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Jun 21
Apple releases iBookstore 1.1 update for iPhone, iPad

Apple has updated its iBookstore app to version 1.1. It's now an "universal app" that runs on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The new version also lets you choose between a sepia or white page background, and Georgia is available as a new font.

iBookstore 1.1 requires iPhone OS 3.2 or better. It's a free download at the Apple App Store.

The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or download a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading.

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Jun 21
Apple offers iAd opt-out option in iTunes Store update

Apple has made “material” changes to its iTunes privacy policy, including a section related to the company’s upcoming iAd mobile advertising platform that gives users the option of opting out of the service, according to "iLounge" (http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/apple-sneaks-iad-opt-out-...).

“Apple and its partners use cookies and other technologies in mobile advertising services to control the number of times you see a given ad, deliver ads that relate to your interests, and measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns,” the text says. “If you do not want to receive ads with this level of relevance on your mobile device, you can opt out by accessing the following link on your device: http...

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Jun 21
Woman says the iPad a 'near miracle' for her autistic...

In an online blog (http://www.blogher.com/ipad-nearmiracle-my-son-autism), Shannon Des Roches Rosa says her autistic son Leo's life was transformed "when a five-dollar raffle ticket turned into a brand-new iPad.

"Before the iPad, Leo's autism made him dependent on others for entertainment, play, learning, and communication," he writes. "With the iPad, Leo electrifies the air around him with independence and daily new skills. People who know Leo are amazed when they see this new boy rocking that iPad."

Rosa says the larger scale of the iPad makes everything Leo wants to interact with just the right size, and therefore totally accessible. "He may have a hard time writing on paper or typing on a computer keyboard, but he is a world-class iPad swiper and tapper, and his excellent visual memory means he can use that swiping and tapping to...

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Jun 21
Good adds iPhone management, compliance manager

Good Technology has released its iPhone Management offering to provide "whole device" and compliance management for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

Good’s iPhone Management offering is part of the Good for Enterprise iPhone solution and includes a built-in Compliance Manager function. This new offering enables IT administrators to define and distribute configuration profiles and enforce compliance policies for the Apple devices, according to John Herrema, chief marketing officer for Good.

With its enhanced management and compliance features, Good for Enterprise allows IT administrators to control exactly which iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models, OS versions, and Good client versions are allowed to access their network while preventing non-compliant devices from accessing enterprise networks, applications, and data, he adds.

In addition to the iPhone management and compliance manager functions, Good also recently enhanced Good Mobile Control with a new...

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Jun 21
AirWatch announces support for iOS 4

AirWatch (http://www.air-watch.com), a provider of enterprise-wide Mobile Device Management (MDM) software, has announced its support of Apple’s iOS 4.

The expanded enterprise integration capabilities of iOS 4, coupled with the AirWatch solution, improve corporate IT’s ability to deploy and manage both corporate-liable and employee-liable iPhones, secure all sensitive corporate data and provide a support experience for all iOS 4 users, according to AirWatch CEO John Marshall. The company's support for iOS 4 will be available in July.

“Apple’s iOS 4 is a game-changing solution for enterprise mobility,” says Marshall. “With iOS 4 and AirWatch’s MDM platform, enterprises can leverage the enhanced security, encryption and management capabilities to rapidly and cost effectively expand their mobile deployments. Combining these solutions along with thousands of business productivity apps, we see...

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Jun 21
Apple, Google outpacing the competition

Things look bleak for everybody but Apple and maybe Google according to a report to clients issued by Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore -- and as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/21/chasing-apples-galloping-pace/).

"The distinction between smartphones, tablets and low-end notebooks is blurring rapidly," he writes. "Currently there are just two main competitors where we believe Apple's user experience is industry leading and Android is the next best alternative."

Per the analyst's crystal ball, Microsoft's Windows Mobile, Nokia's Symbian and Research in Motion's BlackBerry are trailing significantly. According to "Fortune," Whitmore describes "two flashing signposts" that highlight the trend:

° Nokia's negative pre-announcement coincided with reports that iPhone 4 pre-orders are...

