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Mar 25
Hackers take down iPhone, Safari, IE, Firefox in contest

Hackers took down Apple's iPhone and Safari browser, Microsoft's Internet Explore 8 (IE8) and Mozilla's Firefox within minutes at this week's Pwn2Own contest, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9174078/iPhone_Safari_IE8_Firefox...).

The two-man team of Vincenzo Iozzo and Ralf-Philipp Weinmann exploited the iPhone in under five minutes, said a spokeswoman for 3Com TippingPoint, the security company that sponsored the contest. The pair also walked away with US$15,000 in cash, a record prize for the challenge, adds "Computerworld."

Iozzo, an Italian college student, works for Zynamics, a company headed by noted researcher Thomas Dullien. Weinmann is a post-doctoral researcher at the...

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Mar 25
Jerome York felt Jobs mis-handled announcements regarding his...

Last week Apple Board member Jerome B. (Jerry) York died from a brain aneurysm. And according to the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870426650457514193392147604...), he wasn't happy with the way Apple CEO Steve Jobs handled his past illnesses.

The article says he had strong feelings about the way Jobs handled disclosures about his leave of absence for health reasons in January 2009. In an interview with "The Wall Street Journal" last year, York said he almost resigned when told of the seriousness of Jobs's illness. York felt Jobs should have publicly disclosed his health problem three weeks earlier in a news release that announced his decision not to appear at the Macworld trade conference, he adds.

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Mar 25
Take Control ebook explains DEVONthink 2 information manager

To mark the recent release of the popular information management application DEVONthink 2, TidBITS Publishing Inc. has published a new ebook, "Take Control of Getting
Started with DEVONthink 2."

Designed to help Mac users fight information overload by storing and indexing digital documents and clippings of all sorts, including scanned paper bills and receipts, DEVONthink provides tools to organize, find, and view vast amounts of stored data.

Written by Joe Kissell and created in collaboration with DEVONtechnologies, the ebook explains DEVONthink's core concepts and guides readers through many aspects of putting DEVONthink to work. The US$10 ebook can be purchased at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/devonthink-2 .

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Mar 25
Toshiba introduces new capacity 2.5-inch hard drive

Toshiba America Storage Device Division (http://www.toshibastorage.com) has announced two additions to its 5,400 RPM line of 2.5-inch hard disk drives. In the standard 9.5 millimeter-high, two-platter design, the company says the MK7559GSXP HDD incorporates both the industry's highest areal density and capacity at 750GB.

Toshiba also introduced a new three-platter 12.5-millimeter-high platform with the MKxx59GSM series, which offers 750GB and 1TB of storage.  These capacity points were predominantly supported by larger form factor 3.5-inch HDDs until the introduction of high-end 2.5-inch solutions.

To deliver these next-generation storage capacities, Toshiba has implemented Advanced Sector Format technology in both families. This technology uses 4K byte-per-sector formatting and improved error-correcting code (ECC) functions, providing maximum data integrity and making efficient use of...

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Mar 25
Glasses free 3D apps coming to the Mac, iPhone

3D Eye Solutions (http://www.3deyesolutions.com) has begun beta  testing for its glasses free 3D application for the video game platforms such as, the Mac, iPhone, Nintendo Wii and PC. The company says it's developing a new render engine that is more flexible in design and can be integrated with multiple gaming systems.  

3D Eye Solutions is beta testing of its glasses free 3D application for the Nintendo DS, Microsoft Xbox, and the Sony PlayStation and expects its beta test to be completed by the end of the third quarter.  The application is based on a server and new file format that will enable state synchronization of player appliances and the server.  

The application is developed mainly for use on glasses free systems; however, it's also compatible with 3D video game systems with glasses. In addition, this application will enable 3D Eye Solutions to be able to convert in "real time...

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Mar 25
Survey: iPhones present greatest smartphone security risk

iPhones present the greatest smartphone security risk to the enterprise, according to a recent survey from nCircle (http://www.ncircle.com), a network security and compliance auditing firm.

The online survey of 257 security professionals was conducted between Feb. 4 and March 12, 2010. In addition to smartphones, the survey covered a range of security topics including healthcare, cloud computing and social media. Key findings include:

° 57% believe that the iPhone carries the greatest security risk.

° 39% ranked Google Android as presenting the highest risk.

° 28% named Blackberry the riskiest.

