At last – today’s updated handful of Apple-related nuggets in a bite-sized format for your edification and delight, and this morning seems a little, erm, interesting.

Here we go: Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer may have a hard time putting down Apple’s rapidly-approaching 10 percent market share as a “rounding error” this time around; Apple’s expected to deliver a strong report card for its fourth quarter (sales and earnings rise); Apple wins big at T3 awards; iPhone ships in China on October 30; Chrome browser for Mac edges to release; an interesting glance at what Intel plans next; classic rock ‘n’ roll photo collection reaches iPhone as an NME app; and something for the holy folk as Rome-based friars take their TV channel high-tech to the iPhone. All this and our friendly collection of fantastic Mac-related bargains.

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10 per cent ain’t no rounding error, Ballmer
Gartner and IDC released their latest PC sales tracker figures yesterday, confirming Apple has taken fourth place in the US market. IDC places Apple’s share at 9.4 percent, up from 8.6 percent last year on estimated shipments of 1.6 million; Gartner pegs it at 1.572 million. But word is Apple’s exceeded this. We’ll know during Apple’s financial call next week.

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Apple results will focus on iPhone, holiday outlook
“Apple Inc. is expected to report strong sales and earnings growth for its fourth fiscal quarter, and Wall Street will be watching sales of the company’s popular iPhone in particular,” reports Marketwatch.

Analysts across the board are raising their estimates, with suggested sales of 7 million iPhones sparking a rise in the company’s stock. Don’t be surprised if Apple blows consensus forecasts.

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Apple takes T3 crowns

MacBook Pro wins ‘Best Work Gadget of the Year’ and ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ awards from T3
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Apple iPhone 3GS is the Gadget You Can’t Live Without
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iPhone ships in China Oct 30
Not long now until Apple introduces its iPhone into the world’s biggest market, China.

As expected, customers will have to sign a two-year contract with China Unicom. "The iPhone is expected to help China Unicom grab market share in the high-end segment from rivals, especially China Mobile," said Wu Wenzhao, a telecommunications analyst at Analysys International, a Beijing-based IT consulting firm.

Users can expect to pay between 5,999 and 7,999 yuan, which includes the handset price and contract costs for 24 months, China Unicom said. It’s estimated that there’s 10 million grey markert iPhones already in China.

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Chrome browser for Mac edges to release
Looks very like Google plans to keep its promise to ship the Chrome browser for Macs by Christmas, with reports developers have overcome a relase-delaying bug (printer support) in the current beta.

Windows 7 users however are watching the capabilities of the new software being cut back.

The present beta and stable releases that Google issued on Monday, Chrome version 3.0.195.27, are members of the 3.x family. The developer preview is in the 4.x family. The Windows 7 features had been slated for the 4.x series, but now are planned for version 5, according to the issue-tracking system.

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Where is Intel going?
Lots of interest in this Fast Company report, just pulling out one of the many Apple quotes for your delight, but if you want to know more about Apple’s big processor supplier, then do read this feature.

“The alliance with Apple was a turning point for Intel….With Apple, it’s a totally different set of rules." Their bat, their ball, their game. "Apple doesn’t do comarketing or cobranding with anybody." Nor will the Apple folks tell their partners what they plan to do. "We were either going to learn to trust them to do a good job with the product and our brand, or we weren’t." So everything you wanted to do or know, they just said no? "Yes, exactly!"”

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This is – rock ‘n’ roll
UK music weekly, the NME, has announced an iPhone application offering users access to its vast repository of images taken across the history of the music industry.

While not available yet, the app will cost 59p on iTunes. As an example, it includes a Kings of Leon gallery of 20 captioned backstage images taken by NME on exclusive shoots and at festivals. Users can repost images as iPhone wallpapers and/or on their Facebook pages. While you wait, take a look at the NME Radio app.

Holy Rome
Teleradio Padre Pio, the broadcasting station belonging to the Capuchin Friars Minor is today launching an iPhone application called "Padre Pio TV", which gives access to the channel programs live. iPhone users can now download the application from the App Store and watch the main celebrations which take place in the shrine of San Giovanni Rotondo, religious teachings, the Angelus, celebrations of Pope Benedict XVI as well as select activities of the Holy See and of the Bishops. The channel features messages and sermons contained in the Letters of Padre Pio, the Gospel and the Catholic Church.

“We have chosen the iPhone,” said Fr. Francesco Colacelli, president of Teleradio Padre Pio, “as a further instrument in the spreading of our television channel because of its great success in the global market of smartphones.”

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Daily Deals

US deal
You don’t want your shiny new 15-inch MacBook Pro getting damaged when you move about, and nor do you want to dress it up in anything shabby; why not take a look at the Case Logic SNS-15NAVY 15-inch Neoprene Laptop Shuttle (Navy). This little bag for your lappy has seen $20 cut from its usual $29.99 price and will cost you just $9.99. At that kind of price its protection you can afford, don’t miss it.

UK deal
We like the look of the Panasonic SDR-S26 Flash Memory Camcorder With SD Card Slot – Black, particularly given it has seen £100 cut off its price – you can pick one of these up for £178.47.

Features include:
– 70x Zoom with Advanced Optical Image Stabilizer
– Intelligent Auto Mode
– Face Detection software
– Special Web-Ready Shoot and Upload Function
– DVD Quality MPEG2 Recording
Go take a look.

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