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Sep 28
Pixelmator for Mac OS X gets Aperture support

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has updated Pixelmator -- a US$59 GPU-powered image editing tool for creating, editing and enhancing still images -- to version 1.6.1. The upgrade, free to registered users, adds Aperture support, an improved Photo Browser palette, a revamped Stroke feature, bug fixes, and more.

Pixelmator is based on Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use Mac's video card for image processing. Core Image and OpenGL utilize the graphics card for image processing operations, freeing the CPU for other tasks. If a high-performance card with increased video memory (VRAM) is present, the user will find real-time responsiveness across a wide variety of Pixelmator operations, including editing tools, color correction tools, and filters, according to Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team.

Pixelmator supports more than 100 different file formats, including Photoshop...

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Sep 28
Apple: Cook not going to HP

As I suspected, Apple's Tim Cook isn't considering going to HP as CEO, despite rumors to the contrary. Eric Savitz of "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/09/28/apple-cook-not-going...) shoots down the rumors.

He says he talked with Gleacher & Co. analyst Brian Marshall, who follows Apple. Marshall says he had just spoken to Cook about the rumor.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Sep 28
Eco Holster released for the iPhone

Concord Keystone (http://www.concordkeystone.com) has introduced the US$69.99 Keystone ECO holster with a built in rechargeable battery that provides back-up power and automatically recharges iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.

Available in black or white matte finish, the hard case design provides full front and back protection for the Apple smartphone. The Keystone ECO holster uses a mechanical spring sliding action that enables users to slide the case open and remove the iPhone from the charging case, leaving the auxiliary battery in the holster, and lessening the battery bulk when iPhone is in use.

The rechargeable 1300 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery is housed in a slim polycarbonate case that clips to belts, waistbands, handbags, or briefcases. To use the Keystone ECO holster, users slide iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G into the holster and the phone automatically begins charging the battery,...

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Sep 28
Apple posts Remote 2.0

Apple has released Remote 2.0. The new version of the iTunes and Apple TV remote control app adds iPad and Retina Display support. It's free and available at the Apple App Store.

You can now control iTunes and Apple TV shared libraries from your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Remote 2.0 adds support for iTunes 10 and the Apple TV "Take Three." It also supports Home Sharing.

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Sep 28
Certain English, Tasmania students getting iPhones, iPads

More than 500 medical students at the University of Leeds are being issued with iPhones which can access online text books, reports the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-11427317). And the Tasmanian Department of Education and Training has revealed over 30 iPads are being trialled in a number of schools across the state, notes "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/362432/ipad_trials_hit_tasmanian...).

The Apple smartphones at the University of Leeds -- a British Redbrick university located in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England -- have applications providing students with reference material and prescription guidelines. The university, claiming a...

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Sep 28
Aston Martin replaces the iPhone as Britain's 'coolest...

The iPhone has been knocked off the top spot of Britain's Cool Brands index by Aston Martin, reports "Telegraph UK" (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/8028268/iPhone-knocked-off-C...). The iPhone is is second place, followed by the iPod, the Blackberry and Bang & Olufsen, an upmarket audio-visual manufacturer.

“Traditional favourites continue to challenge new, cutting edge brands, which is reflected perfectly by the return of Aston Martin as the coolest brand despite close attention from iPhone," Stephen Cheliotis, the chairman of the CoolBrands Council said.

The CoolBrands are chosen by a combination of 2,000 consumers in a survey and by a panel of 35 designers, style magazine editors and website executives. Apple's...

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Sep 28
Survey: iPad owners skew younger, male

"Advertising Week" has published the results of a Nielsen survey (http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/the-connected-devices-age-i...) of 5,000 consumers who own a tablet computer, eReader, netbook, media player or smartphone -- including 400 iPad owners. The survey found, among other things, that iPad owners skew younger and more male.

Per the survey:

° 65% of iPad owners are male and 63% are under 35.

° Amazon Kindle owners tend to be wealthier. 44% of them make more than US$80,000/year compared with 39% of iPad owners and 37% of iPhone owners. They also tend to have more education: 27% of Kindle owners have Master's degrees or PhDs.

° iPad owners tend to be more receptive to...

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Sep 28
Office 2011 for the Mac arriving Oct. 26

Microsoft officials say that a leak earlier this month was correct and that Office for Mac 2011 will be available for purchase starting Oct. 26, reports ZDNet (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-confirms-office-for-mac-20...).

Microsoft Office 2011 will come in two editions: the Mac Home and Student version and a Mac Home and Business offering. The former includes the Word word-processing. The price will be US$119 for a single license and $149 for a family pack that allows for installs on three Macs.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011...

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Sep 28
Analysts: next iPad won't arrive until June 2011

Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group have told clients -- as reported by the San Jose Business Journal (http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2010/09/27/daily19.html?a...) that Apple may roll out a thinner iPad with a built-in camera and mini-USB drive by June, later than some others have projected.

The Sellers Research Firm (that's me) thinks we'll see a new iPad sooner than June, but not in time for the holiday season as some have predicted. My forecast: look for a new iPad around March. Also, I'm 99% sure the next iPad will have a built-in camera. I'm less certain about a mini-USB drive (though that would be great) and the rumored seven-inch iPad.

Sales of tablet computers from Apple and others could reach 16 million units this year and 35 million in 2011, Goldman Sachs forecasts...

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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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