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May 26
Consumer Watchdog wants probes into Google's WiSpy snooping

Consumer Watchdog has called on the state attorneys general to investigate Google's WiSpy snooping in their respective states to determine what state laws were broken.

"While the activity is likely a violation of federal laws, we believe there is a good possibility it also broke state wiretap, privacy and unfair business practices laws in many cases," wrote John M. Simpson, consumer advocate with the nonpartisan, nonprofit group. "We call on each attorney general to investigate the extent to which this is the case in his or her jurisdiction."

The letter, addressed to James McPherson, executive director of the National Association of Attorneys General, continued: "Google's claim that its intrusive behavior was by 'mistake' stretches all credulity. In fact, Google has demonstrated a history of pushing the envelope and then apologizing when its overreach is discovered. Given its recent record of privacy abuses, there is absolutely no reason to trust anything the Internet...

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May 26
MMEmail plug-in ready for FileMaker Pro 11

Comm-Unity Networking Systems (http://www.cnsplug-ins.com/) has updated its MMEmail FileMaker Pro plug-in to version 1.1.4. The upgrade offers full compatibility with FileMaker Pro 11.

MMEmail has a built-in email window that allows the end-user to compose an email message as if they were using a normal email client. From within the email window, you can set the To, Subject, and Body, as well as Attach files. You can use a special Auto-enter Hierarchal Menu of predefined email addresses to populate the To field. The Subject and Body of your message can contain Merge Fields to grab information from the current record before sending the message.

Merge Fields can be inserted with a contextual menu. You can select attachments via a file dialog as well as selecting container fields from a menu. When you click the Send button, the email window can automatically send the message, or store entered...

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May 26
Quark launches Flash design competition

Quark has. launched a new Flash design competition that is open to designers who are creating Flash projects, such as web sites, banner ads, and online design portfolios, with QuarkXPress 8.

The competition kicks off today and voting will begin at the HOW Conference 2010 being held in Denver June 6-9. Submissions will be accepted at http://www.ilovedesign.com from May 26 through June 30, 2010 and voting will be open Sunday, June 6-30. The designer who submits the best Flash project as determined by voters will appear in HOW Magazine’s blog, win membership to HOW’s Design Insider Program, and take home a pack of designer’s tools, including the new  Pantone Plus Series Guides, a Pantone ColorMunki and a VisTablet from VisTablet Systems.
 
To enter the competition, designers must submit SWF files created with QuarkXPress 8 to...

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May 26
NewerTech announces NuRAM memory upgrade kits for Macs

Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech) has announced its new NuRAM Memory Upgrade Kits, which it says are the lowest priced DDR3 1066MHz RAM upgrades on the market and offered in up to 16GB for iMac and Mac mini desktop users and MacBook/MacBook Pro notebook users.

They're available as:

° NuRAM 4GB DDR3 SO-DIMM Memory Module (1 x 4GB memory module), US$134.99;

° NuRAM 8GB DDR3 SO-DIMM Memory Kit (2 x 4GB matched memory modules), $249.99;

° NuRAM 16GB DDR3 SO-DIM Memory Kit (4 x 4GB matched memory modules), $495.99.

For more info go to http://www.newertech.com/products/nuram.php .

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May 26
ATTO introduces new 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapters

ATTO Technology has introduced the ATTO FastFrame 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapters, the latest in its portfolio of high-performance connectivity products.

The FastFrame NS11 (single port) and FastFrame NS12 (dual port) leverage the Intel Ethernet 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller to meet the bandwidth-intensive demands of high-performance, unified storage environments in performance IT and media and entertainment markets.

ATTO’s FastFrame family of 10GbE network adapters are the first offerings in what will be an expanding FastFrame product family, according to Tim Klein, president and CEO of ATTO Technology. The FastFrame NS11 and NS12 will be followed by ATTO’s FastFrame Converged Network Adapters, featuring ATTO’s Fibre Channel driver technology, in the fourth quarter of the year. For more information on ATTO’s FastFrame family of 10GbE Network Adapters got o...

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May 26
'MacVoices' looks at upcoming SuperMeet in Boston

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), conference organizers Daniel Berube and Michael Horton talks about taking the Final Cut Pro SuperMeet experience to Boston in June.

It will be the first SuperMeet on the East Coast. Berube and Horton talk about why they felt the time was right for the change, why the video community of the Boston area made it the logical choice, and how many in that community are planning to attend and participate.