° 13% ranked Nokia as having the highest risk.

° 58% of respondents have a corporate smartphone security policy in place.

° 65% of enterprises with a smartphone security policy enforce it.

“The general consensus is that Apple continues to do only the absolute minimum to...

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Mar 25
Coladia, Anuman announces Return to Mysterious Island 2 for Mac...

Adventure game publisher Coladia and Anuman Interactive say Return to Mysterious Island 2 (http://www.coladia.com/en/games/mac/return_to_mysterious_island_2) for Mac OS X is available on legal download platforms. It's an Universal Binary application and runs on Macs sporting Intel or PowerPC G5 processors.

Return to Mysterious Island 2 costs US$29.90. A demo is available for download.

Here's how the game is described: "In this sequel, Mina and her monkey Jep, who you can also play, still find themselves trapped on the same beautiful island, after Mina's rescue helicopter has crashed. While searching formerly unknown parts of the island for a new way of escaping, Mina finds that an unknown disease suddenly begins to afflict the plants, then the animal life on the island. She finds Captain Nemo's old base and stumbles...

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Mar 25
Speed Download for Mac OS X speeds to version 5.2.14

Yazsoft (http://www.yazsoft.com) has released Speed Download 5.2.14 the latest version of its Mac OS X download manager that combines four products: a download manager with auto-resuming downloads, a secure FTP client, a file sharing utility with full encryption, and .Mac/iDisk/WEBDAV connectivity.

The upgrade offers optimized performance, better compatibility and more. Speed Download requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. It costs US$25 for a single-user license. Speed Download is available in US English, French and Polish localizations.

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Mar 25
PulpMotion upgrade for Mac OS X adds new animation engine, more

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has updated PulpMotion and PulpMotion Advanced, slideshow and animation software for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or later, to version 3.0. The new versions sport a new animation engine written from the ground up.

Version 3.0 also adds: animated text; a new repository of transition effects; Image Media functionality that now includes animation options within all the themes; more themes; improvements in the interface and workflow; and enhanced export and sharing functionality.

PulpMotion 3 costs US$129 for PulpMotion Advanced and $49 for PulpMotion Standard. Complimentary upgrades are available to customers who purchased PulpMotion on or after Jan. 1. Other upgrade options are available to existing PulpMotion customers who purchased before this date.

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Mar 24
Wikipedia Suffers Global Outage

Wikipedia posted the below on their blog at:
http://techblog.wikimedia.org/2010/03/global-outage-cooling-failure-and-...

Global Outage (cooling failure and DNS)

Due to an overheating problem in our European data center many of our servers turned off to protect themselves. As this impacted all Wikipedia and other projects access from European users, we were forced to move all user traffic to our Florida cluster, for which we have a standard quick failover procedure in place, that changes our DNS entries.

However, shortly after we did this failover switch, it turned out that this failover mechanism was now broken, causing the DNS resolution of Wikimedia sites to stop working globally. This problem was quickly resolved, but unfortunately it may take up to an hour...

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Mar 24
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for March 24

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/).

Algoriddim has announced djay Remote, an US$4.99 app that turns a user’s iPhone or iPod Ttouch into a fully-fledged DJ controller. Wirelessly syncing with algoriddim’s djay software on the Mac, djay Remote enables users to mix and play their iTunes music, whether they’re mingling with guests or mixing it up on the dance floor.

Imesart has introduced Disacol 1.0, an $1.99 logic game for iPhone OS devices. It sports a mix of box moving and color matching for a "brain teasing experience." Move a box pusher around and bring boxes of the same color together to make them disappear. Find the right pushing sequence and make boxes of all colors disappear.

Wizzard Media has announced Motion Traxx for the iPhone and iPod touch. The $2.99 app is a "...

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Mar 24
Main way folks will use the iPad: working on the go

Sybase (http://www.sybase.com), which specializes in enterprise and mobile software, has announced the results of a survey on mobile device usage, finding that the top reason U.S. consumers would use a tablet device such as the Apple iPad is for working on the go.

The study findings reveal that consumers are increasingly demanding mobile devices that blend consumer and enterprise functionality, exposing an unexpected emphasis on the iPad’s suitability for work-related activities, and demonstrating the iPad’s potential value to information workers. Additionally, the study demonstrates that consumers want more access to information and work applications on their mobile devices, pointing to continuing challenges for businesses in enabling employees to effectively work on the go.

