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Aug 27
Microsoft co-founder sues Apple, 10 other companies

Another day, another lawsuit. A tech licensing company controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is suing 11 companies, including Apple, for violating patents on “fundamental web technologies” developed by Interval Research, the now-defunct Silicon Valley lab that Allen created with Xerox PARC veteran David Liddle in the 1990s, reports "TechFlash" (

In addition to Apple, Facebook, Office Depot, Yahoo, YouTube, Netflix and eBay are being targeted. Microsoft isn't on the list.

A total of four Interval Research patents are cited in the complaint, which seeks unspecified monetary damages for alleged patent infringement. In a statement this morning, Allen’s firm calls the patents at issue in the suit “fundamental to the ways that leading e-commerce and search companies operate today," says "TechFlash."

The patents cited in the suit include one for a “Browser for use in...

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Aug 27
Apple to pay iPhone developers sooner, more frequently

According to a post at the Apple iPhone Dev Center (, the company will pay developers sooner and more often under a new Payments and Financial Reports module in iTunes Connect.

Apple says this new module provides you with details on all financial reports and payments. From a dashboard view, developers obtain information including last payment, amount owed, latest monthly earnings, a rolling transaction history, unit sales, and payment trends.
In addition, Apple has also made updates to how your payments will be processed and how they are presented on iTunes Connect, including:

° Reduction in the thresholds required to be paid, increasing the frequency you will receive proceeds;

° A consolidated...

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Aug 27
Mariner Software launches Narrator

Mariner Software ( has launched Narrator under its brand after recently acquiring it from Dejal Systems. It's Mac OS X software that allows the user to read stories out loud using speech synthesis.

Narrator is now up to version 2.1. The latest rev lets you export to iTunes and, listen to your own texts like audiobooks. It supports multiple voice characters and multiple chapters in a single document and can export AAC sound files.

Narrator costs US$39.95 for a downloadable version; a boxed/CD version will be offered soon. Version 2.1 is a free upgrade for registered users and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Aug 27
Bluetrek Metal Evolution headset specially designed for the...

Bluetrek ( has launched a Bluetooth headset specially designed for iPhone 4 and 3GS. It's an US$59.99 silver color case in a brushed metallic finish on a reinforced aluminum casing.

The Bluetooth chipset used in this Metal Evolution headset is from the same maker as the one used in the iPhones. The audio tuning of the Metal Evolution for iPhone is specially catered to iPhone 4 and 3GS, according to John Haley, director of Bluetrek USA. In addition, the headset is equipped with “NoiseLock” noise cancellation technology that effectively eliminates background noise in the surrounding environment up to 80dB, he adds.

The belt clip also embeds a mini USB adapter to charge the headset from any standard USB compatible travel charger or car charger.

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Aug 27
Kodak announces new all-in-one printer

Eastman Kodak Company ( has announced the newest addition to its innovative line of all-in-one inkjet printers: the ESP 9250 AiO. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$249.99.

The ESP 9250 Printer features Kodak's proprietary pigmented inks and an intelligent bar code system that optimizes settings for superior printing performance using Kodak's proprietary pigmented ink system. Kodak printers automatically detect and adjust for printing documents or photos and feature a bar code reader that works with Kodak Photo Paper to customize the printer's ink output to produce the best results.

With the latest Wi-Fi and networking capability, consumers can effortlessly print with the ESP 9250 Printer, from anywhere in their home or even from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad device. A control panel and built-in templates allow you to print a variety of forms, including graph paper,...

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Aug 27
Macs, laptops Steaming up

Valve has released some figures in the Steam for OS X universe, showing a mass move to portable computers and strong steps for Mac gaming, notes "9to5 Mac" ( The latest figures show us that over two thirds of Mac users on Steam own a MacBook or MacBook Pro, another 23 percent use an iMac.

Overall 72% of processors at Valve are Intel, while the majority (59%)of graphics cards in Gamerland come from Nvidia. Also, 32.73% of users were still using Windows XP.
According to the survey, 45.78% of Mac users are gaming on a MacBook Pro, 23.18% are using an iMac, 20.25% a MacBook, 5.41% a Mac Pro and 3.44% a Mac mini.

