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Jun 22
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 22

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/).

Alexander Repty has announcedFolio Case 1.0, an US$5.99 PDF document reader for the iPad. It offers a way to import, organize and read their PDF collections.

Fairlady Media has released Take Wing 1.0, a $1.99 game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's a memory and pattern-recognition game.

The Byte Factory has introduced Sleep Blaster 1.0, a $1.99 alarm clock app for the iPhone/iPod touch that can wake the user at either a geographical location or at a point in time. Users need only draw a line on the built-in map, and the GPS-activated alarm will sound when they cross it. An additional feature unique to Sleep Blaster is the ability to stop the alarm by yelling at it. If waking up still proves difficult, the app's "Dynamite Mode" is...

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Jun 22
AT&T offers update on iPhone 4 availability

AT&T says it's on-track to deliver the iPhone 4 to customers who pre-ordered the device on June 15.  And it says it will offer the smartphone to all other customers beginning Tuesday, June 29, when it goes on sale in all AT&T sales channels.

AT&T will send an email when each order has shipped. The company's retail representatives will begin calling customers this week to let them know their iPhone 4 is available for pick up in store.

AT&T plans to have iPhone 4 inventory -- available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last -- on June 29 in its retail locations, at its web site (http://www.att.com), and in business sales channels.  As inventory sells out, AT&T will offer the option of purchasing iPhone 4 and having it delivered to a home or business or an AT&T store.  As always, customers will receive an email once their order is placed, and again when it ships.

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Jun 22
Apple sells three million iPads in 80 days

Stand back, folks, there's no telling how big this thing is going to get. Apple has announced that it sold its three millionth iPad on Monday, just 80 days after its introduction in the US.

"People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a press release. "We're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month."

Apple says developers have created over 11,000 new apps for the iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. Plus, the device will run almost all of the more than 225,000 apps on the Apple App Store, including apps already purchased for an iPhone or iPod touch.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Jun 22
Study: iPhone 3GS 20% more reliable than 3G

SquareTrade, an independent warranty provider, has completed their second annual study on failure rates for Apple iPhones. Based on data compiled from over 25,000 3G and 3GS iPhones covered by SquareTrade since 2008, the study found that 25.6% of the devices experienced a failure in the first two years, compared to 33% in 2009.  
 
The improvement in iPhone reliability was driven largely by the 3GS model’s substantially fewer touchscreen failures than the 3G. Of the total failures, 18% encountered damage due to accidents and another 7.5% were hardware malfunctions. When the data is projected out three years, up to 40 percent of 3GS iPhones are expected to experience some type of failure.
 
Other findings from the iPhone study:
 
° The two-year malfunction rate (non-accident) decreased from 10% in June 2009 to 7.5 %.

° The two-year accidental damage rate decreased from 21% in June 2009 to 18%.

° More than two-thirds of accidental...

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Jun 22
iWeb Themes Park presents updated iWeb Themes Package with 37...

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com/Home.html) has introduced five new iWeb Themes for Apple's web site building application, iWeb. The new themes are Beginning, Consulting, eShop, Music and Progressive.

To use iWeb Themes from iWeb Themes Park requires a Mac with iLife '08 (iWeb 2.0) or later. The package of 37 themes is priced at US$32.99; each template is available for $10.99. Three iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained for $21.98.

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Jun 22
Chronicle for Mac OS X gets speed boost

LittleFin Software has released Chronicle 3.3 (http://www.littlefin.com/chronicle.html), an update to their home finance and bill paying application for Mac OS X. You can now generate reports for the current or past year for any bill -- or you can generate a report of all payments, including totals.

In version 3.3, reports can be easily printed or saved to PDF. Loading bills is now a bit faster, and loading the Overview should be significantly faster. iCal operations continue in the background, so saving bills and logging payments is now faster as well.

Chronicle provides a graphical means to enter and track finances. Features include: automatic bill paying reminder; long-term debt tracking; database of payments and receipts; graphs and reports which analyze trends and averages; and a sortable list of upcoming bills which can be paid on-line from within the app.

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Jun 22
Insider Software releases TeamServer

Insider Software has released FontAgent Pro TeamServer (http://insidersoftware.com/FA_pro_teamserver.php), which brings expandable font management capabilities to creative departments, corporate design teams and small agencies.

The TeamServer delivers consistency, control, power and expandability, while providing users the search, preview and activation power they require. Pricing is as low as US$895 for a complete font server solution.

TeamServer creates a centralized library of fonts of virtually any size that everyone can share. It installs, updates and collects fonts on user workstations automatically and provides and enforces consistent font usage across all users and projects. It gives users a variety of ways to search, preview and print fonts, such as:

° Search for fonts by name, weight , slant, keyword, classification and other...