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Jun 21
Apple releases iOS 4

Apple has released iOS 4 -- the latest version of the operating system formerly known as the iPhone OS -- for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's available for download from iTunes for iPhone 3GS and 3G users, as well as by second- and third-generation iPod touch users. The new OS will also be included with the iPhone 4.

iOS 4 is compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB). Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB).

iOS 4’s new multitasking offers users a way to move between apps, and provides developers seven new multitasking services to add multitasking features to their apps. These services include background audio, so apps like Pandora can play music in the background, and VoIP, so VoIP apps can receive a VoIP call even when the iPhone is asleep or the user...

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Jun 21
Troi File Plug-in 5.0 ready for FileMaker Pro 11

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 5.0 for FileMaker Pro an update of the tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. The latest version is compatible with FileMaker Pro 11.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 5.0 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/fileplugin.htm). Troi File Plug-in 5.0works with FileMaker Pro 9.x, 10.x and 11.The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9 x and 10.sx. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and Windows Vista. QuickTime 7 or later is needed for some image related functions.

Licenses cost US$89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site.

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Jun 21
Apple to open five new stores in Canada

According to "iPhoneinCanada" (http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/main-page/apple-to-open-five-new-stores-in-...) this summer and fall Apple will be opening five new Canadian stores in the following cities:
° Quebec: Quebec City (one location);

° British Columbia: Richmond Centre (Richmond; one location);

° Ontario: Upper Canada Mall (Toronto; one location);

° Alberta: Chinook Centre and Southgate (Calgary/Edmonton; two locations).

The Southgate Apple Store location has already opened (on May 28). Currently, Apple has 15 retails stores in Canada.

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Jun 21
Some iPhone 4 orders shipping

Apple has notified customers who were among the first to pre-order an iPhone 4 that they can expect to receive the device by June 24, which is the official on-sale date for iPhone 4 in the U.S., reports "InformationWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/es).

The company sent out official Shipment Notification e-mails, along with Federal Express tracking information, to those customers over the weekend. Fed Ex tracking documents show that the devices are being shipped directly from a facility in Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

"We are pleased to inform you that your iPhone 4 has shipped," the e-mail states. "Please check below for your confirmed delivery date. If you ordered more than one item, they may ship separately."

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Jun 21
LinkOptimizer update allows monochrome processing

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version lets users process monochrome black-and-white images (bitmap mode in Photoshop). The target effective resolution for such images is set separately.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.4 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download.

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Jun 21
Tension Software presents Mac WPS 1.0 for Snow Leopard

Tension Software has announced Mac WPS 1.0 (http://www.pomola.com/products_macwps/macwps.html) for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Snow Leopard"). It's an US$10 Cocoa application to track your geographic position using OS X wi-fi geo-tracking and other available hardware to detect your coordinate in the more precise way via Apple core location.

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

The map is interactive, and you can drag scroll and drag zoom. A demo is available for download. An Intel-based Mac is required.

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Jun 21
SMTPit Pro update imports core updates from other CNS plug-ins

Comm-Unity Networking Systems (http://www.cnsplug-ins.com/) has released SMTPit Pro 4.1.12, a new version of the email plug-in for FileMaker Pro 7 and greater that provides a variety of email options. The upgrade fixes a few bugs and imports many core updates from other CNS plug-ins.

A 30-day demo version of SMTPit Pro is available from the Comm-Unity Web site. A single user license for SMTPit Pro is US$65. To use the Server Edition of SMTPit Pro, you will need to purchase at least a 10-User License. A 10-User License is $319. Version 4.1.12 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x.

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Jun 21
22Moo adds support for iPad, iPhone 4 to GameBone Gamepad

22Moo (http://www.22moo.com.au) has added support for the iPad and iPhone 4 to their redesigned iPod touch and iPhone compatible gamepad: the GameBone. A shipping date and pricing haven't been announced.


