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Sep 23
Apple CEO is 42nd richest American

According to the annual list of the 400 richest Americans, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is 42nd on the list with a net worth of US$6.1 billion. Last year he had a net worth of $5.1 billion.


The CEO only draws one buck a year in salary, but makes a bundle of cash from Apple stock options. Globally, Jobs ranks 136 on the list of billionaires, according to "Forbes."

Here's what "Forbes" has to say about Jobs: "In January he unveiled Apple's iPad tablet amid a media frenzy; the device has so far beaten the hype with more than 3 million sold since April. In May Apple's market cap overtook Microsoft's to become the most valuable tech company in the world. Despite a super-publicized antenna problem, Apple's latest iPhone sold 1.7 million units 3 days after launch. Majority of fortune comes from Disney; as largest shareholder owns about $4.4 billion of stock. Reed College dropout founded Apple 1976."

Bill Gates is ranks number one among the 400 riches Americans with a net...

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Sep 23
Analyst: Apple will sell 21 million iPads in 2011

In a note today to clients, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his iPad sales estimates for 2011 from 14.5 million to 21 million units. Among other things, he thinks that Apple will begin selling the tablet device in Target stores, along with over 1,000 Best Busy, in time for the holiday season.

Jaffray also thinks the international roll-out of the iPad will pump up sales. The tablet is now offered in more than 20 countries. Finally, the analyst thinks iPad sales will be helped by Apple's increasing presence in the enterprise market.

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Sep 23
Snowtape for Mac OS X can now record multiple stations at once

Vemedio has updated Snowtape (http://www.snowtape.com) for Mac OS X -- which enables users to listen and record live Internet radio with the touch of one button -- to version 2.0. You can now record from multiple radio stations in the background at once.

Snowtape 2 also introduces Recording Schedules. You can program the new recording engine to record at a certain time in the future or to record a favorite weekly show. Snowtape even wakes up the Mac, starts itself and records the show. After it has finished the Mac goes to sleep again.

The editor has been re-imagined from the ground up. Not only has Vemedio added audio waveforms but also zooming, scrolling and selecting. Extracting individual tracks form a recording is now also possible because Snowtape uses Last.fm Audio Fingerprints to identify a song based on the audio samples.

What's more, Snowtape 2 now fully supports the AirTunes...

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Sep 23
'MacNotables' looks at a variety of iPhone apps

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.

Ted Landau looks at plenty of apps on his iPhone and iPad, but there are only so many that make the cut and remain installed and in use. He takes us on a tour of what he uses and why, with apps for productivity, news, file sharing, audio and video streaming, Twitter, and more.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly. Not all panelists can make all shows due to scheduling conflicts.

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Sep 23
XPI introduces iPad adapter

XPI Power has released a small, US$4.99 adapter for the iPad: the iXP1-500 (http://www.xmultiple.com/xwebsite-powercircuit-xpower1.htm), which is designed to solve the problems iPad users have charging from their non-Mac desktop and laptop computers.

You can attach the iXP1-500 adapter to your existing Apple charge/sync cable, and your iPad will charge from your computer's USB port. Plugging an Apple tablet into a computer's USB port, instead of an AC jack, often results in syncing only.

The iPad requires 10W of energy to charge, which is much more than a typical USB port provides. However, even a USB port will work extremely slow compared to an AC outlet. That means most desktops and laptop USB ports won't charge the iPad. Therefore, to charge the iPad you have to be a slave to a wall outlet.

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Sep 23
UA releases EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in

Universal Audio (http://www.uaudio.com/support/uad/downloads/index.html) has released the EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in for the UAD-2. It gives guitar players and mix engineers the tape delay effects of vintage Echoplex units, now on the UAD-2 powered plug-Ins platform for Mac and PC systems.

Universal Audio President Matt Ward says you only need to listen to classic recordings from Jimmy Page, Brian May, Chick Corea, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson and Andy Summers to hear the Echoplex sound in action, according to the folks at UA. Unlike other Echoplex emulations, the EP-34 is the first plug-in that targets specific behaviors of both the EP-3 and EP-4 Echoplexes.

The EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in is available as part of the new UAD Software 5.7.0 release. In addition to the EP-34 Tape Echo, 5.7.0 includes the now officially licensed dbx 160...

