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May 04
The MacJury weighs in on the 3G iPad

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to discuss the 3G iPad with two members chiming in from the high seas, examining the latest device from both expectation and performance standpoints.

The panel discusses the results of a real-world New York City travel test, and why 3G adds flexibility in some cases but may not be necessary in others. Which data plan to select, how much video 250 megabytes gets you, the effects of 3G on battery life, and a round of favorite iPad apps are all covered by Jeff Carlson, Pat Fauquet, Mark Fuccio, Jean MacDonald, Tom Negrino and host Chuck Joiner.

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May 04
'MacVoices' looks at getting organized with Tags

On the new MacVoices (http://www.macvoices.com), Niclas Bahn of Gravity Applications introduces Tags, their solution for information overload.

With a simple key combination, Tags allows the user to assign key words (tags) to virtually anything: email, photos, files, videos, web links, etc. Once tagged, assets can be located by sophisticated searches. Bahn explains how Tags works, what you need to know when moving Tagged files off of your Mac, and how they even support tagging within Gmail.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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May 04
Screen Sieve for Mac OS X beefs up search abilities

Yellow Lemon Software has updated Screen Sieve (http://www.scsc.no/products/screensieve), its screen-searching utility for Mac OS X, to version 1.2.1. The new version gives users the ability to search not only the currently focused window, but also search the window currently under their mouse cursor.

Screen Sieve is an application that lets users search the contents of their currently active window. Utilizing Mac OS X's built-in support for Accessibility, the software is able to search the windows of any application that supports Accessibility, including most Cocoa- and Carbon-based applications. As the user types, Screen Sieve highlights all visible occurrences of characters, words and phrases, allowing you to locate text in a crowded web-page or highlighting the location of a file in a Finder window.

Screen Sieve supports both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs, and...

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May 04
Typinator 4 for Mac OS X adds 'QuickSearch'

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 4.0, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos system-wide across all Mac OS X applications.

The new version introduces a new feature called "QuickSearch." Instead of inventing and remembering hundreds of cryptic abbreviations, you just type a keyboard shortcut and enter a few characters. Typinator instantly displays a list of matching snippets. Pick the one that you want, and it appears in your document right away. It's like Spotlight for snippets, only much faster, says Ergonis CEO Christoph Reichenberger. QuickSearch can also be used for quickly opening and editing existing snippets.

Typinator 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") is recommended.

Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for $19.99 for a single user license. A family pack...

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May 04
REAL Software ships REAL Studio 2010 Release 2

REAL Software, creator of REAL Studio -- a cross-platform development tool for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux developers -- has begun shipping REAL Studio 2010 Release 2. The upgrade introduces 17 new features and 68 improvements.  

Improved database connectivity, reporting, ActiveX and IDE printing can be found in this release. Also flickering in Windows applications that occurred when several different types of controls were moved or resized, has been greatly reduced. Finally, this release adds more DLL placement options and a new TextEncoding feature that determines if a string is correctly encoded or not.  

REAL Studio Personal Edition for Mac, Windows or Linux is priced at US$99 and is geared for hobbyists and students. REAL Studio Professional Edition, required for cross-platform compilation, is $299. REAL Studio Enterprise Edition, made for full-time developers, is priced at $995. All editions of REAL Studio are now available and can be downloaded directly from...

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May 04
Iomega delivers EMC enterprise storage solutions

Iomega (http://www.iomega.com) has announced the worldwide launch of the new Iomega StorCenter ix12-300r Network Storage array. It's a rackmount storage device for small and medium businesses, as well as small enterprise locations such as workgroups, departments and distributed/branch offices.

Supporting groups of up to 250 users, the StorCenter ix12-300r Network Storage array provides up to 24TB of  networked storage in a 2-rack unit (2U) form factor. The StorCenter ix 12-300r has sophisticated configuration and networking features often only available in larger enterprise installations, and is ideal for production file (NAS) and block (SAN)  data storage, backup to disk (B2D) of critical business data, shared storage for virtualized environments.
 
The StorCenter ix12-300r mounts in an EIA-310 standard equipment rack and starts with 4TB and 8TB base configurations that can be expanded in four-...

