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Jun 08
Andy Ihnatko to keynote at 2010 MacTech Conference

The MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Nov. 3-5, 2010 in Los Angeles, has announced its keynote speaker -- Andy Ihnatko. MacTech Conference is a three-day,
session-packed event will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening giving attendees the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but get to know others in the industry, says Neil Tickin, editor-in-chief and publisher of "MacTech Magazine."

"We're thrilled to welcome Andy as our keynote speaker," he says. "As an internationally beloved tech journalist (not to mention that he's the Chicago Sun Times' Technology Columnist), Andy is insightful, funny, and a pleasure to work with. The response to the conference is overwhelmingly positive. The keynote announcement makes it that much better."

The MacTech Conference will have two separate tracks: one focused on IT, and one focused on programming/development. Sessions will focus on both desktop and mobile, with appropriate levels...

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Jun 08
NextWorth trade-in program provides iPhone owners a free upgrade...

NextWorth (http://www.NextWorth.com), a player in consumer electronic upgrade and trade-in programs, has announced a new trade-in program for iPhone owners that covers the full subsidized price of upgrading from the current iPhone 3Gs to the new iPhone 4.
 
Currently, NextWorth customers can receive between US$208 and $260 for their 16GB iPhone 3Gs when trading in their iPhone through the service. With the new 16GB iPhone 4 prices starting at $199, trade-in amounts will fully cover the cost of an upgrade, plus extra cash for accessories, according to NextWorth CEO Dave Chen.
 
NextWorth provides attractive trade-in value for every Apple iPhone model -- new or used. iPhones purchased by NextWorth in any condition will be refurbished and resold by NextWorth, keeping the used devices out of the waste stream, thereby promoting reuse and recycle, Chen says.
 
A list of additional...

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Jun 08
'MacVoices' looks at iPad networking, security

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), networking guru Glenn Fleishman takes on two very specific topics in his new book, "Take Control of iPad Networking & Security."

Networking on your iPad can be simple, but to get the most out of it, you need to understand that it' all about management -- power, what to connect to, service, plans and more. You can do a whole with a properly networked iPad, and Fleishman provides examples, including recovering a lost or stolen iPad and controlling other Macs or PCs. He explains why AT&T's new data plans really shouldn't affect many users, and how to manage your networking to be sure it doesn't. Getting data on and off your iPad, ebook access and reading and more are included in Fleishmann's discussion of the book.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac...

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Jun 08
'MacNotables' looks at WWDC keynote, the post-PC era...

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/) a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Yours Truly joins host Chuck Joiner to discuss the announcements at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), with an eye toward what a post-PC world might look like. We hit the high points of Steve Jobs' keynote, including the new iPhone design, the clear shots at Google, and how the biggest surprise announcement was software-based. The iPhone 4 and the newly renamed iOS 4.0 addressed many of the criticisms that have been leveled at the iPhone in recent months; Chuck and I look at those and more.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob...

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Jun 08
Belkin introduces new cases for the iPhone 4

Belkin (http://www.belkin.com) has introduced a plethora of new cases for the iPhone 4. They're available in five types.

Grip cases protect your iPhone and come in a variety of textured designs while adding style, color, and gripability. Grip cases’ form-fitting design lets your iPhone charge while still in the case. These cases are designed for those carrying their iPhone in their palm and using it to video chat and play games.

Shield cases protect your iPhone while providing increased shock absorption and impact resistance. These cases add little bulk and offer protection while allowing full access to connector, buttons, and iPhone screen. Shield cases work well for pocket carriers.

Verve cases are leather cases that protect your iPhone from everyday scratches and scuffs. They're tailored to be slim and form-fitting.

Fit armbands are designed for the active user. They're made with...

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Jun 07
Safari 5 supports extensions, has speed boost, more

Apple has released Safari 5, the latest version of their web browser. The new version features the new Safari Reader for reading articles on the web without distraction, a 30% performance increase over Safari 4, and the ability to choose Google, Yahoo! or Bing as the search service powering Safari's search field.

Available for both Mac and Windows, Safari 5 includes improved developer tools and supports more than a dozen new HTML5 technologies that allow web developers to create rich, dynamic websites, according to Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. With Safari 5, developers can now create secure Safari Extensions to customize and enhance the browsing experience, he adds..

