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Aug 27
Intel's third quarter below expectations

Intel (http://www.intel.com) 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 (http://photoshopworld.com/free-expo-pass/) 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 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1097). 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 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1098). 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 (http://www.actionsoft.com/games/midnightmansion2/), 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 (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) 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 (http://www.revisionfx.com) 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 http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

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 irc.chat-solutions.org 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 (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

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 (http://www.acu.edu) 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" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

A Qualcomm job listing (http://macosg.me/2/sb) 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 (http://www.laplink.com) 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
macProVideo.com releases Reason 5, Record 1.5 tutorials

Online tutorial vendor MacProVideo (http://www.macProVideo.com) 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 (http://www.just-mobile.com) 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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Aug 26
Get Backup for Mac OS X adds disk cloning capability

BeLight Software has released Get Backup 2.4 (http://www.belightsoft.com/products/getbackup/overview.php) for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds disk cloning capability, including bootable backups.

The folks at BeLight say that Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256) should be used as the highest level of protection, while AES-128 is a good alternative when faster encryption is required and lower security level is acceptable. Blowfish encryption is thought to be a happy medium by providing sufficient security and a quick encryption process.

The update is free for all Get Backup users. For new users the cost is US$39.95. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 26
Analyst: investors should sell Apple options

Investors should sell Apple options because “the best technology company on the planet” may gain from more iPhone sales outside of the U.S. and selling ads on mobile devices including the iPad, Gleacher & Co. told clients -- as noted by "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/sa).

Analyst Brian Marshall recommended selling Apple’s January 2012 US$230 puts, which fell 1.2 percent to $38.39 yesterday. Selling a put, which gives the right to sell, is a bet that the stock will rise, allowing the seller to keep the premium paid, notes "Bloomberg." The shares gained 1.2 percent to $242.89.

“The No. 1 driver of the stock over the next 12 months will be continued penetration into the smartphone segment, especially in the international market where their penetration is much less compared with the U.S.,” Marshall said in an interview with "Bloomberg."

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Aug 26
HTC says Apple's patent infringement claims are invalid

Smartphone maker HTC which Apple has sued twice, says the patents Apple has accused it of infringing are invalid, according to the "Groklaw" web site (http://macosg.me/2/s4).

The article says that HTC denies infringing the patents, but also says, as a first affirmative defense, that four of the patents are invalid for "failure to comply with one or more of the conditions for patentability set forth in Title 35 of the United States Code, including, but not limited to, utility, novelty, non-obviousness, enablement, written description and definiteness in accordance with 35 U.S.C. §§ 101, 102, 103, 112, and/or 116, or are invalid pursuant to the judicial doctrine barring double-patenting."

"Groklaw" says HTC also claims prior art, marking, laches and marking defenses, and it says it has license agreements with third party suppliers to do what they do the things Apple is suing them over. It asks the court...

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Aug 26
Apple, others sued for infringing an object orientation patent

Another day, another lawsuit. A case has started in the court of the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division accusing a number of companies -- including Apple -- of breaching a patent relating to object orientation, reports "TechEye" (http://macosg.me/2/s5).

Ganas claims the companies infringe on their patents for an "object oriented communication among platform independent systems across a firewall over the internet using HttP-SOAP and an "object oriented communications system over the internet." The company wants a jury to award it damages, costs, expenses, post-judgement interest and enhanced damages.

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Aug 26
iPads hurting sales of other Apple products -- or maybe not

Is the iPad's popularity hurting sales of other Apple products? Yes. And no. As with many things in life, it depends on whom you ask.

According to a survey by Alphawise, Morgan Stanley's internal research team, and investment bank Piper Jaffray, almost 44% of iPad owners would not be buying a notebook, and 24%said the notebook they wouldn't buy would have been a Macbook, while 20% said it would have been a PC, reports the "International Business Times" (http://macosg.me/2/s3).

Meanwhile, a recent survey conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster of 448 iPad buyers found that 99% of respondents hadn't considered either an iPod touch or iPhone before making the purchase. However, stock analysis firm Trefis said the Apple tablet doesn't appear to be cannibalizing the company's Mac sales so far. He told "IBT" that he expects Apple to sell around 10 million iPads in all of 2010 even as the company...

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Aug 26
Samsung releases new monitors with HDTV tuners

Samsung Electronics America (http://www.samsung.com/monitor) has announced two new lines of multi-function monitors (MFMs) offering consumers a computer monitor and HDTV in one. Ranging from 21.5 to 24 inches, the 30 and 90 display series allow viewers to switch from work to play with enhanced picture quality all in one space-saving device, according to Young Bae, director of display marketing Samsung Enterprise Business Division.

Both the 30 and 90 series monitors can be used as a small TV with full HD resolution and also feature Picture in Picture (PiP) so multi-tasking users can simultaneously use their computer and watch TV without the need for a second monitor or additional connections. The monitors come equipped with two HDMI inputs for easy connection to multiple HD devices -- cable boxes, video game consoles, Blu-ray players, etc.

Samsung’s Connectshare feature adds even more...

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Aug 26
Canon releases new EOS 60D digital SLR camera

Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon) has released the EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera. For the first time on an EOS camera, the EOS 60D DSLR boasts a three-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen, EOS Full HD video recording with manual overrides including audio level control, and in-camera functionality for RAW image processing -- plus Creative Filters to manipulate images after taking them.

Designed primarily for advanced amateurs, the EOS 60D replaces the EOS 50D and boasts a broad array of new features designed to make it easier for photographers to add personal creativity to their images. With the camera you can do things like capture an overhead shot on the Vari-Angle screen at a graduation ceremony or convert a color image to black and white for a nostalgic look.

The 60D camera features a LCD screen with 1,040,000 dot/VGA resolution plus anti-reflective and smudge-resistant coatings. Another first for the...

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Aug 26
AppMakr.com integrates HTML 5

AppMakr.com, a free platform for building native mobile applications, has announced the integration of HTML5 to its features, allowing users to leverage advanced functionality within customized HTML tab.

HTML5 is being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the web. It's touted as the next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and DOM Level 2 HTML and is designed to to reduce the need for proprietary plug-in-based rich internet application (RIA) technologies such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX.

In addition to the HTML5-enabled tab, AppMakr.com has also implemented PhoneGap’s leading open source development framework for building cross-platform mobile apps. These features will give all users the ability to code their application using HTML and JavaScript and utilize those languages to take advantage of native, device-specific functionality allowing for the app to access the device camera...

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Aug 26
Sonnet announces SDXC card support for memory card reader/writer

Sonnet Technologies has announced SDXC card support for its US$29.95 Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 adapter, enabling users with MacBook Pro and Windows laptop computers equipped with an ExpressCard slot to use these extended-capacity cards designed for the latest high-megapixel digital cameras and digital video camcorders.

The new format SDXC cards (starting at 64GB) surpass previous-generation SDHC cards 32 GB maximum capacity. Sonnet's Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 moves files from memory cards to a notebook computer's hard drive, with no cables required. This handy device inserts flush inside a MacBook Pro or Windows notebook's ExpressCard slot so it can be carried inside the computer slot even when not in use.

The Sonnet multimedia reader supports the most popular memory card formats used in digital cameras, cell phones, and other electronic devices, including Memory Stick, MMC (Multimedia Card), SDHC (...

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