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Mac Kindle app available from Mac App Store



The Kindle for Mac app is now available to download from Apple’s Mac App Store. The app is exactly the same as the one you can download from Amazon’s site. This app was released January 7 and is currently number 4 on the list of top free apps. Hit the link to download from Mac App Store.

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November 20, 2010 Part 1

Mix:

Android fragmentation causes Angry Birds devs to create 2 versions of app (one for regular powered devices and one for lower/under powered devices.)

How to Build an Airplane in 2 weeks?

Fox moves Fringe to Friday-night “death slot” stating January. (Dear Fox, Do not end the best show you have.)

A brief history of zombies culture in America.

Full screen Quick View by pressing Option Key and spacebar.

Gizmodo has courteously provided a list of airports that use Full Body Scanners. (Oh come on LAX.)

Oh and CERN captured for 1/10th of second, antimatter this week.

Apple’s iOS 4.2 SDK requires Mac OS 10.6.5 pre-release build

Developers who plan to test the iOS 4.2 beta must also be running the latest beta of Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6.5, to ensure compatibility with AirPrint shared wireless printing.

People familiar with Apple’s first iOS 4.2 beta say that it requires the latest Mac OS X 10.6.5 build. Builds of the latest security and maintenance update from Apple have seen regular releases to developers in recent weeks.

Because of bugs and issues, Apple has reportedly recommended that developers only install the iOS 4.2 beta on devices that will be used exclusively to test the software. It is advised that the early beta not be installed on devices that will be needed for other, day-to-day uses.

Set for release November, iOS 4.2 brings a number of new features. It will gain the multitasking and folders features that iPhone and iPod touch owners already enjoy.

iOS 4.2 is known as build 8C5091e, and is said to be already compatible with a handful of HP printers with ePrint support. And, with a Mac running 10.6.5, the software also allows printing through a shared printer.

iOS 4.2 is also said to include other new features, such as the ability to import .ics calendar files directly for events.

The iOS 4.2 beta was released to developers on Wednesday, with its largest feature being AirPrint, the name of Apple’s wireless printing standard for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. With AirPrint, users will be able to send text, photos and graphics to some compatible printers directly over Wi-Fi.

Apple’s 27-inch LED Cinema Display now available for purchase

Apple on Friday made its 27-inch LED Cinema Display, packing a 2,560-by-1,440 pixel resolution and 178-degree viewing angle, available for sale in its online store for $999.

In addition to LED backlighting for instant-on brightness, the new 27-inch display features a universal MagSafe connector that charges a user’s notebook. It also packs a Mini DisplayPort cable for connectivity, and three USB 2.0 ports.

Apple’s latest LED panel includes an iSight camera, microphone, and 49-watt speaker system. Made of aluminum and glass, it is compatible with Apple’s line of Mac desktop computers that have a Mini DisplayPort, including the Mac Pro, Mac mini and iMac.

It also takes advantage of in-plane switching (IPS) technology to allow the accurate display of colors across a wide 178-degree viewing angle. The 16:9 edge-to-edge glass display sits on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge.

27-inch Cinema Display

Apple to sell record 3.8M Macs in September quarter

New domestic sales data shows Apple is on pace to sell as many as 3.8 million Macs in the September quarter, up 23% from the same period a year ago.

The NPD Group released new data Monday that showed Apple tracking slightly ahead of Wall Street’s expectations of 3.7 million Macs for the September quarter, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. The United States sales data implies Mac unit growth of between 21% and 2% from the same three-month span a year ago.

NPD data shows the average selling price of Macs has decreased about 2.9% from 2009. The figures are based on Mac sales in July and August, the first two months of the September quarter.

The data suggests that Apple is on pace to have yet another record breaking quarter for Mac sales. The previous best came in the June quarter, when the company sold 3.47 million Macs, helping it achieve a 77% year-over-year increase in profits.

NPD’s United States data also suggests iPod sales will be between 10 million and 10.5 million, slightly ahead of Wall Street expectations. These numbers range between a loss of 2% to an increase of 3% from sales in the year-ago quarter.

Cinema Display Apple Store updated to new 27-inch models

27-inch Cinema Display details

The online Apple Store now displays details of the new 27-inch Cinema Display on its Configure your Mac page, a sign that the display may be close to shipping.

The configuration pages for the Mac Pro, Macbook Pro, Macbook and Macbook Air have been updated with information about the upcoming 27-inch Cinema Display but currently only allow purchase of the older 24-inch and 30-inch models.

Apple’s 27-inch LED Cinema Display sports a 2560 x 1440 resolution with an ambient light sensor and the same in-plane switching technology that the iMac, iPhone 4 and iPad use. Despite being announced in July alongside the new 12-core Mac Pro and updated iMac line, the display wasn’t scheduled to ship until sometime in September.

The company’s main product page for the $999 27-inch LED Cinema Display currently displays a “Coming September” notice. Clicking the “Buy Now” button redirects shoppers to the 24-inch Cinema Display purchase page.

The 24-inch and 30-inch Cinema Display models will be available only as supplies last, making the 27-inch model the only current-generation display offered by Apple.

iTunes 10 relaunching after quitting

According to cNet, some users are reporting iTunes 10 relaunching after quitting. Upon quitting, some process will immediately launch the program again. This problem may be caused by a number of issues, either with iTunes’ configuration or with some system services. Some tips below:

  1. Remove the iTunes preferences file
    A standard troubleshooting step is to remove the application’s preference file, and in the case of iTunes it is called “com.apple.iTunes.plist” and is located in the /username/Library/Preferences/ folder. Remove this file and relaunch iTunes to test the settings change.
  2. Turn off iTunes-specific sharing features
    iTunes has a couple of sharing features, including Home Sharing and individual playlist sharing. Try turning off these features in the iTunes preferences to see if that helps the issue.
  3. Disable iTunes services
    iTunes connects to some online resources, so try disabling or otherwise changing the settings for these. Deauthorize the iTunes Store and turn off the store via parental controls; also disable Genius and Audible accounts to see if those functions are responsible for the problem.

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