"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 community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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May 26
Apple OSes accounting for more of Europeans' web browsing

Apple’s piece of the web browsing pie sits around 10% in the US when you take all of its platforms (Macs, iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, etc.) into account and is growing every day.

It doesn’t as big a percentage in Europe, but info from AT Internet says Apple’s operating systems are accounting for more pageviews every day, as reported by "HardMac" (http://macosg.me/2/bf). Apple’s market share is around 6.8% in Europe, having grown 2.3 points since last November.

"Apple has now a 6.8% market share, growing by 2.3 points since last year. If Apple is still far behind Windows, its share went up by 50% last year," says "HardMac." "We are still far in Europe from the 10% market share Apple has in the US, but things are going the right way."

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May 26
iTunes accounts for 28% of music purchased by US consumers

According to The NPD Group (http://npd.com/corpServlet?nextpage=corp_welcome.html), a market research company, Apple’s iTunes store continued to lead all music retailers, with 28% of all music purchased by U.S. consumers -- a gain of four percentage points since the first quarter of 2009.

Amazon gained three percentage points to tie Walmart for second position at 12%t. Based on NPD’s latest music industry research, sales of digital tracks and albums accounted for 40% of overall music market share in the first quarter (Q1) of 2010, which is a five percentage point gain since Q1 2009. NPD’s data is based on a combined music-retailer ranking that reflects the combined sales of CDs and digital music downloads (i.e., 12 digital music track downloads are equivalent to one CD).

When reviewing sales of digital music separately from CDs, NPD’s...

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May 26
Kindle to focus on reading, not taking on the iPad

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos says that his company won’t try to make the Kindle more like the iPad, but will focus on reading.

At the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Bezos said that the Kindle targets what he calls “serious readers,” while the iPad aims for a broader audience, reports the "Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870402620457526651173277018...). He also said that a color screen for the Amazon ebook reader was still a ways off.

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May 26
Analyst expects new iPhone, no other big news, at WWDC

In a note to clients today -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/05/26/what-steve-jobs-has-up-his-sleeve...) -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference is shaping up to be a "non-event." He's anticipating a new iPhone, but little else.

Munster thinks the new iPhone will sporth video conferencing features, a thinner design, an improved rear camera, better battery life and higher capacity (32GB/64GB). He doesn't expect it to go on sale (at the current $199/$299 price points) until mid to late June. Like other analysts, he expects the iPhone 3G to go out of production and the price of the iPhone 3GS to drop to $99.

Munster doesn't think we'll see an iPhone introduced for Verizon. Nor does he expect...

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May 26
Apple's actual business value now higher than Microsoft...

Apple's stock market capitalization hasn't quite surpassed Microsoft's, but the value of its actual business is now higher, according to "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Its-Official-Apple-Is-Now-siliconalley-306...).

Apple's business is now worth US$200 billion, while Microsoft's is only worth $197 billion -- at least by one simple calculation of enterprise value, the article says.

A company's stock market capitalization includes the net value of the cash and debt on the company's books. To figure out the imputed value of the company's actual business (or enterprise value), you have to adjust for the value of those other things.

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May 26
Apple, HP to look into suicides at China supplier

Apple and HP said they’ll examine the working conditions of their Hon Hai Group supplier, a labor-rights group called for a boycott of iPhones assembled by the Taiwanese company, and a "China Daily" newspaper editorial questioned Hon Hai’s “humanitarian concern” following several workers' suicides, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-26/hon-hai-opens-plants-as-hp-a...).

Gou’s move to open the factories to the media highlights the scrutiny the company is facing because of the suicides, according to UBS AG analyst Arthur Hsieh.“This has never been seen before, it’s really unusual times," he told "Bloomberg."

There have been nine suicides and two attempts at the China operations this year, a Hon Hai...

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May 26
Apple posts Boot Camp update for 13-inch MB Pro

Apple has posted a Boot Camp update (http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/) for the recently refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro. It's available for users running either 32- or 64-bit versions of Windows on their Macs.

Boot Camp is designed to simplify Windows installation on a Mactel by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

According to Apple, the Boot Camp update fixes an issue “that causes the Boot Camp Control Panel applet to display an error when the brightness tab is selected and an issue that results in no headphone sound.” The 32-bit update is 1.5 MB...

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May 26
AdMob: iPhone OS leads Android OS 3.5-to-1 worldwide

AdMob (http://metrics.admob.com) -- one of the world's largest mobile advertising networks -- has compared unique devices running the Android and iPhone operating systems (OS) in its network in the April 2010 "AdMob Mobile Metrics Report."

