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Oct 01
iTunes virus making the email rounds

A message from do_not_reply@itunes.com has been plaguing iTune users' inboxes, reports "WKBN" (http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/local/story/iTunes-Virus-Hits-Emails/rq...). It claims you owe money -- and even some without iTunes accounts have received the email, the article says. 

Representatives from Apple said this is a very new virus and they are working to get the issue under control.They said to delete the email from your inbox and do not click on any of the links provided.   

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Oct 01
Apple settles music distribution lawsuit

Apple has become the latest defendant to settle infringement allegations from Sharing Sound LLC over a patent for online music distribution, joining Microsoft, Napster LLC and others, reports "Law360" (http://macosg.me/2/x6).

Judge David Folsom of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas signed off on the settlement Wednesday, clearing Apple of allegations that it on a Sharing Sound patent for "distribution of musical products by a website vendor over the Internet." Apparently, Sharing Sound is using the broad patent to rake in money from as many companies as it can because apparently the company "has never managed to use its patented technology to produce anything, or at least not anything interesting," says "TechCrunch" (...

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Oct 01
NPD Group: iPad not cannibalizing the PC market

Contrary to popular belief, the iPad isn't causing cannibalization in the PC market because iPad owners don't exhibit the same buying and ownership patterns as the typical consumer electronics customer, according to the new "iPad Owner Survey" from market research company The NPD Group (http://www.npdgroup.com).

According to the report, only 13% of iPad owners surveyed bought an iPad instead of a PC, while 24 % replaced a planned e-reader purchase with an iPad. iPad owners, especially the consumers who purchased an iPad within two months of launch, are significantly more likely to own Apple products and newer technologies, such as e-readers and smartphones.

iPad owners are much more likely than the overall population to own Apple computers, with 48 % owning a Mac desktop or Mac notebook, while NPD's "Online Household Penetration Study" fielded earlier this year found Macs in only about 11% of...

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Oct 01
TaskSurfer is new task management app for Snow Leopard

Two Dogs Software has released TaskSurfer 1.0 (http://www.frostydogs.com/tasksurfer), a cloud-syncing task management application for Mac OS 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard"). It's an US$39, flexible task manager that fits GTD or tag-based systems, but doesn't force the casual user into a complicated workflow, says Two Dogs developer and founder Mike Stewart.

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. The Tag Browser keeps it all sorted out.

Using Snow Leopard’s Core Location technology, tasks can be assigned to a location-based context, and tasks will be filtered as an Apple laptop moves from one location to the next. At home, office, or the coffee shop,...

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Oct 01
Olympic Developments sues Apple, others for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. A private Delaware company by the name of Olympic Developments AG, LLC, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the California Central District Court Los Angeles Division against several major technology companies, including Apple, reports "Patently Apple" (http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/10/olympic-developments...).

The lawsuit appears to involve the sale of goods through Apple's iTunes and App Stores via an iPad or iPhone, the article adds. According to court documents, "this is a patent infringement action to stop Defendants' infringement of Plaintiff's United States Patent No. 5,475,585 entitled "Transactional Processing System" (the "''585 patent"; a copy of which is...

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Oct 01
Go Steampunk with iRetrophone iPhone dock

Got US$350 burning a hole in your pocket? Then you may want to spring for the iRetrofone Steampunk base (http://www.etsy.com/listing/51073861/iretrofone-steampunk-blackgold) for the iPhone.

It's a fully-functional, stationary iPhone dock with working handset and complete compatibility with USB cable. Each individual iRetrofone is hand-sculpted and hand-cast in urethane resin.

The folks at Etsy say the iRetrofone base is made of heavy-duty, half-inch thick urethane resin creating a stable, functional work station that routes voice communications through the included handset. It's designed to be compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4, and accommodates sync and charge functions via a USB cable (not included).

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Oct 01
iWeb Themes Park unveils another five iWeb themes

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has unveiled five new iWeb themes for iWeb, the web design component of Apple's iLife suite. They require a Mac with iLife '08 (iWeb 2.0) or later.

