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Jul 19
'MUG Event Calendar': investing with your Mac, photo...

The MUG Event Calendar" is packed this week with sessions on investing with your Mac, photo enhancements and much more.

Mac expert, author and MacNotable Ted Landau will be the featured guest at one California group, while Jean MacDonald of SmileOnMyMac will visit another this week. Investing with your Mac will be the topic in Maryland, photo enhancements using iPhoto will be covered in Virginia, a picnic will be held in Ohio, and secure email will be covered in Michigan.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups, Mac User Groups are starting to officially celebrate the holiday season.

MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info go to Apple's MUG page...

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Jul 16
IDC: 66% of purchasers delaying buying the iPhone 4

International Data Corporation (IDC) fielded a brief directional survey done in collaboration with the IDG TechPanel that seeks to provide insight into the impact the technical problems with the Apple iPhone 4 will have on the buying behavior of those in the market for a new phone.

The survey indicates that 66% of current iPhone owners are delaying their purchase of the iPhone 4, thus lengthening the normal upgrade cycle associated with the release of a new device. However, the antenna issues do not seem to be impacting the 74% of non-iPhone owners who indicated that they are not delaying their purchase plans.

"We are pleased that Apple is working with its customers to offset the reception issues related to the iPhone 4," says William Stofega, program director, Mobile Device Technology and Trends at IDC. "It will be interesting to monitor the effect of Apple's response to the antenna problem over the next several months."

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Jul 16
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 16

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/).

SGN (http://www.sng.com), which specializes in social mobile gaming, has announced the launch of the first multi-platform mobile game allowing iPhone and Android users to compete live against one another. First launched on iPhone in December 2009, SGN's hit aerial combat game "Skies of Glory" is now available on Android-based mobile phones above 2.0, including the EVO, Nexus and Droid. Android-toting gamers can not only join the action, but can play against their iPhone-carrying friends.

In multiplayer game mode, an Android-based player can spot, engage and shoot down an iOS-based player. "Skies of Glory" for Android was developed in collaboration with Revo Solutions Games, SGN's...

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Jul 16
Jobs outlines Apple's course of action on the iPhone 4...

At today's special press event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage to say that the Apple gang has been "working our butts" off in trying to find out the (reported) antenna/reception problems with the iPhone 4.

"You know, we're not perfect," he said. "And phones aren't perfect either. But we want to make all of our users happy. And if you don't know that about Apple, you don't know Apple"

The CEO says Apple has sold well over three million iPhone 4 units since it launched three weeks ago. And he admitted that Apple has heard reports of "some people" having issues with the antenna system, "which is very advanced."

But, going on the defensive, Jobs said though it "doesn't sound like a good idea to grip your phone and lose the signal," but it's not unique to the iPhone 4. It happens with the Blackberry Bold 9700, the HTC Droid Eris, the Samsung Omnia and others, he says.

"These phones were all tested in areas of relatively weak signal strength and they all...

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Jul 16
Upcoming Mac Pro to support USB 3.0, updated Firewire?

AppleThe Mac Pro will be updated by the end of summer and include USB 3.0 and either Firewire 1600 or 3200 support -- but not Blu-ray playback, reports the French site, "HardMac" (http://macosg.me/2/jr).

USB 3.0 is specified to transfer at five gigabits per second, or 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Plus, USB 3.0 products are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices and will interoperate with them, as well, so there's no reason for Apple not to include USB 3.0 on upcoming Macs.

FireWire 3200 and/or 1600 will use the same connectors as FireWire 800. Hopefully, Apple will go with 3200, as it purportedly delivers at least four times the performance. It increases FireWire speed from 800 Mbps to 3.2 Gbps. You'll notice that, on paper, that's slower than USB 3.0, but FireWire also has advantages in areas such as power management.

"Hard Mac" also says that Apple is interested in LightPeak technology, but...

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Jul 16
One iPhone bug fixes as another appears

Apple has issued a fix for one problem with the iPhone as reports start to emerge of another bug, reports the "BBC" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10659123).

An iPhone software update has corrected the way that different versions of the handset display signal strength. But some users are reporting that an earlier update means their 3GS phones now drop far more calls than before.

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Jul 16
Survey: enterprise adoption of Apple products accelerating

In a clear indication of Apple's continuing strength with business customers, a new survey of enterprise technology managers shows accelerating interest in purchasing first-time or additional Macs and iPhones.

