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Jun 08
Cisco, Apple agree on iOS trademark

Cisco ( has agreed to license the iOS trademark to Apple for use as the name of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The license is for use of the trademark only and not for any technology.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the name change from iPhone OS to iOS during his Monday keynote at the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. However, "IOS" (note the difference) has been Cisco's core operating system name for nearly two decades. It's network infrastructure software.

Cisco designs and sells consumer electronics, networking and communications technology and services. Headquartered in San Jose, California, the company has more than 65,000 employees and annual revenue of US$36.11 billion as of 2009.

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Jun 08
O'Reilly releases 'FileMaker Pro 11: The Missing...

O'Reilly Media has released "FileMaker Pro 11: The Missing Manual," a 928-book to guide readers through the use of FileMaker Pro 11. It costs US$39 for a print edition and $31 for an ebook version.

According to the folks at O'Reilly, the manual helps you get started, build your database, and produce results, whether you're running a business, pursuing a hobby, or planning your retirement. It's written by Suan Prosser and Stuart Gripman.

Prosser a former journalist and a current FileMaker Certified Developer and has developed FileMaker databases for more than 15 years. Gripman is the founder of Crooked Arm Corp, a full-service FileMaker Pro consulting and development firm based in Berkeley, California. A FileMaker Certified Developer, he has written for both "Macworld" and "MacLife." For more info about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and more, go to...

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Jun 08
Speakal releases iCrystal docking solution

Speakal has released the US$79.99 iCrystal "Made for iPod" docking solution ( It sports two separated spherical pods that house an illuminated teardrop shedding a gentle ambient blue light around the rim of the speaker.

As with all of Speakal’s docking solutions, iCrystal features a remote control and touch controls for adjusting volume and changing tracks. It can be powered by four AA batteries and features a 3.5mm input expanding the range of compatibility beyond iPod/iPhone to gaming consoles, TVs, and other music sources.

The iCrystal was recognized in January as a 2010 Best of Show Award Finalist by iLounge at the Consumer Electronics Show. It's available now in white, black, and red.

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Jun 08
Aluratek announces Brick speaker dock with built-in amplifier

Aluratek ( has announced the Brick, a new iPod/iPhone speaker dock with a built-in amplifier. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149.
The Brick is a universal iPod docking station, and is compatible with the iPod touch, iPhone and any iPod model with a click wheel. Devices will be charged when docked in the Brick, which can also be used with any MP3 player by utilizing the 3.5mm auxiliary line input. You can also choose to listen to the FM radio through the built-in FM tuner.
The Brick speaker features 23W (RMS) output power, including a 15W downward firing subwoofer and 4W on each L/R channel.  It also has an electronic harmonic distortion feature of less than 2%.
Additional features of the Brick include an FM tuner, alarm clock and equalizer. An included remote lets you control the Brick from anywhere in your home.

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Jun 08
WD introduces My Book Studio LX drive

WD ( has introduced its new My Book Studio LX external hard drive, which offers aFireWire 800 interface and features an aluminum case designed to complements any iMac, Power Mac G5 or MacBook Pro.

The Studio LX sports a customizable e-label that enables users to personalize their media collection and identify critical information about the drive, such as the contents and remaining capacity, without having to boot up their computer and plug in the drive. The My Book Studio LX drives also support USB 2.0.

My Book Studio LX drives offer automatic, continuous backup through WD SmartWare software and also sync with Apple Time Machine software. They offer 256-bit hardware-based encryption for data security, along with password protection.

Available now at select retailers and the WD online store, the new My Book Studio LX drives are formatted for Mac and come in capacities of 1TB and 2TB....

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Jun 08
NewerTech announces MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 RAID Controller...

Newer Technology ( has announced the NewerTech MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 RAID Controller Card, a mass storage solution for adding two SATA 6Gb/s ports -- along with port multiplier support for adding up to 20TB of desktop storage with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 -- support to Mac Pros and PCs with an open PCIe slot.

The NewerTech MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 RAID Controller Card is available immediately at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$99 from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (OWC), as well as through the retail channel. It’s compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and later and Windows 2000 and later and comes backed by a three-year warranty.

In addition to supporting any standard single or dual eSATA interface equipped storage solution, the NewerTech MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 RAID Controller Card also supports port multiplier enclosures. Now Mac Pro...

