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Nov 04
Apple planning third retail store in Scotland

Apple is preparing to open its third store in Scotland, this one in Edenburgh on Princes Street, reports "The Journal" (http://www.journal-online.co.uk/article/7007-new-apple-store-to-open-on-...).

By opening a store in Scotland’s capital, customers will no longer have to travel to Glasgow to fix their faulty or broken products, says "The Journal." There are currently only two Apple Stores in Scotland, in Glasgow and Aberdeen.

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Nov 04
Apple acknowledges MacBook Air glitches

The "Boy Genius Report" site (http://www.bgr.com/2010/11/04/apple-confirms-macbook-air-bugs-internally/) says Apple has confirmed a problem with the new MacBook Air is working on a fix.

Apple hasn't addressed any of the reported issues publicly, but a source told "BGR" that the manufacturer is investigating several of them internally. Included among the issues is a bug where the display flickers or shows horizontal lines of varying colors when a computer wakes from sleep or after hot-plugging a display. Another bug causes the screen to fade from light to dark repeatedly after waking from sleep. Apple’s internal support system includes suggestions for interim fixes in each of these cases, but no permanent fixes are available at this time.

"Apple has stated internally that the aforementioned issues...

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Nov 04
Excel Software releases QLRT Xcode 1.0

Excel Software (http://www.excelsoftware.com) has announced QLRT Xcode 1.0 for Xcode developers to protect Mac OS X software. QLRT Xcode is a static library implementation of the QuickLicense runtime software for protection, activation and license management.

Xcode programmers can protect their software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a variety of license types, activation processes and advanced licensing features. QLRT Xcode is used in conjunction with QuickLicense. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and builds a tiny encrypted Ticket file.

That Ticket file is bound to an application when the QLRT library is dropped into the source code and linked into the application. By focusing on value added customer solutions rather than
internal protection, activation and licensing features, the vendor gains programming productivity...

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Nov 04
GSLO funds development of ApplePeel 520 for iPad

GoSolarUSA (http://www.GoSolarUSA.com) and Yosion have announced a development agreement to configure new versions of the ApplePeel 520 for use with tablet computers such as the Apple iPad.

GoSolarUSA is providing the funding and tablets that Yosion needs to develop the new gadgets. The two companies have worked together closely since signing an option agreement in September. GoSolarUSA signed a profit participation agreement with Yosion last month that entitles GSLO to a portion of Yosion’s net profits worldwide.

“Apple has sold more than three million iPads since the tablet’s release in April, selling over 300,000 on launch day alone,” says Tyson Rohde, GSLO President and CEO. “Clearly, there’s a very large market of tablet users developing here that we believe will grow by leaps and bounds this holiday season. By developing the ApplePeel 520 for the iPad and other devices such as the Amazon...

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Nov 04
YML looks at the MacBook Air, Magic Trackpad, more

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the new MacBook Air, the Magic Trackpad and the 2011 Macworld Conference & Expo.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Nov 04
BatchOutput update introduces Deliver support

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.9.6, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance upgrade that introduces support for Deliver, a new solution for file delivery to remote and local destinations.

BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.

BatchOutput 3.9.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$129.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The upgrade to BatchOutput 3.9 is free for users of version 3.x, and $51.98 from earlier versions. It includes the Deliver application (a $19.95 value). Users who purchased BatchOutput 3.7 and earlier...

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Nov 03
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 3

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/).

FileMaker has delivered FileMaker Go 1.1 for iPhone and FileMaker Go 1.1 for iPad apps in five new languages in addition to English -- French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese. With FileMaker Go, users can view, edit and search FileMaker Pro records on an iPhone and iPad. Databases can be accessed directly from files hosted on FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server, or database files can be copied locally onto FileMaker Go via File Sharing in iTunes.

The new update is available free to existing FileMaker Go users. FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPod touch (running iOS 4) is US$19.99 and FileMaker Go for iPad (running iOS 3.2) is $39.99. 

Aspyr Media and test prep leader Kaplan Test Prep have teamed up for futureU, one of the industry’s first...

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Nov 03
Flixster launches single sign-on with Facebook on the iPhone

Flixster (http://www.flickster.com) has integrated with Facebook’s new single sign-on feature for iPhone and Android devices, making it possible for people to begin sharing and discovering movies with their friends with just one click when logged into Facebook.

"Facebook’s new feature shows how an Internet of many connected devices is quickly converging as one platform," says Flixster co-founder and CEO Joe Greenstein. "Our 23 million mobile users are now just one click away from their friends, whether they are using an Android phone, an iPad or accessing Flixster or Rotten Tomatoes from their desktop."

Available on both iPhone and Android and iPhone devices, single sign-on for Facebook Platform makes it easier for the over 100 million people who access Facebook on mobile devices to bring their friends with them to their favorite apps, and to get started quickly, he adds. Once a person is logged...

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Nov 03
Apple acknowledges iOS 4.1/daylight savings time glitch

Apple has acknowledged an iOS 4.1 bug involving daylight savings time in some countries. In an online note (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3542), Apple had this to say:

"In some regions, shortly before or after the daylight saving time (DST) change, repeating alarms created in the Clock app may work incorrectly.