In addition, the survey shows that the iPad is off to a very strong start, with nearly one in four IT managers stating they've already purchased or ordered the new Apple tablet. The survey also showed that for most IT managers, the lines between their personal and business use of Apple products have blurred.

Over 80% of survey respondents use their Macs, iPhones and iPads for both personal and professional applications and tasks. Seventy-nine percent said they are "more likely to allow more users to deploy Macs as their enterprise desktops" in 2010-2011, up from 68% in ITIC's 2009 survey.

Seven percent of respondents said they have more than 250 Macs in their enterprise. In the 2008 survey, only 2% had more than 250 Macs.

Twenty-three percent said...

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Jul 16
Tryten Tech releases 2010 Mac mini Security Mount

Tryten Technologies (http://www.tryten.com/) has released the US$64.22 Mac mini Security Mount, which secures the Mac Mini to a variety of locations, including the back of a monitor or to any side of a workspace without limiting functionality.

The Tryten Mac Mini Security Mount boasts a LockBar with a seven pin pick-resistant lock. Even while protected, the open design of this Mac Mini Mount allows access to all peripheral connections and the disk slot, and maintains optimal WiFi and Bluetooth communications, according to the folks at Tryten. The design of the Tryten Mount offers alternative locking options including a selection of keyed or combination locks, and a built-in security slot for added flexibility.

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Jul 16
USB Fever releases new iPad, iPhone 4 products

USB Fever has released two new products -- one for the iPad and one for the iPhone 4.

The Waterwear case for the iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1886) is a $49.99 case from a transparent material with a triple zipper design to lock an iPad safely inside and keep it away from water and dust.

The Silicone Bump case for iPhone 4 (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1929) is a $6.99, soft, padded case to protect your iPhone 4 while providing full access to the most important functions of the smartphone.

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Jul 16
Griffin Technology unveils latest creations for the iPad

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced their latest creations for the iPad. The Loop stand (shown), the Power Block Plus charger, the 3 Meter USB to Dock Cable, and Elan Passport Nylon case for iPad.

The US$29.99 Loop holds your iPad securely in both landscape and portrait modes. Its cushioned cradle protects your iPad from scratches and prevents unwanted movement while you use it. The open-loop design leaves room to plug in your dock cable so you can charge or sync during use.

The $34.99 PowerBlock Plus adds an additional AC outlet to Griffin's AC wall charger. Plug it into any 100 to 240 volt AC outlet and connect iPad, iPhone, or iPod for 2.1 amp charging. While it's charging your device, PowerBlock Plus gives you an additional AC plug so you can leave the lamp, clock radio, etc., plugged in. Or even charge another iPad. Also available is the $29.99...

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Jul 16
Quirky releases Tilt stand for the iPhone 4G

Quirky (http://www.quirky.com/?utm_medium=release&utm_source=tilt) has released Tilt, a community-developed case for the iPhone 4. The bumper-style case and stand costs US$28 and is designed to protect the edges of the smartphone.

The Tilt is constructed of plastic with a soft rubber front face and faceted edges. The sides of the case are angled for headphone cord wrapping, making your phone easier to grip. The Tilt also has a built-in stand function, so you can snap the back hinge to 90 degrees.

You can choose between portrait and landscape modes to watch your favorite media or use the new FaceTime feature. You can choose Tilt's modern cut-out design in classic black-on-black, or get whimsical with our white and purple combo. lt is the 50th product designed and developed by the Quirky community since Quirky’s launch...

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Jul 16
'Silicon Alley Insider': Apple wanted to buy Palm

Apple was considering buying Palm recently, along with Google and Research in Motion, according to "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-rim-google-hp-palm-2010-7), quoting "an anonymous source familiar with the negotiations." However, the companies were outbid by HP, which acquired Palm for US$1.2 billion in April.

"Apple was mostly interested in Palm's huge library of intellectual property and patents," says "Silicon Alley Insider." "And unlike some other bidders, Apple even seemed committed to funding Palm's operations, perhaps to challenge RIM's dominance in the keyboarded segment of the smartphone industry, our source says. (There's a bunch of problems with this idea, such as the idea of Apple supporting two rival app platforms, but that's what this person says.) Ultimately, Apple didn't bid high...