Safari Reader makes it easy to read single and multipage articles on the web by presenting them in a new, scrollable view without any additional content or clutter, says Schiller. When Safari 5 detects an article, users can click on the Reader icon in the...

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Jun 07
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 7

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/).

Guitar Hero is now available for the first time on iPhone iPod touch. The US$2.99 game features all-new gameplay exclusively designed for the Apple devices. It sports tracks from such bands as Queen, Rise Against, The Rolling Stones, Vampire Weekend, Weezer and The White Stripes.  

Eltima Software has announced Promini 1.0, an $1.99 puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod touch. With it you build color cubes into minimum 2X2 figures of one color and watch the laser burn them forming new color figures and new challenges for you. The more complex figures you build, the more points you earn diving even deeper into the Promini world.

James Lupton has introduced i Give Up 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. It's a $0.99 puzzle game where the...

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Jun 07
Videos tout the iPhone 4

Apple has released videos praising the iPhone 4 and the new FaceTime technology. You can find 'em at http://www.apple.com/iphone/design/#design-video and http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/facetime.html#facetime-video .

The video features Apple execs talking about the new iPhone. Version 4 of the smartphone will go on sale June 23 with pre-orders starting June 15.

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Jun 07
Apple to debut iAds on July 1

Apple will debut its iAd mobile advertising network on July 1 on iPhone and iPod touch devices running its iOS 4 software platform. iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

iAd will kick off with mobile ad campaigns from leading global brands including AT&T, Best Buy, Campbell Soup Company, Chanel, Citi, DirecTV, GEICO, GE, JCPenney, Liberty Mutual Group, Nissan, Sears, State Farm, Target, Turner Broadcasting System, Unilever and The Walt Disney Studios. Apple has iAd commitments for 2010 totaling over US$60 million, which represents almost 50 percent of the total forecasted US mobile ad spending for the second half of 2010, says Jobs.


He adds that iAd, which is built into iOS 4, allows users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using in-ad purchase to download an app or buy iTunes content.

Developers who join...

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Jun 07
Say hi to the iPhone 4

Apple today presented the new iPhone 4 featuring a new feature called "FaceTime" and a "Retina display," the highest resolution display ever built into a phone. In addition, iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a three-axis gyro and up to 40%.

All this comes in a new design of glass and stainless steel that's purportedly the thinnest smartphone in the world. iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of Apple's (renamed) mobile operating system, which includes over 100 new features and 1,500 new application programming interfaces for developers.

iOS 4 features multitasking, folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform. iPhone 4 will be available in the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan on June 24, starting in the US at US$199 for qualified buyers with a two year contract.

"iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone," says Apple CEO...

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Jun 07
Macsimum Poll: were you happy with the WWDC announcements?

In this week's poll, we're asking whether you were happy with Steve Job's Worldwide Developer Conference announcements (the iPhone 4 and the iOS 4). The poll is located on the right hand side of the home page beneath the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if Apple release an iPad-like, "closed" Mac? Sixty-eight percent of you said "no" and 32% said "yes."

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Jun 07
Apple now has 22% of eBook market

During his keynote address at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, CEO Steve Jobs said Apple now has 22% of the eBook market thanks to the iBookstore, which was introduced with the iPad and is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Jobs says that users have downloaded more than five million books in the first 65 days of the iBookStore availability. That's about 2.5 for each device sold—in the first 65 days of iBooks’ availability. The 22% figure is based on reports from five of the six largest publishers on the app's share of their electronic sales.

When Apple announced the iPad, it also announced the new iBooks app for iPad, which includes Apple’s new iBookstore, a way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile device. And Apple has plans for the iBookstore beyond the US.

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Jun 07
Notes from Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote

Steve Jobs has introduced the iPhone 4G. He says it's the biggest leap yet for the smartphone with over 100 plus features. He's talking about eight main features.

It has a new design with a glass front and rear. Jobs keeps using the word "precision" to describe the iPhone 4G. It's 24% thinner at 9.3 mm and is, per Jobs, the thinnest iPhone on the planet.

The iPhone 4G has a front camera, receiver home, micro SIM, camera with LED flash and a second mic for noise cancelation.

It has three "bands" in the stainless steal part of the structure of the phone -- which uses the stainless steel band as part of the system — so the bands separate the tech. It's made of stainless steel for strength.