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Sep 23
Sonos introduces Sonos Wireless Dock

Sonos (http://www.sonos.com), a developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, has introduced the Sonos Wireless Dock, an accessory to the Sonos Multi-Room Music System.  With the Sonos Wireless Dock you can now play all of the music from an iPod or iPhone in every room of the house. It will be available for US$119 beginning by the end of October.
 
The Sonos Wireless Dock accesses all of the music stored or playing on an iPhone or iPod and sends it wirelessly to Sonos ZonePlayers all throughout your home before converting the music to analog. It's compatible with the following devices: iPod touch (first, second and third generations), iPod classic, iPod nano (third, fourth and fifth generations), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPhone, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. 


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Sep 23
Akvis Retoucher update adds new feature to the Stamp tool

Akvis has released Akvis Retoucher 4.5 (http://akvis.com/en/retoucher) for Mac OS X and Windows systems, an update of the app for restoring damaged photos by removing dust, scratches, stains, and by reconstructing the missing parts of a photo automatically.

The new version adds a new feature to the Stamp tool. Now it's possible to mirror a clone horizontally and vertically. It can be helpful, for example, when you need to add a mirror of the restored object to water, glass, etc.

Akvis Retoucher is available in plug-in and  standalone versions. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 64 bit. The software runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher and Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win7.

AKVIS Retoucher sells for $87. A demo is available for download.

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Sep 23
"REALbasic Developer Magazine" available in book...

"REALbasic Developer Magazine" (http://www.rbdeveloper.com/) is reprinting the last year's issues into a bound book that will be shipping in October. Through Sept. 30 the book may be pre-ordered for $37.50, 25% off the normal price of $49.99.

Current subscribers can save even more with an additional subscriber discount. The 384-page book contains the full contents of year 8 of the magazine (issues 8.1-8.6, Nov. 2009-Oct. 2010), and features a full-color cover, black ink interior, and perfect-binding. Those interested should place orders today on the REALbasic Developer web site.

A bimonthly publication focused on instructing users of the REAL Studio development environment, "REALbasic Developer" is a source of REALbasic instruction, tutorials, and programming advice. Subscriptions in digital format (PDF) are $49.99 per year. Individual printed issues may ordered via MagCloud. More...

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Sep 23
GTA to bring iPhone 4 to Guam on Sept. 24

GTA TeleGuam (http://www.gta.net) says it will launch iPhone 4 in Guam on Sept. 24 with a range of service plans tailored for iPhone customers. Full pricing will be announced soon.

"Customer response to iPhone in Guam has been overwhelming and we are confident the unique features of iPhone 4 will be received with great excitement by our customers," says Roland Certeza, executive vice president of sales for GTA TeleGuam. "GTA customers will find it easy and affordable to enjoy the great new innovations of iPhone 4 with our range of plans and pricing."

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Sep 23
Roku introduces new line of HD streaming players

Roku (http://www.roku.com), makers of the Roku streaming player, has introduced its new product lineup. With up to 1080p HD streaming support and Instant Replay, the new players are shipping immediately at prices starting from US$59.99.

All models feature high-definition playback as well as support for older, standard definition TVs. There are three new Roku models: the entry-level Roku HD at $59.99; the Roku XD with Wireless-N and 1080p, and the top-of-the-line Roku XDS, which adds dual-band wireless technology and extensive connectivity options for home entertainment systems.

All Roku players deliver a large collection of streaming entertainment available for the TV, including over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix and Amazon; Video On Demand; live and on-demand baseball from MLB.TV; music from Pandora, MP3tunes, MOG, and RadioTime; photo and video sharing from Flickr and Facebook; plus news and...

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Sep 23
TaskTime for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

ToThePoint Software has updated TaskTime (http://www.ttpsoftware.com/Products/tasktime.html), Mac OS X software for tracking time spend on jobs, to version 4.4.7.7. The new version fixes a bug related to saving invoice preferences.

TaskTime can generate personalized invoices which can be emailed, printed, and saved to disk. Other features include: project status tracking, Address Book integration for adding clients, linking of related resources to projects for reference, project expenses tracking, the ability to bill for flat rate items, scheduled and manual data backup, minimizing of project windows to small floating time controllers and more.

