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May 29
DOJ investigating whether Apple is guilty of price fixing in...

Seeking information on possible price fixing in the digital music marketplace, the U.S. Department of Justice contacted the legal departments of the major record labels as part of an initial inquiry into Apple, sources have told "Billboard" (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100529/media_nm/us_apple), a music industry trade publication. The DOJ also spoke with a number of digital music services, the article adds.

Earlier this month, the DOJ reportedly reached out to the major music lablels to learn whether Apple was affecting pricing in the market. Since the featured album in Amazon's Daily Deal usually sells for the low prices of $3.99-$5.99, as opposed to the almost standard $9.99 for digital albums, any attempt to discourage labels from participating in the Amazon promotion might be construed as price fixing. And some sources said Apple had pushed...

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May 28
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 28

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/).

Amazon.com has announced its Kindle App for iPad is now available in all countries where the iPad is offered. The free app lets users select from hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store on iPad and features Amazon Whispersync technology that saves and synchronizes customers’ last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, iPad and more.

Speaking of reading apps, Kobo, a global eReading service, has also announced availability of its free iPad application in all markets where iPad is available. Additionally, Kobo today released regional versions for Canada, UK and Australia and announced a New Zealand application is coming soon. The regionalized applications, built...

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May 28
Analyst expects new Mac Pros, iTunes.com to be unveiled at WWDC

In a note to clients Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu is expecting some big announcements beyond iPhone OS 4 and a likely new iPhone at June's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. Among them is a new Mac Pro.

"AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) concurs, expecting a pro Mac desktop that adds a total of 12-cores from Intel's latest Westmere architecture to the high-end desktop. (Apple is also expected to release a second LED-backlit Cinema Display, measuring 27-inches diagonally and resembling its existing 24-inch model," says "AppleInsider"). And Wu also thinks we'll see a revved MacBook Air and a web-based version of iTunes.

“Sources tell me that in the past few weeks, Apple has started signaling to the labels that it’s interested in a web-based version of iTunes, its dominant music retail platform,” Wu has told clients. “But those conversations are preliminary at best. So if you’re...

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May 28
Next version of Apple TV to reportedly use iPhone OS

We were hoping that Apple would get serious about its "hobby," the Apple, TV, and according to the "endgaget" web site (http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/28/the-next-apple-tv-revealed-cloud-stor...), this is finally going to happen.

The report says that the next Apple TV rev -- which WON'T be unveiled at next month's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference -- will be based directly on the upcoming iPhone 4, meaning it will get the same internals, down to that A4 CPU and a limited amount of flash storage -- 16GB to be exact -- though it will be capable of full 1080p HD, the article says. What's more, it will run a version of iPhone OS 4, not Mac OS X.

"engadget" says the device is said to "be quite small with a scarce amount of ports (only the power socket and...

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May 28
Verizon iPhone due by the holidays?


Apple has bumped up its iPhone production plans, which include a Verizon iPhone that will be available for the holidays, according to a report at "TheStreet" (http://www.thestreet.com/story/10769660/1/apple-verizon-iphone-set-for-h...).

Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who has been monitoring the production plans in Asia, says Apple has asked its supply and manufacturing partners to prepare for a production rate of four million iPhones a month by September, a 25% increase. The company has also told its manufacturing partner Asustek to plan on starting full-scale production of a CDMA version of the iPhone to be available at Verizon as early as November, the analyst adds.

Most pundits think that a Verizon iPhone is inevitable and just a matter of time...

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May 28
Info needed on firefighting software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at firefighting software for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@macsimumnews.com) no later than Wednesday, June 1.

Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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May 28
Money for Mac OS X rings up version 3.6

Jumsoft has announced Money 3.6 (http://www.jumsoft.com/money/), an update to their personal and small-business accounting application for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds a Reconciling feature, which allows keeping Money accounts in balance with users' bank accounts.

Other highlights of Money 3.4 include improved backup reversion, localizations, and interface. Moreover, minor bugs were fixed, such as in setting the default currency. The new version will also contain expanded documentation, making the application even easier to use, says Algirdas Unguvaitis, general manager of Jumsoft.