"Products affected: iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd generation)

"To resolve this behavior for existing alarms, set the repeat interval to Never. You will need to reset these alarms for each day you need them. After November 7th, 2010, you can set your alarms to repeat again."

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Nov 03
ComScore: Apple has 24.4% of US smartphone market

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that measures the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending in September.

The 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 September report found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 23.5% market share, while RIM led among smartphone platforms with 37.3% market share.

For the three month average period ending in September, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 23.5%...

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Nov 03
Sony brings Free Realms to the Mac

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), in collaboration with TransGaming, has released Free Realms for the Mac platform. Mac users can now enjoy the family-friendly online world, integrated into synchronous gameplay on the same game servers as PC players.

Free Realms players on the Mac platform will experience consistent controls and functionality and will have full access to the existing Marketplace and community forums, according to the folks at Sony. Free Realms is a free-to-play, online game that has more than 14 million registered players engaged in its virtual world.

In Free Realms, players can customize their characters and play a variety of mini-games. To play, visit http://www.FreeRealms.com .

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Nov 03
Nielsen: iPhone has 28% market share

The Android exited the third quarter with 19% smartphone market share, with the BlackBerry OS and Apple iOS grabbing 30% and 28%, respectively, according to the Nielsen research group -- as reported by "eWeek" (http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Android-at-at-19-as-Apple-C...).

The BlackBerry OS, which just months ago commanded more than 40% of the U.S. smartphone market before the rivalry between iPhone and Android took wing, dipped to 30% market share, per the study. The iPhone 4 has been the hottest-selling smartphone, says Nielsen.

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Nov 03
Blackmagic Design's Compact Videohub shipping

Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) is shipping the Compact Videohub, which it says is the world’s smallest 40 x 40 SDI router that fits into two rack units of space.

It features three Gb/s SDI, ASI, auto switching SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI formats, full SDI re-clocking, USB, redundant power inputs, ethernet and serial router control for US$4,995.
Compact Videohub is less than an inch deep. It includes more control interfaces such as USB, as well as direct ethernet and RS-422 serial interfaces.

Direct ethernet router control allows direct connection to a computer network for control. Ethernet control is fully compatible with Blackmagic Design‘s range of software control panels, the Videohub Smart Control hardware control panel and the new Videohub Control for iPad.

Compact Videohub, like all Blackmagic Design Videohub routers, allows for a range of...

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Nov 03
SubRosaSoft.com releases MacForensicsLab Write Controller 1.0

SubRosaSoft.com (http://www.macforensicslab.com/) has released MacForensicsLab Write Controller 1.0, a software write-blocking application. It prevents the Mac from automatically mounting volumes and maintains the integrity of suspect data, providing a layer of protection when working with important information.

By default, Mac OS X automatically mounts the volumes of any device when connected to the Mac. If a suspect drive is connected directly to the Mac with mounting turned on, the Mac OS will immediately update the drive with system related information which could compromise the integrity of the evidence.

Write Controller allows an investigator to control this behavior and prevent automatic mounting which prevents accidental writing to the drive. The software also has the flexibility to allow the user to mount and unmount volumes.  

MacForensicLab Write Controller is now...

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Nov 03
'MacNotables' looks at the new MacBook Air

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.

Mac guru Ted Landau is the proud owner of a new MacBook Air, and provides some
insight into the benefits and limitations of the SSD drive, the unibody construction and how it compares to the PC netbook market. While not for everyone, Landau explains how the Air compares and compliments Mac desktops, other Mac laptops and even the iPad.

Then he examines the Mac App Store announcement and what he thinks its impact will be on developers and users alike, why he thinks sooner is better to establish an app
store presence, and why he isn't necessarily happy about it all.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple...

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Nov 03
ITC: Nokia shouldn't be found guilty of infringing Apple...

Nokia shouldn’t be found liable of infringing Apple patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-02/nokia-gets-support-of-itc-staff...).

“The evidence will not establish a violation” of Apple patent rights, the staff, which acts on behalf of the public as a third party in the case, said in a pre-hearing memo released yesterday. Apple is asking the ITC to block imports of Nokia phones into the U.S., claiming they are infringing four patents.

In September Apple sued Nokia in Britain, reiterating claims it has already made in a lawsuit in the US. The whole legal brouhaha has a convoluted background. In May Nokia announced the filing of another lawsuit against Apple, in...

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Nov 03
Warner Music Group exec departs for Apple

Elliott Peters, Warner Music Group’s senior VP and head of digital legal affairs is leaving the company next month for a job at Apple, reports "Billboard" (http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i8a210b25e0747...).

According to an internal memo obtained by the music industry publication, Peters is taking on the role of corporate attorney director for iTunes Europe and Internet services, based in Luxembourg, where he will manage the European legal team for iTunes and MobileMe services. He’s been with WMG since 2000. Ron Wilcox, WMG’s executive counsel for business affairs and strategic and digital initiatives will oversee the label’s digital legal affairs team upon Peters’ departure.

