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Apr 01
Disney, ABC, ESPN, Marvel to offer apps, content for the iPad

Disney and its affiliates will offer applications from all of its businesses on the new iPad. The ABC Player app extends the reach of ABC.com’s full episode player onto the iPad.

iPad users will have the ability to watch free, ad-supported episodes from approximately 20 ABC series through a Wi-Fi connection. The application will also allow iPad users to purchase downloads of episodes via the iTunes store. The ABC iPad app brings the full experience of ABC.com’s full episode player to a touch-screen, handheld device for the first time. Additionally, the ABC.com site is now optimized for the iPad, complete with full-functionality for all its features, including short-form video.

Disney Publishing Worldwide has built two original “Toy Story” read-along apps for the iPad, both combining Disney stories and activities. Each “Toy Story” read-along is an immersive multimedia experience – the books feature video from the feature films, karaoke and voice record features, the...

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Apr 01
Black Cat Systems releases Morse Mania 4.0.0

Black Cat Systems has announced that version 4.0.0 of Morse Mania (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/morsemania.html) has been released and is now available for immediate download. This version is a complete re-write in Cocoa, and adds Universal Binary support.

Morse Mania is a morse code tutor for the Macintosh. The software package helps you learn morse code at speeds ranging from five to 50 words per minute. Morse Mania is designed for amateur (ham) radio operators who want to learn or improve their morse code proficiency, especially in order to upgrade their license class. The generated morse code is played using the computer's speaker.

In addition to drills to help learn the various characters, Morse Mania also allows complete text files to be sent, so that "real life" messages can be used for practice. Simulated morse code...

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Apr 01
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for April 1

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).

Box.net has announced its Box App for iPad is available for free.The app is a cloud content management solution that has been designed to take full advantage of iPad’s Multi-Touch interface. Box App for iPad enables users to access, share and interact with business content stored on Box.net, which lets you share, manage and access all your business content online.

220 Software has released Glow Magic: Doodle Animator 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. With the US$0.99 app, users can draw glowing art using a variety of tools, and then add animations like falling snow, a moving starfield, or even fireworks displays.

InterLingua Medical Publishing has introduced Medical Point2 Spanish 1.0, an $0.99 iPhone app that allows medical and...

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Apr 01
iPhone sales break half-million mark in South Korea

Sales of the iPhone broke the half-million mark in the four months since its South Korean market debut, reports the "Yonhap News Agency" (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/techscience/2010/04/01/53/0601000000AEN2...).

KT, which sells the iPhone there, said South Korea was one of the seven countries in the world where sales of the smartphone topped 500,000 units in less than a year. The telecom operator, also the nation's second-largest mobile carrier, said it activates 4,000 new iPhones every day, notes the "Yonhap News Agency." The iPhone went on sale in South Korea on Nov. 28.

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Apr 01
iPhone leads smartphone makers in customer satisfaction

Overall satisfaction among smartphone and traditional handset owners whose phones are equipped with touch screens is considerably higher than satisfaction of owners of phones that have other input mechanisms, according to a new report by J.D. Power and Associates (http://www.JDPower.com). And the iPhone leads the pack in customer satisfaction.

Among smartphone owners whose device has a touch screen, satisfaction averages 771 on a 1,000-point scale, nearly 40 index points higher than among those whose smartphone uses other input methods, such as a text keyboard. Currently, slightly more than one-half of owners indicate their smartphone has a touch screen for navigation. While not as readily available on traditional mobile phones, satisfaction on phones with a touch screen averages 756-53 index points higher than the industry average.

"Touch screens are ideal for those using their phone for...

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Apr 01
USITC to investigate Apple's complaint against HTC

A U.S. trade agency will investigate Apple's patent-infringement claims against Taiwan’s HTC Corp. to determine if its phones using Google’s Android operating system should be banned from the U.S.

Last month Apple filed a lawsuit against HTC for infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. The lawsuit was filed concurrently with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in U.S. District Court in Delaware.

As many as 10 of those violations involve the Nexus One, Apple said in a complaint submitted to the ITC. The Delaware lawsuit, however, didn't specify the HTC-made phones that allegedly violated Apple's patents.

In a statement (http://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2010/er0331hh2.htm), the USITC says: "The U.S. International Trade...

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Apr 01
Analyst: Apple selling every iPad it can build

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster tells clients that his initial estimates of 900,000 iPads sold in the June quarter and 2.7 million in calendar year 2010 “may prove to be conservative" and that Apple is selling every iPad it can build.