Money allows tracking transactions to and from a user's wallet, bank accounts, or share trading accounts, budget planning and monitoring the actual outcome, managing bills and invoices, and generating income/expense reports. Users will be able to download the new Money for iPhone from the...

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May 28
iPad resellers model expanded in Australia

By Gaurang Donovan

Apple stated in its US press release of March h29 that the "iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores, most Best Buy stores, select Apple Authorized Resellers and campus bookstores."

It seems that Apple has expanded slightly from the US model for Australia as it has been reported that the iPad is being sold in two large electronics goods centric chain stores, the largest national department store as well as the largest Apple Authorized Reseller in the country. Of course the iPad is available in all seven of the Apple Retail Stores and the Apple Online Store as well.

The list includes:

Electronics resellers: Dick Smith, JB Hi-Fi

Department stores: Myer
Apple Authorized Reseller: Next Bye

This development has to be seen in favourable light as it becomes more important for the new Apple customer as well as the walk-in retail trade of far flung Aussie places. Sometimes...

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May 28
iSobre presents inew line of sleeves for the iPad, iPhone

iSobre has introduced a new line of sleeves for the iPad and iPhone. The sleeves are 100% leather with a soft deerskin layer outside and a cushiony suede inside.


The sleeves come in two different models iSobre Blue Baboon (sand color outside with an iceberg blue interior) and iSobre Bumble Bee (black in the outside and pure yellow color inside). To check out the different models and pricing go to http://www.isobre.com/store.php ; once there, you can participate in a contest for a free iPad.

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May 28
Antitrust lawyer: Apple vulnerable in iTunes antitrust probe

Federal antitrust regulators may be able to build a case against Apple over its iTunes business because the company has a dominant share of the U.S. music download market, an antitrust lawyer told "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9177460/Apple_vulnerable_in_iTune...). The size of Apple's share matters to the government, according to Hillard Sterling, an antitrust attorney at Chicago-based law firm Freeborn & Peters LLP.

The Justice Department is reportedly 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. Apple is the largest seller of online music in the U.S., with 69% of the market, according to data from the...

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May 28
Enterprise Desktop Alliance conducts survey of laptop.desktop...

The Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://enterprisedesktopalliance.com/) -- an organization to help IT departments integrate Macs into the corporate environment -- has opened a new survey to query IT administrators about whether they have non-Windows systems in their organizations, and if so, how many.

The results of the survey will provide a refinement to the Enterprise Desktop Alliance's developing portrait of the distribution and management of personal computing devices in the enterprise. IT administrators are encouraged to contribute to the survey which will be online until June 21.

To participate, click here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DFXRTWM?c=PR1 . Participants who complete the survey will qualify to win a US$50 Amazon Gift Certificate that will be...

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May 28
Projector for Mac OS X updated; iPad version available

app4Mac has updated Projector (http://www.app4mac.com/projector.html), a Mac OS X app designed to keep track of tasks and calculate a project's cost, to version 2.1. The new version is compatible with the iPad version, which is available for US$14.99 at the Apple App Store.

Projector provides tools for professional project management. It's designed to help you organize, administer and monitor your tasks. Version 2.1 also offers improved performance and stability, a tweaked user interface, enhanced day off management, improved export to iCal, and better documentation. Also, an "auto save management" has been added to the preferences. The app is now available in English, French, German and Italian.

Projector works with Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. It costs approximately US$84. All owners of a Projector or xTime Project license can upgrade to Projector 2.1 for free.

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May 28
New Pavilion Hotel offers guests complimentary iPad usage

Catalina Island’s brand new Pavilion Hotel (which opened May 14) is offering guests complimentary use of iPads to access the Internet and their morning newspaper during their stay.

Guests will have at their fingertips free, instant access to the weather, their favorite newspapers, personal email, restaurant menus, information on Island tours and attractions, and live web cams all while relaxing in the new outdoor lounge or the indoor “library."

The Pavilion Hotel is a 71-room, two-story; upscale hotel just 14 steps away from the beach. The design combines mid-century style with modern luxury and features a private outdoor living area for most of the ground level rooms, lush garden courtyard. Catalina Island is just 22 miles from Los Angeles.

