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Nov 16
'MacVoices' looks at vectors vs. pixels

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), graphics guru Deke McClelland is back in a bonus-length visit to talk about his new book, "Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One," his background with vector programs, and the differences between working with vectors vs. pixels.

He provides some real-world examples of the power of Illustrator, talks about when it is the right tool for the job, and how moving projects back and forth between Illustrator and Photoshop lets you tap the strengths of both programs. McClelland also has Illustrator CS5 One-on-One Fundamentals video training available from lynda.com, and talks about how and why he took to video, the benefits of that format, and how he and lynda.com are hoping to continue improving it.

"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...

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Nov 16
Speck adds new cases for fourth gen iPod touch

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has rolled out more than a dozen cases for the fourth gen iPod touch.

They include three new CandyShell designs, four fabric-wrapped Fitted patterns, an updated PixelSkiin HD, the GeoMetric and the Fitted x Burton case. Prices range from US$29.95 to $39.95.

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Nov 16
New Drobo products unveiled

Data Robotics (http://www.drobo.com), or "Drobo," has unveiled its new Drobo S system, which leverages USB 3.0 technology. The company is also announcing the immediate availability of Drobo Sync, "the world’s easiest-to-use remote backup for small and medium-sized businesses."

Drobo Sync is available with the company’s new DroboPro FS system. All Drobo systems feature patented BeyondRAID technology, which enables greater ease-of-use, data safety, affordability, and expandability for organizations who rely on digital storage but who do not have deep storage expertise, according to Drobo CEO Tom Buiocchi.

He says the Drobo S is currently the most expandable USB 3.0 product in the market, with "industry first" support for multiple storage volumes and capacity of up to 32TB and beyond. It features backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 systems.

Drobo Sync can purportedly be configured in just minutes...

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Nov 16
Prosecution: accused Apple manager 'should forfeit all...

Paul Devine, the Apple manager accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for company secrets, should forfeit all proceeds from his fraud, prosecutors said in a court filing -- as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-23/judge-sets-bail-for-apple-manag...?).

Devine, let out of jail with an US$440,000 lien against his mother’s home to help secure bail, must forfeit cash “derived from proceeds” of his fraud and money laundering, the U.S. argued in court documents. Prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of about $950,000 seized from as many as six different accounts, and a Porsche Cayenne, according to the Nov. 10 filing.

"Bloomberg" reports that Devine appeared in court today before U.S. District...

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Nov 16
Altec Lansing releases Octive Stage for the iPad, other iOS...

Altec Lansing (http://www.alteclansing.com) has introduced the US$149.95 Octiv Stage docking speaker system for the iPad, iPhone and iPod. Designed to y enhance center channel voicing for dialogue as well as stereo audio while playing and charging the device, it's is the first product from Altec Lansing designed to support the iPad.

The Octiv Stage allows users to dock and charge their iPad with the Apple 30-pin connector, while a 3.5mm auxiliary jack offers support for additional devices. Altec Lansing's Audio Alignment technology provides distinctive center channel voicing and enhanced stereo delivery for distortion-free performance even at full volume, says Steve Schlangen, Altec Lansing product manager.

What's more, the Octiv Stage features a rotating connection arm that allows the iPad to be viewed in both portrait and landscape positions. It offers a tilt screen for multiple viewing...

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Nov 16
Buffalo launches new USB storage solutions

Buffalo Technology (http://www.buffalotech.com) has announced the MiniStation Stealth and DriveStation Axis LED, two external drive solutions designed to meet today's storage consumer needs. The former is a portable storage solution; the latter is a single drive storage solution sporting a LED capacity meter display.

The MiniStation Stealth (pictured) is a compact portable hard drive that's USB powered so there are no additional cables to manage and no need for a separate power source. You can plug it into any available USB port on your Mac or PC computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. The MiniStation Stealth will be available later this month in the US market at an estimated street prices of US$74.99 for the 320GB model, $89.99 for the 500GB system and $104.99 for the 640GB version.

The DriveStation Axis LED is an external hard drive for the instant addition...

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Nov 16
Pearson, Peachpit books available on the Apple iBookstore

Pearson and Peachpit says that hundreds of their books for the home, office, and technical professional communities are now available on Apple’s iBookstore. Books from the iBookstore can be downloaded and read on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Pearson’s imprints including Addison-Wesley Professional and Prentice Hall Professional, Sams Publishing, IBM Press, Cisco Press, and Pearson IT Certification, publish a suite of learning materials and tools in the areas of IT certification, programming, operating systems/server, mobile and web development and software engineering. Que Publishing delivers practical advice on home, office and business computing.