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Jun 08
Boris FX introduces New AAF Transfer Plug-In for Avid Media...

Boris FX ( has announced Boris AAF Transfer, a new plug-in designed for the transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro sequences to Avid Media Composer. Boris AAF Transfer uses Avid’s new AMA (Avid Media Access) architecture to transfer Final Cut Pro sequences without the need for transcoding or rewrapping.

Boris AAF Transfer will be available in Q3 2010 for an MSRP of $299 USD or an MSRP of $399 USD when bundled with the Boris XML Transfer plug-in for Adobe After Effects. Boris AAF Transfer will support Apple Final Cut Pro 6 and higher and Avid Media Composer 4 and higher.

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Jun 08
Jolly Rover game sails onto the Mac has released Brawsome's new adventure game, Jolly Rover ( for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), through its web site. This high seas point-and-click experience will follow the adventures of Gaius James Rover, a dog who just wants to star in the circus like his dear old dad.

Here's how the game is described: "Following the tragically comedic death of his father, young Gaius, who insists on using his middle name James, goes to live with his uncle, a wealthy plantation owner on a small Caribbean island. While practising a particularly tricky juggling move, he accidentally taints a barrel of rum with tobacco, creating a potent and addictive brew which he coins Jolly Rover, one of the most prized substances in the Caribbean.

"Alas, the wealth of Jolly Rover sales only manages to...

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Jun 08
R10Cipher file/text encryption solution adds 'Decrypt Only...

Arten Science has updated R10Cipher (, a cross platform encryption/decryption tool, to version 4.0. It can run in a "Decrypt Only" mode that doesn't require any purchase.

R10Cipher supports drag and drop multiple file encryption, and decryption by double clicking a file to recreate it with its original filename. R10Cipher takes text or files and encrypts them. These files can be Word files, Excel files, MP3 files -- almost any kind of file.

Its encrypted files can be copied elsewhere, even to a different operating system and unencrypted by anyone in possession of the shared key that was used for the encryption. If encrypting text, this Cipher Text can then be copied into an email, saved as a file and attached to an email or just copied elsewhere. The recipient can use R10Cipher to open the file and view the encrypted contents, assuming they're in...

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Jun 08
MBS releases Transparent Screensaver 2.3 for Mac OS X

Monkeybread Software ( has released Transparent Screensaver 2.3, an update to their screensaver utility for Mac OS X. The utility adds a variable transparency overlay screensaver to the list of screensavers in Preferences.

With the screensaver running at 50% the effect is one of dimming the desktop and all open windows; 0% is black; 100% is completely transparent. With the screen lock option engaged, the user can continue to view their iChat Buddy List, iTunes Library, or any open process or window, while waking their computer from screen saver mode is password protected. If the user wishes to remain logged in to their computer, but prevent others from using it, he can lock the screen.

Version 2.3 makes Transparent Screensaver Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") compatible; it also works with Mac OS X 10.5 .

MBS Transparent Screensaver 2.3...

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Jun 08
DVDxDV Pro now offers standard def to high def conversion

DVDxDV Pro ( has been updated to version 2.1, which fixes some glitches introduced in version 2.1. The upgrade converts standard definition DVDs into high definition 1080i video suitable for use in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and iMovie HD.

Version 2.0 added direct export from DVD to Apple TV. Used in the television and film industry, DVDxDV Pro converts DVD to high quality Quicktime movies for editing in Final Cut Pro, Avid, iMovie, and more. In addition to the Apple TV, DVDxDV Pro version will convert DVD video directly to the 5G (video enabled) iPod and the iPhone. The software costs US$80; version 2.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Jun 08
iLuv announces cases for the iPhone 4

iLuv ( has announced a new line of creative graphic designed cases and a screen protectors for Apple’s new iPhone 4. They range from dual layer mix and match cases, metallic cases, leather cases, soft coated ultra thin silicone cases to 2-way privacy screen protectors and glare-free screen protectors.

The entire line of new Apple iPhone 4 accessories will be available starting in June. Prices will range from US$14.99 to $49.99.

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Jun 08
iWisdom grows wiser with version 2.0.0

PowerSurge Publishing has just released iWisdom 2.00 for Mac OS X and Windows. New preference options now allow the user to select the format they wish to use for transferring/copying individual wisdom items out of iWisdom and onto the System clipboard.