However, specs of the GameBone include: an eight-way directional pad; four action buttons, two shoulder buttons, stereo speakers, omni-directional microphone, 1600mA lithium battery, kick-stand, battery remaining button and indicator, changeable cores for iDevices; and, with Apple's approval, an Apple authentication chip.

The GameBone's availability is currently targeted for end of the fourth quarter of 2010. It will purportedly be placed into over 5,000 stores worldwide by more than eight international distributors.

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Jun 21
Monster to debut Clarity HD product family

Monster (http://www.monstercable.com) is launching a brand new family of high-performance products under the sub-brand Clarity HD. The Monster Clarity HD product family will debut this week with the introduction of several breakthrough lifestyle-enhancing products at CEA Line Shows in New York (June 22 –23).

Monster engineers are developing a wide range of Clarity HD products, from advanced headphones and home entertainment loudspeaker solutions to docking stations, computer peripherals and more -- all unified by the common “Listen in High Definition” theme, according to Head Monster Noel Lee. Audio characteristics that will be shared by all Clarity HD products include super clear, intelligible and articulate sonic reproduction across all frequencies, with a commitment to reproducing the musical intent of original source material, he adds.

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Jun 21
Targus announces laptop, iPad cases

Targus Canada (http://www.targus.com) has announced the availability of iPad and laptop cases just in time for the back-to-school shopping season.

The Targus back-to-school collection continues to grow with the addition of the new A7, Unofficial, Crave and Zamba lines. Each style offers complete protection and a lifetime warranty, an important consideration for many students. Prices range from US$29.99 to $79.99.

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Jun 21
Acme Made releases iPad sleeves, covers

Acme Made (http://www.acmemade.com/) has unveiled a new collection of protective sleeves and covers for the iPad, the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble NOOK and other portable devices.

Designed for the road warrior, the Acme Made Slick Case is a compact, zippered case with an internal divider to store cables or accessories. Your portable device can be secured into the Slick Case for book-style reading, or it can be used purely as a protective, zippered travel case.

The Slick Case is designed with Acme Made’s StretchShell neoprene that is both water and stain resistant while still offering the padding of traditional neoprene. The Slick Case is available in two sizes and fits a variety of devices. The Slick Case for the iPad is US$39.99.

For the size conscious, the Skinny Sleeve is the thinnest sleeve available with a protective screen insert sewn directly into the lining. The Skinny Sleeve...

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Jun 21
'MUG Event Calendar': Elgato, Final Cut Pro SuperMeet

June winds down on "MUG Event Calendar" with an appearance by Thomas Kiel of Elgato in Australia, and the first Final Cut Pro SuperMeet in Boston. Other topics include WWDC, the iPhone, digital photography, the Adobe Creative Suite and more.

"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 on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to
Apple's MUG page (http://www.apple.com/usergroups/).

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Jun 21
TranslateIt! for Mac OS X adds Safari 5 support

TranslateIt! (http://www.mac.gettranslateit.com/) for Mac -- a multilingual dictionary that allows looking up words on the fly -- has been updated to version 12.5. The upgrade works with Safari 5, Firefox 3.6 and Thunderbird 3 and is compatible with the Mac OS X built-in Parental controls.

A plug-in for working with Google Chrome is available. TranslateIt! 12.5 adds WAV file support for the Speak feature (in addition to the MP3 support.) Also updated is teh Contextual menu plug-in for 32-bit applications, German localization, LetsMove smart installer and TranslateIt! widget.

With TranslateIt!, you hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word (in any Cocoa Aapplication), and you will see its translation in a pop-up window. It comes with several free dictionaries for a large number of languages. TranslateIt! supports translation from/to any language (corresponding dictionaries must...

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Jun 21
Updated EyeTV now supports streaming to the iPad

Elgato has released version 1.1 of their EyeTV app for iPhone that brings live TV streaming over Wi-Fi or 3G connections to the iPad.