These themes -- Feelings, Safari, Sunset Dance, Western Farm and Wet Glass -- are "for people who want to build a highest quality web site in a blink of an eye." It is very easy to move, rotate, change in size and opacity or remove each element in each theme. You can also mix the elements among different themes. New navigation menu bars, logos and elements are some of the features in this new iWeb Themes release.

The Feelings them is romantic, while Sunset Dance is perfect for dance enthusiasts. The Safari theme is for wild animal lovers, while Western Farm can help to represent a local farm. The Wet Glass” theme has a magic water-on-the-glass effect.

The iWeb Themes Box of 65 themes is...

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Oct 01
Accessory Workshop releases TyPad for the iPad

Accessory Workshop has released the TyPad for the iPad (http://buytypad.com/), an US$125.95 leatherette case with a built-in Bluetooth wireless keyboard. It's a soft case that allows the iPad to slide in and out.

The folks at Accessory Workshop say it's light and easy to use. There are no cords or snap cases involved.

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Oct 01
Testing for the panels for the 'iMac touch' underway?

Sintek Photronics has reportedly sent samples of projected capacitive touch panels to Apple to be incorporated in upcoming iMac, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100930PD213.html), quoting "industry sources."

Since current capacity for 20-inch and above projected capacitive touch panels is limited and the technology involved quite complex, Sintek, which is equipped with 5.3G generation production lines, has a good chance of becoming a supplier of the new models, the article says. The next iMac is rumored to have a "good vertical and horizontal viewing angle, and its projected capacitive touch panel will adopt a one-glass solution, which integrates the touch sensor and cover glass, to reduce thickness and weight," says "DigiTimes."

In August it was revealed that Apple had filed a patent for "transitioning between modes of input...

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Oct 01
Xerox announces new digital color printer

Xerox (http://www.xerox.com) has announced a entry-level light production printer, the Color 550/560, which sports a color touch screen. It's designed for quick print shops, small commercial printers, in-plant operations, advertising agencies, creative shops and office settings.

Applications ranging from marketing materials and photo specialty items to office documents and PowerPoint presentations can be produced on the Xerox Color 550 at 50 color pages per minute (ppm) or 55 ppm in black and white; and on the Xerox Color 560 at 60 color ppm or 65 ppm in black and white. The Xerox Color 550/560 Printer is immediately for order taking worldwide with a U.S. list price under $40,000.

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Oct 01
Metakine announces Hands Off! 1.0 for Mac OS X

Metakine says Hands Off! 1.0 for Mac OS X (http://www.metakine.com/products/handsoff/) will be released on Monday, Oct. 4. It's an US$24.95 is an application to monitor and control the access of applications to your network and disks.

Being able to monitor the normally unnoticeable activities enables you to make informed decisions regarding the transfer of your private information, hence avoiding confidential information leakage, according to the folks at Metakine. When connected to the Internet, applications can send any information stored on your computer to whoever they want without you ever knowing. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control Internet connections from all applications as to expose hidden connections and prevent them from sending data or phoning home without your consent.

Applications present on your computer can freely read, store or...

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Oct 01
Conquest: Divide and Conquer game to launch Oct. 2

Proxy Studios, a small independent games developer, says their debut title, Conquest: Divide and Conquer (http://www.conquest-game.com), will be released on Saturday, Oct. 2, for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. It costs US$15, though you can pre-order it today for an additional 33% discount.

Here's how the game is described: "Conquest: Divide and Conquer is a unique spin on the turn-based strategy genre, offering fast, simultaneous turn-based online multiplayer gameplay instead of multiple-hour long games of research and building.

"Proxy Studios has built the game from ground up to be intuitive, balanced and deep, with a strong random map generator that offers unlimited experiences. A new trailer showcasing recent gameplay is now available. Players are invited to try the free multiplayer demo to launch along with the game's release. Both paying and demo customers will be able to play...

