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Jan 13
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 13

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

955 Dreams has announced The History of Jazz, an interactive timeline for the iPad. The US$9.99 app features the legends of Jazz and provides an understanding of the various genres in Jazz complete with album previews and detailed biographies for each artist.

Oceanhouse Media has released two new omBooks on the App Store: "The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best" for $2.99 and "Little Critter's The New Baby" for $1.99. The former tells the story of Papa Bear helping Brother and Sister Bear make their very own kite. The latter has Little Critter getting used to a new baby sister.

Power App has introduced SysMoni 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The $0.99 app provides complete activity, system, and hardware monitoring. Similar in function to the Mac OS X...

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Jan 13
Apple posts double digit Mac sales gains

Apple bucked the U.S. trend last quarter by posting double-digit Mac sales gains. Still, the Mac dropped to the fifth spot in U.S. computer sales during the final quarter of 2010 as strong sales to businesses by rivals pushed it two places down the list.

Both IDC and Gartner had Apple in the No. 5 position for the fourth quarter, behind Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer and Toshiba. According to the IDC research group, Apple sold over 6.5 million Macs in the US in fiscal year 2010 for 8.8% market share. The compares to over 5.6 million Mac shipments in 2009 for 7.8% market share -- a growth of 18.4%.

According to Gartner, Apple sold 1.9 million Mac desktops and laptops during the fourth quarter to snare 9.7% of the U.S. market. IDC listed U.S. Mac sales at 1.7 million, giving Apple an 8.7% share. Apple beat the U.S. industry average growth rate by huge margins. Only once since 2003 has the Mac not grown in year-over-year sales faster than the industry average. For the...

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Jan 13
Survey: Verizon iPhone will have 'major impact' on US...

With the Verizon iPhone release now set for early February, the ChangeWave research group (http://www.changewave.com) recently surveyed 4,050 consumers on their impressions and future plans regarding their wireless providers, including customer satisfaction, loyalty and demand trends going forward. The survey focused on the impact of a Verizon iPhone on the U.S. wireless service providers -- and found the impact would be major.

First, ChangeWave asked survey respondents how likely they were to change their wireless service provider in the next 90 days. A total of 10% said they plan on switching providers -- two points higher than a previous ChangeWave survey in September and the highest churn level of the past 18 months.

Only 4% of Verizon’s customers plan to switch in the next 90 days. In comparison, 10% of Sprint/Nextel’s customers say they plan to switch, as do 15% of both T-Mobile’s and AT...

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Jan 13
Nevosoft announces two new game titles on the Mac App Store

Nevosoft (http://nevosoft.com/) has released two titles on the Mac App Store: Laura Jones and the Gate of Good and Evil and Laura Jones and the Secret Legacy of Nikola Tesla. These adventure games -- whic cost US$4.99 each -- offer a mixture of hidden object searches, inventory-based puzzles and mini-games.

Certain parts of the screen can be zoomed in on, and occasionally you will also get spot-the-difference puzzles, or have to move objects aside to uncover the item you are seeking. They require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and

Here's how the games are described: "The first game starts when Laura Jones gets a letter about a powerful ancient talisman. The universe Evil is trying to possess sacred powers and Laura saves the world from fatal destruction. The sequel's story begins when Laura heads to Europe and discovers a letter from the famous 20th century inventor Nikola Tesla. The note provides clues to the...

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Jan 13
Android surpasses iOS in mobile ad impression shares

The Millennial Media ad network (http://www.millennialmedia.com) reports that that for the first time in the company’s history Android surpassed iOS as the largest smartphone operating system on the Millennial network in terms of impression share.

Android OS impression share saw an 8% increase month-over-month and a 46% impression share on the network in December, compared to iOS’ 32% share (down by 6% from November). RIM followed with a 16% impression share for December, down by 3% from November.

Android ad requests grew 141% from quarter one to quarter three. Since January 2010, Android has grown 3130% over the year. Apple requests grew 12% in Q3 to Q4 2010, and since January, Apple increased by 14%. Apple saw more growth with its tablet device, as iPad requests growing by 280% Q3 to Q4 2010.

This month, Millennial broke down the revenue generated by apps in Q4, and...

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Jan 13
Artificial Life sees 96% increase in iPhone/iPod/iPad downloads

Artificial Life (http://www.artificial-life.com), revealed its current iPhone/iPod and iPad title sales, download numbers and key ranking statistics. The total number of iOS application downloads generated for the year of 2010 was over 15.7 million in comparison to eight million downloads in 2009.