As reported by All Things D (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Munster-Apple-is-Selling-allthingsd-418258...), Munster thinks Apple will sell between 200,000 and 300,000 iPads this weekend -- comparable to the 270,000 first gen iPhones it sold at launch. And he thinks the chances are good that the company will sell out of the tablet device.

“When Apple began taking pre-orders customers could pre-order for home delivery on April 3 or in-store pickup on April 3,” Munster told clients. “A week before the launch (on March 27) the...

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Apr 01
Apple posts list of 'iPad ready' web sites

Apple has released a list of "iPad ready" web sites. You can find it at http://www.apple.com/ipad/ready-for-ipad/ .

Here's what Apple has to say: "iPad features Safari, a mobile web browser that supports the latest web standards — including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Here are just a few of the sites that take advantage of these web standards to deliver content that looks and functions beautifully on iPad."

Among the CNN, Reuters, New York Times, Vimeo, TIME, Major League Baseball, The White House, Virgin America, Sports Illustrated, Flickr, People Magazine, TED and more.

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Apr 01
Apple announces iPad support for MobileMe

Apple has announced (http://www.apple.com/ipad/mobileme/) iPad support for MobileMe, the company's US$99-per-year suite of Internet tools.

MobileMe delivers push email, push contacts and push calendars from the MobileMe service in the “cloud” to native applications on the iPhone, iPod touch, Macs and PCs. MobileMe also provides a suite of ad-free web applications that deliver a desktop-like experience through any modern browser. MobileMe apps include Mail, Contacts and Calendar, as well as Gallery for viewing and sharing photos and iDisk for storing and exchanging documents online.

Apple says the service now syncs with iPad. And it offers a feature that lets you locate your iPad if you misplace it. Log in to me.com to view a map that shows the approximate location of your iPad. If it’s nearby, have it play a sound to help you find it, or display a message on the Home screen...

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Apr 01
Swiss court shoots down Apple's iPhone trademark appeal

Uh oh. Apple has asked for reconsideration of its trademark application for the word “iPhone” by the Swiss Federal Administrative Court. They were denied, with the court maintaining that the term is a non-distinctive word for which Apple could not be granted a trademark.

The Court rejected the application for the class 9 goods on the grounds that "iPhone" will be immediately understood by consumers as describing a telephone with Internet or information technology-related functions, and accordingly represents a non-distinctive, descriptive indication.

Apple has argued that the prefix "i" can have numerous different meanings, all of which seem equally likely to the addressed market circles. The Managing Intellectual Property site (http://www.managingip.com/Article/2456399/...

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Apr 01
Second Gear releases Today 2, 'Classic Mac' software

While everyone else has been distracted by the iPhone and that newfangled iPad, the Second Gear crew has been hard at work giving love to a dedicated group of Mac users who haven't felt the love lately: the Classic Mac diehards.  

Second Gear has released Today 2 (http://www.secondgearsoftware.com/today-classic/), which lets you keep track of what's on your plate for any given day without keeping Now Up-to-Date & Contact open all the time. Today syncs with Now Up-to-Date & Contact and your life's agenda so daily events and tasks are always available via one, convenient little interface.

It costs US$21.95. Upgrades from version 1.x are $11.95. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 01
Yamaha introduces first line of in-ear headphones

Yamaha Electronics Corp. (http://www.yamaha.com) has introduced three new in-ear headphones for iPods, MP3 players, iPods and other portable entertainment devices.

The line, which includes the EPH-20 (US$29.95), EPH-30 ($49.95) and EPH-50 ($99.95), takes advantage of the company’s long-held expertise in audio and music products to provide Yamaha’s signature natural sound, noise isolation, comfort and durability to casual listeners and audiophiles, the company says. All models provide a set of three ear buds of various sizes.

The EPH-50 features a larger audio driver and a quarter-inch plug adapter for home stereo use The EPH-20 is available in five colors, including black, hot pink, indigo blue, lime green and red berry brown. The EPH-50 and EPH-30 are available in black and white.

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Apr 01
WireTap Anywhere for Mac OS X updated to version 1.0.7

Ambrosia Software has updated WireTap Anywhere (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/utilities/wta/) -- a low latency audio tool that lets you take the audio output from any Mac application or hardware input device and bring it into your favorite audio recording application -- to version 1.0.7. The upgrade adds several fixes and enhancements.

You can create and edit all of your WireTap Anywhere devices from System Preferences. Once your devices are created, just change the input within your favorite audio application, and you're ready to monitor, process, and record.