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Oct 01
Rand Media releases first animated books in the iBookstore

Rand Media Company (http://www.randmediaco.com) has released animated versions of its “Skinny On” for the iPad. Rand Media is the first company to animate books for sale in the iBookstore, says founder, Jim Randel.

iBooks is Apple's ebook/PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or downloaded a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. iBooks is a free download at the Apple App Store.

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Oct 01
Logos Bible Software launches Logos 4 for Mac OS X

Logos Bible Software has released Logos Bible Software for Mac 4.0, an update to their Logos Bible software.

According to Bob Pritchett, president of Logos Bible Software, some of the features in Logos 4 include:

° An advanced search system that can return library-wide searches in less than one second;

° Smart searching that suggests synonyms and alternate terms;

° Synchronization "to the cloud" for backup and to keep preferences, notes, reading plans, and your library in sync across all your computers, including Macs, PCs and iPhones;

° A smart tab and window management system for workspace customization and multi-monitor support;

° The Cited By tool, which returns the books from your library that cite the material in your active window;

° 60 new high-resolution maps of the biblical world;

° A custom-built index of all the places mentioned in the Bible;

° A one-of-a-kind family tree diagram for every person mentioned...

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Oct 01
Info needed on copywriting software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at copywriting software for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Oct 01
Password Repository update for Mac OS X improves internal engine

Tension Software has updated Password Repository (http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 2.12.1 The upgrade improves the internal engine and improves preferences handling.

Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document is not saved in any place. Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.12.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0.

The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Oct 01
New Sampling in Reason 5 tutorials released by macProVideo.com

macProVideo.com has released a new feature-length tutorial on the new sampling features of Propellerhead Reason 5.

In this new title, called "Reason 5 202: Live Sampling in Reason," Reason trainer and technical author Mo Volans takes you deep into Reason's rack to show you how to create samples "that are guaranteed to enhance your sonic universe and give new life to your tracks." macProVideo.com tutorials are available for HD download (US$29.50 to $29.50 per title) or for online streaming to your computer, iPhone, and iPad using the company's N.E.D. (Nonlinear Educating Device) tutorial players.

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Sep 30
Grantwood Technology ships Car Kit for iPad

Grantwood Technology has released the US$39.99 Car Kit for iPad (http://grantwoodstore.com/Grantwood-Technologys-Car-Kit-for-iPad/M/B0044...), consisting of a SimpleCase for iPad, headrest straps, and FM transmitter/Car Charger for iPad. It's compatible with the iPad and iPad 3G and can be used with almost any vehicle.

The Car Kit for iPad allows the iPad to be strapped to a headrest, around the base of the headrest or between two headrests. The FM transmitter simultaneously charges the iPad while playing the sound over the car speakers.

The Car Kit comes with a SimpleCase for iPad that has removable attachment straps both long and short, that can be used to attach the iPad to a car headrest, or between head rests. The straps can also be used as shoulder or carrying straps.

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Sep 30
Mac OS X version of DualEyes in the works

Singular Software (http://www.singularsoftware.com), developer of automation applications for digital media markets, says a Mac OS X version of DualEyes, currently a Windows-only audio synchronization application for video production, is in the works.

Designed to work alongside almost all video editing applications, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Sony Vegas Pro, DualEyes employs the same automatic synchronization technology as PluralEyes -- which is currently offered in a Mac version -- to streamline the otherwise tedious and time-consuming process of syncing dual-system recordings with the corresponding video, says Bruce Sharpe, CEO, Singular Software.

Unlike PluralEyes, DualEyes works as a standalone application, with an emphasis on the dual-audio workflow. It can be used with software ranging from entry-level consumer editors to comprehensive professional...

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Sep 30
Facebook CTO says his company, Apple will work together on Ping

Facebook Chief Technical Officer Bret Taylor says he is "very confident" Facebook and Apple will figure out a way to work together on Ping, Apple's music social network, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-cto-very-confident-facebook-and-...).