In updating the EyeTV app to support the iPad, Elgato optimized the app to take advantage of the iPad’s much larger, high resolution screen and its video playback capabilities, according to the folks at Elgato. EyeTV 1.1 is aa "universal app" that works on both iPhones and iPads, and is a free update for existing owners.

The EyeTV app running on the iPad or iPhone works in tandem with the user's Mac at home to stream high quality live or recorded TV anywhere. In addition, the app gives full access to EyeTV's program guide for finding something to watch and the ability to remotely schedule upcoming shows for recording.

Setting up EyeTV for iPhone/iPad is easy: on a local Wi-Fi network no configuration is needed. When connecting from elsewhere, Elgato's free "My EyeTV" locator service can automatically find the path to the Mac...

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Jun 20
Fontographer is baaaaccck

Fontlab (http://www.fontlab.com/) has released version 5 of Fontographer, the font editor for designers and publishers on both Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows platforms. This version, the first new full-featured font creator in more than a decade, is specifically designed for use in a graphic design and digital publishing workflow.

Fontographer has been almost completely rewritten, with new features, a new look, and new compatibility, according to Adam Twardoch, Fontlab’s product and marketing manager. The new design is aimed at making life easier for the graphic designer and desktop publisher, who are constantly under pressure to do more in less time, he says.

In this vein, the graphical user interface has been modernized, but functionality like keyboard shortcuts and menu choices haven't been changed. Similarly, a lot goes on under the hood of Fontographer through automatic defaults,...

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Jun 20
Apple adds antivirus signatures to Mac OS X 10.6.4

In its Mac OS X 10.6.4 ("Snow Leopard") upgrade Apple included new antivirus signatures to help fight off some of the more "high profile OS X exploits found in the wild, reports "Maximum PC" (http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/apple_sneaks_antivirus_signatures_osx?).
The most notable of these is a file disguised as the iPhoto application which, when launched, lets attackers send spam, take screenshots, access files, and more.

"Our guess is that the Apple marketing department couldn't find a positive light to spin the new OS enhancement, so it was conveniently left out of the patch notes," "Maximum PC" says. "Cnet pointed out, and we agree, that Apple's ongoing refusal to acknowledge security flaws in its products exposes users to greater danger since they are lulled into a false sense of...

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Jun 18
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 18

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/).

Akai Professional has announced the SynthStation music production app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in the iTunes App Store.The $9.99 app transforms the Apple device into a portable music production studio.

Animal Instinct has unleashed Dog Be Mine 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The $0.99 app brings together the latest information about choosing a puppy, house breaking and training and more. Dog Be Mine also gives instant access to maps and information about local services such as breeders, closest vets, kennels and other points of interest for dog owners.

SuperlaSof has released Chinese Holidays and Festivals 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The $1.99 app calculates and displays any of the 30 traditional...

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Jun 18
Apple shares hit (another) all-time high

Apple saw its shares continue to rise Friday, hitting both new 52-week and all-time highs in afternoon action, reports "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-shares-climb-to-new-all-time-high...).

Apple stock hit US$275 before pulling back slightly to $273.61. For the year, the shares have jumped about 30% as the company has seen strong demand for its new iPad tablet computer and anticipation for iPhone 4, notes "MarketWatch." Analysts surveyed by FactSet Research have target prices on Apple ranging from $280 to $350 a share, with a median price of $325.

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Jun 18
Analyst predicts 9.4 million iPhones to be sold in the third...

Susquehanna Financial's Jeff Fidacaro issued a note to clients predicting that next weekend could be a "2 mln - 3 mln iPhone event" -- two to three times bigger than the launches of Apple's Phone 3G and 3GS in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

According to "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/18/iphone-launch-2-3-million-says-an...), the analyst cites both the size of Tuesday's pre-order (600,000 units) and what he expects to be strong upgrade demand, especially from owners of the iPhone 3G. With this in mind, Fidacaro is raising his iPhone numbers from:

° 7.8 million to 9.4 million for the third quarter;

° 36.8 million to 46.7 million for 2010.

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