Sybase says the role of new tablet devices such as the iPad has been a subject of great debate recently, and while the study...

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Mar 24
OmniGraffle update now Snow Leopard compatible

The Omni Group (http://www.omnigroup.com/) has released version 5.2.2 of OmniGraffle, an upgrade of the Mac OS X diagramming application. The update adds a preference to disable multitouch trackpad gestures and a hidden preference to disable scroll wheel zooming for Magic Mouse users who want to avoid using momentum scrolling.

Version 5.2.2 also enables Option-Command-click to select different Bézier control points where multiple Bézier lines are connected. What's more, OmniGraffle 5.2.2 provides many improvements to shared layers and Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard") compatibility, along with fixes to a number of crashes when working with Visio files, PDFs, and subgraphs.

OmniGraffle 5.2.2 is available for US$99.95, though it's a free update for registered users of version 5.x. Upgrades from OmniGraffle 4 are available for $39.95. OmniGraffle Professional 5 is available for $199.95 with upgrades...

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Mar 24
Creative Suite 5 to launch April 12

Adobe says that Creative Suite CS5 will be launched on April 12. No details have been given except that the Mac version of the suite will be Intel only and written in Cocoa.

The CS5 release will be the first major update to the company's flagship publishing applications since Creative Suite 4 was introduced in September 2008.

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Mar 24
Apple, Army meet to discuss handheld solutions for soldiers

The US Army reports (http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/03/22/36178-army-apple-meet-to-discuss-ha...) that leaders from its technology command visited Apple in Cupertino, California, to discuss the use of Apple products in Army business and battlefield operations.



Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, Research, Development and Engineering Command commanding general and key members of his staff traveled to Apple headquarters on March 5. Apple officials reportedly gave the Army group tours of its laboratories and other facilities and talked about some examples of where the military is already using Apple technology. The Army's research and development command is evaluating commercial hand-held solutions such as iPad, iPhone, iPod, iMac, and MacBook platforms.



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Mar 24
Average price of an ebook for the iPad reportedly to be $9.99

AppAdvice (http://appadvice.com/appnn/2010/03/exclusive-ibooks-prices-revealed/) says the typical price of an ebook for the iPad will be US$9.99. The site notes that this is despite the fact that Apple offers publishers the same deal iPhone developers get: they set their own price and Apple keeps 30%.

The iPad will come with an iBookstore app. will feature books from major and independent publishers. The free iBooks app lets you buy books from the iBookstore. Once you’ve bought a book, it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading.

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Mar 24
Typical iPad app to be port of an iPhone puzzle game

Pocket Gamer (http://www.pocketgamer.biz/r/PG.Biz/Apple+iPad/feature.asp?c=19302) has done a study on the apps coming to the iPhone. Puzzle games ported from the iPhone are the most prevalent.

Action and sports are the next most popular categories, although announced games are more along the lines of bowling, fishing and pool than football. Card and boards are another significant genre.

"When it comes to the breakdown of where announced iPad games are originating from, the vast majority are being ported from existing iPhone games," says "Pocket Gamer." "That's a sensible economic move, but 16 percent are new games, while 10% come from console licenses; something that's likely to grow if iPad is a success."

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Mar 24
Beta of Messenger for Mac 8 available

The Messenger for Mac 8 Beta was released today. The app provides real-time collaboration between people in different locations. You can use instant messaging and audio and video calls to communicate with your contacts.

The new beta includes A/V support which allows users to communicate with their contacts via instant messaging and audio and video calls. You can download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.mspx . Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Mar 24
LTB ships LTB Light 9.0 for Mac OS X

LTB Soft has announced LTB Light 9.0 (http://www.ltblight.com), an update of the US$299 Mac OS X application that permits natural and artificial lighting calculation with a color radiosity method applied to a finite elements plan.

Version 9.0 adds support for both metric and imperial units, as well as UNI EN 13201 tables. It also has some bug fixes.

LTB Light implements OpenGL. Data management take places through an internal CAD system, directly in a perspective view. It's possible to introduce flatten surfaces with colored glazing, furniture, curved surfaces like cylinders, cones, ellipsoids, hyperboloids and complex objects like cross vaults. LTB Light is able to share information with other CADs through DXF and PICT files.

