Symbian, Android to dominate mobile OS market

The worldwide mobile operating system (OS) market will be dominated by Symbian and Android, as the two OSs will account for 59.8% of mobile OS sales by 2014, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com).

Symbian will remain at the top of Gartner's worldwide OS ranking due to Nokia's volume and the push into more mass market price points. However, by the end of the forecast period, the No. 1 spot will be contested with Android, which will be at a very similar share level.

Communication service providers' (CSPs') marketing and vendor support for Android-based smartphones will drive the platform to become the second-largest platform, following Symbian, by year-end 2010 (see Table 1). This is almost two years earlier than Gartner predicted a year ago.

"The worldwide mobile OS market is dominated by four players: Symbian, Android, Research In Motion and iOS," said Roberta Cozza,...

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Sep 10
Adobe resurrects Flash tool for the iPhone

Adobe says it will resurrect a tool that lets developers port Flash applications to the iPhone. The move came after Apple tweaked its App Store review guides.

"Apple's announcement today that it has lifted restrictions on its third-party developer guidelines has direct implications for Adobe's Packager for iPhone, a feature in the Flash Professional CS5 authoring tool," Adobe said in an online statement (http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2010/09/great-news-for-developers.html). "We will now resume development work on this feature for future releases. This is great news for developers and we’re hearing from our developer community that Packager apps are already being approved for the App Store. We do want to point out that Apple’s restriction on Flash content running in the browser on iOS devices...

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Sep 10
AJA introduces mini-converter, new KONA card

AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) has announced the availability of Hi5-3D, a new mini-converter that combines dual 3G SDI inputs into various multiplexed 3D formats for output on true 3D HDMI 1.4a and SDI to enable simple, flexible stereoscopic viewing on 3D monitors and projection systems. The company has also unveiled its new KONA 3G capture card.

The Hi5-3D's true HDMI 1.4a output supports EDID transactions that automatically configure 2D/3D functions according to the HDMI monitor's capabilities. Input SDI 2 is frame-synchronized to input SDI 1 in 3D modes and SDI input audio is embedded in both the HDMI and SDI outputs. Hi5-3D also supports 2-channel RCA audio output with user control of channel selection, along with AJA's Mini-Config application for user configuration and firmware download.

The Hi5-3D will available In October at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$495. For a complete set...

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Sep 10
KT receives almost 300,000 iPhone 4 orders

KT, Korea's second-largest mobile-phone carrier, provided Apple's latest gadget to its first 10,000 customers on the first day of its release and says it has received nearly 300,000 orders, including 20,000 on Friday alone, reports the "Korea Times" (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2010/09/133_72869.html).

KT has sold nearly 900,000 of Apple's previous handset, the iPhone 3GS. It hopes that the iPhone 4 will further boost its efforts to narrow the gap with rival SK Telecom, Korea’s largest mobile carrier, says the "Korea Times."

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Sep 10
Everki ships laptop bag with iPad pocket

Everki (http://www.everki.com) has released the US$59.99 Track Laptop Messenger, a laptop bag with a pocket especially for the iPad. It's available immediately.

The front features a safety reflective strip for extra protection at night, especially convenient for bicyclists looking for a versatile laptop bag.The front also features a two-system closure, There's Velcro on the inside front flap for quick access, and Everki buckles for extra security. The Track can also be converted into a carry-on bag.

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Sep 10
IvySkin offers new iPhone 4 cases

IvySkin USA (http://www.ivyskin.com) has released a line of protective cases for the iPhone 4. The all new Quattro 4 (shown) cases as well as the SmartCase feature interchangeable battery pack and patented Touch-Thru glass Multi-Touch screen.

The US$44.95 Quattro 4 comes with a Glass Touch-Thru scratch free screen in addtiion to the polycarbonate shell that snaps on the back of the iPhone. It's available in four colors.

The $79.95 SmartCase 4 retails for $79.99 USD and comes with Quattro 4 case along with a 1500mAh battery pack and Glass Touch-Thru screen. It is now available for pre-order in four colors.

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Sep 10
Default Folder for Mac OS X updated to version 4.3.10

St. Clair Software has updated Default Folder (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X, to version 4.3.10. The upgrade addresses issues with Finder labels, as well as adding more capabilities for AppleScript users.

Default Folder X 4.3.10 is a free update for existing users who purchased a license or upgrade on or after June 1, 2007. The upgrade is US$14.95 for users who bought their copies before that date. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for a new license. Installers are available now in English and German and will be released shortly in Japanese, French, and Danish.

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Sep 10
Blackmagic Design ships DaVinci Resolve 7.0 for Mac OS X

Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) is shipping DaVinci Resolve 7.0 for Mac OS X with pricing starting from US$995. It's the latest version of the high end DI grading system with features used by both Hollywood and high end post production.

The new version includes a new user interface developed with colorists and benefits from the decades of DaVinci color grading experience, according to the folks at Blackmagic Design. The new DaVinci Resolve 7.0 for Mac now reads and writes all the common Apple ProRes file formats including 4444, 422, 422(HQ), 422 (Proxy) and 422 (LT) directly on the timeline with no conversion required. Colorists can just select the clips in their media storage and DaVinci Resolve will play and grade them in real time, even if there are mixed resolutions and formats on the timeline.
Both Mac OS X and Linux systems now support read and write of...

