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Dec 02
Survey: iPad not quite worth the sticker price

A new consumer survey says the iPad isn't quite worth what Apple charges, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/02/how-much-is-an-ipad-worth/).

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and his associates recently ran a small survey of 65 consumers who don't presently own tablet computers, the story adds. They were shown a pair of  competing devices -- an US$629 Apple's iPad 3G and a $599 Samsung Galaxy Tab running Google's Android OS -- and asked not just which one they preferred (the iPad won that bake-off 85% to 15%) but what they thought a reasonable price for each would be.

Munster reports that his sample group thought the iPad was worth about $417 -- $212 (34%) less than its suggested retail price. The Galaxy Tab, by comparison, was worth about $283 -- $316 (53%) below its retail price.

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Dec 02
Ping lands exclusive Michael Jackson song

In a new promotional effort to generate interest for its Ping music social networking service, Apple has landed an exclusive track from the late pop star Michael Jackson, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The song, from the forthcoming album "Michael," is called "Much Too Soon." The newly released song from the "King of Pop" can be streamed within iTunes by accessing Ping, and navigating to the official Michael Jackson account.

Ping, introduced with iTunes 10, is a new social network for music designed to let users follow their favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading. You can check out photos and videos your favorite artists have posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and...

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Dec 02
Analyst: Apple could more than double sales by 2015

Apple could more than double its sales by 2015 to $200 billion, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to clients -- as reported by "MobileBeat" (http://venturebeat.com/2010/12/02/apple-analyst-200-billion-prediction/?...).

According to his projections, this would come mainly on the growth of iPhone sales, from a forecast of 36 million in 2010 to 185 million in 2015. The iOS will share a large part of the market with Google’s rival Android operating system, squeezing out smaller players like BlackBerry and Symbian, and should have more than a quarter of the smartphone market by 2015, says Munster.

He...

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Dec 02
iGuard 1.0 announced for Snow Leopard

Kapeli (http://kapeli.com) has announced iGuard 1.0, its first Mac App Store-exclusive application. Even though Mac OS X is already protected from most threats, iGuard adds an extra layer of security and will protect users from hackers that could gain remote access to their Mac, according to the folks at Kapeli.

The app keeps an eye on the currently active user sessions and warns the user of any threat. It allows users to detect any unauthorized access to their system and stop it. Users only have to enable its AutoProtect feature, which will run iGuard quietly in the background. iGuard will then notify the user in case of any threats. iGuard will be available for US$1.99 (USD) on the Mac App Store.

Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Mac OS X Lion and the Mac App Store at an Oct. 20 "Back to the Mac" event. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making...

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Dec 02
Apple TV users report rental, HDMI 'handshake' issues

Early adopters of the new Apple TV are reporting issues with streaming HD rentals and problems completing "HDMI handshakes" between the new Apple TV and their HDTVs. reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Several discussion threads on Apple's support forums related to issues with HD rentals not loading and HDMI connectivity problems have reached hundreds of posts in length as increasing numbers of Apple TV owners report having trouble with the device, the article adds.

Another Apple support thread details potential compatibility issues between Apple TV and a number of HDTV sets. Users report frequent "HDMI handshakes" between their television sets and Apple TV, with the picture returning with inverted colors. A user-compiled list of TVs affected includes models by Philips and Sony, says "AppleInsider."

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Dec 02
Survey: iPad not quite worth the sticker price

A new consumer survey says the iPad isn't quite worth what Apple charges, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/02/how-much-is-an-ipad-worth/).

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and his associates recently ran a small survey of 65 consumers who don't presently own tablet computers, the story adds. They were shown a pair of  competing devices -- an US$629 Apple's iPad 3G and a $599 Samsung Galaxy Tab running Google's Android OS -- and asked not just which one they preferred (the iPad won that bake-off 85% to 15%) but what they thought a reasonable price for each would be.

Munster reports that his sample group thought the iPad was worth about $417 -- $212 (34%) less than its suggested retail price. The Galaxy Tab, by comparison, was worth about $283 -- $316 (53%) below its retail price.

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Dec 02
onOne Software releases Perfect Photo Suite 5.5

onOne Software has released Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. Tackling specific problems within a photographer's preferred workflow, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 offers solutions for color correction, image resizing, masking and professional photographic effects.