The display pane for wisdom items has been cleaned up a bit as well. Also, when entering multiple quotations from the same source, a new "Last Author and Work" menu item now permits that information to be carried over from one entry to the next. Numeric titles for wisdom items are now supported. And entry of the wisdom item body now follows lightweight markup conventions, reducing the need to view or enter HTML tags.   

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...

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Jun 08
ATTO announces line of 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters

ATTO Technology, which specializes in storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, has announced the immediate availability of its ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters.

The ExpressSAS R60F (16 port internal), R680 (8 port external), R608 (8 port internal), and R644 (4 port external/4 port internal) feature ATTO’s RAID stack and incorporate Marvell Technology Group’s 88RC9580 RAID-on-Chip (ROC) processor technology. The adapters are available in four different port configurations, and there are 6Gb/s SAS/SATA HBAs available in five different port configuration.

For more information on ATTO’s ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID Adapters visit: .

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Jun 08
'MacJury' weighs in on the WWDC keynote announcements

The MacJury ( considers the announcements at yesterday's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference keynote.

CEO Steve Jobs took the stage to announce the iPhone 4.0, iOS 4 and more. The MacJury examines those announcements and more, including why the whole Gizmodo affair didn't tarnish the the excitement of the new iPhone, FaceTime and why they think the time for video calls may have finally arrived.

Apple's handling of a potential trademark issue, why the video capabilities of the iPhone 4 and iMovie for iPhone may be the device's killer app and more are all addressed in part one of a two-part discussion by the panel of John F. Braun, Bryan Chaffin, Peter Cohen, Keith Lang, Chuck LaTournous and host Chuck Joiner.

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Jun 08
Analyst: iPad partly to blame for drop in netbook sales

In a note to clients today, analyst Katy Huberty of Morgan Stanley has raised her iPad sales estimates from six million to 10 million units for 2010 and her Apple price target from US$310 to $332.

As reported by "Fortune" (, she told clients:

° The iPad is on track to become the fastest ramping mobile Internet device out of the gate and one of the most popular in history.

° Early iPad usage patterns validate the tablet as a computing device. It's already overtaken the web browsing share of devices like the iPod touch.

° It's at least partially responsible for a sharp drop in the growth of netbook sales, which decelerated to -13% year-over-year in the month of April, from +45% in the first...

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Jun 08
Apple posts video of WWDC keynote

There's now an online video of the keynote address at the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. CEO Steve Jobs delivered the keynote, introducing the iPhone 4 and iOS 4.

The keynote video is available in QuickTime and MPEG-4 format. You can download it at .

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Jun 08
Adobe offers Photoshop Lightroom 3

Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 3 for Mac and Windows, an update of the digital photography workflow solution that allows photographers to organize, enhance and showcase their images from one application.

The new version introduces a completely redesigned performance architecture that better handles growing image libraries and provides an unrivaled raw processing engine with noise reduction and sharpening tools to achieve the highest image quality, according to Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for Digital Imaging at Adobe. The 64-bit capable Lightroom 3 includes new features that optimize workflows and allow images to be shared in creative ways, including support for DSLR video files and tethered shooting on select cameras, he adds.

The import experience has been redesigned to be more intuitive, with added previews and default selections that give users quick access to sort through and find images. Helping streamline and adapt to...

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Jun 08
iSkysoft releases DVD and Video to iPad Converter

iSkysoft Studio ( has released its DVD to iPad Converter and iPad Video Converter, both available for Mac OS X and Windows. The iSkysoft iPad DVD and Video Converter helps iPad users convert DVD movies and almost any video format to an iPad friendly format.

With DVD to iPad Converter you can convert encrypted or homemade DVDs. With iPad Video Converter you can convert any popular video formats such as AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MKV, and more to iPad friendly formats.

DVD to iPad Converter is priced at $29 and iPad Video Converter is $25 for a single user license. Both iPad Converters for Mac are perfectly compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and iPad Converters for Windows fully supports Windows 7.

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Jun 08
Andy Ihnatko to keynote at 2010 MacTech Conference

The MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Nov. 3-5, 2010 in Los Angeles, has announced its keynote speaker -- Andy Ihnatko. MacTech Conference is a three-day,
session-packed event will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening giving attendees the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but get to know others in the industry, says Neil Tickin, editor-in-chief and publisher of "MacTech Magazine."

