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Jan 20
Digital music revenues grew 6% globally in 2010

Action to stop digital music piracy is gaining momentum worldwide, with implementation by ISPs of warnings and deterrent sanctions taking effect in three countries in 2010 and governments in other countries expected to implement measures in 2011, according to a new report by the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). The group represents the recording industry worldwide with some 1,400 members in 66 countries and affiliated industry associations in 45 countries.

ISP cooperation measures are now in place aimed at substantially reducing illegal file-sharing in France, South Korea and Ireland. Governments in several other countries, including the UK, New Zealand and Malaysia, are expected to implement new laws in 2011 and the European Union is reviewing its intellectual property enforcement legislation, says the IFPI.

An overview of the global digital music sector is provided in IFPI's "Digital Music Report 2011" The report shows that consumer...

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Jan 20
Chinese environmental group blasts Apple

Apple ranked last out of 29 global technology companies in terms of responsiveness and transparency to health and environmental concerns in China, according to a Beijing-based nonprofit group -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/sxl1j).

BT Group Plc and Hewlett-Packard Co. were among the highest ranked companies, Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Environmental and Public Affairs said in a phone interview today. Apple refused to confirm suspected polluters were among its suppliers and avoided taking responsibility for environmental problems related to its products, he told "Bloomberg."

"We originally thought that Apple, as a corporate citizen, would take a leadership role, but now we feel they ended up as the most obstructive," Jun said.

“Apple has had an extensive supplier auditing program since 2006 and we have lots of information available through our web site,” said...

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Jan 20
Study: iPhone making big headway with smaller businesses

The small and medium business (SMB) market is fertile ground for breaking Research in Motion’s (RIM) corporate smart phone hegemony, new research by AMI-Partners (http://www.ami-partners.com) -- which specializes in IT, Internet, telecommunications and business services strategy, venture capital, and actionable market intelligence --indicates. Apple’s iPhone, in particular, is making headway, especially with smaller businesses (SBs).

“The wealth of applications available for the iPhone makes it an attractive option for SBs,” says Karen Nielsen, senior telecom analyst with AMI. “Small businesses are less apt to have in-house IT support, making the application-rich iPhone an attractive multi-use option. mployees are driving a dual/multiple smart phone model by purchasing their preferred brand for personal reasons, and then using it for corporate access.”

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Jan 20
TriGeo: hackers will increasingly target iOS devices

Surges in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Poisoning will yield record-breaking malware outbreaks for businesses in 2011 according to TriGeo Network Security (http://www.trigeo.com/) , a provider of security information and event management (SIEM) technology for mid-market enterprises. The company says that, in addition to SEO poisoning attacks in 2011, companies should expect to see:

° Hackers increasingly targeting vulnerabilities in mobile devices – specifically the iPhone and the iPad. The consumerization of IT continues to present a significant risk to businesses. As new, popular mobile devices are introduced into the workplace, look for hackers to uncover new mobile device vulnerabilities that lead to increased data breaches.

° Data breaches at schools and hospitals yield record-breaking financial losses in 2011. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, educational and medical...

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Jan 20
Jawbone launches motion-controlled Bluetooth headset

Jawbone has unveiled the Jawbone ERA, a Bluetooth headset that delivers a HD audio experience. It boasts a 25% larger wideband speaker and builds on Jawbone's legacy of noise-canceling expertise with the latest version of military-grade NoiseAssassin 3.0 technology, says Jawbone CEO and founder Hosain Rahman. 

The Jawbone ERA can detect your surroundings and adjust the inbound volume and intelligibility, whether you're in a restaurant, ball game or traffic to give you the clearest, richest sound, automatically without any user intervention. What's more, Jawbone has teamed with Fullpower-MotionX, which specializes in motion technology, to create what the company says is the first headset with a built-in accelerometer integrated with the patented MotionX platform.  

Jawbone ERA detects your natural movements when you interact with it. Out of the box, users can "Shake Shake" the Jawbone ERA into pairing mode, and "TapTap" it to answer or end a phone call. And this is...