Jobs says the iPhone 4G has a "retina display" and four timex the pixels in the same space. It has really sharp text and 326 pixels per inch. As for the retina display moniker, 300 pixels is the limit of the human retina, Jobs says.

Now the CEO is showing...

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Jun 07
The iPad 'guzzles network capacity'?

Wireless network provider Meraki has reported that iPad usage consumed more than half the network capacity of one installation despite accounting for less than 10% of the devices on the network, reports "InformationWeek" (http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/handheld/showArticle.jhtml?...).

Meraki reports that hat tests taken during a week in May compared the use of different devices on a network at MIT’s CSAIL network, the university’s largest interdepartmental laboratory. More than 300MB was transferred during the week by the average iPad user. iPhone users averaged 31MB and iPod Touch users averaged 12MB.

"InformationWeek" says "the results take on new significance" when compared with AT&T’s unveiling this week of metered data plans that include plans...

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Jun 07
Continually updated notes from Jobs' WWDC keynote...

Steve Jobs has introduced the iPhone 4G. He says it's the biggest leap yet for the smartphone with over 100 plus features. He's talking about eight main features.

It has a new design with a glass front and rear. Jobs keeps using the word "precision" to describe the iPhone 4G. It's 24% thinner at 9.3 mm and is, per Jobs, the thinnest iPhone on the planet.

The iPhone 4G has a front camera, receiver home, micro SIM, camera with LED flash and a second mic for noise cancelation.

It has three "bands" in the stainless steal part of the structure of the phone -- which uses the stainless steel band as part of the system — so the bands separate the tech. It's made of stainless steel for strength.

Jobs says the iPhone 4G has a "retina display" and four timex the pixels in the same space. Ithas really sharp text and 326 pixels per inch. As for the retina display moniker, 300 pixels is the limit of the human retina, Jobs says.

Now the CEO is showing...

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Jun 07
Evizone secure communications service is Mac compatible

A new subscription service, Evizone, can be used to secure communications between not only individuals, but workgroups as well. It's Mac and PC compatible.

By selecting workgroup members and setting the access and retention periods that Evizone will automatically enforce, all workgroup communications can purportedly be secured. The company says new subscribers can start communicating securely within 15 minutes of registering online at http://www.evizone.com .

Evizone provides personal subscribers with a 30-day free trial of the service. The standard service is available at US$24.95 per month per user with lower subscription rates available to large group accounts.

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Jun 07
Global pay-TV subscribers to grow as novel set-top boxes enter...

More than 719 million pay-TV subscribers are expected to sign up in 2010 as the economic recovery continues to gain momentum, according to latest forecasts from ABI Research (http://www.abirsearch.com). Digital Home industry analyst Michael Inouye notes, “ABI Research estimates that worldwide pay-TV subscriber numbers will surpass 719 million by the end of 2010 as novel solutions such as Google TV move from trial to commercial launch.”

Super-fast Internet has allowed advanced services and significant innovations in recent years. Also recently, Google announced the development a new television delivery platform. “Google TV” will offer a television viewing experience enhanced by the web. The main feature of Google TV: it allows users to have a complete Internet experience along with their favorite TV content on their living room televisions.

Dish Network, USA, has already started a Google TV trial...

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Jun 07
USB Fever releases two new iPad, iPhone products

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

The Filio Leather case for iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1861) is an US$31.99 synthetic leather case that folds closed like a notebook or opens to be positioned as a stand at any viewing angle. With the Apple tablet inside, the Dock connector, buttons and switches are all fully accessible for charging and controlling iPad. A protective film is included to cover the iPad LCD. There is also a cleaning cloth to wipe away dirt or dust after use.

The Hard Crystal Back Cover for iPhone 3G/iPhone 3Gs (http://usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1856) is a $12.99 back cover...

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Jun 07
HP unveils web-enabled printing solutions

HP (http://www.hp.com) has unveiled a new category of web-enabled printing solutions designed for the cloud that will print from any email device -- including the iPad -- to any new ePrint-enabled printer from anywhere in the world through the new HP ePrint platform.

With the printers, you can store documents or files in the cloud and print direct when needed and
manage and customize your printing experience through the new HP ePrintCenter . To showcase these new solutions, HP announced a full suite of web-empowered e-All-in-One printers for home and business that start at US$99.

