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Aug 31
Apple spent $330,000 lobbying in second quarter of 2010

Apple spent US$330,000 lobbying the federal government in the second quarter on spending for technology in education and other issues, according to a disclosure report as noted by the Associated Press (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100831/ap_on_bi_ge/us_apple_lobbying_1).

That's slightly less than the $390,000 Apple spent in the same period in 2009 and below the $560,000 it spent on the first quarter of 2010, the article adds. Apple reported that it lobbied the House, Senate and the Department of Education on parts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 related to school modernization and education technology.

The company also lobbied Congress on general budget funding issues related to education in a report filed July 20. Apple sells its Macs primarily to consumers and educational institutions,...

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Aug 31
Triton Tech sues Apple for patent violation

Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Triton Tech is suing Apple for violating a patent (5,181,181) for a "computer apparatus input device for three-dimensional information." The company says Apple is infringing on its patent with the accelerometer and gyroscope features of its idevices, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Here's part of Tritron Tech's patent: "A mouse which senses six degrees of motion arising from movement of the mouse within three dimensions. A hand-held device includes three accelerometers for sensing linear translation along three axes of a Cartesian coordinate system and three angular rate sensors for sensing angular rotation about the three axes. Signals produced by the sensors are processed to permit the acceleration, velocity and relative position and attitude of the device to be conveyed to a computer. Thus, a person may interact with a computer...

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Aug 31
Gartner: worldwide computer shipments to increase 19% in 2010

Worldwide personal computer shipments are projected to total 367.8 million units in 2010, a 19.2 % increase from 308.3 million units shipped in 2009, according to the latest preliminary forecast by the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com).

"The personal computer market revived in the first half of 2010, but the real test of its resilience is yet to come," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "We have reduced our forecast for second-half 2010 personal computer growth to 15.3%, approximately 2 % below our previous forecast, in light of the uncertain economic outlook for the United States and Western Europe. There is no doubt that consumer, if not business, personal computer demand has slowed relative to expectations in mature markets. Recent dramatic shifts in the personal computer supply chain were in no small part a reaction to fears of a sharp slowdown in mature-market demand. However...

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Aug 31
NPD Group: music still sets the beat with iTunes shoppers

It wasn’t long ago that every dollar spent at the iTunes store was spent on music and video, but now mobile software apps are vying for consumers’ time and budget, according to recent findings in NPD’s “iTunes User Report.” The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a market research company, recently surveyed Apple iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPod touch users to determine how they use iTunes to acquire music, video, games and other entertainment content.

According to NPD’s “iTunes User Report,” apps are garnering a lot of attention among iTunes users, but music is still central to the iTunes experience. According to NPD’s entertainment industry research, virtually all iPhone or iPod youch users have downloaded an app for free, but 82% report actually purchasing music. More than half (56%) of iTunes buyers purchase music exclusively, and a majority of iTunes user search time tends to be focused on looking for music, as well...

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Aug 31
Adobe posts Lightroom, Camera Raw updates

Adobe announced that Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 updates are available for immediate download.

The updates, originally posted as release candidates on Adobe Labs, extend raw file support to 16 new popular camera models including the Canon EOS 60D and Sony Alpha NEX-5, and improve on several of the lens correction profiles provided in the Lightroom 3.0 release. These latest updates also add over 120 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct for undesirable distortion and aberration effects.

With Lightroom 3.2, photographers can now also publish their photos directly to the popular social networking site Facebook and the online photo sharing service SmugMug from directly within the application. This update also addresses a number of issues reported by customers, bringing improvements to the Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print and Web modules.

Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution for both serious amateur and professional...

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Aug 31
Survey: one in two customers don't know when their mobile...

According to a recent study commissioned by Best Buy Mobile, the mobile specialty retail unit of Best Buy, more than half of American mobile phone owners don't know the month and year when their current mobile phone contract expires.

In addition, only four in 10 say they received a reminder notice that their contract was about to expire, leaving many consumers in the dark about upgrade eligibility and the plan options available. To help consumers better understand their contract situation, Best Buy Mobile recently launched a consumer education campaign -- the Upgrade Checker campaign, at http://www.BestBuy.com/Mobile -- that provides resources to help customers make informed shopping decisions.

The survey, conducted for Best Buy Mobile by GfK Roper, sheds light on consumers’ knowledge and shopping habits around mobile plans, devices, technology and accessories.

“When it comes to...

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Aug 31
Monsoon Multimedia launches Vulkano for the Mac

Monsoon Multimedia, a provider of video convergence products, has announced the availability of the free Mac client for all Vulkano devices direct from Monsoon (http://www.myvulkano.com).

