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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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May 27
WaveMaker 6.1 for the Mac delivers cloud portability

WaveMaker Software (http://www.wavemaker.com) has released version 6.1 of its platform for Mac OS X, adding one-click deployment to Rackspace Cloud, OpSource Cloud and Eucalyptus Private Cloud.

WaveMaker for Mac OS X is available under the Apache open source license, providing Apple developers with the features and benefits found in proprietary cloud development platforms such as Force.com and Azure.

With WaveMaker 6.1, Mac developers can build SaaS-enabled web apps on OS X and deploy them to Amazon EC 2 with a single button click. Because WaveMaker was built using open source standards, it's a cloud development platform to support deployment to any cloud, running on any Java server and connecting to any database.

Wavemaker also offers automated multi-tenant support. For this feature, WaveMaker's server-side security module automatically isolates all database access between the tenants or...

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May 27
SoftRAID for Mac OS X updated to version 4

SoftRAID LLC (http://www.softraid.com/) has released SoftRAID 4.0, a major upgrade to its RAID management software for Mac OS X.

Users have taken one of the mirror disks to a secure location as part of a mirror backup. Periodically, the mirror disk gets brought back to the Mac to be rebuilt (resynchronized) with the volume. With 1TB volumes, this rebuild process can take several hours. Now SoftRAID 4.0 introduces Fast Mirror Rebuilds. With Fast Mirror Rebuilds, SoftRAID keeps track of which parts of the volume are used when a mirror disk is not present, and only rebuilds those sectors when the other mirror disk is reconnected, according to Mark James, vice president of SoftRAID This allows users to rebuild there mirror volumes in minutes rather than hours, he adds.

SoftRAID version 4 brings many additional new features to the Mac for the first time. These features include: email notification...

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May 27
Invoices 2.6.2 for Mac OS X improves interface for new users

Tension Software has updated Invoices (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.6.2. The upgrade improves the layout and adds an invoice type indication in the invoice table.

Invoices (US$40) allows you to create a new invoices with all data without using the keyboard, only with the mouse and all from a single panel view. You can make two different type of invoices, Plain and Table, where description of sold goods and services can be managed in a different way.

Invoices automatically calculates totals and taxes, in accordance with the set-up the user specified using his own country's rules. Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.4. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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May 27
Launch2net Premium update offers additional modem support

Nova media has updated launch2net Premium (http://www.novamedia.de), its 3G connection manager with the ability to share your Mac's 3G connection with iPads and other devices. Version 2.0.3 offers support for additional modems from HUAWEI, ZTE and includes minor bug fixes.

Launch2net Premium can replace different connection managers from network operators and modem manufacturers, making a mobile online experience much more enjoyable, says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. Using the integrated Mobile Hub, the 3G connection can instantly be shared with iPads, iPod touches and other WLAN capable devices, he adds. Besides the ability to establish a 3G connection with most modems and most network operators, launch2net Premium offers a full fledged SMS text message manager as well as a statistics.

Launch2net Premium 2.0.3 is available today for download at nova media's web site. It's a free...

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May 27
League of Legends game coming to the Mac this summer

Riot Games, a leading independent developer and publisher of premium online video games, have announced that they're working with TransGaming to expand their debut title, League of Legends, and releasing a version for the Mac that will be available for download this summer.

The new Mac version of the online multiplayer strategy game will be powered by TransGaming’s Cider Portability Engine. The Mac version of League of Legends will have all the same game features as its award-winning PC counterpart, says Brandon Beck, co-founder and CEO of Riot Games. Players can download the game for free from http://www.leagueoflegends.com and, after a short installation, begin playing instantly.

Artwork, graphics, in-game items and controls will remain the same in the Mac version. League of Legends, Riot Games’ debut title, launched on Oct. 27, 2009 in North America and Europe. It's a session-...

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May 27
V-Moda releases Crossfade LP headphones

V-Moda (http://www.v-moda.com) has launched the Crossfade LP, which the company says is designed to be "the ultimate multi-purpose headphone" for use while on the move, at the gym or on stage.

It features patent-pending 50mm Dual-Diaphragm High-Definition Drivers delivering multiple driver sound with the efficiency of a single driver. The driver's diaphragm is constructed of a harder inner ring designed to provide an extended high range and a softer outer ring for deep lows. Memory foam ear cushions isolate noise.



The Crossfade LP is constructed of lightweight metals and fabrics. It's available in White Pearl, Phantom Chrome and Gunmetal Black for US$249.99. For people on the move, the Crossfade LP is equipped with a detachable cable featuring a three-button remote control and microphone to change volume and answer or end phone calls.

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May 27
Logic3 releases LCD ProDock for iPods, iPhones

Logic3 has released the LCD ProDock (http://www.logic3.com/details/?prod=811), which allows you to recharge and display video content from your iPod or iPhone, all from one compact unit. Once docked, you can sit back and relax with the LCD remote control without being tied to your Apple device.