The Android OS had its greatest concentration of unique devices in North America (75%) in April 2010, followed by Asia (12%) and Western Europe (11%). iPhone OS devices are more broadly distributed worldwide, but also had its greatest concentration in North America (49%), followed by Western Europe (28%) and Asia (14%).

In the US there was a 2-to-1 ratio of iPhone OS devices to Android OS devices; worldwide, that ratio expanded to 3.5-to-1. In AdMob’s network there were 8.7 million unique Android OS devices and 10.7 million unique iPhones in the U.S. in April 2010. But when non-phone devices running the iPhone OS -- the iPod touch and iPad --– are included, the...

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May 26
Harman International releases JBL On Stage Micro II

Harman International has released the JBL On Stage Micro II, one of the smallest iPod and iPhone compatible docks on the market. The second iteration of the the sound system features the same technology as its older sibling -- but with broader iPhone compatibility.

The JBL On Stage Micro II is a portable iPod and iPhone docking sound system. It's equipped with two Odyssey transducers and a remote. It's powered by an AC adapter or four AAA batteries that will provide up to 24 hours of continuous play. The remote can adjust volume, change tracks and fast forward/reverse through songs from across the room. In Navigation mode, it features full iPod and iPhone functionality, and listeners can browse by song, artist or album, and select playlists and slideshows plus videos.

The newest JBL junior dock is compatible with most docking iPod and iPhone devices, and it incorporates the Apple iPod universal dock adapter. The unit also connects directly to iTunes via USB 2.0 with a...

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May 26
Mercedes-Benz Financial equips dealers with iPads

Mercedes-Benz Financial (http://www.mercedesbenzfinancial.com/mbfsr/en/misc/index.do) says it's putting the iPad into the hands of its dealers, becoming the first automotive finance company to give dealers mobile access to its proprietary point-of-sale dealer system called MB Advantage. In doing so, Mercedes-Benz Financial is one of the first companies to adapt the consumer-oriented iPad as a mobile business tool.

MB Advantage on the iPad will give dealership sales personnel instant access to marketing programs for specific models, quicker turn time on the credit application process, and increase speed and efficiency on the return of lease vehicles, according to Andreas Hinrichs, vice president of marketing for Mercedes-Benz Financial.

“We see the iPad providing wireless mobility, information and flexibility on the showroom...

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May 26
ExactScan Pro update for Mac OS X supports new scanners

ExactCode has updated its ExactScan Pro (http://www.exactcode.de/site/products/exactscan/) scanning software for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 2.10. The upgrade adds intelligent de-skew flatbed scans, as well as support for various new scanners models, improved scan speed and more OCR languages.

ExactScan includes built-in drivers for over 180 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Kodak, Oki, Visioneer and Xerox. Together with the Spotlight indexing services built into Mac OS X since 10.5 ("Leopard") this features form a document management solution suitable for small-office and home-office (SOHO) environments. What's more it has image enhancement algorithms that can recognize automatically how the images and documents have to be cropped and de-skewed.

ExactScan comes with support for many languages (English, Dutch, German,...

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May 26
SERank for Mac OS X can now check multiple websites at once

Rage Software has released Rage SERank 2.1 (http://www.ragesw.com/products/search-engine-rank.html), an update of the US$79.95 Mac OS X search engine rank checker for web site owners to track and monitor their search engine rankings.

The upgrade adds the ability to check multiple web sites at a time, provides more options for safe search engine rank checks and adds new search engine scripts so you can check your rankings in even more search engines.

Rage SERank will monitor search engine rankings for any number of keywords and display changes in a website's search engine rankings over any point in time. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Version 2.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0.

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May 26
Jedit X text editor update for Mac OS X improves Find Panel

Artman21 (http://www.artman21.com/en/jedit_x/) has updated Jedit X, the Cocoa-based text editor for Mac OS X, to version 2.21. The Find Panel has been improved to be resizable and its layout also has been revised.

There are also other changes. The input completion is now available also in the find and replace fields in the Find Panel. The title of the button "Find All" and "Replace All" vary with changes in the search modes. The specification of the checkbox "Search Backward" has been changed not to affect the behavior of the menu "Find > Find Next/Find Previous." And version 2.2.1 improves the find/replace field synchronization between the Find Panel and Find Result Replace Panel.

Jedit X is an Universal Binary app so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The cost is US$28 for a single-user license, though version 2.21 is a...