These will be the first printers able to “talk” to the “Google Cloud” without requiring a local proxy computer or web appliance, which means people will be able to access Google Docs, Photos and Calendar directly from their printers, according to Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. A selection...

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Jun 07
'MacVoices' looks at working on the iPad

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Mac expert Joe Kissell, author of the new "Take Control of Working with Your iPad" title, talks about his new book.

Working on your iPad may not be the first think you think of, but he helps set expectations, explaining what the iPad is and is not good for, talking about whether it can or cannot replace a laptop, and even if it should. If you adopt a pioneering spirit, and are willing to do a little planning, you can get a lot of work done with your iPad.

Kissell gives some real-world examples, discusses how cloud apps in general and Google Docs in particular work with the iPad, and covers web surfing limitations and browser alternatives to Safari. Moving digital assets to and from the iPad is currently an "area of pain," and he talks about how to take some of the sting out of the process, the pros and cons of the Calendar app, editing documents...

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Jun 07
2010 Mac OS X Ars Design Award winners announced

"Ars Technica" has named its 2010 Mac OS X Ars Design Award winners, honors the publication decided to bestow after Apple limited its 2010 Worldwide Developer Conference Awards to iPhone OS apps. You can read all about the Ars Design Awards -- including who the judges were and what the prizes are -- at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/06/2010-ars-design-award-winners-..., but here are a list of the winners:

° Best New Mac OS X App: Transmit 4 by Panic
Runner up: 1Password 3 by Agile Web Solutions

° Best Mac OS X User Experience: Tweetie for Mac by atebits
Runner up: Transmit 4 by Panic

° Most Innovative Mac OS X App: Dropbox by Dropbox
Runner up: Snippets by Lucky Ants

° Best Mac OS X App for Education: Papers...

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Jun 07
Jedit X text editor for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Artman21 (http://www.artman21.com/en/jedit_x/) has updated Jedit X, the Cocoa-based text editor for Mac OS X, to version 2.22. It's a maintenance update with four improvements and two bug fixes.

Jedit X is an Universal Binary app so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The cost is US$28 for a single-user license, though version 2.22 is a free update for registered users.

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Jun 05
Get your geek on at the 2010 MacTech Conference

On the weekend prior to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, "MacTech Magazine" (http://www.mactech.com) announced it will be holding the MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Nov. 3-5, 2010 in Los Angeles.

The three-day, session-packed event will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening giving attendees the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but get to know others in the industry.

"We've been considering a conference for many years now, but the timing was never quite right. Now, the timing is right, and 'MacTech' is here to serve the community," said Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine." "In both the IT and development communities, bonding with peers is among the top requests, and the MacTech Conference will be built to serve those wishes from beginning."

The MacTech Conference will have two separate tracks: one focused on IT...

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Jun 05
Safari 5 to be announced at WWDC

Christophe Laporte, editor-in-chief of "MacGeneration," is a French language publication covering all things Apple, tells us that Safari 5 will be announced Monday during Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote at the Worldwide Developer Conferencer.

Laport says that, according to their sources, Safari 5 will be announced at the WWDC. He says it will be "a nice release with a lot of improvements," including a 25% increase in speed, better JavaScript performance, Bing support, better page caching, a smarter address field, better HTML support, new developer tools and hardware acceleration for Windows.

You'll find all the release notes (in English) on this page: http://www.macgeneration.com/news/voir/157341/exclu-mac-os-10.6.4-et-saf... .

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Jun 04
Apple seven among global computer makers

The one U.S. computer OEM [original equipment manufacturer' that managed to outperform the personal computer market in the first quarter of 2010 was Apple, whose shipments rose by 32.4% from a year earlier, says a new report from iSuppli Market Research (http://www.isuppli.com).

“Apple’s Macintosh line is benefitting from the halo effect of the enormous popularity of its iPhones and iPads,” Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms at iSuppli, says.

Driven by booming sales among Asian OEMs, global computer shipments surged by 22.7% in the first quarter, marking the highest year-over-year growth ever recorded by iSuppli Corp. Shipments in the first quarter totaled 81.5 million units, up from 66.5 million during the same period in 2009.

Apple places number seven on iSuppli's global list of computer vendors. iSuppli says the company has 3.4% global market share. Ahead of Apple on...

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