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Nov 03
Analyst expects banner year for Apple in 2011

Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair has told clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/11/02/apple-can-sell-100m-...) -- that he expects Apple to see 100 million iPhones, 48 million iPads and lots of MacBook Airs in 2011. To be specific, he predicts:

° Apple will produce 45-48 million iPads next year, which would be up from his forecast of 13.5 million in 2010.  He expects the arrival of the iPad 2 to spark sales.

° Apple will sell approximately 100 million iPhones and nab 10% of the global market share.

° MacBook Air unit momentum will cause the street to raise expectations for Mac units in the quarter. "We believe the 11 inch Air will be both provide solid incremental units to...

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Nov 03
Lawsuit claims Apple intentionally 'iBricked' iPhone...

Another day, another lawsuit. To boost sales of the iPhone 4, Apple told owners of its third-generation iPhone to download an operating system that the company knew would turn the 3G phones into a "device with little more use than that of a paper weight," unhappy customers say in a Superior Court class action, as reported by the "Courthouse News Service" (http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/11/03/31573.htm).

Lead plaintiff Bianca Wofford says Apple told owners of its 3G and 3GS iPhones that the new iOS4 operating system was an upgrade. But she says the "upgrade" made her phone slow and susceptible to crashes, turning an iPhone into an "iBrick," says "Courthouse News Service."

"In essence, Apple knowingly and intentionally released what it called a system software 'upgrade' that, in fact, made hundreds of thousands of third generation iPhones that...

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Nov 03
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard"). It adds ability to clear the Koobface.A/Boonana.A trojan and Microsoft Office 2011 font caches. This version also fixes few minor bugs discovered in the previous release.

Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.

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Nov 03
Native Instruments opens up The Mouth by Tim Exile

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has introduced The Mouth, an US$79 performance instrument and sound processor designed by electronic artist Tim Exile. Based on Reaktor technology, it generates melodies and harmonies from any audio signal on the fly, turning vocals, drum loops and other sources into electronic textures and original sonic mayhem.

The Mouth is the second instrument collaboration between Native Instruments and Exile, following the keyboard-controlled effects processor The Finger, and originating from the same custom Reaktor-based live setup that is at the center of Exile's stage performances.

Equipped with automatic pitch detection and harmonizing controls, The Mouth provides an array of expressive and inspirational synthesizer, vocoder and talk box-style sounds and effects with an electronic character.

The Mouth offers separate "Pitch...

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Nov 03
iTunes music clips expanded from 30 to 90 seconds

iTunes (and Apple) will be increasing the length of music clips on their system from 30 seconds to 90 seconds, reports "Symphonic Distribution" (http://symintranet.com/blog/?p=3273).

“We are pleased to let you know that we are preparing to increase the length of music previews from 30 seconds to 90 seconds on the iTunes Store in the United States," Apple said. "We believe that giving potential customers more time to listen to your music will lead to more purchases.”

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Nov 03
Canon introduces imageFormula DR-6030C document scanner

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has added the US$4,495 imageFORMULA DR-6030C document scanner to its lineup. The new scanner provides comprehensive scanning functionality in a desktop design that effectively delivers document-capture benefits across business applications, says Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. “

The Canon DR-6030C is a solution for scanning large numbers of documents. Delivering color and black-and-white scan speeds up to 80 pages-per-minute (ppm) /160 images-per-minute (ipm)i, the DR-6030C scanner can handle a variety of document types such as thick documents, plastic ID cards, driver licenses, as well as long documents up to 118 inches in length.

The compact Canon DR-6030C scanner can handle batches of mixed documents as well as deskew or rotate inverted images. Features such as Auto Page Size Detection and Skip Blank Page...

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Nov 03
Apple named most innovative company

The 2010 Global Innovation 1000 (http://www.booz.com/global/home/what_we_think/featured_content/innovatio...), the sixth annual study of corporate innovation spending, released today by global management consulting firm Booz & Company, names Apple as the most innovative company.

Apple leads the list, capturing 79% of the vote. It's followed by Google with 49% and 3m with 20%. The three companies "can innovate successfully without breaking the bank," says Booz & Company.

"Apple is an exceptional example of our observation that success in innovation is determined not by how much money you spend, but rather by how you spend it," the report says. "The company has a long history of bringing innovative and stylish products to market, from the first Apple computer in 1976 to the...

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Nov 03
Raidon presents the GearTANK 6610 series

Raidon Technology (www.RAIDON.com.tw) has launched the GearTANK 6610 Series, GR6610-5S-U5 with miniSAS interface and SL6610-5S-L4D with dual band iSCSI. It's a direct attached storage solution via miniSAS interface at 300 MB/second.
 
Designed for data intensive workflows and security environments, the GearTANK 6610 series comes with a built-in Intel IOP80331 and 512MB of internal cache memory under the hood. It supports up to 10TB in capacity and RAID level 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD. The GearTank 6610 series is also equipped with LCD management and a user friendly web GUI to simplify maintenance and configuration process.
 
The GearTANK SL6610-5S-L4D provides two Gigabit LAN ports at 200 MB/second for multiple users to access to the same storage network without slowing down the network traffic. The GearTANK SL6610-5S-L4D also supports remote access, global hot spare and off-site backup...

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