As of Dec. 31, 2010, the company has produced and released 36 applications for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The top title was downloaded for over 6.2 million times, the second most for over 3.4 million times, and the third most for close to 3.1 million times. The average number of downloads per game was about 0.66 million.

Paid iPhone games were sold at between US$0.99 to $4.99. The average price per game was $2.27.

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Jan 13
DNS Provider ZoneEdit's ns9 & ns13 Go Down

If you've noticed assorted web sites across the globe offline this morning, it may be that they are using ZoneEdit's DNS servers. There are reports from a variety of places that starting around 4:15am Pacific, ZoneEdit's ns9 and ns13 servers went offline. Those domains set up with the default two DNS servers (and if they used this two) had issues. Those web servers with at least 3 DNS servers listed were fine.

ZoneEdit has not responded to queries, and as of 7am pacific the issue continues.

NetAdmins: Moral of the story is that you should have 3 and even 4 DNS servers listed for your important domains.

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Jan 13
NAMM: UA’s Firewire 800/400 DSP accelerators work on range of...

Universal Audio (http://www.uaudio.com), a manufacturer of professional audio recording products, announced the impending release of UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD
Firewire DSP Accelerator Packages at this week's NAMM show.

As the newest members of UA’s UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform, the UAD-2 Satellite
family combines DSP acceleration with the plug-and-play simplicity of Firewire 800/400, according to Universal Audio President Matt Ward. It puts the entire UAD Powered Plug-Ins library within easy reach of Firewire 800 and 400-equipped computers; no PCIe
card installation required, he adds.

Ward says that, in developing these UAD plug-ins, UA’s DSP engineers worked with leading hardware manufacturers -- including Roland, Neve, Studer, dbx, Solid State Logic, Lexicon, Manley, Empirical Labs, Trident, SPL, EMT and more -- using their exact schematics, golden
units, and experienced...

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Jan 13
'MacVoices' visits the Connecticut Macintosh Connection

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), the "Road to Macworld" continues as Adam Engst of "TidBITs" and Take Control ebooks and host Chuck Joiner make a virtual visit to the Connecticut Macintosh Connection to talk about the evolution of Mac OS X and his session at Macworld on that topic, what Macworld means to him, the challenges facing a digital book publisher and more.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco from Jan. 26-29 at the Moscone Convention Center.

"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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Jan 13
Scosche announces accessories for Verizon iPhone

Scosche Industries (http://www.scosche.com) says several Verizon iPhone 4 compatible cases will be immediately available on the phone’s launch date, Feb. 10. The company says it was able to quickly modify several of its most cases to fit the new phone’s footprint in time for the launch, including white and black versions of Scosche’s signature kickBack series (pictured) of hybrid polycarbonate and rubber cases with an integrated kickstand perfect for landscape media viewing.

The similarly designed Scosche switchKASE g4 will also be available at launch and features a kickBack case and a smooth silicone skin with a removable sports armband for working out with the Verizon iPhone 4. The switchBACK g4 will allow users to snap different colors and styles onto the back of their case, including both smooth back and kickstand designs. Verizon customers will be able to choose between pink & purple and dark chrome...

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Jan 13
Light Quest debuts on Mac App Store

Chimp Studios (http://www.chimpstudios.com/) has debuted Light Quest 1.0, an adventure/puzzle game, on the new Mac App Store. It's available for US$4.99 in the Games category.

Here's how the game is described: "Light Quest puts players in a lowly constructo-bot's hover shoes on a mysterious alien world. In order to return home, players will have to guide a laser beam through 15 hand-crafted 3D levels using only mirrors, beam splitters, ingenuity, and what they find along the way. The game features five original music tracks that range from subtle sci-fi/Native American blends to stomping industrial scores."

It features 10  hours of gameplay. Light Quest requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.6.

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Jan 13
Vicinno BA Pro, 12C Financial Calculator app now on Mac App Store

Vicinno Soft (http://www.vicinno.com/) says its BA Financial Calculator Pro and 12C Financial Calculator for Mac, enhanced versions of the iPhone/iPad Vicinno financial calculators, are now available at the Mac App Store.

Both are designed for courses in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Mathematics, Sciences, Real Estate, and Statistics. New user interfaces have been created specifically for the Mac platform.

12C Financial Calculator for Mac is an emulator for the well known HP 12C Financial Calculator. BA Financial Calculator Pro for Mac provides the same capabilities and operation sequences as the Texas Instruments Business Analyst II Plus calculator.