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May 28
Free Software Foundation mad at Apple (again)

The Free Software Foundation is up in arms over Apple's iTunes Store Terms of Service, suggesting that these terms fundamentally conflict with the terms of the GNU Public License, according to an "Ars Technica" report (http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/05/fsf-apples-itunes-store-terms-...).

The foundation has warned Apple that a version of GNU Go distributed by the App Store makes Apple liable to comply with GPL terms that allow free sharing of code, but warned that its "Usage Rules" violate those terms. The fallout could potentially affect any app that uses GPLed code, says "Ars Technica."

An iPhone port of GNU Go is currently...

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May 28
AT&T: four out of 10 iPhone sales are to the enterprise

AT&T’s Ron Spears, CEO of the telecom company’s Business Solutions unit, says four out of 10 iPhone sales are to enterprises, reports "ZDNet" (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/at-t-exec-4-out-of-10-of-our-iphone-sales-...). The exec made the comment t the Barclays Capital Communications, Media and Technology conference on Thursday.

"ZDNet" says that Spears said that the iPhone is basically a computing device to enterprises and some of them are forgoing laptop purchases if an employee can get buy with Apple’s flagship phone. “If they’ve got a field service force that needs one or two applications on a daily basis; do they need to go out and spend $1,000 or $1,200 for a laptop and then worry about sort of the lifecycle costs of keeping up with the laptop?” he said.

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May 27
iPad launch: Melbourne, Bondi, 7,800 iPad deliveries

By Gaurang Donovan

On a cold morning three days before the official first day of winter, Melbourne and its two Apple Retail Stores at Chadstone and Doncaster shopping malls provided a warm welcome for the international launch of Apple's iPad for the retail customers who did not already order their iPads through the Apple Online Store.

The line of people waiting at the one-hour-earlier-than-normal opening of the store numbered over 250 buyers at the Chadstone store and over 230 buyers at the Doncaster store. One hour after opening people were still entering the queue that extended into the mall and numbered over 80 in each.

This was not a bad turnout, but the larger iPad numbers are in the courier deliveries for the device. "The Sydney Morning Herald" reported on a bulletin board commentator identifying himself as a driver for a large courier company operating in Australia (but perhaps not known so well outside the country) as having 7,800 iPad...

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May 27
Spiderweb Software announces Avadon: The Black Fortress

Spiderweb Software has announced the upcoming release of Avadon: The Black Fortress (http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/index.html), an all-new, indie fantasy role-playing game for Mac and Windows systems. It's due in early 2011.

Here's how the game is described: "Avadon is in epic adventure in a strange and dangerous world. You are a spy and warrior who must fight the enemies of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your word is law. Gain power and influence, experience an exciting adventure, and battle a conspiracy to destroy your people.

"You are an agent of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Outside your lands, there are limitless threats. Barbarians. Fading, jealous empires. Titans and unspeakable horrors. The warriors and spies of Avadon are charged to keep them at bay, weak and divided. Your resources are unlimited, and all must...

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May 27
'Tech Night Owl' looks at DOJ vs Apple, gifts for dads...

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at the DOJ vs. Apple brouhaha, "dads and grads" gear and the upcoming Apple. Worldwide Developer Conference.

Peter Cohen joins us to give you his unvarnished views on the DOJ investigation into Apple’s iTunes business practices, the strange case of that notorious “lost” iPhone prototype and Mac gaming updates.

Steve “Mr. Gadget”Kruschen delivers “dads and grads” gear, with the emphasis on Internet phone service, a new TiVO DVR and other cool stuff.

Cutting-edge commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, of Roughly Drafted Magazine, speaks out about the potential announcements at Apple’s WWDC, the problems with Google, Flash and lots more.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from http://www.technightowl.com/radio ; an archive of the show will...

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May 27
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 27

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/).