The included LCD RF remote control syncs with the docked iPod/iPhone, allowing you to browse and select your content on the remote's screen. You can view videos, photos and slideshows from your iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod touch and iPhone via composite or component outputs.

An A/V audio connection allows audio playback via your Hi-Fi system. An AC adaptor is also supplied to power the dock and simultaneously recharge the docked iPod /iPhone. The LCD ProDock costs approximately US$98.

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May 27
Remote access company launches viewer for Mac

Remote access company RemotePC (http://www.remotepc.com) says you can now remotely control your PC from a Mac.With the Remote Access Viewer for Mac, users can now connect remotely to any other Windows computer.  

Remote Access Viewer for Mac is currently available for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.5 on Macs with Intel processors. It's available by subscription: US$4.95 per month for one PC and $9.95 per month for up to three PCs.

The RemotePC utility can connect to one or more computers from a single platform, with each interface presented through a web browser.

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May 27
Akvis Sketch ready for Photoshop CS5

Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released Akvis Sketch 11, an update of the software that converts photos to pencil and watercolor drawings. The new version is compatible with Photoshop CS4-CS6 64-bit on both Mac and Windows systems. Also two new interface modes (Express and Advanced) have been added.

An Akvis Sketch Home License (plug-in or standalone) sells for US$72. Registered users of the previous versions can upgrade to version 9.0 for $39. Or you can buy the Alchemy Bundle (which includes the Sketch, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Decorator, Enhancer, LightShop, SmartMask and ArtSuite plug-ins) for $325.

For business licenses consult the Akvis web site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop. The company offers free licenses to non-profit organizations. Akvis Sketch 11 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and...

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May 27
CopyCatX 5 ready for Snow Leopard

SubRosaSoft.com has released CopyCatX 5.0. for Mac OS X (http://subrosasoft.com/OSXSoftware/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPat...). This updated version of their drive duplication software offers faster performance, file and folder copying, a streamlined and easier-to-use interface, and compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

CopyCatX utilizes sector copying instead of the “file-by-file” copy employed by most backup software. Sector copying enables the user to retain every detail of the original drive --from bootablity to the icon locations. CopyCatX is neither file system nor OS dependent; it can y make an identical copy of Mac, Linux, Windows, TiVo or other drives.

In addition to copying the entire volume or device, the latest...

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May 27
Data Robotics develops integration between Drobo FS, Time...

Data Robotics has announced integration of Drobo FS (http://www.drobo.com/drobo-fs), the Drobo designed for expandable file sharing, and Apple's Time Machine, an automated backup solution. The new Drobo FS with Time Machine integration offers Mac users a highly efficient and scalable shared storage and backup solution, according to Mark Fuccio, senior director of products and markets at Data Robotics.

Drobo FS users are now able to pre-define a limit on how much storage will be used for Time Machine backups. Previously, Time Machine would consume capacity until it was gone and then delete the oldest backups to make room for new backups. The Drobo FS platform enables multiple Mac users on a network to automatically and simultaneously back up to the same Drobo FS.

Powering Drobo FS is a dual core microprocessor: one core runs Drobo’s BeyondRAID code, while the other core runs an embedded...

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May 27
Report: DRM must evolve or die

A new report from Arthur D. Little’s -- a global management consultancy specializing in strategy and operations management, serving major corporations and organizations worldwide -- examines the current state of play in Digital Rights Management (DRM) and concludes that systems must evolve to deliver both acceptable content protection for owners and maximum interoperability for users, otherwise DRM may be abandoned altogether.

While DRM has been used since the early days of digital content distribution, it has long been a source of controversy, with complex proprietary systems creating integration headaches for manufacturers and distributors, and preventing end users from legitimately sharing content across different devices and platforms says the Little report. The rise of digital piracy can even be part-blamed on the inflexibility of traditional DRM systems, with users resorting to file sharing as not only the cheapest, but also easiest way of accessing and sharing content...

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May 27
Study.Net confirms iPad plans

Study.Net Corp. (http://www.study.net) has confirmed plans to extend the company's services to the iPad for use during the fall academic term.  These actions reinforce the company's commitment to enhance education and collaborative learning through the use of technology, says Jay McGoodwin, president and CEO.

"Obviously, the iPad is a potential game changer when it comes to convenience and ease-of-use," he says. "More importantly, the iPad has prompted traditional publishers to expand content delivery strategies and make it increasingly possible for students to access and manage all of their course materials online."  

Study.Net's service is used by instructors to assemble course content from multiple sources for direct online delivery.  Students will be able to use an iPad to purchase, view, and save course materials delivered by Study.Net. The company will also introduce capabilities to annotate...

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