The 12C Financial Calculator and BA Financial Calculator for Mac are priced at US$14.99 each. You can find 'em at the Mac App Store in the Finance category.

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Jan 13
Xerox announces new color flatbed scanner

Xerox (http://www.xeroxscanners.com) has announced a color flatbed scanner that scans, copies and emails documents at the touch of a single button: the Xerox DocuMate3220. It scans text at 23 pages per minute or 46 images per minute in duplex mode.

The DocuMate 3220 handles variable paper sizes and delicate originals on the glass or volumes of pages through an automatic document feeder (ADF) that holds up to 50 pages. It has a small footprint. Installation involves inserting one DVD-ROM disc and connecting the scanner to a host computer via a hi-speed USB 2.0 cable.

The Xerox DocuMate 3220 providese single button control at the front panel for scanning to any of 9 preset and up to 99 completely customizable one-touch scan profiles. It has a U.S. list price of $349.99 and is available immediately through major reseller and online channel partners.

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Jan 13
LiveCode 4.5.3 adds more iOS features

RunTime Revolution (http://www.runrev.com) has updated its LiveCode software development platform for iPhone/iPad development, to version 4.5.3. The upgrade sports new features focused on creating polished iOS applications, plus enhancements and improvements across the whole range of platforms and devices supported by the platform.

Formerly the Revolution development environment, LiveCode enables real-time development with adaptations and modifications. LiveCode offers: compile-free coding; an English-like programming language; and cross platform development. It's a development platform that enables the creation of mobile applications, commercial software, enterprise IT solutions, in-house utilities, front ends, e-learning solutions and even school projects.

LiveCode pricing begins at $99 for a one-seat, personal use license, including LiveCode development for iPhone/iPad. Additional deployment and...

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Jan 13
Tension Software announces Mac WPS 1.0.2

Tension Software (http://www.pomola.com) has updated Mac WPS, a Cocoa Mac OS X application for tracking your geographic position using Wi-Fi geo-tracking and other available hardware, to version 1.0.2.

The upgrade puts an embedded PDF User Guide inside the application. There's also improved handling of Location Manager exceptions.

Mac WPS shows the current position over a zoomable map. The map can be shown with the zoom level you prefer and maintain this zoom level during position upgrade. It can scroll while maintaining current position at the window center. The map is interactive, and you can drag scroll and drag zoom.

Mac WPS requires an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$10, though version 1.0.2 is a free update for registered users.

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Jan 13
Ricoh introduces new color digital imaging system

Ricoh Americas Corp. (http://www.ricoh-usa.com) has announced the Aficio MP C300/MP C300SR/MP C400/MP C400SR Color Digital Imaging System. This new letter-size (8.5"x11")/A4 Series provides a small footprint with tools and capabilities that maximize efficiency, lower total cost of ownership, and make it ideal for smaller workspaces, according to Shun Sato, senior vice president, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corp.

The Aficio MP C300/MP C300SR/MP C400/MP C400SR produces documents with resolutions up to 1200 dpi (dots per inch) at 32 or 42 ppm (pages per minute) and houses a standard 160GB hard disk drive. A 250-sheet internal finisher is standard on the MP C300SR/C400SR, as it standard duplexing. The Document Server stores up to 3,000 documents that can be found, retrieved and shared.  

A maximum 2,300-sheet paper capacity reduces the amount of trips to replenish paper with an ample supply, up to 120-...

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Jan 13
Blue Coat introduces family-safe web browser for iOS devices

Blue Coat Systems, a provider of web security and WAN optimization solutions, has introduced the K9 Web Protection Browser for iOS devices. It's a free, family-safe web browser available at the Apple App Store.

The browser provides immediate and highly accurate protection from content that is not appropriate for young children, including pornography, hate/violence, illegal drugs and gambling, according to Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Blue Coat Systems. In addition, the browser protects against phishing and malware., he adds.

As with Blue Coat’s K9 Web Protection software for Mac and PC computers, the K9 Web Protection Browser uses the company’s cloud-based WebPulse service that provides users with up-to-the-moment protection from objectionable content and threats, including phishing, malware and malicious content. The WebPulse service also continually categorizes new and evolving web content, giving parents the ability to immediately...

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Jan 13
SQLiteConverter 1.5 adds support for ODBC databases

SQLabs has updated SQLiteConverter (http://www.sqlabs.com/sqliteconverter.php) -- a tool that offers a way to convert your mySQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle database to sqlite -- to version 1.5. The upgrade adds support for ODBC databases and updates sqlite to version 3.7.3.