Steam and Valve's library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series.

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Aug 27
Firefox support for PowerPC Macs coming to an end

Mozilla says it's unlikely that the final version of Firefox 4 will run on older Macs with PowerPC processors, according to "Computerworld" ( Apparently, you'll need a Mac with an Intel processor.

"We are not likely to be supporting PowerPC," said Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox, in a message Tuesday on the discussion group. "[But] no announcement has been made yet, as I'd like to have the data to back it up, and am having trouble getting it."

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Aug 27
Reverb Communications must remove 'deceptive' reviews

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled against a marketing firm that posted favorable reviews of its clients' gaming applications on iTunes, reports the "BBC" (

Reverb Communications employees posed as ordinary reviewers in a ploy that the FTC called "deceptive advertising." The firm must now remove all of the reviews posted by its employees.

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Aug 27
MPEG LA offers H.264 video license royalty free for life

MPEG LA says its AVC Patent Portfolio License will continue not to charge royalties for Internet Video that is free to end users (known as “Internet Broadcast AVC Video”) during the entire life of this license.

MPEG LA previously announced it would not charge royalties for such video through Dec. 31, 2015. The latest announcement makes it clear that royalties will continue not to be charged for such video beyond that time. Products and services other than Internet Broadcast AVC Video continue to be royalty-bearing.

MPEG LA's AVC Patent Portfolio License provides access to essential patent rights for the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard. In addition to Internet Broadcast AVC Video, MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License provides coverage for devices that decode and encode AVC video, AVC video sold to end users for a fee on a title or subscription basis and free television video services.

AVC video is used in set-top boxes, media player...

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Aug 27
Intel's third quarter below expectations

Intel ( says third-quarter revenue will be below the company’s previous outlook. The company now expects third-quarter revenue to be US$11.0 billion, plus or minus $200 million, compared to the previous expectation of between $11.2 and $12.0 billion.

Revenue is being affected by weaker than expected demand for consumer computers in mature markets. Inventories across the supply chain appear to be in-line with the company’s revised expectations.

The company’s expectation for third-quarter gross margin is now 66%, plus or minus a point, lower than the previous expectation of 67%, plus or minus a couple of points. The impact of lower volume is being partially offset by slightly higher average selling prices stemming from solid enterprise demand.

Equity investments, interest and other is expected to be $175 million, consistent with the company’s revised expectation reported on Form...

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Aug 27
Free Photoshop World Expo passes available

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) says free Expo passes ( are now available for the public to attend the 2010 Photoshop World Expo on Sept. 2-3 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The Photoshop World Expo -- produced by the NAPP in partnership with Adobe -- is part of Photoshop World Conference & Expo, the world’s largest Photoshop and photography training event. This industry expo features product launches, hands-on demonstrations, exclusive offers, and promotions and giveaways from more than 40 exhibitors, including Adobe, Adorama, Dell, Epson America, iStockphoto, Mpix, Nik Software, onOne Software, Wacom Technology, Wescott and Xerox Corporation.

It's targeted to photographers and design students, as well as hobbyists. During the final two days of the Expo, Photoshop...

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Aug 27
Apple releases iWork 9.0.4

Apple has released iWork 9.0.4 ( This update addresses issues in Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, and adds export compatibility to Pages with the standard ePub file format (for use with iBooks).

Apple says the update is recommended for users of iWork 9.0, 9.0.1, 9.0.2, and 9.0.3. it's a 63.44MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher. iWork 9.0.4 can be obtained by using the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Aug 27
Apple releases MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.9

Apple has released Apple released MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.9 ( This update is recommended for all 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro mid 2010 models.

According to Apple, the update resolves a rare issue that may cause the system to freeze during startup or intermittently stall during operation, and it improves compatibility with external displays.

The MacBook Pro EFI Update will update the EFI firmware on your MacBook Pro. Your computer's power cord must be connected and plugged into a working power source. When your MacBook Pro restarts a gray screen will appear with a status bar to indicate the progress of the update. It will take several minutes for the update to complete. Don't disturb or shut off the power on your MacBook Pro during this update.

MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.9 isa 2.16MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.4...

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Aug 27
Conference offers training in tools from Apple, Adobe, Avid

Future Media Concepts (FMC) -- an authorized digital media training organization for post-production, broadcast, and content creators -- has announced the 6th annual NY Post|Production Conference, which will be held in New York City from Oct. 13-14 alongside the Content and Communications World (CCW) event at the Jacob Javitz Center.

Produced in association with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the NY Conference offers post-production professionals and digital content creators an opportunity to take a bite out of today’s leading technical trends and workflows from industry powerhouses such as Apple, Adobe and Avid. FMC combines manufacturer-certified instruction with training and networking experience.

This year’s conference is held in conjunction with Content and Communication World Expo, providing attendees with the opportunity to browse the show floor of over 100 exhibitors. Future Media Concepts is offering a discounted rate of 10% off...

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Aug 27
ActionSoft releases Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills

ActionSoft has released Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills (, a US25 game for Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. A demo is available for download.

Here's how the game is described: "Jack Malone is back, in his biggest adventure yet! Join Jack in his quest for treasure as he explores underground caverns, mad scientist laboratories, spooky graveyards, old abandoned castles, and more!

"Outwit new enemies and solve new puzzles as you explore over 880 rooms in the built-in mansions. And when you're done, try out the two bonus mansions for even more fun! And as always, a level builder is included so you can create your mansions, or play mansions others have made.

"Midnight Mansion 2 is a classic 2D platformer based on the highly successful Midnight Mansion. Reminiscent of games such as Dark Castle and...

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Aug 27
Smart Trash for Mac OS X revved to version 1.1.6

Hyperbolic Software ( has updated Smart Trash, which enhances the functions of the Mac OS X trash, to version 1.1.6. It's a maintenance release with bug fixes.

Smart Trash enhances the functions of the Mac OS X trash by adding several menu options including selective file deletion, extensive logging, the ability to empty the trash on specific volumes, and more.

Smart Trash is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher (including Mac OS X 10.5, "Leopard"). Smart Trash costs US$10, though version 1.6 is a free update for registered users.

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Aug 26
RE:Vision Effects releases Twixtor 5, RSMB 4 Sparks

RE:Vision Effects ( says new versions of their Twixtor and ReelSmart Motion Blur plug-ins for Autodesk Advanced Systems (Smoke, Flare, Flint, Flame, Inferno, and Burn), including Smoke on Mac, are now available.

Twixtor enables you to speed up or slow down your image sequences. It synthesizes new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence, employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel.

ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Proprietary tracking technology is at the heart of RSMB. All versions of Smoke, Flint, Flame, Inferno, Flare and Burn on Linux 64-bit and Mac OS X 10.6 are supported.

A ReelSmart Motion Blur v4 Sparks node-locked license is US$189.95, and a floating license is $284.93. A Twixtor v5 Sparks node-locked...

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Aug 26
'YML' looks at Apple's upcoming special event

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at Apple's upcoming special event and more.

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 -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at .

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 in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Aug 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 26

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Netflix is now offering its free Netflix App for iPhone and iPod touch, allowing Netflix members on plans starting at US$8.99 a month to instantly watch a vast selection of TV episodes and movies streamed to their iPhone or iPod touch at no additional cost.

Hairy Monster Studios has announced Save Betsy 1.0, an US$0.99 game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's best described as Doodle Jump for meat lovers. The game challenges players to help Betsy the cow escape from the Vegan Meat Co. by jumping up on stationary, moving and breakable platforms that become harder and harder to navigate as the player gets higher. Save Betsy has built in Facebook integration so you can brag about your scores along with local and global leader boards.

Rock Soft...

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Aug 26
Abilene Christian University expanding its use of iOS devices

With a fall 2010 freshman class of digital natives and a campus fully saturated with iOS devices, Abilene Christian University’s ( mobile-learning initiative, Connected, enters its third year with dozens of real-world projects designed to find new ways to learn, work and collaborate in the digital age.

