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Nov 11
Mac Restart for Mac OS X gets internal improvements

Tension Software has updated Mac Restart X (, a Mac OS X app that can restart a Mac on a regular basis or one time only at a specific date and time or at launch using it via Apple iCal or other applications -- to version 1.6.1. The upgrade sports internal improvements.

Mac Restart uses the native Mac OS X Date Time Calendar control. It warns the user before a restart, showing a progress bar or jumping from the dock. And the software has a variable warning time interval adjustable in the preferences.

Mac Restart requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$20, though version 1.6.1 is a free update for registered users.

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Nov 11
Jobs up for TIME's Person of the Year, also named a '...

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is a nominee for TIME's 2010 Person of the Year. You can see the list of this year's candidates (listed in alphabetical order) below. As usual, TIME's editors who choose the actual Person of the Year reserve the right to disagree with readers.

You can see the 2010 Person of the Year poll here and who is winning so far at,28804,2028734_20290... . As we post this story, Jobs is in fourth place, trailing Julian Assange, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (listed as one "person") and Lady Gaga.

Here's what TIME has to say about Jobs: "Every year, the mercurial head of tech giant Apple seems to outdo himself with another eye-popping, paradigm-shifting product that refuels the brand's seemingly...

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Nov 11
IDC: Microprocessor unit shipments up in third quarter

Worldwide computer microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the third calendar quarter of 2010 (3Q10) increased 2.1% and 2.5%, respectively, compared to 2Q10, according to the latest processor study from International Data Corporation (

Compared to 3Q09, worldwide computer microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the third calendar quarter of 2010 (3Q10) increased 8.6% and 24.1%, respectively, says the research group. The average sequential change in unit shipments between a calendar year's second quarter and its third quarter is an increase of 10.6%.

For revenues, the average sequential change is an increase of 9.0%. So, these increases represent lower performance than usual for a third calendar quarter.

"Market demand for processors was weak in July and in August," says Shane Rau director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC. “Original equipment...

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Nov 11
UK consumers say 'no way' to paying GBP400 for an iPad

The latest research from Broadband Genie ( has shown that most UK consumers won't dream of paying GBP400 for a iPad, despite the desirability of the UK's number one new gadget. This will also be bad news for Samsung, whose Galaxy tablet is being released with similar price points in the run up to Christmas.

In a poll of more than 1,300 visitors to the broadband, mobile broadband and smartphone comparison site, more than 60% said the iPad was "definitely not" worth GBP400 or more. More than 200 more said it "wasn't really" worth the price tag, putting the total thinking it was a poor value up to 80%.

"There's a clear message here from British consumers -- while they like the idea of a tablet, they aren't willing to pay through the nose for one," Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling says. "With ereaders, smartphones, netbooks and even laptops now...

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Nov 11
Apple premieres movies on the iTunes Store in Japan

Apple says movies are now available on the iTunes Store in Japan giving customers a way to enjoy movies on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, or with the new Apple TV on their HD TV.

Starting today, Apple says there are over 1,000 movies to rent or buy in high definition and standard definition from major international film studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and top Japanese studios including Asmik Ace Entertainment Inc., Fuji TV, Kadakowa Pictures, Nikkatsu, Shochiku Company Limited and Toei Company Limited.

With iTunes Movie Rentals, once a movie is rented, it starts downloading from the iTunes Store directly to iTunes or Apple TV, and users with a fast Internet connection can start viewing the movie in seconds. Customers have up to 30 days to start watching their movie, and once a movie has been started customers have 48 hours to finish it -- or watch it multiple times...

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Nov 11
O'Reilly releases 'QuickBooks 2011: The Missing Manual...

O'Reilly Media has released "QuickBooks 2011: The Missing Manual" ('Reilly&utm_source=iPost&utm_medium=email&imm_mid=065edd&cmp=em-orm-pr-Quickbooks+2011%3A+TMM), a US$29.95 manual for Intuit's financial software. The 720-page book -- also available as a $27.99 ebook -- offers tips on specific features, as well as get basic accounting advice.