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May 04
Epson releases Perfection V33, V330 photo scanners

Epson (http://www.epson.com) has announced two all-purpose scanners: the Perfection V33 and Epson Perfection V330 Photo, which are priced at US$89 and $119, respectively. Both models feature 4800 x 9600 dpi (dots per inch) optical resolution and an 180-degree lid for scanning oversized objects.  

The V330 however adds a built-in transparency unit that enables it to scan slides, negatives and film. Bundled with these scanners is ArcSoft Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe, which enables users to scan multiple images such as panoramas, oversized artwork, documents, and scrapbook pages (to name a few) which it stitches together automatically.  

The Epson scanners sport ReadyScan LED technology, which enables fast scan speeds, eliminates warm-up time and decreases power consumption. The technology is also mercury-free.

Epson's Easy Photo Fix technology allows users to restore color from old/faded prints, remove dust...

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May 04
FTC eyeing iPhone licensing changes, iAd

U.S. antitrust enforcers are eyeing the changes that Apple has made to its licensing agreement with iPhone application developers and are likely to open a preliminary investigation into whether the company's actions stifle competition in mobile devices, "people familiar with the situation" told "The Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870361280457522255309149581...). And they're also apparently looking at iAd.

The Federal Trade...

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May 04
NetAirus sues Apple over iPhone technologies

Another day, another lawsuit. NetAirus Technologies LLC has sued Apple over a patent related to wireless handset communications, claiming the defendant's iPhones infringe the technology.

El Segundo, Calif.-based NetAirus lodged its complaint Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. contending that Apple’s iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS products infringe on its patent. The patent in question was granted to NetAirus on September 5, 2006 and seems to cover the broad concept of a “Wireless Handset Communication System."

However, looking at the patent (number ) it seems it's more for a netbook device than a portable phone. Here's the summary: "A small light weight modular microcomputer based computer and communications systems, designed for both portability and desktop uses. The systems make use of a relative large flat panel display device assembly (2), an expandable hinge device (10), battery power source (9), keyboard assembly (16),...

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May 04
Apple releases Mac Pro Audio Update 1.1

Apple has posted Mac Pro Audio Update 1.1 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1042), which addresses an audio anomaly that some customers may hear coming from inside their Mac Pro computer when using FireWire audio devices. This update is for Mac Pro (Early 2009) computers running Mac OS X v10.6.3.

Mac Pro Audio 1.1 is a 515KB download. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher and can be obtained via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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May 04
Psystar granted extension for filing opening brief

They're baaaack. Mac cloner Psystar has been granted an extension for filing an opening brief in its appeal against Apple. The company now has until May 17th, 2010 to file said brief, and Apple’s reply will be due on June 16th, "World of Apple" (http://news.worldofapple.com/archives/2010/05/03/apple-v-psystar-psystar...) reports.

In January Psystar officially filed its Notice of Appeal in the copyright suit it lost against Apple. The appeal involved a copyright infringement suit Apple brought against Psystar to...

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May 04
Mozaik demos iPad app for interactive streaming video

In what it says is the the world's first demonstration of an iPad application for interactive streaming content, the inVDO app brings the unique, immersive features of Mozaik's !Content (http://www.mymozaik.com) technology to mobile platforms. It purportedly enables viewers to enjoy their favorite movies and TV shows anywhere, and to interact with in-movie brands and products at any time.

inVDO offers the ability to embed search, shop and share capabilities into any form of video content. Its capabilities are made possible by Mozaik's !Content technology, which includes the company's Ads On Demand solution for pull-based advertising, contextual in-video search based on LIPSS search criteria (Locations, Items, People, Services, Soundtracks), and E-commerce integration. With inVDO and Apple's magical iPad, content owners and aggregators are now in a position to offer consumers unique entertainment...

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May 04
Memoires journaling software improves Snow Leopard support

Coding Robots has updated their Memoires journaling software (http://www.codingrobots.com/memoires/) for Mac OS X to version 3.0. The upgrade improves support for Mac OS X 10.6 features and more.

With Memoires, users can choose a day and write as many notes for that day as they like. Then they can browse entries by date using calendar, or search for notes using the instant search feature.