SQLiteConverter guides you step by step to five operations in order to completely convert your remote databases. The entire process obviously depends on how much data you need to convert, but most of the time you'll be able to complete it in few seconds, according to the folks at SQLabs.

SQLiteConverter is the ideal tool not only to complete a conversion between different DBMS to sqlite but it is also the ideal solution to backup your remote data to another disk based relational sql database, they add. You always have full control over the conversion process, you can decide to convert the entire...

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Jan 13
iPhone Programming Course offered in Santa Clara

The Pragmatic Studio (http://pragmaticstudio.com/) is offering their iPhone/iPad Programming course in Santa Clara, California, on March 7-10. Reserve your seat by Feb.1 to save US$400 on early registration.

In this four-day, hands-on training course you'll learn how to create iPhone/iPad apps with guided instruction from two developers and authors. You'll get hands-on coding experience and answers to your questions so you can start creating your own iPhone and iPad apps with confidence.

Topics include: Intro to Objective-C; Xcode and Interface Builder; Cocoa Touch APIs and Design Patterns; View Controllers; Navigation and Tab Bar Controllers; Table Views; Keyboard Input; Gesture Recognizers; Animation; Core Data; Performance and Debugging; Practical tips, Tricks, and Techniques.

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Jan 13
Password Repository 2.12.3 improves password insertion dialog

Tension Software has updated Password Repository (http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 2.12.3. The upgrade improves password insertion dialog, which is now centered on the screen. It also improve the password generator; now you can provide a shorter password.

Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document is not saved in any place. Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.12.3 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or...

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Jan 13
'MacVoices' looks at the Mac at work

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), the "Road to Macworld" continues in a conversation with David Sparks, the author of the new "Mac at Work" book.


He talks about the genesis of this project, and why he's qualified to write it. From the mundane to the sophisticated, Sparks gives us a taste of his thoughts on presentation, outlining and to-do programs, comments on the state of email in business, and why he included categories like billing programs in the book. He also covers his Macworld 2011 schedule that includes one session, several vendor booth appearances and two main stage events.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco from Jan. 26-29 at the Moscone Convention Center.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-...

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Jan 13
'YML' offers CES wrap-up, more

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the Verizon iPhone, wraps up the recent Consumer Electronics Show and looks ahead to the Macworld Conference & Expo.

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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Jan 12
Apple seeds iOS 4.3 to developers

Apple has seeded iOS 4.3 to developers for both mobile devices and the Apple TV.

It brings new multi-touch gestures to iPad users, and the Apple TV update will allow AirPlay video from third party apps, according to "9to5Mac" (http://www.9to5mac.com/). "MacStories" (http://www.macstories.net) adds that through a new preference in the Settings app on the iPad, users can now set the behavior of the button to a mute switch or rotation lock.

And "Redmond Pie" (http://macte.ch/xJAdB) says that iOS 4.3 will bring the “Personal Hotspot” feature to all iPhones in March this year. The feature was introduced yesterday with the announcement of the Verizon iPhone.

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Jan 12
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 12

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

MH Riley has announced My Mortgage Mentor 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's an US$2.99 mortgage toolkit that's designed to help people choose the most cost effective mortgage. To achieve this it implements a three-part strategy, allowing the user to calculate, analyze and compare.

Warm Fuzzy Apps has released RipDeck for the iPhone. It's a $1.99 workout generator based on a deck of cards. Featuring beginner, intermediate, and advanced level workouts, the exercises are simple to start and can be done at home with no gym equipment necessary. There is also a custom workout, which can be tailored to the exercises and number of repetitions the user chooses.

Thandros Media has introduced Fun With Thandros 1.0 an $0.99 iPhone app that lets...

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Jan 12
Analyst expects record iPhone, Mac, iPad sales over holiday...

Analyst Mike Abramsky with RBC Capital Markets said in a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that he expects Apple to report record sales of iPhones, Macs and iPads over the holiday period.

The analyst sees iPhone sales over the holidays increasing 84% year-over-year. At 16 million, that would exceed the previous record of 14.1 million iPhones sold in the Sept. 2010 quarter. In calendar year 2011, Abramsky expects Apple to sell a total of 70 million iPhones, which would account for 19% of the global smartphone market and help Apple achieve US$90.8 billion in revenue in its fiscal year 2011.

The analyst also thinks Apple will sell six million iPads and 4.2 million Macs in the holiday quarter, which concluded in December. Both the projected Mac and iPad sales would be new records for those product categories, as Apple achieved sales of 3.89 million...

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