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Jul 22
ABI Research: netbook shipments will more than double by 2013

I thought netbook sales were declining, but ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) says this isn't true. This year, almost 60 million netbooks are expected to ship worldwide. According to a new set of forecasts from the research group.

This is almost double that number will be reaching global markets in 2013. This is the result of the rapid netbook market growth observed since the introduction of the new computer category in 2008, a trend which will only start to abate in 2014-2015, according to ABI Research.

As the netbook market matures, market shares are beginning to shift among vendors. Half a dozen vendors commanded 78% of the market in 2009, says ABI Research. Acer and ASUS (which pioneered the whole netbook concept with its Eee PC) held almost equal one-third shares of the market in 2008, but ASUS didn’t maintain that lead and lost half of its market share in 2009.

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Jul 22
Chromakey plug-in gets 64-bit update

Digital Anarchy has announced a 64-bit release to their Primatte Chromakey plug-in. Primatte 3.5 adds compatibility for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and 64-bit operation on Mac and Windows systems.

Primatte Chromakey is the blue/greenscreen solution for photography. Version 3.5 update also provides an improved interface for easier workflow, and adds behind-the-scenes improvements like background rendering to make Primatte faster and more responsive. 
 
Primatte Chromakey removes a blue/green background from a still image or footage, leaving the subject against a transparent background with any color cast removed. Versioin 3.5 excels in preserving important, difficult details like wisps of hair, translucent glass and mesh fabrics, according to Digital Anarchy President Jim Tierney. This makes it easy to convincingly place the subject on a custom background, then substitute that background as needed, he adds.

Primatte’s new 64-bit speed takes advantage of Photoshop Action and...

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Jul 22
Safari AutoFill can be exploited by malicious web sites

A flaw in the implementation of Safari's AutoFill mechanism can be exploited to grab Mac users' names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses. Apparently, the web browser will give away a user's Mac OS X Address Book data if asked by a malicious web site.

Jeremy Grossman, the founder and chief technology officer of WhiteHat Security, says (http://macosg.me/2/kx) at the moment a user of Safari 4.x or 5.x visits a web site, even if they’ve never been there before or entered any personal information, a malicious website can uncover their first name, last name, work place, city, state, and email address.

All a malicious web site would have to do to surreptitiously extract Address Book card data from Safari is dynamically create form text fields with the names from AutoFill, probably invisibly, and then simulate A-Z keystroke events using JavaScript, he says. When data is populated, that is AutoFill’ed, it...

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Jul 22
Doxie gets 'Send to iPhone/iPad' feature

The software for Doxie (http://www.getdoxie.com), a paper scanner that scans directly to the cloud, is now shipping, has been updated to version 1.2. It adds a "Send to iPhone/iPod" feature.

Doxie now integrates directly with iTunes and Apple's free iBooks 1.1 app, so you can carry your PDFs anywhere.Designed for home and small businesses, the US$129 portable scanner is for scanning, sharing, and organizing paper and photos.

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Jul 22
Apple seeking engineers to put together systems for small...

Apple is seeking to hire engineers in as many as a dozen U.S. retail stores to put together Apple-based computer systems for small businesses, according to the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macosg.me/2/ku), noting job postings on Apple's web site.

The employees would implement computer systems for clients and are expected to be proficient in networking hardware and server platforms. "Thousands of businesses run on Apple products," the posting reads. "Many more would like to, and that's where you come in."

Apple is targeting smaller, local businesses that it can reach through its chain of nearly 300 retail stores, according to two Apple employees familiar with the company's strategy, according to the "Journal." The new jobs could pay up to US$80,000 a year, one of them said.

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Jul 22
Apple appoints new quality control VP

Apple has appointed a new Senior Vice President of Operations dedicated to ensuring that Apple products meet "the highest standards of quality, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Jeff Williams, who came from IBM to Apple more than a decade ago, was promoted this month to join Apple's executive team as chief operation officer Tim Cook's right hand man, the article adds. He could be Cook's replacement if and when Cook takes over the CEO position from Steve Jobs -- not that there's any indication this will happen anytime soon.