With WireTap Anywhere you can mix any combination of applications and input devices into a single, logical device. Select the software or hardware inputs you want, and WireTap Anywhere will handle the rest.

WireTap Anywhere is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires...

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Apr 01
NewerTech announces iPad accessory line

Newer Technology has announced its new NewerTech Accessory Line for iPad consisting of four case and screen accessories that add protective style and functionality to the new iPad being introduced this Saturday, April 3.

The NewerTech Accessory Line for iPad features four products:

° NewerTech NuVue Screen Protector (US$9.99), which keeps the iPad screen clear and scratch-free;

° NewerTech NuGuard Soft Silicone Protective Case ($17.99) is available in six colors to preserve and protect the iPad;

° NewerTech NuGuard Hard Shell Polycarbonate Case ($24.99) is available in clear to highlight the iPad's design or in bycast black leather;

° NewerTech NuVue Screen Protector & Privacy Screen ($39.99) keeps the iPad screen clear and scratch-free while preventing others from viewing screen.

All of the announced NewerTech Accessories for iPad are available for pre-ordering from NewerTech's exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (...

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Apr 01
The iPad is waiting for you at iPhone Bootcamp in Germany

Big Nerd Ranch Europe -- a provider of Cocoa and Cocoa touch developer training for the Mac, iPhone and iPad -- has announced a new date for its iPhone Bootcamp near Frankfurt, Germany: May 17 - 21, 2010.

The class, covering iPhone and iPad programming, is taught by Scott Ritchie, who has 20 years background in Objective-C and Cocoa (touch) programming. The class is held at the historic former monastery "Kloster Eberbach." This class is for every programmer who likes to get a kick-start in iPhone and iPad development.

One price covers five days of intensive iPhone and iPad training, lodging for five days, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and transportation to and from the Frankfurt airport (FRA). Students signing up before April 12, 2010 apply for the early bird price and save Euro 200 off the price of €2800.

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Apr 01
Select Apple Specialists to sell the iPad

Everyone knows that Best Buy will be selling the new iPad. However, most folks may not realize that select Apple Specialist locations in the US will also be selling the iPad on release
date.

Through a nondisclosure agreement, Apple is not allowing these resellers from doing any pre-advertising or tell customers they will be carrying the iPad products, Joe Weingarten, executive director, Macintosh Reseller Association, tells "MacNews."

Apple Specialists are locally owned and operated Apple resellers, most have been operating long before Apple opened their own retail stores.

"At this time we are unable to provide specific locations that have been approved by Apple, Inc.," to carry the iPad," Weingarten says.

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Apr 01
Mac OS X, Safari, iPhone market share all up in March

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

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.33% of the global market share in March, compared to 5.02% in February (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10 %). Windows remains dominant with 91.58% as of March. That's down from 92.12% in February. 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 4.65% in March, while Internet Explorer had 60.65% Firefox had 24.52% and Chrome had 6.13%. That compares to, respectively, February percentages of 61.58, 24.23 and 5.61%, for the browsers.

The iPhone's market share also rose, according to Net Applications. The Apple device had 0....

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Apr 01
Survey: it's a tight race between Apple and Google in app...

Appcelerator -- a platform for developing native mobile, desktop, and iPad applications using web technologies -- has announced updated findings of its Mobile Developer Survey taken of application developers about their plans to build applications for various mobile and tablet platforms. And they find it's a tight race between Apple and Google.

Taken last week from a pool of Appcelerator’s 33,000+ application developers, 1,028 developers responded about their plans to prioritize iPad development within an increasingly fragmented and competitive landscape. This survey is posted at http://www.appcelerator.com/mobile-developer-survey .

The survey was taken as Appcelerator’s iPad beta concludes with a Titanium Tablet SDK officially rolling out on April 50. The Titanium Tablet will enable web developers to build 100% native iPad applications The...

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Apr 01
'MacNotables' looks spam mail messages

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.

Security expert Rich Mogull discusses the wave of spam email messages that purport to be Apple order confirmations for iPads, apps and more. He shares his advice on how to avoid getting caught in this trap and other similar receipt email schemes, and outlines some ways to practice safer computing for online banking by using dedicated or virtual machines. Mogull also helps make sense of some of the security-related headlines relating to Apple software vulnerabilities, and the hacking of Macs, iPhones, and virtually all other platforms.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner,...