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Jan 20
GarageGames buys Torque assets

GarageGames (http://www.garagegames.com), a subsidiary of Graham Software Development, has acquired the assets relating to the Torque software division of InstantAction, and will be relaunching the Torque business

The resurrection of the GarageGames brand highlights the new company’s focus on the independent game developer community, according to CEO Eric Preisz. To celebrate the relaunch and return to its “indie” roots, GarageGames has reduced pricing across all its Torque on-line products to US$99 each for a limited time.

GarageGames' Torque products provide developers, regardless of size or experience level, an affordable way to create high quality games, says Preisz. The Torque line of products includes 2D and 3D solutions for the Mac/PC, iOS, Xbox 360 and Wii. Torque solutions offer features such as editing, rendering, a streamlined art pipeline, web publishing, multiplayer networking,...

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Jan 20
Corner-A releases TheVideoDiary 2.0 for Mac OS X

Corner-A today has released TheVideoDiary 2.0 (http://corner-a.com/thevideodiary)for Mac OS X. TheVideoDiary allows you to capture video with your webcam and keep it organized as a personal video diary.

You can customize every diary entry to be video, text or both. Version 2.0 offers a library of diaries, password-protection, better user interface, tagging and quick preview with video thumbnails, as well as many more customizing options were also added.

TheVideoDiary 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. A webcam supported by Apple QTKit is required to capture the video with the app. It costs US$20 for a single-user license.

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Jan 20
Frosty Dogs announces TaskSurfer for the Mac App Store

Frosty Dogs has announced TaskSurfer 1.0, the company's task management application in the Mac App Store. Featuring s synchronization across Macs and mobile devices, it's a task manager that fits GTD or tag-based systems.

Because a project-based GTD style doesn't suit everyone, TaskSurfer features a tag browser that lets the user focus on tasks that have been tagged with the user's custom tags. Tags can be used for categories, time, locations, people, and anything that can be typed.

Using Snow Leopard's Core Location technology, tasks can be assigned to a location-based context, and tasks will be filtered as the Macbook moves from one location to the next. At home, office, or the coffee shop, TaskSurfer will show only the tasks appropriate for the current location.

TaskSurfer also provides the option to synchronize tasks with online task manager Toodledo. Tasks can be kept in-sync across Macs at home and office, and any device that supports syncing with...

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Jan 20
Corner-A releases TheVideoDiary 2.0 for Mac OS X

Corner-A today has released TheVideoDiary 2.0 (http://corner-a.com/thevideodiary)for Mac OS X. TheVideoDiary allows you to capture video with your webcam and keep it organized as a personal video diary.

You can customize every diary entry to be video, text or both. Version 2.0 offers a library of diaries, password-protection, better user interface, tagging and quick preview with video thumbnails, as well as many more customizing options were also added.

TheVideoDiary 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. A webcam supported by Apple QTKit is required to capture the video with the app. It costs US$20 for a single-user license.

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Jan 20
EyePower Games launches Ink2Go 1.0.13 on Mac App Store

EyePower Games has launched Ink2Go 1.0.13 (http://ink2.eyepowergames.com) on the Mac App Store. It's a tool for presentation and communication.

Ink2Go allows its users to scribble notes and annotations on the desktop, regardless of the application that's currently active, to enhance the point of discussion in a presentation, in a meeting or during a live lecture. Users can toggle from a desktop view to a whiteboard view whenever an illustration of ideas and thoughts is needed.

As a desktop application, Ink2Go launches itself as a floating toolbar, that can be dragged to anywhere on the screen so that it doesn't get in the way of the presentation. On the toolbar are buttons for various functions, including pen, highlighter and eraser. Ink2Go also provides a function that allows its users to toggle from a desktop view to a whiteboard view whenever an illustration of ideas and thoughts is...

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Jan 20
Brain app available via Mac Game Store

UK-based independent games developer Chris Mayer today announces Brain App, the popular Mac brain training software, is available for purchase via Mac Game Store. The app presents a variety of rapid-fire math problems in quick succession to exercise the brain.

Brain App tracks progress and encourages users to improve day-by-day. Four Brain Exercise types have been included in the initial release of Brain App for Mac. A fifth exercise will be added via a free update in February. Brain App users can suggest new features and exercises on the Brain App Facebook Page.