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Sep 10
Aqua Connect adds support for CS5 volume licensing edition

Aqua Connect (http://www.aquaconnect.com), the folks behind the enterprise grade Mac terminal server, says that Sun Media Corporation and Database Publishing Systems, Inc., have chosen Aqua Connect Terminal Server as their Mac deployment solution. Aqua Connect also announced support for the Adobe Creative Suite 5 volume licensing edition.

Sun Media Corporation and Database Publishing Systems were faced with the possibility of moving off of the Mac platform for their application deployment. Their users and customers were dependent on Mac applications, which made switching platforms costly and time-consuming. Aqua Connect’s OS X terminal server enabled both organizations to centralize their Adobe Creative Suite deployment and give their end-users and customers remote access to custom Mac applications.

"The Mac platform and applications have experienced an overwhelming adoption rate within the...

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Sep 10
Sonnet Fusion announces RX1600 Vfibre video editing SAN server

Sonnet Technologies (http://www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Fusion RX1600 Vfibre, an expandable 16-drive RAID video editing SAN server with multi-user Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity built in.

This 4U rackmount system integrates Tiger Technology metaSAN Storage Area Network (SAN) Server software with an ATTO dual RAID controller-equipped SAS/SATA storage system. Capable of supporting a 4K workflow or multi-stream, multi-user collaborative workflows, Fusion RX1600 Vfibre provides direct connection for up to twelve 8Gb Fibre Channel users and 6 Gb/s aggregate bandwidth for users connected via Gigabit Ethernet.

Optimized for video editing, the base configuration Fusion RX1600 Vfibre provides four Fibre Channel ports, expandable to 12 -- additional Fibre users can be served with a Fibre Channel switch. Fusion RX1600 Vfibre supports multipath I/O to enhance performance and...

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Sep 10
Kitty Spangles Solitaire game deals version 4

Swoop Software (http://www.swoopsoftware.com) has updated its Kitty Spangles Solitaire to version 4. It features 46 games such as Klondike, Canfield, Freecell, Spider, Penguin, Pyramid, Golf and Gaps. New in version 4 are:

° Three card styles including crafted traditional cards;

° A larger, high-resolution window with detailed graphics;

° A cheat mode: naughty players can now sneak a peek at hidden cards;

° Graphic help for all game types;

° QuickStyles that lets players choose and save their preferred styles;

° Improved statistics gathering and display, making it easier to track and compare progress

Kitty Spangles Solitaire 4 can be adopted online in minutes through the purchase of a serial number for US$24.95. Version 4 is a free update for registered players. Kitty is a Universal Binary application for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher.

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Sep 10
ATTO offers storage connectivity options for Autodesk Smoke

ATTO Technology has announced an offering of storage connectivity options for Autodesk Smoke for Mac OS X software. ATTO’s high-performance host bus adapters (HBAs) and RAID adapters meet Autodesk Smoke for Mac OS X bandwidth requirements to ensure fast and interactive editorial finishing with real-time uncompressed playback at any supported format, according to Tom Kolniak, director of products, for ATTO Technology.

ATTO Celerity and ExpressSAS products are available through a wide network of domestic and international partners. For a list of qualified ATTO Technology partners, go to http://www.attotech.com/howtobuy/findreseller.html .

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Sep 09
Netviewer Meet for MacOS now with VoIP and video

Netviewer, a European provider of web collaboration solutions, has now expanded its product range for Mac users with version 6.1.1 of Netviewer Meet. This web conference solution now supports audio conferencing via Voice over IP (VoIP) under Mac OS X, in addition to high-quality webcam video transmission of the conference participants.
 
Customers can now download version 6.1.1 of Netviewer Meet for Mac from the MyNetviewer portal (http://www.netviewer.com). The solution is available as software-as-a-service. Non-commercial usage is free of charge.

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Sep 09
Autodesk lights up Flame Premium 2011

Autodesk is introducing Autodesk Flame Premium 2011, a solution for 3D visual effects creation, editorial finishing and real-time color grading. Flame Premium combines the latest 2011 extension 1 releases of Autodesk Flame, Autodesk Smoke Advanced and Autodesk Lustre software into a single offering for post-production companies

Flame Premium gives new and existing customers access to Flame, Smoke Advanced and Lustre -- running on a single workstation and at a special price. New customers can purchase Flame Premium software for as little -- "little" being a relative term -- as US$129,000. Autodesk Flame 2011 customers can upgrade their licenses to Flame Premium for as little as $10,000 per Flame license, adding Lustre and Smoke Advanced to their creative capabilities.

Autodesk Smoke Advanced 2011 customers can upgrade their licenses to Flame Premium for as little as $25,000 per Smoke Advanced license, adding Flame and Lustre to their creative capabilities. Similarly,...

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Sep 09
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 9

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/).

Rockstar Games has rolled out Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD for the iPad. TheUS$9.99 app brings the story-driven action to the Apple tablet with updated, high-definition graphics.

LambdaMu Games has announced Shady Puzzles: Super Awesome Compilation Edition for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's available with free puzzle packs, Shady Puzzles is on sale until Septe. 22 for $0.99 on the iPhone and iPod touch. An iPad-optimized HD version is also available at a reduced price of $1.99.

Elite Fitness Expert and Celebrity Trainer Michael George has released Intelitrainer, a $4.99 app for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. It creates a customized workout routine that learns and...

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