"We're thrilled to welcome Andy as our keynote speaker," he says. "As an internationally beloved tech journalist (not to mention that he's the Chicago Sun Times' Technology Columnist), Andy is insightful, funny, and a pleasure to work with. The response to the conference is overwhelmingly positive. The keynote announcement makes it that much better."

The MacTech Conference will have two separate tracks: one focused on IT, and one focused on programming/development. Sessions will focus on both desktop and mobile, with appropriate levels...

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Jun 08
NextWorth trade-in program provides iPhone owners a free upgrade...

NextWorth (, a player in consumer electronic upgrade and trade-in programs, has announced a new trade-in program for iPhone owners that covers the full subsidized price of upgrading from the current iPhone 3Gs to the new iPhone 4.
Currently, NextWorth customers can receive between US$208 and $260 for their 16GB iPhone 3Gs when trading in their iPhone through the service. With the new 16GB iPhone 4 prices starting at $199, trade-in amounts will fully cover the cost of an upgrade, plus extra cash for accessories, according to NextWorth CEO Dave Chen.
NextWorth provides attractive trade-in value for every Apple iPhone model -- new or used. iPhones purchased by NextWorth in any condition will be refurbished and resold by NextWorth, keeping the used devices out of the waste stream, thereby promoting reuse and recycle, Chen says.
A list of additional...

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Jun 08
'MacVoices' looks at iPad networking, security

On the new "MacVoices" (, networking guru Glenn Fleishman takes on two very specific topics in his new book, "Take Control of iPad Networking & Security."

Networking on your iPad can be simple, but to get the most out of it, you need to understand that it' all about management -- power, what to connect to, service, plans and more. You can do a whole with a properly networked iPad, and Fleishman provides examples, including recovering a lost or stolen iPad and controlling other Macs or PCs. He explains why AT&T's new data plans really shouldn't affect many users, and how to manage your networking to be sure it doesn't. Getting data on and off your iPad, ebook access and reading and more are included in Fleishmann's discussion of the book.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac...

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Jun 08
'MacNotables' looks at WWDC keynote, the post-PC era...

The latest edition of "MacNotables" ( a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Yours Truly joins host Chuck Joiner to discuss the announcements at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), with an eye toward what a post-PC world might look like. We hit the high points of Steve Jobs' keynote, including the new iPhone design, the clear shots at Google, and how the biggest surprise announcement was software-based. The iPhone 4 and the newly renamed iOS 4.0 addressed many of the criticisms that have been leveled at the iPhone in recent months; Chuck and I look at those and more.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob...

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Jun 08
Belkin introduces new cases for the iPhone 4

Belkin ( has introduced a plethora of new cases for the iPhone 4. They're available in five types.

Grip cases protect your iPhone and come in a variety of textured designs while adding style, color, and gripability. Grip cases’ form-fitting design lets your iPhone charge while still in the case. These cases are designed for those carrying their iPhone in their palm and using it to video chat and play games.

Shield cases protect your iPhone while providing increased shock absorption and impact resistance. These cases add little bulk and offer protection while allowing full access to connector, buttons, and iPhone screen. Shield cases work well for pocket carriers.

Verve cases are leather cases that protect your iPhone from everyday scratches and scuffs. They're tailored to be slim and form-fitting.

Fit armbands are designed for the active user. They're made with...

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Jun 07
Safari 5 supports extensions, has speed boost, more

Apple has released Safari 5, the latest version of their web browser. The new version features the new Safari Reader for reading articles on the web without distraction, a 30% performance increase over Safari 4, and the ability to choose Google, Yahoo! or Bing as the search service powering Safari's search field.

Available for both Mac and Windows, Safari 5 includes improved developer tools and supports more than a dozen new HTML5 technologies that allow web developers to create rich, dynamic websites, according to Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. With Safari 5, developers can now create secure Safari Extensions to customize and enhance the browsing experience, he adds..

Safari Reader makes it easy to read single and multipage articles on the web by presenting them in a new, scrollable view without any additional content or clutter, says Schiller. When Safari 5 detects an article, users can click on the Reader icon in the...

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