With support for Photoshop CS5, CS4 and CS3, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 includes FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.6, PhotoTools 2.6, MaskPro 4.1 and Perfect Resize 7 (the next generation of Genuine Fractals). With this new version of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, photographers will be able to use FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.6 and Perfect Resize 7 directly within Lightroom and Aperture without the need for a separate host application.

In addition, owners of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 will receive Perfect Layers when it becomes available next year. This completely new product provides photographers with the ability to create layered...

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Dec 02
ClearWire launches Clear Modem with Wi-Fi

Clearwire Corp., a provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the first 4G network in the U.S., has announced the availability of the Clear Modem with Wi-Fi.

The new modem brings Clear 4G service to the home or office. The Clearwire 4G network purportedly offers average mobile download speeds of 3-6 mbps with bursts over 10 mbps.

“Now our customers can get broadband Wi-Fi internet throughout their house, with one simple device about the size of a book -- and without a rat’s nest of wires,” says Mike Sievert, chief commercial officer at Clearwire. “Our new Clear Modem with Wi-Fi makes it easier than ever to connect the Wi-Fi devices that customers already have at home, such as laptops and desktops, tablets, iPods, and smartphones, without needing a wired connection to the cable or phone company.”

The Clear Modem with Wi-Fi is part of a growing ecosystem of nearly 70 devices on the market today that enable customers to connect to Clear 4G, he adds....

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Dec 02
Rubitrack update supports Suunto devices

Toolsfactory software has released rubiTrack 2.4 (http://www.rubitrack.com/), an update of the GPS enabled activity tracking software for the Mac OS X. The upgrade adds: direct sync for Suunto devices; support for the Suunto Moveslink XML file format; and more.

Utilizing the latest Mac user interface technologies, rubiTrack lets you display, analyze and organize your outdoor activities. rubiTrack is for runners, bikers, walkers, hikers, skiers and everyone else who logs GPS data. rubiTrack reads tracks from GPS enabled fitness devices like the Garmin Forerunner, Garmin Edge and compatible devices.

RubiTrack is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or later. It costs US$39, though version 2.4 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0.

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Dec 02
Mirye releases E Frontier Mori Collections

Mirye Software has released four E Frontier Mori Collections, compatible with Shade 7 and higher. Each pack includes elements that 3D designers and animators can use to save time in texture and effect development time.

Mori Collection 11: Hard Surfaces, includes hundreds of hard surface textures in categories such as concrete, glass, metal, tile and rock/soil. Mori Collection 12: Soft Surfaces includes soft surfaces such as paper, cloth, curtains and fabric. Mori Collection 13: Wood Surfaces is specialized in textures for specific types of wood and wood products, such as teak wood, wood bark, wood paneling and includes a Japanese tatami mat. Mori Collection 14: Science Fiction includes textures, example models and texture effects specific to the genre.

These collections are backwards compatible with Shade 7 and later (including the currently shipping Shade 10) and come in the native Shade file format. Shade is a 3D modeling, rendering and animation professional...

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Dec 02
Em Software releases InDesign CS5 versions of Data Publishing...

Em Software (http://emsoftware.com/) has announced updates for InData, InCatalog, and Xtags, its suite of data publishing products for the latest version of Adobe's InDesign, CS5.

These new versions bring their own new features to the table, as well as take advantage of some remarkable new features in InDesign CS5, according to Em Chief Technical Officer Chris Roueche.. InData and InCatalog no longer require a separate copy of Xtags to handle XPress-Tagged text, and InCatalog adds link markers for page items as well as more complex SQL query support.

Upgrades to these products are free for CS4 versions purchased after Sept.15, 2009, and otherwise cost US$150 each for InData and Xtags, and $300 for InCatalog (one-packs). InData and Xtags are $400 new, and InCatalog is $800 new, or $1,200 with ODBC support (Pro version).

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Dec 02
iWeb Themes Park launches give new iWeb themes

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has launched seven new themes for iWeb, Apple's web site creation tool. The new themes are: Christmas Holidays (free), Christmas Night (free), Circles, Decorations, Recreation, Rise Up, Trustworthy.

To use iWeb themes from iWeb Themes Park requires a Mac with iWeb from iLife '08, iLife '09, iLife '11. The iWeb Themes Box of 85 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99.