Williams joined Apple in 1998 as the company's head of worldwide procurement and in 2004 was promoted to the position of Vice President for Operations. Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, Williams has led worldwide operations for both the iPhone and iPod. Prior to his arrival at Apple, Williams spent 13 years at IBM in a number of capacities.

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Jul 22
Dat-A-Syst gets Apple Authorized Service Provider designation

Jeri Chandler, president of Dat-A-Syst (http://www.datasyst.net), announced today that her company has been designated as an “Apple Authorized Service Provider."

A Charlotte, North Carolina, business for over 23 years, Dat-A-Syst has been servicing printers and plotters, maintaining computers and networks, iPods and even Sony game consoles and Xbox. Their location at 4035 South Boulevard is convenient to most of Charlotte.

Because of the easy access and parking, dropping off equipment is not the challenge that occurs with other Apple service companies, Chandler says. As an Authorized Service Provider, Dat-A-Syst can provide Apple Care service and warranty work for Apple products.

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Jul 22
TimeCache manager gets workflow, customization improvements

The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache Manager, allows for streamlined management of a workgroup's TimeCache data, to version 1.1.3. The new version offers workflow and allows additional customization.

TimeCache Manager gives workgroups a way to easily coordinate billing for multiple PandaWare TimeCache users. A demo is available for download; registration is US$250.Version 1.1.3 is a free update for registered users.

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Jul 22
Mac Shutdown X for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

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 1.5.3. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.

Mac Shutdown X costs US$20. Version 1.5.3 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 10.4 or higher.

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Jul 22
'MacVoices' looks at Facebook privacy issues

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Maria Langer looks at Facebook privacy issues.

She describes how Facebook created a "community page" about her, without her acknowledgement or consent, and invited anyone and everyone to "help." Facebook's privacy settings can be a double-edged sword, revealing and restricting your content at the same time. Langer talks about that, as well as the pressure she has been receiving to more actively participate on Facebook and other forms of social media, why that participation is so different from posting things to her blog or having a Wikipedia page, and how easy it is to lose control of one's online identity.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple...

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Jul 22
iSMARTtrain for Mac OS X races to version 3.0.7

OTAG Technologies has updated iSMARTtrain (http://www.ismarttrain.com), a Mac OS X application for downloading from Polar heart rate monitors and tracking and analyzing sports training, to version 3.0.7. The latest release contains new features and bug fixes including support for Garmin's Edge 500 and route mapping. Development work on the software has been carried out in conjunction with leading sports scientist, coach and writer Joe Beer.

The software is designed to allow multi-sport and single sport endurance athletes, for example triathletes, duathletes, runners and cyclists, to download training data, such as heart rate, cadence, speed and power, from Polar heart rate monitors and analyze it in graph, table and list formats. Information about training sessions, for example duration, distance and speed can also be reviewed.

Any number of different sports can be tracked, using either...

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Jul 22
Blackbox launches noise-canceling earphones for the iPod, iPhone

Blackbox has launched the i10 earphones specially created and designed for iPod and iPhone users. They cost approximately US$103 and are powered directly by the device through Apple’s 30-pin dock connector.

The i10’s are designed to improve the device’s sound quality and provide a clear and authentic listening experience through Active Noise Rejection (ANR) technology, according to Neil Truckell, UK brand manager of Blackbox. They purportedly cancel 92% of background noise using ANR technology provided by Phitek System

The Blackbox i10 earphones are available to order now from Amazon.com and Play.com.

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Jul 22
AT&T reports record number of iPhone activations

AT&T (http://www.att.com) has reported solid second-quarter results highlighted by double-digit earnings growth, an increase in consolidated revenues and improved margins. These results were driven by continued growth in mobile broadband, including a record quarter for iPhone activations, gains in IP-based and strategic business services and disciplined execution on cost initiatives.

The company saw 3.2 million iPhone activations in second quarter. AT&T saw a 10.3% increase in wireless service revenues, with postpaid subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber) up 3.4%.