The new software allows Mac owners to enjoy all the Vulkano features including integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and mobile video recording. Vulkano's Mac client lets users watch and control any home TV channel through a wired or Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in the world by installing a Vulkano and downloading the free Mac software application.

They can also schedule a recording through an included EPG (electronic program guide), transfer and watch the recordings at any time on their Mac. Mac owners can also utilize the Vulkano's integrated hardware and software UPnP-enabled platform with a video processor to view content residing on the Mac from their living...

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Aug 31
iPhone, iPod touch traffic up to 41% in Finland

In first half of 2010, iPhone and iPod touch traffic increased from 33.9% to 41% in Finland, reports asymco (http://www.asymco.com).

Apple’s devices account for a very small percent of the total phones in use in Nokia’s home country, the article adds.The analysis was performed by QAim on a sample of 64 million “mobile downloads."

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Aug 31
Oddmakers bet on Apple's special event announcement

Tomorrow Apple will gather the media and take the stage in San Francisco for its latest product announcements. As speculations among Apple aficionados abound, CEO Mickey Richardson and his team at Bookmaker.com have calculated the odds for what to expect from tomorrow’s announcement.
 
So what will Apple announce tomorrow? Here's what Bookmaker expects:
 
The release of a revised version of the iPhone 4        +100     50%
A new iPod Nano with a 3cm by 3cm touch screen     +150     40%
Apple TV priced at $99                                                +200     33%
A new iPod touch                                                        +250     28%
 
(The +/- indicates the return on the wager. The percentage is the likelihood that response will occur. For example: betting on the candidate least likely to win would earn the most amount of money, should that happen.)

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Aug 31
OddGroves releases reggae drum loops pack

Inspired by the reggae drummers of the mid-seventies, Swedish music production company OddGrooves (http://www.oddgrooves.com/) has released Reggae Drumming, an US$27 MIDI drum loop pack arranged for several popular drum samplers.

According to OddGrooves' chief drummer Magnus Brandell the goal with the Reggae Pack was to "get into the soul" of the reggae drummers of the 70's. Burning Spear, Peter Tosh and The Wailers served as major sources of inspiration when recording the loops. Reggae Drumming features 247 reggae drum loops, predominantly roots reggae, but also reggae pop such as The Police and loops inspired by Frank Zappa's classic reggae variations. It's recorded in a total of 10 tempos.

All drum loops are played live by a professional session drummer. The grooves aren't quantized All grooves are in song format to make life easier for composers and producers on a time schedule, Brandell...

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Aug 31
FirmTek ships eSATA controller with Mac support

FirmTek (http://www.firmtek.com) has announced the SeriTek/e6G 2-Port eSATA 6G host adapter is shipping. Mac OS X 10.6.x (Snow Leopard) 64-bit and 32-bit modes are supported along with Mac OS X 10.5.x, 10.4.11, Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP.

This new PCI-Express 2.0, one-lane (1x), 6G, eSATA controller is designed to expand the external storage options available for the Mac Pro, late 2005 PowerMac G5 and Windows PC's with an available PCI-Express expansion slot. The ultra small, high quality, 2-port, 6G, eSATA FirmTek SeriTek/e6G can provide 255MB/s average read performance with a single OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE Solid State Drive or for maximum storage capacity customers can connect up to ten hard disks, says Chi Kim Stanford vice president of Business Development.

The SeriTek/e6G can be used without installing a driver with Mac OS X 10.5.x or 10.6.x systems. However, if the FirmTek driver is...

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Aug 31
EastWest announces EastWest trial program

EastWest, which specializes in virtual software instruments, has announced the EastWest, the company's entire collection on a terabyte hard drive with free 10-day trial versions of all products.

The EastWest includes 10-day trial licenses of all EastWest/Quantum Leap products except Symphonic Orchestra Platinum Plus (Platinum 24-bit samples are included), including their latest releases Hollywood Strings and The Dark Side. The trials are complete versions and include all instruments and samples, but with 10-day time limited licenses. Each 10-day license starts upon activation of the individual collection. Full licenses of any product can then be purchased from http://www.soundsonline.com or http://www.soundsonline-europe.com for permanent use.

The EastWest is supplied on a Western Digital Caviar...

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Aug 31
Apress publishes book on iPhone, Mac programming

Apress's latest book "Objective-C for Absolute Beginners: iPhone and Mac Programming Made Easy," (http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430228326) is written for those who have never programmed before. Author Gary Bennett shares his formula for success in four tips for brand-new programmers:

° Learning to program is an interactive process. Code, code, and keeping coding. The more you code, the better you'll get. Like learning to play an instrument, you have to practice.