Peachpit's umbrella covers Adobe Press, New Riders, Apple Pro Training, and Apple Training titles. Peachpit’s iBookstore titles include books by bestselling authors such as Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Garr Reynolds, and many others.

iBooks is Apple's ebook/PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks works with the...

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Nov 16
Web browsers, desktop software top 'Dirty Dozen' list

Bit9 (http://www.bit9.com/) has unveiled its fourth annual report of the top applications with reported security vulnerabilities in 2010. Google Chrome placed first on the “Dirty Dozen” list, followed by Apple Safari and Microsoft Office.

Apple and Adobe are the most represented companies with three applications each making this year’s list. The “2010 Top Vulnerable Applications” report serves as a warning to enterprises about the risks of employees downloading unauthorized software and affirms the importance of staying current with software updates, says Harry Sverdlove, chief technical officer of Bit9.

The “Dirty Dozen” list ranks applications by the number of reported “high severity” vulnerabilities that impacted end users during 2010, and includes the following:

1. Google Chrome (76 reported vulnerabilities)

2. Apple Safari (60)

3. Microsoft Office (57)

4. Adobe Reader and...

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Nov 16
LANguard updated to version 9.5

GFI Software (http://www.gfi.com), an IT solutions provider for small and medium-sized enterprises, has released GFI LANguard 9.6, an update of the network security solution for automating missing patch detection and remediation for the top five web browsers running on Windows systems -- Apple Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera Browser.

The new version expands the automated patch management capabilities to new applications-- including all of the major Web browsers. GFI LANguard combines vulnerability scanning, patch management and network and software auditing into one solution that allows IT professionals to scan, detect, assess and correct potential security risks on their networks. It costs as little as US$4 per IP.

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Nov 16
Sanyo announces new eneloop rechargeable batteries

Sanyo (http//us.sanyo.com) has released new AA- and AAA-size "eneloop" rechargeable batteries with approximately 500 more charges than previous eneloop batteries. The batteries are charged and ready to use and will maintain approximately 75% of their charge up to three years, according to Tom Van Voy, vice president and general manager of the Sanyo Digital Solutions Division.

The new eneloop 1500-cycle batteries are available immediately at Costco Stores nationwide. The combo-pack containing the 4-position charger, eight (8) AA batteries and four AAA batteries sells for US$25.99 at Costco.

The eneloop batteries in the Costco combo-pack come in two shades of blue and two shades of green. The colors provide added convenience making it easy for consumers to "pair" the batteries in devices and in the charger, says Voy.

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Nov 16
The Beatles come to iTunes

Apple said today was be a "day you'd never forget" due to some exciting iTunes news. If you're a Beatles' fan, that's true. If you're not, well, it may be, despite Apple's assertions, just another day.

You can download individual Beatles songs, the legendary group's original studio albums or buy a box set with the whole shebang. The box set is US$149, individual songs are $1.29 and albums are $12.99 each.

iTunes also has videos of Beatles performances and new TV ads announcing the group's arrival on iTunes.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Nov 16
Cheetah 3D 5.6 for Mac OS X gets rewritten transform tool

Cheetah 3D (http://www.cheetah3d.com/) -- software for modeling, animating and rendering 3D objects -- has been updated to version 5.6. The upgrade adds a rewritten transform tool.

The new transform tool now support multi-object selections, a gadget mode to arbitrarily align the transform gadget and much improved snapping tools for precise modeling. Version 5.6 also introduce post- and pre-rotations which are great for orienting joints. The added support for many video codecs like H.264 or MPEG4 plus many small workflow enhancements rounds up the new features.

Cheetah3D costs US$149 for a single user version; however, version 5.6 is a free update for all registered users of version 5.x and is a $69 for an upgrade from versions 1.x, 2.x, 3.x and 4.x.. It requires requires at least Mac OS X 10.4 and 16MB of VRAM. It's a Universal Binary product, which means it will run natively on both PowerPC...

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Nov 16
Verbatim rolls out new MediaShare Mini

Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) has introduced the MediaShare Mini, an US$89.95 home networking solution designed to make any USB drive and its files network accessible.  The new unit also allows for seamless content sharing with friends and family as well as multimedia streaming, says Verbatim Product Manager Ron Hanafin. 

Whether it’s retrieving files remotely, streaming iTunes music or uploading photos directly onto Facebook, the MediaShare Mini is "the must-have tool for today’s connected consumer," he adds. With it, consumers can view, manage and share their files through the unit’s browser-based interface. 

By simply plugging in the MediaShare Mini, connecting the unit to a home router through the included Ethernet cable and attaching any external storage device, USB or flash drive to the unit, files automatically become network accessible.  Likewise, all content stored on a drive...