"QuickBooks 2011 has a few new features that are really helpful," notes author Bonnie Biafore. "For example, if you send an invoice with the same content to many of your customers, batch invoices let you create one invoice and send it to as many customers as you want. And now, you can also use Web mail like Gmail or Yahoo! to send email messages to contacts."

Topics covered include how to: set up QuickBooks; manage your business, follow the money; find key info quickly, streamline your workflow; build and...

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Nov 11
Snow Leopard tutorial DVD explores Mac security, technical...

Software training and eLearning content provider Infinite Skills has just released a new video course ( exploring many of the advanced features in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

Taught by Apple systems expert Chris Tarnowiecky, the course has been created to help users expand their awareness of the UNIX-based operating system and accomplish technical and security tasks such as command line use, disk partitioning, software automation and more.

"There's a really big gap in the way Mac security is usually marketed and discussed," says Mike Spaulding, president of Infinite Skills. "We're excited to bring viewers a real, fact-based look at how these subjects actually impact power users and...

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Nov 10
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.5

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.5. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X System Preferences app. According to Apple, the update:

° Improves reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers.

° Addresses performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture.

° Addresses stability and performance of graphics applications and games.

° Resolves a delay between print jobs.

° Addresses a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme.

° Resolves an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal.

° Addresses an issue in which dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide.

° Resolves an issue in which Wikipedia information may not display correctly in Dictionary.

° Improves performance of MainStage on certain Macs.

° Resolves spacing issues with OpenType fonts.

° Improves reliability with some Bluetooth braille...

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Nov 10
Contrary to reports ....

Contrary to reports published elsewhere on the Web, "Macworld" ( has confirmed that Apple did not acquire Wi-Gear, the maker of iMuffs Bluetooth headphones.

“Two words: ‘I wish!’” Wi-Gear CEO Mark Pundsack said via e-mail, when asked about the rumors that Apple had bought the company.

Also contrary to reports AirPrint hasn't been pulled in the upcoming iOS 4.2. Apple CEO Steve Jobs purportedly said in an email exchange ( that: "AirPrint hasn't been pulled. Don't believe everything you read."

Now that doesn't mean that it hasn't...

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Nov 10
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 10

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Imagam has announced gDocuments 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. The US$0.90 app lets you create text documents, email, view and manage Google Docs files on your iOS device.

GamesAisle has unleashed Earth Invaders 3D 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. It's an $0.99 jet fighter game in which players defend our planet against alien invaders.

You can track expenses, set budgets, convert currencies, and calculate tips and meal cost splits on your iOS device with Trip Boss travel manager, Expense and Budget edition. The $4.99 app offers get-location, real-time currency rates, and photo receipts features.

Food for Benjamin has kicked off No More Socks 1.0 for iOS devices. The $0.9 app includes comparison shopping and...

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Nov 10
Dana-Farber turns to iPads to help cancer patients through...

Andrea Casella comes to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston every week for chemotherapy to treat her lung cancer. It’s a full day.

“I start with blood work and then I have a doctor’s appointment and then I come in for the chemo which is a couple of hours. It’s exhausting,” says Casella. “And I get bored quickly. You can only read so many magazines and books. It really puts you to sleep.”

Recognizing that patients can spend hours in the clinic for treatment and tests, Dana-Farber has started lending iPads to patients like Casella to help them pass the time. The portable Apple tablets are available to sign out for a three-hour period at no charge; all that is needed is a patient identification card and driver’s license.

They are pre-loaded with games like chess and Sudoku, movies, and a full library of music, as well as videos and information about cancer care at the Institute. The iPads also includes many popular news and entertainment apps.


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Nov 10
Tekkeon unveils battery case for the iPhone 4

Tekkeon ( has unveiled a slim, rechargeable battery case for the iPhone. myPower includes a swappable battery pack that can be exchanged on the go.