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Jun 22
Synium Software releases Chronories 1.0 for Mac OS X

Synium Software has released Chronories 1.0 (http://www.syniumsoftware.com/chronories/) for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), which is designed to offer a completely new way of writing a diary.

With Chronories, your diary gets written whether you contribute or not. In addition to writing your own entries, the app will gather, for example, local weather information, which web sites you visited, e-mails you received, how long you've been working on your Mac and which applications were running.

With only a few clicks, you can record how you feel today, places you went to, which topics stirred up your interest and capture a Desktop screenshot. Users whose Macs sport an integrated iSight or any other QuickTime compatible WebCam can take daily snapshots of themselves.

Thanks to Chronories' Menu Bar Service, entering today's mood, taking a screenshot, a snapshot of...

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Jun 22
Webjimbo for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5

Webjimbo (http://www.webjimbo.com), the web interface for Bare Bone's Yojimbo app that lets you view and edit your Yojimbo data from any computer with an Internet connection and a web browser, has been updated to version 2.5. It offers compatibility with Yojimbo 2.2, a personal information manager for the Mac which stores notes, bookmarks, passwords and other data.


With Webjimbo, you can access your Yojimbo data from wherever you are on the 'Net, including Windows PCs and iPhones. Webjimbo can also be an alternative solution for Yojimbo users who are having trouble syncing their data between multiple Macs. Webjimbo works like a desktop application, not a web site, and its interface is similar to Yojimbo's. It requires your Mac running Yojimbo to be visible on the internet.

Webjimbo costs US$30 or $60 for a family license. A demo is available for download. Webjimbo 2.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or...

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Jun 22
MacWise rings up version 12.0.5

Carnation Software has released MacWise 12.0.5 (http://www.MacWise.com) for Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. The new version is a maintenance release that fixes some bugs.

Many host computers are programmed to instruct the client app to save and restore screens. MacWise 12.0 or later supports three sets of escape sequences commonly used by PC clients (HostAccess, Accuterm and System Builder).

The software emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. MacWise also supports ANSI and SCO ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode, and AppleScript. It works with Intel or PowerPC Macs, MacBooks, Powerbooks and desktops and allows users to connect to the host via serial, modem, telnet, ssh, via the internet or local connection.

MacWise 12 costs US$95 for a single users license. Version 12.0.5 is a free upgrade for registered...

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Jun 22
1Password update improves support for non-English languages

Agile Web Solutions has updated 1Password (http://1password.com), a password manager for Mac OS X, to version 3.2.3. The upgrade offers improved support for non-English languages in 1PasswordAnywhere, an all-purpose mobile solution provided by 1Password that allows you to keep your passwords and data securely available when you're away from your computer

1Password 3.2.3 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. It's a free upgrade for users of version 3.x. For new users the cost is US$39.95 for a single-user license and $69.95 for a family license (five users).

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Jun 22
MathMagic Pro 7.0 supports InDesign CS5

InfoLogic has announced MathMagic Pro Editions 6.91 (http://www.mathmagic.com/product/pro.html) for Adobe InDesign, their multi-purpose equation editor for mathematical equations and symbols. MathMagic Pro Editions come with InDesign plug-ins to enable InDesign and QuarkXPress the equation editing capability right inside their documents.

MathMagic Pro 7 adds support for Adobe InDesign CS5 with a new CS5 plug-in. InDesign CS4 and all previous versions of Creative Suites are also supported. The upgrade also supports two layers of background color, improved Hyphen and Dashes, improved equation quality, and other new features and fixes.

MathMagic Pro Edition 7.0 is available now for US$499 ($299 for academic use). A regular plus two-year free upgrade and free tech support is $695 ($399 for academic use). A one month subscription license for $75 ($50 for academic use)...

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Jun 22
Boris FX announces new Boris Continuum unit: Beat Reactor

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has announced that a new Boris Continuum Unit, Beat Reactor, is now available. The Boris Continuum Beat Reactor Unit offers fways to use audio to influence the animation of visual effects parameters in Adobe After Effects compositions.

Beat Reactor can be used within Adobe After Effects to generate keyframes based on an audio track within the composition. The keyframes can be used to affect parameters within the composition by using AE expressions or by copying and pasting the generated keyframes.

The Boris Continuum Beat Reactor Unit is immediately available for an MSRP of $99 USD. Beat Reactor supports Adobe After Effects CS5, CS4, and CS3 under 64-bit and 32-bit operating systems. Customers who purchase the Boris Continuum Beat Reactor Unit or any other Boris Continuum Unit may credit the price of the Unit towards the full Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite....

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Jun 22
McAfee Family Protection iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Edition...