Light sources are totally managed inside the main program; it's possible to import, show, modify and use the IESNA LM-63 photometric data files (ASCII text file...

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Mar 24
'Your Mac Life' looks at Apple-branded TV rumors, more

On this week's "Your Mac Life," the gang looks at rumors of Apple branded TV's, Steve Jobs' emails and unannounced security flaws in Mac OS X.

In the archive, you'll hear interviews with Kerrin Burke about his kidney transplant, and iPodMeister CEO Kris Schrey and Gus Mueller on the Acorn image editor.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel .

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Mar 24
Apple's market cap now $207.99 billion

Apple’s share are trading at US$229.45 which is a 52-week high -- and an all-time high. The company now has a market cap of US$207.99 billion.

As noted by "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20100324/apple-nearing-wal-marts-mark...), this means it ranks fourth in a list of the top five publicly traded U.S. companies, which are: Exxon Mobil, $315.05 billion; Microsoft, $261.71 billion; Wal-Mart, $212.19 billion.

Writing for "All Things D," John Paczkowski notes that this is "an astonishing turnaround for a company whose market cap bottomed out at $630.9 million back in 1982."

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Mar 24
Apple is most valuable personal computer maker in the world

Apple's integrated hardware and software system make it the most valuable personal computer maker in the world, according to a research note from Deutsche Bank.

As reported by "Silicon Alley Insider" ("http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-revenue-vs-operating-profit-share-of-top-pc-vendors-2010-3), Deutsche Bank assembled the revenue and operating profits of the top ten computermakers in the world. It then charted which companies are capturing the greatest share of the pie to determine which vendor is capturing the most value.

While Apple has just 7% of the share of revenue, it's grabbing 35% of the operating profit. Other companies are losing profit margins because they have to pay Microsoft for software. Deutsche Bank also notes that Apple, Dell and HP have 80% of the operating profit share on 40% of the revenue share.

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Mar 24
PDF Studio 6 with CJK fonts available

Qoppa Software, which specializes in PDF tools, has updated PDF Studio (http://www.qoppa.com/psindex.html), a PDF editor, to version 6. CJK font support is now available.

CJK is an acronym for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The added support to PDF Studio 6 allows users to work with PDF documents that use these character sets, but do n't embed the fonts in the PDF files. Support for CJK content is crucial to address the Asian market and widens the appeal of PDF Studio as a low-cost alternative to Adobe Acrobat, says Gerald Holmann, president of Qoppa Software.

In addition to CJK fonts, PDF Studio 6 has been integrated with the Acrobat document service. PDF Studio can open, edit and save documents directly from and to Acrobat.com. PDF Studio 6 also includes improvements to its Google Docs integration among other enhancements.

PDF Studio is entirely based on Qoppa...

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Mar 24
xTuple ERP 3.5 adds cloud computing, drop ship, time entry

xTuple, which specializes in Mac and open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), has announced the general availability of version 3.5 of its namesake product. 

This latest version saves employee time and cuts costs by automating many routine tasks that are often performed manually or by expensive external systems, according to the folks at xTuple.  Version 3.5 also continues the company’s recent push to add more enterprise-class functionality to the core package.
 
This latest version of xTuple also gives users of the free PostBooks Edition the ability to run their xTuple database in the cloud via Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).  During the month of April, the company will be providing the xTuple cloud service at no charge and encouraging feedback to help define what will eventually be a commercial service, billed monthly possibly across all three Editions of the software.
 
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Mar 24
Apricorn announces Mac compatible Aegis Padlock Pro

Apricorn has released the Aegis Padlock Pro (http://www.apricorn.com/PadlockPro), the latest addition to the Apricorn suite of hardware encrypted portable drives. It's compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

Featuring an eSATA and USB interface, on-the-fly 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption and secure PIN access, the Padlock Pro incorporates the latest in speed and security into a drive that can fit in your hand. Available in capacities of up to 640GB and compatible with standard eSATA, traditional USB and the latest eSATA / USB Combo port (Power eSATA), the Aegis Padlock Pro can purportedly support eSATA data transfer speeds of up to 90 MB/second (using a traditional hard drive) and over 219 MB/s in its solid state version.

In traditional hard drive form, it costs US$129 for a 250GB model, $169 for a 500GB version and $199 for a 640GB model. A solid state Padlock Pro...

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