Using the coupon code "iWebThemesTrio" three iWeb themes of your choice can be obtained with a $12.99 discount. Four iWeb themes are free for everyone.

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Dec 02
Zevrix Deliver gets maintenance update

Zevrix Solutions (http:/www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.0.8, a maintenance update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks. The upgrade addresses several stability and performance issues.

Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other powerful capabilities. It supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and other services, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once. Deliver also lets users send output files directly from Adobe InDesign.

Deliver 2.0.8 can be purchased from Zevrix web site for US$19.95 (it's free with purchase of BatchOutput for InDesign). A demo is available for download. The upgrade from File Courier is free for licensed users. Deliver works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

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Dec 02
iBank rings up version 4.1

IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 4.1, a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. The upgrade adds additional report templates, CSV data import and new contextual menus.

iBank costs USS$59.9; licensed users of previous versions of iBank can upgrade for $29.99 (though version 4.1 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x). iBank for iPhone requires a MobileMe account. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. A demo is available for download.

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Dec 02
Apple reseller dpi opening new office in Los Angeles

dpi (http://www.dpipro.com), a reseller of Apple products for businesses across the U.S., is expanding to the West Coast to serve the "exploding demand" for Apple Computer products from business accounts, says President Matina Koester. The new office, in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, will be the West Coast headquarters for the Clayton, MO-based company.

"We are seeing exponential growth in demand from business accounts for Apple products," Koester says. "The iPhone, the iPad and the applications that run on them have opened the door for a lot of companies that previously had been closed off to Apple products. We needed to expand to keep up with the demand."

The increased demand for the product in the corporate market has been a long time coming for dpi, which started selling and servicing Apple products in 1994. At that time, Apple had strong sales among consumers, but, in corporate sales, it was...

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Dec 02
NEA, MacPractice offer integrated electronic insurance...

National Electronic Attachment (http://www.nea-fast.com) and MacPractice (http://www.macpractice.com) have announced that MacPractice DDS fully interfaces with NEA’s FastAttach system for electronic insurance submission.

FastAttach enables dental offices to transmit attachments (x-rays, perio charts, lab reports, doctor’s notes, intra-oral pictures, narratives, EOB’s, etc.), via the Internet, where payors are able to view them, in support of electronic claims. FastAttach accelerates claim processing and eliminates the need to duplicate or mail attachments, says David Fincher, vice president of Sales at NEA.

For more information on the NEA FastAttach system, visit the NEA web site.

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Dec 02
UA releases new SSL E Series plug-ins

Universal Audio (http://www.uaudio.com/) has released the Solid State Logic-authenticated, SSL E Series Channel Strip and G Series Bus Compressor plug-ins for the UAD-2 platform.

Designed to complement to the E Series Channel Strip, the SSL G Series Bus Compressor emulates the center section console dynamics from UA's SSL 4000. This plug-in features the same control set and transparent compression characteristics of the hardware version, including its ability to “glue” together a mix.

Available for purchase via UA’s Online Store, the SSL E Series Channel Strip and SSL G Series Bus Compressor plug-ins sell for US$299 and $249, respectively.

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Dec 01
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 1

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/).

MedeFile International, which specializes in portable electronic medical records management, has announced its free Emergency Response Apple iPhone and iPad app.

ViewRanger GPS, the outdoor navigation app, has released a Global Open Maps edition for the iPhone and iPad. The app comes with access to a range of global Open Mapping layers from street, terrain to aerial photo and is now available for just US$0.99 for a limited time. It's usually $3.99.

Binary Dawn Interactive has introduced WordUs2 1.0 for iOS devices. The $0.99 app focuses on entertaining and educational gameplay. Wordsmiths test their acumen as they attempt to guess a mystery word given only the first letter. WordUs2 comes with a dictionary of thousands of words with four...

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Dec 01
Some 27-inch Cinema Displays have audio glitches

Owners of Apple's new 27-inch Cinema Display have had problems with the hardware's speakers, with sound that cuts out and issues with volume control, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Some of the new Cinema Displays completely lose sound after a period of use, the article says Users said the only way to fix the problem is to unplug the display, and then plug it back in. Still, this doesn't prevent the issue from returning.

There are also issues with the response time of volume control on the keyboard, says "AppleInsider." Some Cinema Display usrs said they experienced delays of 6-7 seconds after pressing a key to change the volume.