McAfee (http://m.mcafee.com) has announced the the McAfee Family Protection iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Edition, which provides parental controls to keep children safe when they are browsing the Internet on an Apple mobile device.

Today McAfee also released results from its Secret Life of Teens survey which provides a detailed snapshot of online teen behavior. It reveals that 85%of teens go online somewhere other than at home and under the supervision of their parents,  nearly a third (32%) of teens say they don’t tell their parents what they do while they are online, and 28% engage with strangers online. 

With the McAfee Family Protection Plan, parents can also view usage statistics, including visited web sites and access times, as well as add and remove custom websites while having the option to remotely disable all Web browsing. It's available for download now at the Apple App Store and McAfee.com for...

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Jun 22
Workamajig beefs up offering for Safari 5

Workamajig (http://www.Workamajig.com), integrated software for ad agencies and others in the creative and design industries, has been beefed up to version 10.5.3.0, which includes the new Workamajig Labs for Safari 5.

Via Workamajig Lab, Workamajig will release new features to its Project Management Software, and allow clients to turn these new features on when they're ready for them. During the Lab period clients can turn the features on and off at will to try out the new features. The administrator can give specific users access to turn them on through the Allow a Person to Enable Labs Just for Themselves security option.

With the latest version of Workamajig, no installation or conversion are necessary, and all updates are at no cost to the over 20,000 users of Workamajig. All client logins and vendor logins are always free.

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Jun 22
WD releases My Book AV DVR Expander

WD has introduced its new 1TB My Book AV DVR expander, allowing customers to expand their DVR recording capacity by simply attaching the My Book AV DVR expander. TiVo Verified compatible with TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD DVRs, the new My Book AV DVR expander is capable of storing up to 120 hours of high-definition (HD) television programming.

The drive, which offers USB and eSATA connections, is compatible with Dish Network® and DirecTV DVR. WD is working with other major satellite, cable and telecom companies to integrate its DVR expander technology into set-top boxes around the world.

WD's My Book AV DVR expander also enables users to store and play back videos from 2010 or later Sony HD Handycam camcorders with the Direct Copy feature, giving consumers an easy way to offload, archive and enjoy their personal videos in one simple step without a computer.

The new My Book AV DVR expander is available with 1TB capacity and has a two-year limited warranty. My Book...

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Jun 22
NewerTech introduces new iPad accessories

Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has expanded its iPad accessory line with three new products.

The US$24.95 NuGuard Protection Kit is a 3-in-1 kit featuring a carbon film wrap to improve grip and protect the back of an iPad without adding bulk, a NuVue Screen Protector to keep the screen scratch-free, and a reusable microfiber cloth to remove smudges and fingerprints without scratching. The $24.99 NuVue Anti-Glare is designed to reduce both glare and smudges. This static cling screen protector is custom designed to fit the iPad with a peel-and-stick install. It purportedly won't cause air bubbles like adhesive based screen protectors.

The $19.99 NuGuard Gel Case (pictured) offers the grip, soft feel and flexibility of a silicone case but with the protection of a hard shell. Made of translucent thermoplastic polyurethane, this form-fitting, hybrid plastic and silicone case is shock...

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Jun 22
Guitar Sidekick system released for the iPhone

Castiv Media has announced the Guitar Sidekick (http://www.castiv.com/en/guitar-sidekick.html), a guitar mounted holding system designed for the iPhone. The US$29.99 system enables the musician to use any of the music/guitar apps available on the Apple App Store, such as: video lessons, lyrics teleprompter, audio recorder, metronome, tabs display, and instrument tuner.

Compatible with any guitar, the Guitar Sidekick purportedly doesn't affect playing or tuning. It works with classical, acoustic, electric or bass guitars. The grip can freely rotate and position the iPhone in either portrait or landscape mode. The adjustable grip can accommodate the iPhone, iPod touch, iPod nano, BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry, Android, PSP, Zune, iTab, and more.

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Jun 22
FireWire Association releases Blu-ray, set top box specs

The 1394 Trade Association (http://www.1394ta.org)-- of which Apple is a member, has issued a trio of new specifications focused on video compression, audio and music transmission, and set top box functionality.

The Trade Association’s USA Set Top Box Test Specification Revision 1.0 defines a set of tests to verify the functionality of the 1394 interface -- better known as FireWire to Mac users -- as defined in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate for a functional 1394 interface in the STB. The standard defines a set of tests that when executed will verify a USA Set Top Box has correctly implemented all the required functionality.

The revised BT.601 specification on the transport of uncompressed or compressed video addresses the upcoming analog ‘sunset’ directive that applies Jan. 1, 2011 to new Blu-Ray products. The "image constraint token" eliminates the potential for pirated...