° Be patient with yourself. You are going to have to spend time coding. Your program doesn't care if you are having a bad day or how many times you ask it to perform a task. Your program will do whatever you tell it to do. Often, what you think you've told your program to do and what it actually does are two different things.

° You will really learn when you debug your programs. Spending time...

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Aug 31
Zulu is new iCal server for FileMaker

SeedCode has released an iCal server for FileMaker, Zulu (http://www.seedcode.com/zulu), a collaboration with the developers at 360Works. Zulu is a server-side plugin for FileMaker Server that lets iCal see your FileMaker data as iCal calendars.

You can edit your records in iCal and from the calendars on your iPhone and iPad. When you do, you're editing the FileMaker records directly. iCal will even respect FileMaker's record locking if someone else is editing the record when you try to do the same.

You can show your FileMaker data as another calendar in iCal. Zulu filters allow you to publish just part of a FileMaker table or publish a single table as more than one calendar. Zulu respects FileMaker access privileges and record locking. You can optionally run post-edit and pre-delete scripts in FileMaker when changing records in iCal.

Changes made in iCal, iPhone, or iPad are...

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Aug 31
REAL Software announces REAL Studio Web Edition

REAL Software -- creator of REAL Studio, a cross-platform software development tool for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux -- has announced a new platform for their development tool, the web, which will be available in REAL Studio Web Edition.

Traditional web development requires developers to learn multiple languages including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, PHP and Java. REAL Studio Web Edition, that includes patent pending technology, provides a visual drag and drop interface builder that saves hours of development time when compared to hand-coding HTML and CSS, according to Geoff Perlman, REAL Software Founder and CEO. Developers will only need to learn a single high-level, object-oriented language which is tightly integrated with the REAL Studio web framework, he adds.

Perlman says benefits of using REAL Studio Web Edition to develop web applications include:

° A low learning curve compared to learning multiple complicated languages;

° Speed of development...

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Aug 31
Jumsoft adds 10 Keynote themes to Its free Goodies Bundle

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has updated its selection of free products for Apple's iWork with 10 new Keynote themes. The popular Goodies collection of exciting design templates, themes, images, and 3D objects is available for download for free.

The themes contain up to 20 master slides, which include a mix of bulleted text and photo-oriented layouts. The 10 Keynote themes included in the Goodies feature IT-related images, nature motifs, various patterns, and other design elements.

Users can view and download the free Keynote Themes as well as other Goodies on Jumsoft's web site. The themes require Mac OS X with Keynote 4.0 or later installed.

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Aug 31
Canon announces two new camcorders

Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced the new Canon XF105 and XF100 professional camcorders for mobile HD video capture in a compact form factor.

Canon’s smallest professional camcorders, the new XF105 and XF100 utilize the same Canon XF Codec featured in the Canon XF305 and XF300, introduced earlier this year. The Canon XF Codec is an MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps codec used for high-definition image quality and full non-linear editing (NLE) systems.

These camcorders include in-camera features enabling the set-up and capture of high-definition 3-D video when two XF105 or XF100 camcorders are paired, as well as Canon’s built-in infrared low-light feature enabling the capture of HD video in complete darkness. Both models record to Compact Flash (CF) cards and feature hot-swappable card slots.

Differentiating the two models are HD-SDI output and genlock in/SMPTE time code (in/out)...

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Aug 31
Extensis releases Suitcase Fusion 3 font auto-activation plug-...

Extensis (http://www.extensis.com) has announced new font auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS4 for Suitcase Fusion 3. The plug-ins automatically activate the exact fonts required for each file using the patented Font Sense technology to create a unique fingerprint for each font.

The new plug-ins are available for the Suitcase Fusion 3 font manager on both Mac and Windows systems. The full list of auto-activation plug-ins now includes: Adobe InDesign CS5, CS4 and CS3; Illustrator CS5, CS4 and CS3; Photoshop CS5 and CS4 (32 and 64-bit versions); and QuarkXPress 8 and 7.

Existing Suitcase Fusion 3 users may obtain the new plug-ins through the Check for Updates features of Suitcase Fusion 3. All new purchases will automatically include the new plug-ins.
Pricing and Availability

Suitcase Fusion 3 is available immediately at a suggested retail price of US$99.95. Upgrades...

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Aug 31
NetGear announces new home networking solutions

NetGear has announced the Powerline AV 500 family. The company also announced the NetGear Powerline AV 200 Wireless-N Extender Kit, which it says is the industry's first powerline + wireless-N access point solution with automatic wireless set-up.