For the quarter ending June 30, 2010, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled US$30.8 billion, up $194 million, or 0.6%, versus the year-earlier quarter, marking the company's second consecutive quarter with a year-over-year revenue increase. Versus the first quarter of this year, consolidated revenues were up $278 ...

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Jul 22
Global smartphone shipments jump 43%

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 43% year-over-year to reach 60 million units in the second quarter of 2010.

RIM shipped 11.2 million smartphones worldwide in Q2 2010, beating Apple’s 8.4 million units during the quarter. RIM is the number one smartphone player in North and South America, but its global marketshare of 19% is still a long way behind Nokia’s leading 40% share.

"Global smartphone shipments reached a record 60 million units during Q2 2010, accounting for 19% of handset volumes, and growing a healthy 43% from 42 million in Q2 2009," says Strategy Analytics analyst Alex Spektor. "Sales are being driven at an above-average rate by strong operator subsidies, vigorous competition between high-end vendors and a growing tide of lower-cost models using operating software like Symbian...

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Jul 22
MapHook released for iPhone, computers

MapHook, a software applications developer, has launched new journal and social networking application, MapHook, for the iPhone and personal computer that allows users to create location-based entries -- or "hooks" -- about events, activities and places that can be shared with friends, family, their networks and other users.  

MapHook combines "anywhere" journaling, content generation and access to Internet-based information sources. Paul Carter, CEO of MapHook, says it was designed from the start to combine both the power of the Internet and mobility.

MapHook is currently available at the Apple App Store and the iTunes website for free.  Individuals without iPhones can sign up at http://www.maphook.com to have full access to the app via the web.

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Jul 22
AutoMotion for Mac OS X revved to version 1.6.4

Digital Heaven has updated AutoMotion (http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk/automotion), the graphics automation application for Final Cut Studio, to version 1.6.4. The upgrade fixes some glitches.

AutoMotion is a solution to the previously manual-only process of creating multiple graphics. Not only does AutoMotion, create multiple graphics in seconds by merging Motion templates with text data but it also manages the revision of those graphics in ways never possible before. As changes are made to each version, AutoMotion shows a live preview of the result complete with title safe areas.

AutoMotion costs US$495, though version 1.6.4 is a free update for registered users. A trial version which allows creation and export of up to five graphic versions is available for download from the Digital Heaven web site.

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Jul 22
Sound Byte gets rack archiving

Black Cat Systems (http://www.blackcatsystems.com) has released version 4.1 of Sound Byte, which turns your Mac into a" cart machine" for playing sound recordings, such as music and special effects. The new version adds rack archiving and several additions for future versions of the iPhone/iPad remote control apps.

Sound Byte is targeted to DJs, radio stations and audio productions, to quickly and easily play a variety of recorded sounds, such as jingles, advertisements, songs, sound effects at sporting events, and more. Sound Byte is available for Windows as well as Mac OS X. It comes in three versions, starting at US$39.

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Jul 22
Better Finder Rename for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.3

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.6.3, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The upgrade improves the "rename from file list" feature with improved compatibility for Microsoft Excel exported file lists.

A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Jul 22
EarthDesk for Mac OS X rotates to version 5.4.1

Xeric Design has released version 5.4.1 of EarthDesk (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), the real-time dynamic desktop map for Mac OS X. The new version fixes some bugs.

EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with a photo-realistic image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination as well as real-time global cloud coverage (hurricanes, storms, and worldwide weather systems) on your desktop. It operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. Unlike a screen saver, which only appears when your system is idle, EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background (and optionally as a screen saver).

EarthDesk requires Mac OS X 10.5 or newer. Single user copies may be purchased online for US$24.95. Upgrades are available for $12.95 for licensed users of version 4 and $17.95 for licensed...

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Jul 22
BeaTunes for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Tagtrum has released version 2.1.11 of beaTunes (http://www.beatunes.com), the iTunes add-on for Mac and Windows. The new release is a maintenance update that fixes some bugs.

BeaTunes can detect various types of metadata, such as beats-per-minute and musical key, as well as find and fix typos and inconsistencies such as misspelled artists and rarely used genres. It analyzes the color and tempo (BPM) of your songs, intelligently creates playlists of matching songs, corrects your iTunes Music Library (typos, wrong genres, etc.), lets you blog about your playlists and more.