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Jun 22
iHome ships iP46 rechargeable stereo speaker

iHome (http://www.ihomeaudio.com) has released the US$99 iP46 Portable Rechargeable Stereo Speaker System. It's compatible with the iPhone and iPod.

Outfitted with four speakers in Reson8 speaker chambers, SRS WOW sound enhancement and a rechargeable lithium ion battery, the iP46 purportedly delivers 10 hours of audio. It's equipped with a pivoting retractable dock for iPhone and docking iPod models and a line-in jack to play any desired MP3 or CD player.

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Jun 22
Ten One Design unveils its first iPad case

Ten One Design (http:///www.tenonedesign.com), the creators of the Pogo Sketch capacitive touch-screen stylus for the iPhone, iPod touch, MacBook and now iPad, has announced the availability of its newest creation for the iPad -- the US$34.95 Particle.

It's a lightweight iPad case that comes complete with its very own Pogo Sketch, which allows for greater accuracy, efficiency and precision when taking notes or sketching on your capacitive touch screen device according to the folks at Ten Design. The integrated side clip keeps the Pogo Sketch close at hand and securely in place.

The Particle’s open-air backing keeps the iPad cool during extended use, and the integrated shock-absorbing rubberized feet keep the device wobble-free and off flat surfaces. All ports for the iPad are fully accessible.

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Jun 22
WaterField Designs releases iPhone 4 Suede Jacket

WaterField Designs has announced the super thin, custom-fitting Suede Jacket for the iPhone 4. The sleeve is available in classic black and a cheetah or zebra print Ultrasuede.

The Suede Jacket sleeve is thin and provides bulk-free, scratch protection for the iPhone 4. The case is a snug-fitting Ultrasuede cover constructed of 100% scratch-free, washable microfiber with stretch memory and no potentially scratching zippers. An optional strong, stretch-mesh, rear pocket is designed for storing earbuds, credit cards or cash. When empty, the pocket lies completely flat.

All iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS Suede Jackets are available for pre-order from the WaterField Designs web site (http://www.sfbags.com/). Shipping begins July 1. Pricing starts at US$10.

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Jun 22
Etymotic hf3 headset available for the iPod, iPhone, iPad

The Etymotic hf3 headsets (http://www.etymotic.com) are now available, for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. It's enhanced with Etymotic’s ACCU•Technology platform and uses ACCU•Driver technology precision-crafted balanced armatures.

The hf3 headset features a 3-button control pod with a close-proximity in-line microphone that lets iPhone users to pause music to engage in phone conversations, and for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad users to adjust volume and navigate through music tracks while in motion or on the go. Four noise-isolating eartips are included.

Etymotic offers earphones and headsets in three series. In the sub-US$100 price category is the revolutionary MC-Series, based on the ACCU•Technology approach and the patent-pending, Acoustic Control Chamber ACCU•Chamber driver housing. At the $300 mark, Etymotic’s ER series offers ACCU•Driver technology with hand-matched balanced armatures.

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Jun 22
Toshiba launches 2.5-inch SAS HDD

Toshiba Storage Device Devision (http://www.toshibastorage.com) has launched the MBF2xxLRC, a 2.5-inch enterprise HDD mounted in a 3.5-inch bracket. It will ship in July to original equipment manufacturers and distributors.

The MBF2xxLRC is available with capacity points of 300GB, 450GB, and 600GB -- equal to the highest capacity point currently available within the entire 2.5 and 3.5-inch form factor enterprise-class segments. It touts 10,025 RPM spin speed and a 6Gb/s SAS interface.

By incorporating the MBF series 2.5-inch drive in a 3.5-inch bracket, the MBF2xxLRC delivers all the benefits of small form factor technology versus 3.5-inch HDDs including 70% less power at idle and approximately one-half the active power, says Joel Hagberg, vice president of enterprise marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division.

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Jun 22
Intelerad announces native 64-Bit InteleViewer for Mac

Intelerad Medical Systems (http://www.intelerad.com/en/index.php), which specializes in medical imaging PACS and workflow solutions, has announced the availability of InteleViewer for Mac, intended for radiology groups who wish to provide fully-featured image and report access to referring physicians with a Mac preference.

Specifically designed for referring physicians, InteleViewer for Mac combines the benefits of Mac systems with Intelerad’s leading-edge medical imaging solutions, says Chris Henri, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Intelerad. Mac users will experience the Mac OS X 64-bit Intel high speed viewing, as well as full support for FDA approved medical-grade displays, he adds.

Intelerad’s native 64-bit InteleViewer for Mac comes with high-performance streaming of data for remote viewing and customizable layouts. Administration tools let radiology groups...

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