The new version includes Quick Drawings feature, that allows users to create sketches using mouse or trackpad and insert them into journal entries. In addition to RTF and plain text exporting, Memoires 3.0 can now export journals to PDF format. Users can also print single entries, entries for a specified period of time, or the whole journal.

Version 3.0 improves support for Mac OS X 10.6 features, such as grammar checking, automatic correction of spelling errors, smart quotes and...

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May 04
Visioneer releases Strobe 400 scanner

Visioneer (http:/www.visioneer.com), which makes intelligent document imaging solutions, has announced the Strobe 400, an US$2.99 duplex color scanner that measures 11.6 x 2.5 2 inches and weights 22 ounces. When used in duplex mode, it purportedly scans both sides of a page in six seconds.

The Strobe 400 can be connected to computer via the USB 2.0 interface and has a resolution of 600 DPI. It incorporates Visioneer OneTouch with Kofax VRS technology to create images from imperfect originals by which users can scan, file and store all of their documents, plastic ID cards, checks, articles, brochures and business cards. It can be powered through the computer’s USB port, or via wall-power.

The Strobe 400 includes patented Paper Driven and AutoLaunch technologies so scanning begins as soon as a document is inserted into the scanner, says John Capurso, vice president of marketing at Visioneer. It will also automatically convert, at the user’s option, any scanned item...

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May 03
WritePad for iPad 3.3 Released

PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, has announced the release of WritePad for iPad 3.3, the advanced handwriting recognition software for iPad.

The new version offers customizable styles, improved recognition and spell checker, inline gestures, and support for external iPad keyboard.

WritePad lets users take notes in their own handwriting with an iPad stylus pen or their finger. The state-of-the-art handwriting recognition software will adapt and learn while it is being used, improving the recognition quality overtime. WritePad supports simple gestures to select text, cut, copy, paste, and insert special characters.

WritePad has a spell checker with it's own custom dictionary, a context analyzer which allows users to dial phone numbers or open URLs embedded in the text, auto-corrector which automatically fixes common spelling and recognition errors, and a Shorthand feature...

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May 03
Arm Yourself With A Weapons Catalog

DAVA Consulting, LLC has released the first ever encyclopedia of modern weapons for iPhone. You can search, compare, or analyze famous models of weapons.

The iApp presents over 500 models of guns with technical and tactical characteristics. It also includes an extensive library of photos. Handguns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, and lots of other unique samples from all over the world can be found in Modern Weapons encyclopedias.

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May 03
The Cost of Hacking

According to BBC News, a jury in Tennessee has convicted a former student of hacking the e-mail account of Sarah Palin.

David Kernell, 22, was found guilty of obstructing justice and unauthorised access to a computer. His lawyer said that his action amounted no more than a college prank.

He illegally broke into Palin's e-mail account during her 2008 Republican campaign for the US vice-presidency.

Kernell, the son of a Democratic lawmaker, faces up to 20 years in prison for the first charge and one year for the charge of hacking.

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May 03
Hollywood Rethinks Smartphone Distribution

As Hollywood retools its product for the small screens of cellphones, its assumptions about mobile viewing are being upended by surprisingly patient consumers, according to the NYTimes.

“We all thought they’d be watching video clips in the checkout line or between classes,” said Vivi Zigler, the president for digital entertainment at NBC Universal. But owners of iPhones and other smartphones are actually watching long episodes and sometimes complete films, so a growing number of media companies are vying for people’s mobile attention spans. The result - companies, from Hollywood studios to local TV stations, foresee a wireless world that they don’t want to be cut out of.

In light of this shift some of the biggest local TV station owners in the United States announced a joint venture last month to transmit their content to viewers on the go. Roughly 17.6 million people in the United States watched video on their phones in the fourth quarter of last year, according to...

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May 03
Apple Sells One Million iPads

Apple released the following announcement this morning...

CUPERTINO, Calif., May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple® today announced that it sold its one millionth iPad™ on Friday, just 28 days after its introduction on April 3. iPad users have already downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store and over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore.

"One million iPads in 28 days—that's less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Demand continues to exceed supply and we're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers."
iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad's revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and...