Brain App requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's available for download from the MacGameStore.com (ttp://www.macgamestore.com/product/1727/Brain-App/), priced at US$4.95; customers may also opt for a DVD Backup of their purchase for $7.95.

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Jan 20
The Support Group offers free FileMaker Go seminar

The Support Group (http://www.supportgroup.com/) has announced free, two-hour, live seminar on FileMaker Go that will demonstrate how FileMaker Pro users can have full access to all their data via an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

It will be offered on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 10 am to noon (Eastern) at The Support Group's corporate facility in Natick, Massachusetts. The Support Group is one of the few firms chosen by FileMaker to be both a Platinum level member of the FileMaker Business Alliance and an Authorized training provider.

The class is described as appropriate for any level of FileMaker Pro user. Scheduled speakers are Matt O'Dell, systems engineer with FileMaker, and Chad Novotny, vice president, Technology for The Support Group, All participants must register in advance by contacting Greg Lekstrom at (866) 940-8400 x225.

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Jan 20
Vitamin-R gets new time slice adjustment feature

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.41 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version provides a way for users to adjust the duration of a time slice while it's running.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to...

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Jan 20
iWebThemesPro extends collection, adds animated iWeb themes

iWebThemesPro (http://www.iwebthemespro.com/) has announced new "animated with Flash" iWeb themes for iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The new iWeb themes feature eight templates that include flash animation and static backgrounds.

Each theme incorporates a series of layered images that are customizable, replaceable, or removable. All themes incorporate backgrounds, so any web site can be filled with different amounts of information.

The themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each iWeb theme is available for US$9.99. The set of 25 iWeb themes may be purchased for $29.99.

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Jan 20
TankBot can be controlled by iOS device

Desk Pets International (http://www.mydeskpets.com) -- a creator of interactive micro-robotic toys and gadgets with big-play value -- has unveiled TankBot, a sub-US$20 micro-robotic toy that can be controlled by your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. 

TankBot’s three modes allow it to navigate mazes, roam, and be fully controllable by your Apple device. With a built-in USB charger, battery cost is non-existent, giving TankBot hours of inexpensive playtime. Not available until June, TankBot will make its first public appearance at this year’s Toy Fair in New York City on Feb. 13-16.

Desk Pets has revolutionized remote control toys by connecting their most recent micro-robot to today’s latest mobile technology. Each TankBot features a dongle that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Utilizing Apple’s accelerometer technology, Desk Pets developed a program that enables...

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Jan 20
Mac Shutdown X now shuts down at end of a Chrome download

Pomola Software has updated Mac Shutdown X (http://pomola.com/products_macshutdown/macshutdown.html), a Mac OS X utility for shutting down a Mac on a specified event or on a specified date and time, to version 1.6.1. The upgrade provides shutdown at the end of Chrome download and fixes some bugs.

Mac Shutdown X costs US$20. Version 1.6.1 is a free update for registered users. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5or higher.

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Jan 20
PDFPen 5.2.1 available in Spanish

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.2.1. The update adds Spanish localization and improves the Italian localization. It also fixes a performance issue with continuous viewing.

The changes in PDFpen 5.2.1 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.2.1, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.

PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro are $40.

PDFpen 5.0.2 and PDFpen Pro...

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Jan 20
Skysoft updates SyncPod for Mac

iSkysoft Studioh has upgraded SyncPod for Mac (http://www.iskysoft.com/syncpod.html). The upgrade "aims at revolutionizing" the way Mac users backup and share multimedia files, such as music, TV shows, and audiobook, videos, pictures, PDF and ePub e-books, to Mac, iPod, iPad and iPhone devices.

The new interface facilitates drag-and-drop file transfer. Also, the upgraded SyncPod for Mac comes with more user-friendly features.