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Jul 16
Caller ID and click-to-dial utility adds Bluetooth speakerphone

Sustainable Softworks has released Phone Amego 1.1.14 (http://www.sustworks.com/site/prod_phoneAmego_help/PhoneAmegoHelp.html), an update of the Mac OS X (10.5 and later) tool designed to make using your phone easier when you're near your computer by providing on-screen caller ID, letting you click to dial a phone number from your Address Book or on your screen, and optionally dialing through Google Voice. This release adds Bluetooth speakerphone capability so you can answer a call from your Mac without touching your phone.

It costs US$20, though version 1.1.13 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available for download.

In addition to Mac OS X 10.5 or later Phone Amego requires: a Google Voice account or a compatible Bluetooth cell phone or a landline phone connected through a compatible USB...

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Jul 16
Survey looks at digital reading experience, satisfaction

In its fifth annual Profile of the Digital Edition Reader, conducted with BPA Worldwide certified results, digital publishing provider, Texterity confirms the increasing enthusiasm for and reliance on digital and mobile formats.

With results culled from more than 31,000 respondents, this year’s findings are split into two separate reports for consumer and B2B [business-to-business] sectors. Created as digital magazines, these reports not only present the data but analyze it in the context of the fast-changing reading environment.

This research is available free of charge at www.texterity.com/info-request . In general, trends show more engagement with digital editions, more web site use, more interaction with social media, and increased interest in mobile delivery. Highlights, averaged from consumer and B2B responses, support publishing goals:

° 86% are satisfied or highly...

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Jul 15
Apple Releases iOS 4.0.1, iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad

Apple has released iOS 4.0.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch and iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad. The former and includes a new signal bar algorithm that is purportedly more accurate.

Earlier this month, Apple said it has been using a “totally wrong” formula for calculating signal strength. iOS 4.0.1also sports redesigned bar graphics intended to make it easier for users to see. The update is available for free via Apple’s iTunes application on the Mac and Windows.

Apple says iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad offers better overall Wi-Fi connectivity along with video out reliability when using the iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter. The update also adds Bing as a supported search engine and fixes some issues. The update is also free and is also available via Apple’s iTunes application on the Mac and Windows.

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Jul 15
Polls, charts offer predictions for tomorrow's Apple...

With Apple slated to hold a press conference tomorrow, the most likely topic seems to be how to correct the iPhone 4 signal issues cited by users and proven in a recent Consumer Reports’ study.  As such, Predicto Mobile (http://www.predicto.com/), a premium mobile service content provider, has turned to consumers for their input, polling its pool of 2 million subscribers to see what they think Apple will do. 

According to results so far, it seems likely they will be pulled from shelves. When asked "With Consumer Reports declining to recommend the iPhone 4 due to flaws, will Apple recall the phones?" 61% of those surveyed said "yes," and 39% said "no."

Meanwhile, Retrevo's has posted a tongue-in-cheek flowchart/guide that "predicts" how people may feel after the announcement. You can find it at http://www.retrevo.com/content/blog/2010/07/retrevos-guide-how-youll-feel-about-apples-solution-iphone4...

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Jul 15
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 15

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/).

THQ Wireless has announced Star Wars: The Battle for Hoth for the iPhone and iPod touch is now available for download on iTunes for US$2.99. In the game, players assume the role of the commander of the Rebel forces as they defend the shield generators from the Imperial ground troops. With 15 levels, two game modes and two difficulty settings, plus a help and unit guide, the strategy game challenges players to properly place defensive units in order to stop waves of enemy units from destroying the generators. Star Wars: The Battle for Hoth was developed by Fluffy Logic.

Hypnovisualization has released AIRelaxation 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The $2.99 app is designed to help those suffering from flight phobias to reach a state of deep...

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Jul 15
Millennial Media: Apple OS ad requests up 35% in June

Mobile ad network Millennial Media says that, globally, Apple OS requests are up by 36% in June, after dropping 33% in May, as reported by "TechCrunch" (http://macosg.me/2/jj).

iPad requests are also increasing at a fast rate, growing 206%t in June, after rising 160 % in May. In terms of ad impressions, Apple’s OS remained the leading smartphone OS on Millennial’s network in June with a 56% share of impressions and an 8% growth month-over-month.

When splitting ad impressions by device manufacturer, Apple had the largest share increase of 4% with approximately 30% share of impressions in June.

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Jul 15
AFPU sues Apple, others for 'false patent marketing'

Another day, another lawsuit. The Americans for Fair Patent Use (AFPU) has filed suit against Apple, Sprint Nextel, Verizon and Samsung Telecomms and accused the companies of false patent marking, reports "TechEye" (http://macosg.me/2/ji).