This US$79.95 battery case not only provides extra power on the go, it protects the iPhone 4 from everyday wear and tear. It also acts as a dock for automatic syncing via a micro USB 2.0 interface.

myPower for iPhone 4 features Tekkeon’s eSwap technology, in which the battery is housed in a separate module that can be exchanged with a fresh battery module while on the go. The battery case comes with the Ultra Slim 1200 mAh battery pack, with extra battery packs -- both the Ultra Slim battery pack ($39.95) and the Ultra Power 2200 mAh battery pack ($49.95) -- available as optional modules.

Equipped with a replaceable efficient lithium polymer battery pack, myPower for iPhone 4 preserves the iPhone battery by bypassing the...

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Nov 10
Bang & Olufsen unveil their first docking station

Bang & Olufsen ( has launched its first ever iPod/iPad/iPhone docking station. The US$999 BeoSound 8 features a two dimensional design, bold form, and a superior sound quality due to its custom-made conical speakers and high-performance amplifiers, says Zean Nielsen, president of Bang & Olufsen America.

Plus, it's directly compatible with the iPad, without having to utilize any extra wires or adapters, ensuring a clean, minimalist design.

"BeoSound 8’s light and characteristic design makes it highly flexible in use. It is perfectly suited as a music system not only in a main room, but also in the kitchen, on the patio or even at the summerhouse," says Nielsen. "BeoSound 8 can be placed on a wall bracket or any flat surface and still deliver fantastic premium quality sound. Additionally, BeoSound 8 has a manual room adaptation switch with three positions (...

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Nov 10
MacJury offers 'Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1'

The MacJury ( recently convened to come up with the "Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1."

The guide is designed to help you decide what to get your favorite Apple product fan ... or maybe even yourself. The panel picking hardware, software, services and even edibles includes John F. Braun, Pat Fauquet, Nancy Gravley, Joe Kissell, Omaha Sternberg and host Chuck Joiner.

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Nov 10
1Password for Mac OS X adds Chrome support

Agile Web Solutions has updated 1Password (, a password manager for Mac OS X, to version 3.5. The upgrade support for Google's Chrome web browser.

The 1Password extension for Chrome now features a revamped user interface and more fluid browser integration, as well as web login, credit card and identity form-filling features within Chrome. There are also other general fixes and improvements.

1Password 3.5 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. It's a free upgrade for users of version 3.x. For new users the cost is US$39.95 for a single-user license and $69.95 for a family license (five users).

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Nov 10
Dexture is interactive RapidWeaver theme with iPad, iPhone...

NimbleHost has announces Dexture 1.0 (, a new RapidWeaver theme that features the Visitor Interaction Panel.

The Dexture RapidWeaver theme enables web designers to create an interactive web site, allowing visitors to customize background colors, change the font size, and even adjust the site's width. Dexture offers flexible theme options with seven ExtraContent Areas. It's RWmultitool ready.

Dexture 1.0 for Mac OS X is currently available for US$24.97. It requires the RapidWeaver application for Mac OS X, available for $79.

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Nov 10
Digital Heaven releases DH_Counter 2.0, more free plug-ins

Digital Heaven ( has announced DH_Counter 2.0, an upgrade to the on-screen counter plug-in for Final Cut. It offers a way to create an animated counting display over your footage.

The new version has been completely rewritten and adds new features including the ability to set a custom start or end time and multiple counting modes. The company has also added two more free plug-ins DH_Fade and DH_FieldTrans to its freeware range.

DH_Fade offers a way to create consistent fade in/outs on clips with different durations. DH_FieldTrans is designed for those needing to apply effects to pre-edited footage containing cuts on field 2.

The Digital Heaven products require Final Cut Express (version 2 and later) or Final Cut Pro (version 4 and later). DH_Counter 2.0 is available for immediate purchase from the Digital Heaven online store for US$29. A...

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Nov 10
Better Finder Rename gets performance, memory improvements ( has released A Better Finder Rename 8.70, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The new release makes performance and memory management improvements.

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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Nov 10
Avenza announces 2011 MAPublisher training schedule

Avenza Systems ( -- producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop -- has announced the 2011 schedule for its two-day MAPublisher training course.