SyncPod for Mac offers the ability to back-up your iOS device's content to your Mac and transfer multimedia files from Mac to Apple devices. It costs US$39 for a single user license. SyncPod for Mac requires an Intel-based Mac (32-bit or 64-bit) running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Jan 20
Better Finder Rename gets new text moving actions

PublicSpace.net (http://www.publicspace.net) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.7.3, the latest version of its contextual menu plug-in that allows users to quickly rename multiple files. The new version adds new text moving actions.

A Better Finder Rename sports an instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other features.

A Better Finder Rename is US$19.95 shareware for a single user license. Family, business and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

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Jan 20
'MacVoices' looks at iWaveit for iPhone, iPad

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), the "Road to Macworld" continues as Anders Grunnet-Jepsen of ThinkOptics talks about why they are coming to Macworld to show off the iWaveit for iPhone and iPad.

There are plenty of universal remote solutions out there, even some for the iPhone and iPad, but none quite like iWavit. Going beyond just your home theater, iWaveit can control virtually anything that has remote capabilities. Grunnet-Jepsen offers an overview of the hardware and software solution that lets you take advantage of pre-programed remotes, other users’ creations and even build your very own virtual remote to fit your equipment and how you use it.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco from Jan. 26-29 at the Moscone Convention Center.

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Jan 20
Batchoutput Server adds booklets imposition

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.7. The new version adds the ability to impose booklets during printing directly from BatchOutput Server by using InDesign's Print Booklet feature. It also gives an option to ignore links on pasteboard when checking InDesign documents for missing images.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.7 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.7 is...

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Jan 19
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 19

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Created by London based development house Bonbol, Movie Club 3.0 offers iOS users a library of 60+ full length movies streamed directly to the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. With Movie Club, all current and future content is available free of charge once the free iOS App is installed. The 60 full-length movies currently available includes over 100 hours of Action, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Kids and Animation features, ranging from cinema classics to releases as recent as 2010.

Dynamedia Of America has announced Beatles Diary for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The US$4.99 app offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Fab Four's history and meteoric rise to fame, offering never-before-seen letters, photos and videos.

Rhine-o Enterprises has released Make...

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Jan 19
Mobile developers rate AT&T best in North America

When asked by the Evans Data Corp. (http://www.evansdata.com) -- which conducts market research, market intelligence, and strategic planning in the software development industry -- to rank the capabilities that carriers offer to developers, those in North America ranked AT&T better than all competitors in four essential areas. AT&T was ranked best in Mobile Application Distribution by 37% -- almost twice as many Sprint, which was rated second in that category.

Twenty-six percent chose AT&T as having the best Tool Offerings -- almost a quarter more than T-Mobile, the next choice. AT&T also edged out Verizon as the carrier with the best Supported Technologies and the best Market Potential. When all four categories were combined, AT&T was selected as tops by almost twice as many developers than the next closest competitor, Verizon.

The Mobile Development survey is conducted twice...

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Jan 19
Columnist: time for Jobs to hand over the CEO title to Cook

The time has come for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to hand over the reins to the company’s No. 2 executive and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook, Therese Poletti writes in a column (http://macte.ch/TXNcm) for "MarketWatch." She says the need for Jobs to take another medical leave of absence makes this imperative.

Even in taking a medical leave, he said he will “be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.” Poletti says this leaves investors not knowing how Cook will run the company completely on his own. She says Jobs should become Apple's "chief visionary officer," giving Cooks the "autonomy he deserves."

Poletti also notes that Cook sounded like a CEO in Tuesday's conference call with analysts and press involving Apple's latest (and greatest) financial results. But as long as Jobs retains the title, Cook can't make many big decisions without him, she adds.

Also, "bviously Jobs is...

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Jan 19
Multi-core processors coming to mobile devices

Over the next few years multi-core processors are expected to play an important role in enabling high-performance mobile computing at low-power consumption, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com). "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) has reported that the iPad 2 will will pack a new version of Apple's custom A4 chip, with dual, faster graphics cores.

"Apple's next custom System on a Chip is expected to jump from the SGX535 (which has been used since the iPhone 3GS) to the new SGX543 graphics and video core, which is said to offer around twice the processing power at the same clock speed," says "AppleInsider." "The new graphics core also supports OpenCL, used to offload general purpose computing tasks on the GPU for fast execution

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