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Dec 01
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, Safari, iOS gain market share

Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from October to November, while the Mac OS X percentage dipped slightly, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.02% of the global market share in November, compared to 5.00% in October (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 90.81% as of November. That's down from 91.09% in October. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.57% in November compared to 5.36% in October, while Internet Explorer had 58.41% Firefox had 22.81% and Chrome had 9.27%. That compares to, respectively, October percentages of 59.18%, 22.83% and 8.50%, for the browsers.

The iOS's market share also rose, according to...

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Dec 01
Verizon Wireless to launch 4G LTE Wireless Network Dec. 5

Verizon Wireless (http://www.verizon.com) says it's turning on the world's first large-scale 4G LTE network on Sunday, Dec. 5. The company says its 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network will be the fastest and most advanced 4G network in America.  

Business users will be the first to take advantage of the 4G LTE network with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company's 3G network, according to Verizon President/CEO Dan Mead. With the launch, Verizon Wireless is also offering new value-priced 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans starting at US$50 monthly access for a 5GB monthly allowance, as well as two new 4G LTE USB modems: the LG VL600 which will be available at launch, and the Pantech UML290, available soon.  

The initial 4G LTE launch immediately reaches more than one-third of all Americans, right where they live, says Mead. He adds that Verizon plans to quickly expand 4G LTE, and by 2013 will reach...

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Dec 01
Realmac Software Launches RapidWeaver 5

Realmac Software has released RapidWeaver 5, an upgrade to the company's web site creation application. The upgrade includes a number of new features, user interface enhancements and a number of other smaller additions, says Daniel Counsell, founder and director of Realmac Software.

RapidWeaver 5 now allows users to manage all the resources in their projects (PDFs, images, ZIP files etc) instead of on a per-page basis. The new feature allows users to add, link and publish all the resources they need in their site.

The all-new sitemap features allow users to add an HTML sitemap to their project, as well as the auto-generation of an XML sitemap complete with search engine submission when it's updated. As RapidWeaver users tend to work with more than one project at any time, the new Projects window and FTP Bookmarks allow users to easily switch between projects and enter frequently-used publishing credentials when settings up projects to publish, says Counsell....

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Dec 01
Nielsen: iPhone, Blackberry have 27% each of US smartphone...

According to October data from The Nielsen Company (http://www.nielsen.com), 29.7% of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones that run full operating systems. The most popular smartphones are the Apple iPhone and RIM Blackberry, which are caught in a statistical dead heat with 27% of smartphone market share in the U.S.

Twenty-two percent of smartphone owners have devices with the Android operating system. When mobile users who planned to upgrade to a smartphone in the next year were asked about their next phone, Apple’s iOS and Android were tied for “most desired” operating system.

Among users planning to get a new smartphone, current smartphone owners showed a preference for the iPhone (35%), while 28% of both smartphone and feature phone planned smartphone upgraders indicated they wanted a device with an Android operating system as their next mobile phone.

Feature phone owners planning...

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Dec 01
EDA survey documents usage, future plans of Xserve owners

A survey conducted by the he Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://www.enterprisedesktopalliance.com) -- an organization to help IT departments integrate Macs into the corporate environment -- showed that Apple Xserve owners are considering a wide range of options in response to Apple's announcement on Nov. 5 it was ending the shipment of the Xserve hardware platform on Jan. 31, 2011.

Sixty-five percent of respondents expect to stay with their current Xserves for at least the next two years. When the time comes to replace the Xserve, over one third will migrate to one of Apple's recommended alternative platforms, the Mac Pro and Mac mini, which can both run Apple's OS X Server software.

Nearly as many people were unsure what solution they would choose for many of the services they currently run on an Xserve. A plurality of Xserve owners believes that the transition...

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Dec 01
iPad coming to Thailand on Dec. 3

The iPad will be released in Thailand on Friday, Dec. 3, at a starting price of 15,900 baht, reports the "MyThailand" blog (http://iphone.mythailandblog.com/2010/11/price-release-date-of-ipad-in-t...).

It will be sold at the iStudio and Apple Shop. "The official prices for iPad are several thousand baht cheaper than grey market at MBK and very favourable when compared to USA and UK," says "MyThailand."

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