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May 01
Adobe giving Android phones with Flash to employees

Adobe plans to demonstrate a version of Flash for Google's Android software in May at the Google I/O conference. And, according to "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20003922-94.html), the company is preparing to give away Android phones running Flash to employees,

The article quotes "three sources familiar with the plan." It's not clear which phone employees will receive (various HTC phones and the Nexus One were mentioned) and it will not be a mandatory shift, says "CNET." Adobe and Google want to encourage Adobe employees to spend as much time using Android and the Flash Player 10.1 as possible, the article adds.

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May 01
A look at the US markets with the largest concentration of iPads

According to Net Application's May 1 report, the five U.S. market areas with the largest concentration of iPads -- measured by its clients' browser data -- are: San Francisco, California (0.25% Internet share); Grand Junction, Colorado (0.23%); Santa Barbara, California (0.19%);
Honolulu, Hawaii (0.19%); and Bend, Oregon (0.19%).

"Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/05/01/the-ipads-of-bend-oregon/) notes that it's a city of 82,000 nearly 200 miles from the nearest Apple Store "that seems to give lie to the notion that iPad fever is a condition that affects only Apple diehards in large metropolitan areas." Bend is the largest town in sparsely populated central Oregon.

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May 01
'iFixIt' tears down 3G iPad

"iFixIt" has offered a teardown (http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad-3G-Teardown/2374/1) of the 3G iPad and says it shows some interesting differences when compared to its Wi-Fi-only sibling, mostly due to its additional 3G / GPS functionality. Check out the highlights below. Here are some of the highlights of the teardown:

° The immediate visible difference is the inclusion of a black plastic RF window on top of the iPad for better antenna reception.

° The black RF window significantly changes the opening procedure. You can't start separating the display using the notches on the top (à la Wi-Fi version), since that will undoubtedly break the RF window. You have to start from the right side and gingerly proceed to the top and bottom of the iPad.

° There are actually five antennas in this iPad. There are two antennas that handle the...

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May 01
Net Applications: Safari, iPhone gain market share; Mac OS X...

Mac OS X, Safari and iPhone market share for Internet usage rose from March to April, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.32% of the global market share in April, compared to 5.33% in March (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10 %). Windows remains dominant with 91.46% as of April. That's down from 91.58% in March. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009, so March's number is an all-time high.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 4.72% in April, while Internet Explorer had 59.95% Firefox had 24.59% and Chrome had 6.73%. That compares to, respectively, March percentages of 60.65, 24.52 and 6.13%, for the browsers.

The iPhone's market share also rose, according to Net Applications. The Apple device had 0.531% of the...

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May 01
TV station moves from paper scripts to iPads

WFXL-TV in Albany, Georgia, has switched to iPads from paper scripts that anchors read on set, reports "Poynter Online" (http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=2&aid=182192). To change pages, anchors just swipe their fingers across the screen.

To add scripts, producers print them to a PDF and send the PDF to an iPad e-mail account. Terry Graham, news director/anchor at WFXL, told "Poynter Online" that the station bought the iPads because it expects to save thousands in paper expenses. The move, he said, is not part of a promotion or partnership with Apple.

On average, Graham says, his station spends $2,000 a month on paper and printer repairs, says "Poynter Online." Once he began thinking about the potential savings for the 15 stations owned by his company, Barrington Broadcasting, the experiment seemed worthwhile.

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Apr 30
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for April 30

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/).

Game studio BeiZ has announced Mandy and Andy - The Seasons 1.0, their new, US$0.99 children's iPhone-book. It continues the interactive Mandy and Andy book series. In this book cuddly Mandy and Andy cats present the seasons of Northern Hemisphere together with their friends.

Wonder Phone has released Voodo 2, an upgrade of its GTD/todo app for the iPhone and iPod touch, with a 50% off launch price. Features include the ability to sync with Google Calendar and a tag system. Voodo 2 adds new features such as Non-intrusive Auto Sync, Task Search, Quick Add, Contacts Integration, Geo Locations, Nearby Tasks and more. It normally costs $6.99, but it's on sale for a limited time for $3.99.

Robert Chitoiu has announced Budget, Bills and Balance...

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