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Nov 16
Graphic Inspector for Mac OS X updated to version 1.7.9

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated Graphic Inspector, which checks entire folders of graphic files for potential problems, to version 1.7.6. improves GPS metadata handling and includes other improvements.

Graphic Inspector lets graphic professionals et crucial info on multiple graphic files instead of checking them manually. Users automatically get information on multiple raster and vector files. Graphic Inspector will display the file kind, color mode, resolution, compression, color profile, spot colors, fonts, metadata and other attributes.

With its checkup presets, Graphic Inspector lets users create custom control settings and locate files with unwanted attributes. For example, users can make Graphic Inspector warn them about all files whose color mode is RGB, format -- JPEG, resolution is below 200 dpi, ICC profile doesn't contain "USWebCoated" etc.

Graphic Inspector costs...

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Nov 16
iWisdom for Mac OS X beefs up publishing capabilities

PowerSurge Publishing has just released iWisdom 2.2 for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version enhances the program's publishing capabilities.

iWisdom can now publish a collection of quotations or other brief insights as a web site or an ebook. Ebooks are created in the EPUB format, ready to be dragged and dropped into iTunes, and synced to an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Generated web sites can be hosted on MobileMe, and are viewable via mobile devices.   

iWisdom is a program that manages a collection of quotations or other brief insights. The program tracks a set of data fields concerning each bit of wisdom, including author, source, year of publication, title and category. iWisdom allows you to view wisdom in a list view (with optional sort fields), a category view, an edit view, and a display mode, which you can use to randomly display a new quotation at set intervals.

iWisdom stores its data in the wisdom XML format, and can publish a wisdom collection in...

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Nov 16
Sandvox for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Karelia Software has updated Sandvox (http://www.karelia.com/download/sandvox.html), their web creation software for Mac OS X, to version 1.6.8. The upgrade fixes a number of issues discovered since the previous version; it also catches up with some server-side changes on the part of Apple and Amazon . com that affect existing Sandvox-built websites.

Sandvox features drag and drop web site assembly, live editing without a preview mode, 50 designs, 11 page types, and 19 different pagelets. Version 1.6.5 is available for download and purchase from Karelia's web site. in both Regular and Pro editions. Single-user licenses are US$57 and $97, respectively.

Household licenses (allowing multiple users in one household) and site licenses are also available. Sandvox 1.6.8 -- a free update for registered users -- requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher.

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Nov 16
QNAP debuts new Turbo NAS servers

QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has announced the TS-x19P+ lineup of Turbo NAS servers targeted primarily for home and SOHO users. The new models utilize Marvell's new 1.6GHz embedded processor and include 512MB of DDRIII memory and Gigabit LAN ports.

The new models include the 1-drive TS-119P+, 2-drive TS-219P+ and 4-drive TS-419P+ and tout up to 8TB of networked storage. NAS servers are becoming a popular addition to home and SOHO networks as they solve the problem of how to share digital pictures, music, and videos among computers in the home without resorting to a USB keychain drive, says Tony Lu, product manager for QNAP.

QNAP's new TS-x19P+ models are easy to attach to an existing home network and provide easy file sharing between Macs, Windows systems, Linux, and UNIX-based computers, he adds. QNAP's TS-x19P+ NAS servers can also provide automatic backup of all computers on the network, host...

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Nov 16
Nvidia Quadro Delivers Nvidia Fermi architecture to the Mac Pro

Nvidia has expanded its line of Quadro professional graphics solutions (http://www.nvidia.com/quadro) to the Mac platform, bringing the computational and visualization breakthroughs enabled by the Nvidia Fermi architecture to Mac Pro users.
 
For professional users operating on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the Nvidia Quadro 4000 graphics processing unit (GPU) for Mac is optimized to accelerate workflows and drive a range of top professional applications. For example, the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 software leverages Nvidia CUDA parallel processing technology. Other examples include visual effects and image processing applications from The Foundry, includingNuke and Storm and Matlab from MathWorks.
 
The high-end Nvidia Quadro 4000 GPU for Mac, with 256 Nvidia CUDA processing cores and 2GB of fast GDDR5 memory, delivers exceptional graphics performance...

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Nov 16
Developer not worried about Final Cut Pro update hurting his...

With rumors of a new version of Final Cut Pro flying around, at least one developer doesn't think it will cut down on their market, even as Apple add new features. Intelligent Assistance’s CEO Philip Hodgetts says he’s not concerned that a new version of Final Cut Pro is rumored to be coming in early 2011.