A seven-day demo version is available at the product web site. Registration is US$31.95. Upgrades to version 2.1.11 from 1.x are $11.95 and free for registered 2.x users. beaTunes requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

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Jul 21
iPod.iTunes update ready for iTunes 9.2.1

CrispSofties (http://www.crispsofties.com/) has updated its iPod.iTunes music synchronization tool to version 4.5.3, which has been tweaked for iTunes 9.2.1.

iPod.iTunes does real add-synchronization, even in two directions if desired. The source can be either the iPod or the iTunes library. The software evaluates the source for songs, videos, podcasts and/or playlists that are not in the target and only adds these seamlessly, avoiding duplicates. Unlike iTunes' own synchronization iPod.iTunes generally does not delete content in the target. iPod.iTunes can also transfer song dependent data like "My Rating", "Last Played", "Play Count", album artwork, etc.

iPod.iTunes can be used for: keeping files and playlists on different Macs and iPods up to date; doing a full restore of songs, videos and playlists from iPod; reversing the accidental deletion of songs, videos and/or playlists in iTunes...

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Jul 21
Toon Boom announces Storyboard Pro 2

Toon Boom Animation has announced the upcoming release of Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 2 (http://www.toonboom.com/products/storyboardpro/), a new version that the company says infuses more power and flexibility into the idea creation, development and visualization process.

New feature highlights include:

° Content creation tools: an extended set of tools and tool properties; the creation and reuse of brushes with specific settings; creation of custom brushes using a stroke or a series of strokes; setting of separate colors for Brush, Pencil and Paint tools; selection of strokes based on the current color selection; extended rich text support for captions; and the addition of sketch captions on a panel-by-panel basis.

° Input/output capabilities: Final Draft 8 support; customization of the PDF export on a panel-by-panel basis; improved PDF Export...

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Jul 21
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 21

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/).

Flipboard for the iPad is "the worlds's first social magazine." It lets you flip through news, photos and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

Databright Management Systems has announced EcoCense 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The US$0.99 instantly calculates all the financial and ecological cost savings between two vehicles or for household efficiency upgrades.

HotelsCombined has released iFindHotels 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The free app combines hotel rates from 50 hotel travel web sites and "assures users the lowest rates on the very best hotels." With integrated mapping and smart filter features for search criteria, users can now find hotels locally, by nearest airport, or at...

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Jul 21
iPad users stick with videos for five minutes

Despite the smaller screen, web video viewers stick around longer on mobile devices than they do on the desktop, according to data from MeFeedia (http://www.mefeedia.com), media search website that features videos, TV shows, movies, and music among other material that target the male demographic of age ranging 18-35.

MeFeedia analyzed the habits of 125,000 unique mobile visitors to its site since July 1 and found on average, iPad users are sticking with videos for five minutes, Symbian users are sticking around for 4.1 minutes, Android users are lasting three minutes, and iPhone users last 2.4 minutes.

"While those numbers sound rather small, in the world of web video, they're pretty good," notes "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://macosg.me/2/ko). In March, TubeMogul reported the average video view time was below two minutes, which means...

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Jul 21
The iPhone coming to T-Mobile this year?

Verizon? Who needs Verizon? T-Mobile USA "is very close" to getting the iPhone in the fall, ending Apple’s exclusive relationship with AT&T, according to "Cult of Mac" (http://macosg.me/2/kn), quoting a "highly placed source at the wireless company."

Talks between Apple and T-Mobile are at an advanced stage, the source says. "Cult of Mac" says its "80% likely" that the iPhone will be coming to T-Mobile in the third quarter of 2010.

T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, which carries the iPhone in Germany, was able to influence, the source said. T-Mobile USA is the fourth-largest U.S. carrier with 33.7 million customers.

This is not the first time T-Mobile was rumored as a possible iPhone carrier. In November 2009 Thomas Weisel analyst Doug Reid predicted that T-Mobile and NOT Verizon will land the deal. Why?

Verizon and Google represent one side of the warring wireless camps...

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