TaskTime costs US$20. Version 4.4.7.7 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x.

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Sep 23
MacWise rings up version 12.16

Carnation Software has released MacWise 12.16 (ttp://www.MacWise.com) for Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. The new version adds two new variables to use for MacFileName.

MacFileName can be a complete path or just a file name. If no path is specified, then the file is saved on the desktop.

Many host computers are programmed to instruct the client app to save and restore screens. MacWise 12.0 or later supports three sets of escape sequences commonly used by PC clients (HostAccess, Accuterm and System Builder).

The software emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. MacWise also supports ANSI and SCO ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode, and AppleScript. It works with Intel or PowerPC Macs, MacBooks, Powerbooks and desktops and allows users to connect to the host via serial, modem, telnet, ssh, via the internet or local connection.

MacWise costs US$95 for a single users...

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Sep 23
Tunebug Shake gets a helmet rocking

TuneBug (http://www.tunebug.com) has released the Tunebug Shake, an US$99.99 device designed to turn any helmet --- be it ski, snowboard, skateboard, cycling, or hard hat -- into a "personal music concert." w

The Tunebug Shake sends sound waves through the surface of the helmet creating an overhead listening experience. It's designed to eliminates the need for earphones. It can be connected to iPods, MP3 players, mobile phones, or any other portable music device wirelessly using Bluetooth technology or by audio cable.

The Shake also features a rechargeable battery with about five hours of playtime. It charges via the included USB cable. 

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Sep 23
New York Apple specialist offering workshops for retail biz

Tekserve, New York City's largest independent Apple specialist, will hold a day of workshops supporting retail businesses.

The event will be held on Sept. 30 at Tekserve's Manhattan retail location. It is the latest in their ongoing program, Tekserve Means Business, aimed at small- and medium-sized business and focusing on practical, affordable productivity and security solutions from Tekserve and Apple.

Four workshop sessions will be held throughout the day at noon, 2, 4, and 6 p.m. A networking reception will be held before the 6:00 p.m. session. To register, or for more info, visit: tekserve.com/meansbusiness .

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Sep 23
Melodyne for Mac OS X goes 64-bit

Celemony (http://www.celemony.com) has announced 1.2 of its Mac compatible Melodyne editor, Melodyne assistant and Melodyne essential. The update brings full 64-bit compatibility and various optimizations.
 
With version 1.2, the new Melodyne generation joins the currently select ranks of plug-ins capable of running native in modern 64-bit hosts. For users, this means primarily that Melodyne is more robust and runs more smoothly during the editing of more extensive projects, accoring to the folks at Celemony.

Broader host compatibility, various workflow improvements -- such as in the handling of transfer storage paths -- and a number of bug-fixes round off version 1.2. Naturally, compatibility with 32-bit hosts is maintained. Version 1.2 will appear in October and is free for registered users.

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Sep 23
WHDI and WirelessHD establish wireless HD market

Wireless high-definition (HD) video technologies represent the next frontier in consumer electronic (CE) connectivity,replacing the nest of wires in the living room with high-bandwidth wireless technologies capable of transmitting HD video streams, according to a new study by Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com).

The primary candidate technologies include: wireless home digital interface (WHDI), WirelessHD, and Wireless Gigabit (WiGig). WHDI and WirelessHD are new, uncompressed HD video transmission technologies, each of which is primarily promoted by start-up chip companies. Although each has significant potential, both face significant market obstacles. WiGig has broad-based industry participation, but silicon is still a long way from the market, says Research and Markets.

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Sep 22
Avid unveils new line-up of music tools

Avid (http://www.avid.com) has introduced a set of tools -- including the new Pro Tools Mbox family, the M-Audio MobilePre, Pro Tools SE bundles and M-Audio Oxygen 88 keyboard controller -- for a range of musicians who are seeking to create, record and mix music at home or on the road.
 
According to Avid, new features in the third generation of the Pro Tools Mbox family -- Pro Tools Mbox Pro, Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Mini -- include: re-designed hardware with pro features delivering best-in-class audio and the flexibility to compose using Pro Tools LE or your DAW of choice

For first-time Pro Tools users and emerging artists with an interest in musical composition, editing and production, the new Avid Recording Studio, Avid KeyStudio and Avid Vocal Studio systems provide everything needed to create and record music at home, including new Pro Tools SE software and proven M-Audio hardware....