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May 26
Poser 8 update offers performance improvements

Smith Micro has announced a new update to Poser 8, software for creating art and animation using 3D characters. Poser SR3 includes performance improvements based on Poser Pro 2010 development and integrated user feedback, as well as new functionality, such as:

° Improved rendering performance in several areas including strand based hair, 3D motion blur, raytraced refraction and texture caching.

° Version 2 of the new Poser Library and Content Management system. The Flash version of the new Poser Pro 2010 Library is included with Poser 8 SR3. It will replace the existing Poser 8 library and provide multiple column list views, improved search, improved drag and drop with auto-conforming and user customizable view settings.

° Auto-conforming with scaling feature debuted with Poser Pro 2010. This allows conformed clothing to match the underlying figure’s scaling factors. There are also new conforming settings for each figure found in the figure’s Properties.

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May 26
Justice Department examining Apple's digital music tactics

The Justice Department is examining Apple’s tactics in the digital music market for digital music, and its staff members have talked to major music labels and Internet music companies, reports "The New York Times" (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/technology/26apple.html), quoting "several people briefed on the conversations."

The antitrust inquiry is in the early stages, these people say, and the conversations have revolved broadly around the dynamics of selling music online. However, But thosebriefed on the inquiries also said investigators had asked in particular about recent allegations that Apple used its dominant market position to persuade music labels to refuse to give the online retailer Amazon.com exclusive access to music about to be released, adds the "Times."

Apple is the largest seller of online music in the U.S.,...

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May 26
Hillcrest Labs releases new version of TV web browser

Hillcrest Labs has unveiled the latest version of the Kylo browser, the free web browser for TV, which the company introduced earlier this year.  It was developed for households that connect their Macs or Macs to the TV.

Kylo lets users visit sites across the web with a browser that was specifically designed to be viewed from a distance in the family room, living room, or dorm room. In addition, Hillcrest Labs announced that its companion product, the Loop pointer, is available at half price (US$49), from now through June 11 in celebration of the new Kylo release and in advance of Father's Day.  

The Loop (pictured) allows you to control Kylo. It also lets you take total control of your computer's digital media. Music, videos, photos.

The latest version of the Kylo browser (Kylo Beta 0.7) is available at http://www.kylo.tv and and lets you: hide Kylo's control bar and keyboard; configure Kylo's...

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May 26
VMware Fusion 3.1 concentrates on speed, graphics improvements

VMware, which specializes in virtualization solutions, has released VMware Fusion 3.1 (http://www.vmware.com/fusion), an update of the solution for running Windows on the Mac. Pat Lee, director, personal desktop products VMware, says the focus of the update was to beef up graphics performance and speed while maintaining reliability.

With faster application launching, more seamless scrolling, quicker resume from suspend, and better overall disk performance, VMware Fusion 3.1 delivers 35% better end-to-end performance compared to its predecessor, VMware Fusion 3.0, Lee says. He adds that the update beefs up Windows Aero performance and OpenGL 2.1 support for Windows Vista and Windows 7. (Aero he graphical user interface and the default theme in most editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.)

In fact, it delivers up to 5X better 3D graphics performance, according to Lee. VMware Fusion 3.1 is...

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May 25
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 25

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/).

Nibi Software Group, a provider of next-generation collaborative learning solutions, has released an US $1.99 iPad and iPhone application, offering access to 200 authoritative YouTube channels on a wide variety of educational topics that are each linked to relevant Wikipedia entries on the same or related topics.

ChovanART has announced a new iPhone app, Whatizit? It's described as a family game that "game stimulates the brain while eliciting laughs as contestants ponder a sketch and attempt to guess its name in one or two words." The $0.99 full version consists of 25 pictures giving you a possible 100 points for a perfect score.

Accessing working capital, business loans, and equipment financing on the go is now possible thanks to a new,...

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May 25
EditShare announces beta program for Lightworks Open Source

EditShare, which specializes in cross-platform collaborative editing and shared media storage, has announced the Lightworks Open Source beta program.

Lightworks Open Source is at open-source development initiative for a large-scale, non-linear editing (NLE) platform. It offers a gateway into the NLE's core engine, enabling the implementation of progressive features and workflows.

Limited to 80 highly-experienced participants, the exclusive beta program offering includes imminent new features of Lightworks Open Source, including: project sharing, advanced 3D stereoscopic editing, Universal Media File support, native RED support, native 2K support, and integration with Avid and FCP. Qualified editors can apply to participate in the beta program before June 21 by visiting: http://www.editshare.com/betaprogram .

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