ACU’s mobile-learning initiative -- based on Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and iPad -- has attracted partners including Cambridge University Press, Alcatel Lucent, Inkling, McGraw-Hill and GetYa Learn On. ACU’s 5,000-student/faculty campus is the test-bed for the partner projects. Scott Perkins, Ph.D., coordinator of research for ACU's mobile-learning initiative, says that over two years of empirical investigations of the impact of mobile learning on student outcomes at ACU have shown that:

° Faculty and students are consistently positive about the overall impact and potential of the program....

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Aug 26
Qualcomm looking for an 'iPhone developer guru'

Qualcomm, which has long been rumored to supply a CDMA chipset to Apple for a Verizon-compatible iPhone, is looking to hire an "iPhone Developer Guru" for a "secret" project, reports "AppleInsider" (

A Qualcomm job listing ( for an "iPhone developer guru" has this to say: "The iPhone has no secret for you? Well, that's what you think... join us and develop the most challenging product of your life! ou are driven by a very strict development discipline, well versed in Agile, and your passion is to bring product in the hands of consumers. You have been exposed to application or game development on mobile for years and you have developed deployed apps on the iPhone. Join us now: we are small fast moving team working in a lab 24hrs/day."

Responsibilities are: "iPhone software...

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Aug 26
Laplink releases PC to Mac transfer, syncing tool

Laplink Software ( has released Switch & Sync, a tool for moving from a PC to a Mac. It allows you to move files to a Mac or synchronize folders between a PC and a Mac.

Switch & Sync copies all selected files and folders from a PC to a Mac, even automatically converting email, contacts and calendars from their PC format for use on a Mac with programs such as Apple Mail and Entourage. The Outlook conversion feature is compatible with Outlook 2000 or later, Windows Mail and Outlook Express 6 or later.

Switch & Sync automatically copyies all of the files and folders the user selects -- including documents, music and pictures -- from a PC to a Mac. It can then be used to keep all of the files and folders up-to-date between the PC and Mac with automated synchronization and Laplink's patented SpeedSync technology. This allows users to enjoy the benefits of each machine and...

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Aug 26 releases Reason 5, Record 1.5 tutorials

Online tutorial vendor MacProVideo ( has released two new Propellerhead Reason 5 tutorials covering the Kong Drum machine and Record 1.5.

The first title is a 2.5-hour tutorial called "Kong: King of Drums." Comprised of 54 separate videos, this tutorial provides an exploration of Kong's beat-making features, including using samples, physical modeling, and synthesis to create drum sounds. This title is produced by Mo Volans, a veteran technical author and Reason user.

The second title is called "Core Propellerhead Record." Produced by G.W. Childs IV, this 2.5-hour tutorial contains 40 separate videos that provide insight into the inner workings of the Record software. Record has unlimited tracks, a mixer modeled after the SSL 9000K with FX, EQ and dynamics processing on every track. From basic set-up techniques to audio time stretching and the new Blocks feature,...

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Aug 26
IK Multimedia, Sonic Reality ship DrummerTracks for AmpliTube

IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality have introduced DrummerTracks, a new series of style-based full-length drum backing tracks performed by top studio drummers.  

Unlike loops, DrummerTracks are full song drum tracks and designed for use as play-along tracks for the AmpliTube range of software and mobile apps. DrummerTracks offer guitarists, bassists and other musicians a way to play along with drum grooves.

A variety of styles ranging from Classic Rock to Progressive Rock to Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Country and more are available. You can import DrummerTracks into the AmpliTube SpeedTrainer section in the standalone versions for Macs and Windows systems. You can load them into the songs or recorder sections of AmpliTube for iPhones, iPods and iPads. Or you canr import them to a track in your preferred DAW sequencer/

DrummerTracks titles are available for $29.99 each. Registered users of AmpliTube for Mac/PC and AmpliTube Mobile products (currently AmpliTube for...

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Aug 26
Just Mobile releases AluPen for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Just Mobile ( has released the US$19.95 AluPen, a chunky pencil-shaped stylus designed to offer precise control over your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It's sculpted from aluminum with a soft rubber nib.

The AluPen is compatible with all capacitive touchscreens. According to the folks at Just Mobile it works with all iPad and iPhone apps.

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