NetGear Powerline AV solutions let consumers set up a home network. With such a set-up, consumers can simultaneously enjoy HD video streams on multiple TVs and computers and makeVoice over IP (VOIP) phone calls using the electrical wiring and outlets already in their homes as the conduit to the Internet. NetGear powerline technology also gives consumers a way to create a Ethernet LAN connection using any ordinary electrical outlet.

NetGear Powerline AV 500 products are all HomePlug AV certified. Designed for compatibility with the draft IEEE P1901 global standard for high-speed powerline communications, users can enjoy data rates of up to 500Mbps. In addition, all AV 500 products come with a Gigabit Ethernet connection,...

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Aug 31
MacHighway launches MacName

MacHighway (http://www.machighway.com), a leader in Mac-centric web hosting, has launched a new service, MacName (http://www.macname.com).

It provides domain name registration along with a way to connect and use your domain name with services such as MobileMe, Google Apps, Wix, Blogger, SmugMug and Squarespace. MacName also allows you unlimited "you@yourdomain.com" email forwarding addresses for an

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Aug 31
Dragon Age: Origins expansion pack coming to the Mac

TransGaming has released Dragon Age: Origins -- Awakening for the Mac. It's an expansion pack for the dark fantasy series game from BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts,and is available now for all Mac gamers through TransGaming’s digital download Mac games portal, GameTreeOnline.com.

Set after the events of Dragon Age: Origins in the land of Amaranthine, Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening places the player in the role of a Grey Warden trying to rebuild the order while also dealing with political matters as the Arl of Amaranthine. As the Warden Commander, the player travels to Vigil's Keep to assume command of the Grey Wardens there. Throughout the game, the player journeys to several locations and recruits party members of whom may undergo the Joining ritual to become Grey Wardens.

Dragon Age: Origins --Awakening is available now at...

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Aug 31
Attachments Menu organizes Apple Mail attachments in the menubar

Yazsoft has announced Attachments Menu 1.0 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/attachments-menu/) for Mac OS X. It's an US$10 utility that lives in the Mac OS X menu bar to provide access to all attachments located in Apple Mail.

All attachments are categorized; you can even refer to the actual email that contains a specific attachment at a click of a button. Attachments menu is also customizable to suit your work preferences.

Also, Attachments Menu is included for free with every purchase of ShareTool and/or Playback, two other Yazsoft products. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later.

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Aug 31
Survey: what does your phone say about you?

Android users are manly-scented, pork-eating, news-reading, bird lovers, while iPhone users are feminine-smelling, chicken-eating, entertainment-reading fish owners. Well, that’s according to data released today by Coupons.com Incorporated that highlights differences between the coupons selected by iPhone users and Android users.

The data was pulled by analyzing coupon usage via the company’s Grocery iQ shopping list application, for the period Jan 1 to July 31, 2010. Grocery iQ is the a shopping list application for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android that allows users to create, organize and manage shopping lists.

The top coupon in the Body Wash category among iPhone users was for women’s body wash, which was eight times more popular than the same coupon among Android users. Men’s body wash topped the list among Android users.

Chicken was the most popular item in the Dinner Meats category among iPhone users, while pork ribs were most popular among...

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Aug 31
AutoDesk announces AutoCAD for Mac and iPhone/iPad app

Autodesk has announced an upcoming version of AutoCAD, software for professional design and engineering, that runs natively on Mac OS X (10.5.8 or later). The company also announced the AutoCAD WS mobile application, a new app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that will allow users to edit and share their AutoCAD designs in the field.

“The release of AutoCAD for Mac marks the return of professional design and engineering software to the Mac platform and an important convergence of power and design. Over 5000 customers have helped develop this product through our beta program and they are delighted to have the choice of a native Mac version of AutoCAD,” says Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business. “The combination of this new version of AutoCAD and the extension of AutoCAD to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is a big step in Autodesk’s efforts to accelerate design and make design more accessible for an ever-greater number of people so...

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Aug 31
Firetask brings project-oriented GTD task management to the Mac

Independent developer Gerald Aquila and designer Wolfgang Bartelme have released Firetask for Mac, their new GTD-based task management application for Mac OS X. The new desktop version complements its mobile counterpart Firetask for the iPhone and iPod touch and is geared towards professionals, creatives and managers who need to enter, manage and delegate up to a hundred or more tasks every day.

As such, it's heavily optimized for keyboard control while providing a clear and visually attractive overview of all relevant tasks across different project task lists. Like its mobile counterpart, Firetask for the Mac combines concepts from David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) approach with practical elements of classical task management such as due dates and priorities.

Firetask sports a "Today" screen showing both upcoming due tasks and relevant next tasks in a single view as well as its "Waiting For" list for keeping track of delegated tasks. Firetask explicitly...

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