Barnes & Noble, the world's largest bookseller, has announced its free BN eReader app for the iPad, offering personalized eReading experience for the Apple tablet. BN eReader for iPad users can customize the way they read with professionally designed or completely personalized themes, shop more than one million eBooks, newspapers and magazines in the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, and access their personal Barnes & Noble digital library, including most periodicals. BN eReader for iPad is the only eReading app that offers eBook sharing with friends.

Namco Networks has released Issac Newton's Gravity HD for the iPad. In the game, players must arrange the various objects to hit the trigger and win. If a player is stumped on one of the 105...

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May 27
Apple offers self-publishing option at iBookstore

Apple is now offering a way to let you self-publish books on the iBookstore. Or at least be considered for publication.

A note at iTunes Connect (https://itunesconnect.apple.com/WebObjects/iTunesConnect.woa/wa/apply) describes it this way: "Use this application to tell us more about yourself and the content you are interested in distributing. We will contact you with your application status after we have reviewed it. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to get back to you as quickly as we'd like. While we're reviewing your application, it is not necessary to apply again.

"This application is intended solely for use by persons who either own or control a catalog of content for digital distribution, or are an authorized representative of someone who does."

When Apple...

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May 27
Company sues Apple over iAd trademark

Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Innovate Media Group is suing Apple over trademark infringement, two counts of unfair competition, and one count of common law injury to business reputation. Innovate Media has alleged that it coined the term "iAds" in 2006, a name it uses for its video delivery technology, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

At the April 8 unveiling of iPhone OS 4.0, Apple debuted iAd, its upcoming mobile advertising platform, which "combines the emotion of TV ads with the interactivity of web ads," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said. Today, when users click on mobile ads they are almost always taken out of their app to a web browser, which loads the advertiser’s web page.

Users must then navigate back to their app, and it's often difficult or impossible to return to exactly where they left. Jobs said iAd solves this problem by displaying full-screen...

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May 27
Analyst: Apple to begin targeting mid-range computer market...

J.P. Morgan analysts think Apple will begin targeting overseas sales of computers in the US$700-$1,119 . Mark Moskowitz and Anthony Luscri made the pronouncement in a letter to clients today, as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/05/27/how-the-mac-picks-up-an-easy-5-7-...).

The analysts think Apple can add an incremental $5 to $7 billion to its revenue stream by increasing its international market share in the mid-range computer markt with an average selling price between $700 and $1,119. Moskowitz and Luscri that while Apple has been outgrowing the rest of the computer market by a factor of 2-to-1 over the past three years, most of that growth has been in the high end of the U.S. market.

And although Apple has been making inroads in the mid-range market -- its U.S...

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May 27
Flash Decompiler 4.1 offers Flash CS4, Flex files support

Flash Decompiler Trillix 4.1 (http://mac.eltima.com/swftofla-converter.html) for Mac OS X. It's an update of the SWF to FLA converter designed to help users decompile Flash movies and convert SWF elements into multiple formats.

Version 4.1 offers Adobe Flash CS4 and Flex files support, a renovated design and advanced functionality. With Flash Decompiler for Mac OS X you can convert any SWF file back into its FLA or Flex source code.

The software lets you extract all SWF objects from the file (images, sounds, videos, shapes, morphs, fonts, texts, sprites, etc) and save them in various formats. Eltima added the ability to choose resources to extract and process several files simultaneously. Also, Flash Decompiler Trillix lets you export ActionScripts, which can be searched through later.

The new interface of Flash Decompiler Trillix 4.0 provides...

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May 27
VueScan 8.6.33 for Mac OS X adds support for searchable PDF...

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.33, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version adds support for searchable PDF files.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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May 27
Pragmatic Studio brings iPhone training to Reston, Virginia

The Pragmatic Studio (http://pragmaticstudio.com/) has opened registration for their iPhone development training course in Reston, Virginia, on July 20-23. In this four-day, hands-on course, participants will learn how to create iPhone applications with guided instruction from two experienced iPhone developers and authors.

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," "Core Data," "Custom Drawing," "Touch Events," "Core Animation," "Photos," "Networking," "Performance and Debugging" and practical tips, tricks, and techniques used by the experts

Early bird registration is US$1,595; regular registration is $2,195. Alumni and group rates (three or more participants) is $1,895 per person.

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