Ping was supposed to launch with Facebook integration, but Facebook pulled its support at the last minute -- "probably because secretive Apple sprung Ping on Facebook at the last minute,"...

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Sep 30
Apple’s AirPlay could revolutionize consumer audio 

Nearly lost amid Apple Inc.’s recent product and software rollouts was one of the most significant announcements of all: the arrival of the company’s Airplay audio streaming system, a technology with the potential to become a Top 10 consumer electronics product, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com).

At its Special Event on Sept. 1, Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed AirPlay, a system that streams audio, either wirelessly or over Ethernet, to third-party speaker docks, A/V receivers, speakers and more. Far from just being a way to transmit video from the iPad to the AppleTV, as Jobs demonstrated, AirPlay spans the entire audio industry, says iSuppli.

To implement AirPlay, Apple has entered into a partnership with BridgeCo Inc., a U.S. provider of connectivity technologies and solutions. The BridgeCo platform is supported by a growing ecosystem of design partners and...

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Sep 30
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 30

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/).

StarNet Communications, a developer of X11 connectivity solutions, has unveiled iLIVEx, a fault-tolerant X11 client that turns the iPad into an X terminal for powerful Linux and Unix mainframe and supercomputers. Priced at US$14.99, it allows users of the Apple tablet to connect to Unix and Linux desktops and applications hosted on remote Unix and Linux servers.

EA Mobile has kicked off EA Sports FIFA Soccer 11 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The $4.99 soccer franchise features over 30 officially licensed leagues, 35 authentic stadiums, 500 licensed teams and more than 15,000 players from around the world.

AutoDesk has released AutoCAD WS, a free web app that uses cloud computing technology to enable AutoCAD software users to view, edit and...

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Sep 30
ChangeWave: Android OS makes another leap

For more than a year, ChangeWave (http://www.changewave.com) consumer smart phone surveys have been chronicling the upward movement of the Google Android operating system and its impact on the smart phone market. Going forward, the research group's latest consumer survey shows another surge in Android momentum among planned buyers.

ChangeWave's survey of 4,000 respondents, completed Sept. 23, takes a close-up look at the transformation occurring in mobile OS and smart phone preferences. Back in June, the launch of the iPhone 4 temporarily slowed the rise of the Google Android operating system. But the research group's latest survey shows the Android OS is once again making major advances in the smart phone market.

Among consumers planning to buy a smart phone in the next 90 days, 37% say they prefer to have the Android OS on their new phone. That's a seven-point jump since ChangeWave's previous...

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Sep 30
iPad owners spare no expense

Shoppers buying the first generation iPads are investing for the long term, reveals Twenga, (http://www.twenga.co.uk), a new-generation shopping search engine.
 
When searching for an iPad online, Brits are choosing the top 64GB memory capacity by a long way: with twice the visits of the iPad 32GB and the iPad 16GB models.

With the top model chosen, shoppers are also investing in high quality accessories to protect their iPad. Leather is by far and away the most popular choice of Ipad case, followed by neoprene and rubber. Users are also choosing stylish colors for their cases: purple, brown and wood.

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Sep 30
iPad leads the tablet charge as mini-notebook shipments plummet

In the second quarter of 2010, shipments of mini-note/tablet computers were down 4% quarter-to-quarter (Q/Q), but up 29% year-over-year (Y/Y). However, without the 3.3 million iPads shipped in the quarter, shipments of mini-note/tablet PCs would have been down 14% Q/Q and 13% Y/Y.

Clearly, there was an “iPad Effect” in the portable computer market, according to a new DisplaySearch report (http://www.displaysearch.com), which also tracks tablet computers five inches and larger. The effect might have been even more pronounced, but Apple struggled to fill demand, with shipment times listed as 7-10 business days for all of the second quarter of 2010 (Q2’10), and shipments into Japan and China were just beginning at the end of the period, says the research group.

Overall, the portable market posted strong Y/Y unit growth in Q2’10, surging 32% to 50.4M units. However, not all market segments...

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