“With every release of Final Cut Pro, Apple incorporate features that had previously been provided by third party vendors, like ourselves,” says Hodgetts. “That’s a fact of life and the way to deal with it is to innovate, which is what we keep doing. With the release this week of 'Is Clip Used?' we’ve released nine utility applications that enhance Final Cut Pro that will likely be incorporated in future versions of Final Cut Pro, but we also have three innovative workflow tools that no NLE company is likely to match in the near future.”

The latest addition to the Final Cut Pro utilities family is “Is Clip Used?" an utility to update Clip information with details...

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Nov 16
Mac OS X Server 10.6.5 update is baaaacck

Apple has re-posted the Mac OS X 10.6.5 update, which it pulled yesterday. Mac OS X 10.6.5 was released last week for both Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server users.

Some who installed the update before it disappeared reported issues on the Apple Discussions forums, saying, for example, the update broke Lightweight Directory Access Protocol and Domain Name System functionality, while another said they had a problem with external drives.

The update presumably fixes these issues. It also reportedly fixes a memory aliasing issue in Dovecot's handling of user names.

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Nov 16
Macs sales on pace for another record breaking quarter

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says new retail sales data shows that Mac sales are up 20% year-over-year. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) he says Apple looks to sell between 4.1 million and 4.3 million Macs over the holiday season.

This early data, along with our assumptions for international Mac sales, which are growing faster than domestic Mac sales, and the final 2 months of the quarter, implies (year-over-year) Mac unit growth of 22%-28%, in line with the Street at about 24% year-over-yeargrowth, Munster told clients.

The numbers show Apple on pace to have yet another record breaking quarter for Mac sales, notes "AppleInsider." In the previous September quarter, Apple sold 3.89 million Macs, which represents the company's best-ever three-month frame.

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Nov 15
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 15

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/).

Comcast has unveiled its free Xfinity TV app, which will enable Xfinity TV digital customers to watch TV shows and movies directly on the iPad, either at home or on-the-go in the coming weeks.

Beer Beckmann has announced Jan-Ken-Pon 1.0 for the iPhone. In the US$0.99 rock-paper-scissors game you can battle via Bluetooth and surprise your opponent and more.

Appuous Inc., a software development company founded by high school junior Austin Evers, has released Shuzzle, a $0.99 puzzle and shapes game for iOS devices running iOS 4.1.The game challenges players to match shapes to colors while under the stress of a timer.

UBM Medica has launched PhotoClinic Mobile, a free iPhone and iPod app that enhances physicians' clinical proficiency...

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Nov 15
Professor: Apple is company that most endangers the Internet

Columbia law professor Tim Wu, the man who coined the term "net neutrality," says that Apple is the company that most endangers the freedom of the Internet. And he tells the "New York Times" (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/one-on-one-tim-wu-author-of-the...) that he expects that danger to outlive CEO Steve Jobs' tenure at Apple.

When asked, "do the technology monopolies surrounding the Internet look different than the past?", Wu had this to say:

"The question is whether there is something about the Internet that is fundamentally different, or about these times that is intrinsically more dynamic, that we don’t repeat the past. I know the Internet was designed to resist integration, designed to resist centralized control, and that design defeated firms like AOL and...

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Nov 15
Clio Apple in law firms survey shows increasing trend of '...

The inaugural Clio Apple in Law Firms Survey results are out and 835 people participated, 90% of which were practicing lawyers and 10% of which were law students. Fifty five percent of the lawyers, which ranged from solos to firms of 50+ attorneys, currently use Macs in their law offices.

In the final analysis, there was clear evidence to support the fact that lawyers are adopting Apple products -- from Macs to iPhones to iPads -- at an escalating rate. All legal professionals and law students from any law firm or law school were invited to participate in the survey, regardless of size and location. The survey aimed to determine to what extent lawyers and law students are now using Apple and Mac products, and whether there is clear evidence of an increasing trend of the legal industry “going Mac” in the future.

Out of 835 respondents who completed the survey:

48.8% practiced in a small firm (1-10 attorneys)

7.9% practiced in a medium-sized firm (11-50...

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Nov 15
Apple pulls Mac OS X Server 10.6.5 update

As noted by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) Apple has quietly pulled the Mac OS X Server 10.6.5 update.

Mac OS X 10.6.5 was released last week for both Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server users. Since then, the update for Mac OS X 10.6 Server has been pulled without explanation.

Some who installed the update before it disappeared have reported issues on the Apple Discussions forums, notes "AppleInsider." One person said that the update broke Lightweight Directory Access Protocol and Domain Name System functionality, while another said they had a problem with external drives.

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