The class offers in-depth MAPublisher training" that will enable MAPublisher users to maximize their use of MAPublisher and fully exploit its features and power." MAPublisher training is offered in hands-on computer labs at locations around North America. Training is also available onsite at customers’ locations and online in which case certain aspects of the course will be tailored especially for the specific organization and workflow.

Features of the 2011 round of MAPublisher classes include content on creating interactive data-rich Flash maps, geospatial PDF creation, new thematic mapping funtionality and MAPublisher LabelPro advanced text placement. The...

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Nov 10
App Tamer update for Mac OS X improves app monitoring

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.2 (, an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power. The new version will intelligently monitor applications, making sure its AutoStop feature does not interrupt downloads in your web browser or stop iTunes while it's playing music.

The user interface is smarter, showing you more information and allowing you to turn off AutoStop for a certain amount of time. App Tamer 1.0.2 also addresses a number of issues reported by App Tamer users. These include fixes for errors in CPU usage readings when running under Mac OS 10.5, interactions with OS X's spindump utility, and better compatibility with Parallels Desktop and the Finder.

Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or...

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Nov 10
TrendNet releases small, wireless USB adapter

TrendNet ( has released what it says is the world's smallest wireless N USB adapter: the 150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter. It measures 0.59 x 0.74 x 0.28 inches and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$39.99.

When plugged into a USB port, the adapter extends a scant 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) from the edge of the computer, says Sonny Su, technology director for TrendNet.. The adapter is so small that users can stow a laptop with the adapter plugged in, without worrying about damaging the laptop or the adapter, he adds.

This adapter is also the only product in its class that features a convenient WPS button, according to Su. One-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup, or WPS technology, eliminates the hassle of entering complicated codes in order to connect to a wireless network, he adds. Simply press the WPS button on a compatible router (most TrendNet routers feature a WPS...

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Nov 10
USB Fever releases new iPhone 4 products

USB Fever has released five new products for the iPhone 4. The Back Cover Case for with 3D Graphics Football ( is an US$12.99 case with a football theme.

The Back Cover Case with 3D Graphics Butterfly ( is the case with a butterfly theme, the
Back Cover Case 3D Graphics Butterfly 2 ( has another butterfly theme, while the

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Nov 10
New version of Objective-Basic released

A new version of Objective-Basic ( -- the BASIC programming language for Mac -- has been released. Objective-Basic is related to Visual Basic and Objective-C.

It's an object-oriented, compiled, modern programming language.Objective-Basic supports Interface Builder and uses the default Apple compiler to create native Mac applications.

You may also directly use Cocoa API [application programming interface] calls within your code. Objective-Basic is free for personal use; for commercial apps you can get an unlimited license for US$35.

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Nov 10
AirPrint for iOS being downgraded?

"Last minute stability and compatibility problems" with Apple's AirPrint for iOS devices may have forced the company to delay Mac and Windows support indefinitely, reports "AppleInsider" (

Originally, Apple said that AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers were supposed to be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.

"AppleInsider" says release notes from the iOS 4.2 Golden Master, which was released on Nov. 1, state that "iOS 4.2 devices can print wirelessly only to printers that support AirPrint and are running the latest available firmware." Prior references to printing to Mac or Windows have been removed.

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Nov 10
Gartner: Apple now world's fourth largest phone maker

According to new info from the Gartner research group ( Apple has overtaken Research in Motion to become the world's fourth largest manufacturer of smartphones and cell phones.

On the downside, Gartner says sales of Google Android devices by Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony and others were greater than that of the iPhone. During the third quarter, Apple had 16.7% of the worldwide smartphone market compared to 25.5% for Android devices, 36.6% for Symbia devices, 14.8% for RIM and 2.8% for Windows Mobile.

Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, a 35% increase from the third quarter of 2009, according to Gartner. Smartphone sales grew 96% from the third quarter last year, and smartphones accounted for 19.3% of overall mobile phone sales in the third quarter of 2010.

“This is the third consecutive double-digit increase in...

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