The case was filed in a district court in Texas on Wednesday and alleges that the companies accused have falsely market numerous products with expired patents or patents that don't cover the market products with the intent to deceive the public. The AFPU wants monetary damages of $500 for each of the alleged violations of the statue, half of which will be paid to the US.

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Jul 15
Senator writes Jobs about iPhone 4 problems

Democratic New York Senator Charles Schumer has written an open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs about the iPhone 4 antenna issues. He says the company's current solutions are "insufficient" and wants Apple to provide a free fix for consumers, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The U.S. senator said he wants Apple to explain in writing to consumers the true cause of poor reception with the iPhone 4 with regards to its antenna/reception problems. Schumer isn't happy with Apple's solutions so far, including an in-the-works software fix that will provide a cosmetic change on how signal bars are reported to the suggestion to buy a case to cover the handset's external metal antennas.

He may be right. But it seems the senator is jumping on a controversial tech issue for a little free publicity.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Jul 15
Analyst says iPhone 4 design fix already in the works

Apple has “instituted a design fix” for the iPhone 4 that better insulates the phone’s transceiver module, according to Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar. "Barron's (http://macosg.me/2/jh) adds that the analyst is likely to offer free bumpers “as an intermediary solution.”

Kumar says he's unclear if Apple will have a recall of the iPhone 4. The Sellers Research Firm (that's me) says no, it won't.

In other matters, Kumar told clients that he expects shipments of 3.2 million iPads this fiscal quarter. He thinks sales of the Apple tablet are starting to eat into iPod sales, a trend will accelerate over time.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Jul 15
'Bloomberg': Apple antenna expert warned Jobs of...

Apple's senior antenna expert voiced concern to CEO Steve Jobs in the early design phase of the iPhone 4 that the antenna design could lead to dropped calls, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/jg), quoting a "person familiar with the matter."

Last year, Ruben Caballero, a senior engineer and antenna expert, informed Apple’s management the device’s design may hurt reception, the article says. A carrier partner also raised concerns about the antenna before the device’s June 24 release, "Bloomberg" adds, quoting "another person familiar with the situation."

Apple is holding a press event tomorrow at at its Cupertino, California, headquarters. It's expected the company will address the reported antenna/reception problems with the iPhone 4.

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Jul 15
Computer Admin Pro 5.0 released for Mac OS X, Windows

CG Software has released Computer Admin Pro 5.0 (http://www.computeradminpro.com), an update of the integrated asset management and help desk tracking software for Mac OS X or Windows.

Based on the latest version (11) of the FileMaker Pro database engine, the application offers a solution to storing and searching any data relating to computer hardware, software, maintenance, and repairs. Technicians can use a web browser to manage the ticket process, including creating, editing, and closing.

Computer Admin Pro is designed for computer consultants, IT managers, system administrators, help desk system managers, or anyone who needs to record and organize computer related information. Its asset manager feature lets the user consolidate their computer hardware and software information: computer name, location, OS, peripherals, serial and asset ID numbers. All data is fully searchable...

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Jul 15
OWC Mercury Pro SSD line is now available in capacities up to...

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) says its OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line has begun shipping in the largest capacity model available of any SandForce-based processor SSD on the market -- up to 480GB --- by being the first SSD on the market to use the new SandForce SF 1232 processor that'soptimized for the higher flash density required by these drives.

The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line is available for immediate ordering in eight configurations from 50GB to 480GB starting at US$194.99. All models are Mac and PC compatible and installs into notebooks, as well as into desktops/towers with an OWC Multi-Mount adapter kit sold separately.

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Jul 15
REAL Studio to include Cocoa framework beta in upcoming release

REAL Software says their rapid application development tool, REAL Studio, will include the option to compile a Cocoa application in the upcoming 2010 Release 3. 

REAL Software has been working on the development of the Cocoa framework for a long time and though it is not yet complete, it is far enough along that it will be made available as a beta to all REAL Studio users, according to Geoff Perlman, REAL Software Founder and CEO.

On Mac OS X there are two ways for applications to communicate with the operating system: Carbon and Cocoa. Carbon was designed to allow applications from Classic Mac OS, like REAL Studio, to run natively on Mac OS X. Cocoa is the method that has been part of Mac OS X since its introduction and all applications must move to Cocoa to continue to be modern.

"Unlike when other companies have gone through the conversion, REAL Software is trying to minimize the impact on their users," says Perlman. "One of the many benefits of using REAL...

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