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Sep 22
Apple updates iWork apps for the iPad

Apple has released version 1.2 updates to its three iWork apps for the iPad: Pages, Numbers and Keynote. They're available at the Apple App Store.

According to Apple, the updates offer improvements to file-format support and file transferring, add the ability to transfer files to and from remote servers and beef up support for exporting files in Microsoft Office-compatible file formats. They also support transferring documents to and from iDisk, a feature of Apple's MobileMe US$99-per-year suite of online services/tools.

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Sep 22
Apple releases LED Cinema Display Software Update 1.0

Apple has posted LED Cinema Display Software Update 1.0 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1107). It provides support for the 27-inch LED Cinema Display.

It's a 75.79MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or higher. LED Cinema Display Software Update 1.0 can be obtained with the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Sep 22
NBC not likely to join rental program for new Apple TV

NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker says the network isn't likely to follow rivals to make its TV shows available for new US$0.99 rental service unveiled earlier this month in conjunction with the new Apple TV, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idCNN2219136720100922).

"We do not think 99 cents is the right price point for our content. ... We thought it would devalue our content," Zucker said at a Goldman Sachs investor conference. And he noted that NBC shows are already available for $1.99 for download at iTunes.

The new $99 Apple TV was introduced on Sept. 1 and should ship within the next 2-4 weeks. With it you rent a TV episode for $0.99, and you have up to 30 days to start watching and then 48 hours to finish it -- or watch multiple times.

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Sep 22
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 22

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/).

Electric Pocket’s new (and free) Nag app for iPhone offers a simple control screen for setting a quick reminder for yourself. Tapping on a single button sets a nagging alarm that will jog your memory over and over. Nag's controls let you press a single button to set an alarm at the top of the hour, or at a set time away -- such as in five minutes, or an hour from now. If you want to fine-tune the alarm time, then simply press the time buttons again to add to the elapsed time.

Gamincom has announced Luminou 1.0 for iOS devices. Designed for little ones who are afraid on the dark, the US$1.99 app offers a choice of 10 plush toys that glow in the dark, and shuts down gradually depending on the length of your choice. You can also choose from 10...

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Sep 22
Android OS grows in business market, but iOS stays strong

ChangeWave's (http://www.changewave.com) latest corporate spending survey shows that the big winner in the business smart phone market this quarter is the Google Android Operating System, though Apple's iOS still remains strong.

When the research group asked respondents which mobile operating system their company currently provides, the Android OS (16%) was the clear momentum winner, registering a six point jump in market share since a previous survey in May.

All told, over the past nine months the Android OS has seen a five-fold increase in corporate market share. At the same time, Research In Motion’s OS still holds the dominant share of the corporate market, but it has dropped three points since May in terms of current share. The Apple iOS remains strong, ticking higher by one point.

Going forward, 35% of respondents report their company plans to buy smart phones next quarter one...

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Sep 22
FMC announces new iPhone, iPad development courses

Future Media Concepts (http://www.FMCtraining.com), an Apple Gold Level training Center, is expanding its Mac IT Academy offerings with two workshops for creating, publishing and selling iPhone and iPad applications.
 
The workshops are taught in small class size to maximize student/instructor interaction and provide the most conducive learning environment, according to the folks at Future Media Concepts. The teaching methodology consists of a combination of instructor demonstration and hands-on supervised practice sessions. Contact Future Media Concepts for times and pricing.

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Sep 22
Only half a million iPad owners using AT&T's network?

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says that about a half a million iPad owners use the company's network to connect the Apple tablet computer to the Internet, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idCAN2116253420100921). And one analyst says that's a lower number than expected.

AT&T, is the only U.S. operator providing cellular connectivity for iPad. Pacific Crest analyst Steve Clement told "Reuters" that the half a million figure could indicate that many iPad purchasers aren't bothering to connect the device to the Internet using the AT&T network.
Since operators such as AT&T are expecting strong growth from gadgets such as tablet computers, this trend could mean the device category will represent less business than expected, he said.

"Half a million at this point would seem low," Clement told "Reuters." Samsung...

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