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Apr 01
Comm-Unity updates CNS Audit, a FileMaker Pro plug-in

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Audit 1.0.3 (http://cnsaudit.cnsplug-ins.com), an update of the audit trail plug-in for FileMaker Pro to add to your databases. It's a maintenance update that fixes a problem with the plug-in not working on Windows with FileMaker Pro 11.

CNS Audit includes full Roll Back support for undoing field changes and record deletions. CNS Audit is available for both Mac OS X and Windows systems. immediately at for both Mac OS X and Windows.

Whether you just want peace of mind about being able to get a record back that you have accidentally deleted or if you have to comply to regulatory mandates like HIPAA, you can use CNS Audit to create an Audit Trail of your data within minutes, according to the folks at Comm-Unity.

You can download a demo copy of the plug-in to test it out before purchasing. An one-user license for the client version of...

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Apr 01
'MacVoices' offers an early review of the iPad

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus -- one of the privileged very few who received an iPad for early review -- provides his thoughts on the new Apple product.

He discusses what made the biggest impression on him out of the box, what he's already discovered about casual usability, and his positive experiences with the iPad's on-screen keyboard. LeVitus also talks about what came with his iPad, and what didn't, his app experiences, games, books ... even the quality of Apple's iPad case are all covered in the first look at a production iPad.

"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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Apr 01
Sprint touts Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot for the iPad, iPod...

Sprint says it's the only national wireless service with 4G speeds for any Wi-Fi enabled device, such as the iPod touch and iPad.

With the Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, you can surf the web on your new iPad up to 10 times faster than 3G or turn your iPod touch with Skype into a voice phone and make a call, says Matt Carter, president of Sprint 4G. Not only does the Overdrive enhance everything your favorite device was built for, it also connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices such as your computer, game console or camera, he adds.

“When coupled with Sprint’s 4G technology, any Wi-Fi-enabled device will be faster than 3G,” Carter says. “It will be six months to a year or longer before any other national wireless carrier can connect a Wi-Fi-enabled tablet like the iPad with up to four more wireless devices simultaneously at 4G speeds like the Overdrive can do today.”

Currently, Sprint 4G covers 28 major markets such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago,...

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Apr 01
Hard Candy Cases shipping iPad sleeves

Hard Candy Cases is shipping the first line of protective sleeves for the iPad, with four additional models scheduled to ship in the next several weeks. There's a video of the cases at http://tinyurl.com/HCCBubbleShell that details the production process of the first Bubble Sleeves.

“We wanted to create a case that had more style and protection than the typical neoprene sleeve," says Hard Candy Cases CEO Tim Hickman. "We took it a step further by custom molding rubber feet inside the case that add 2-3x the drop protection, and which allowed us to start manufacturing the casing earlier."

Crafted with detailed stitching and zipper, the EVA molded, rigid Bubble Sleeve features shock absorbing fitted rubber bumpers to keep the iPad securely in place. A soft, padded interior lining protects the Multi-Touch display. The Bubble Sleeve is available in green, pink and black and retails...

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Apr 01
VMIX announces full platform support for HTML 6

VMIX (http://www.vmix.com), an online video platform provider, has announced plans to be the world’s first video platform to take advantage of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) HTML version 6 video standards.

Support for HTML6 builds on the company’s adherence to HTML5 video standards, which enable the VMIX platform to deliver video to mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and Google’s Android.

“While HTML5 video dealt more broadly with opening up standards for video and providing an alternative to Flash, HTML6 will focus specifically on making those interactive, sense-driven aspects of video that we have only imagined a firm reality,” says Greg Kostello, founder and chief technical officer at VMIX.

In addition to addressing minor data-logging and SEO challenges found in HTML5, Kostello identified a handful of consumer features that he expects clients and their audiences will welcome with HTML6:

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Apr 01
Study: iPad could eventually replace Windows computers for some

According to a new poll conducted by ORC (http://www.opinionresearch.com), an Infogroup Company, the vast majority of US consumers (71%) are familiar with Apple’s iPad. Six percent plan on buying one within a year, equating to a sale of about seven million units, and 1% said they will purchase one as soon as it becomes available, which would translate to a sale of approximately one million units.

The findings in ORC’s survey correspond closely with market analyst predictions that five million iPads will be sold in 2010. Based on the results of ORC’s research, it is clear that a significant number of tech-hungry consumers are interested in an iPad in the short-term, but what does this mean for the long-term success of the product?

“Adoption of new technologies is often a slow and gradual process,” says Kevin Wood, vice president and senior analyst with ORC’s technology practice. “It...

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