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Jul 07
IvySkin introduces iPhone 4 Reception case

IvySkin ( has released first in line of protective covers for the iPhone 4. The US$14.99 IvySkin Reception Case is described as "a reception friendly way to guard and enhance" the smartphone.

The folks at IvySkin say that, measuring in at a tiny 0.6mm thin, it' the world's thinnest iPhone 4 case. It utilizes a polycarbonate material that's 0.8mm on the sides to clear contact with iPhone 4's new antenna system and 0.6mm on the back for protection.

The Reception Case conceals the new iPhone 4's built-in antenna that captures more of the available wireless signal and purportedly clears the internal antenna of your new iPhone 4 in a crystal clear case. It comes with both front and back scratch free body armors in addition to the polycarbonate shell that snaps on the back of the iPhone.

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Jul 07
iPhone 4 release increases global, mobile handset sales

Handset sales in the first quarter of 2010 were higher than expected, due to a strong growth in global smartphone sales and also the continuing uptake of unbranded low cost mobile devices in emerging markets, according to Research and Markets (

The handset sector also saw the release of Apple's iPhone 4 and it is predicted that iPhone sales in 2010 will be much higher than in previous years, according to the research group. The rise of the smartphone is at the expense of the more traditional players, however, which are now beginning to feel the impact from the competitive threats from iPhone and Google Android

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Jul 07
Rome: Total War patch adds PowerPC support

Feral Interactive has released an 1.1 patch for Rome: Total War Gold Edition for the Mac. The update fixes some bugs and includes support for PowerPC gamers with G5 Macs.

Here's how the game is described: "Rome: Total War is one of the all-time top-rated strategy games where players take charge of one of three Roman families with the goal of increasing their family's power in Rome through diplomacy, economic skill, and of course, war!

"Running from the late Roman Republic to early Roman Empire with campaigns ranging across Europe and North Africa, Rome: Total War offers a seamless integration of strategy and tactics that allows players to fight epic historical or fictitious battles, while plotting their path to ultimate victory."

The Gold Edition includes the official expansion pack, Barbarian Invasion. Set some 300 years later, in it players must decide whether they will save Rome from its enemies or, at the head of a Barbarian horde, fight to bring the once...

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Jul 07
OfficeTime update offers iCal syncing

Transcena Design has announced that its OfficeTime ( time tracking software for Mac and PC, has been updated to version 1.5.2. The upgrade offers a bi-directional sync with iCa.

With OfficeTime, you can track your time and expenses in just about any language. Start the timer and add notes on your activity in the language of your choice. OfficeTime offers full support for a wide range of character sets, including multi-byte characters. The software's growing global community is tracking, invoicing and reporting their time in French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese and many other languages.

The internationalization functionality offers proper formatting of date and time for reporting and invoicing. It adjusts to either a 24-hour clock or AM and PM, as well as date structure preferences.

OfficeTime costs US$47; a 21-day demo is available for download.

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Jul 07
Google Sitemap Automator update informs about broken links

RAGE Software has updated RAGE Google Sitemap Automator ( -- the software package that helps web-masters get their web site listed in Google, Yahoo and MSN search -- to version 2.3. The update will now inform users about any broken links on their website and which pages they occur on.

With Rage Google Sitemap Automator you can automate the process of creating Google Sitemaps by utilizing filters and preset conditions. You then upload your Google Sitemap to your web server and notify search engines so they know where to find your sitemap file.

RAGE Google Sitemap Automator works with Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A free trial version is available for download. The full version of RAGE Google Sitemap Automator which adds automatic submission to Google as well as the ability to generate an unlimited number of Google...

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Jul 07
Apple analyzing purchasing habits of iTunes users

Apple is analyzing the purchasing habits of its 150 million iTunes users in order to help serve up targeted adverts through its iAd platform, according to "those with a knowledge of the new mobile advertising scheme."
“Apple knows what you’ve downloaded, and how much time you spend interacting with applications,” Rachel Pasqua, director of mobile at iCrossing, a marketing company told the "Telegraph" ( “It even knows what you’ve downloaded, don’t like and deleted.”

She says that Information about shopping habits is never passed directly to advertisers, but being able to paint an overall picture of people's online behavior, likes and preferences could enable advertisers to target possible consumers more...

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Jul 07
Apple posts beta of revised MobileMe Calendar Web app

Apple has released a beta version of a tweaked the MobileMe Calendar Web app. MobileMe is the company's US$99-per-year suite of Internet tools.

The MobileMe Calendar beta is a preview of the new Calendar web application. It sports a new web interface with calendar sharing and event invitations, as well as new features designed to make it easier to use. Features include the ability to: share calendars with family and friends (though they must be MobileMe members in the beta); publish calendars for groups or teams; and offer event invitations with RSVPs. The beta works with the calendar applications on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Please note that all changes made after joining the Calendar beta will be lost if you leave (unless you manually export your calendar before leaving). You will revert back to the calendar data that you had prior to joining the beta. Also remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Jul 07
Apple updates iMovie for the iPhone 4

Apple released iMovie 1.0.1 for the iPhone 4 with fixes that address stability issues in the version of the movie editing app for the latest version of the smartphone.

The iMovie app for iPhone lets you combine movie clips, add dynamic transitions and themes and include photos and music, and users can buy it for US$4.99 through the App Store right on their phone. Version 1.0.1 improves reliability when exporting movies that contain photos was improved, and an issue with music playback in projects was fixed.

The update also includes additional performance and reliability improvements, according to Apple. It's a free update for registered users.

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Jul 07
Apple: only small percentage of iTunes accounts were compromised

Apple says that only a small percentage of iTunes accounts were compromised in a recent situation involving violation of developer terms. Approximately 400 of the 150 million iTunes users -- less than 0.003% -- were impacted, reports "Clayton Morris" (

"To the question of whether the iTunes servers themselves were ever in any danger of hackery Apple says that the iTunes servers were not compromised in any way," the article adds.

Hijacked accounts were reportedly used to buy multiple copies of previously obscure Vietnamese-language eBooks, in an apparent bid to game the iTunes ranking system. The eBooks concerned have been pulled from Apple's...

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Jul 07
UBS Fever releases new iPad, iPhone 4 products

USB Fever has released four new products for the iPad and iPhone 4.

The Wooden-look Hard Back Cover Case for iPad ( is an US$16.99 case with a wooden-look on the backside graphics. The Italiano Flag Hard Back Cover Case for iPad
( is a $16.99 case sports the Leopard Italy flag.

The Deutsche Flag Hard Back Cover Case for iPad (

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Jul 07
Monotype Imaging adds ITC New Esprit family to typeface...

Monotype Imaging Holdings has released the 16-font ITC New Esprit typeface family into the ITC typeface collection. Available in both text and display versions, ITC New Esprit can be viewed, licensed and downloaded from the company’s, and e-commerce sites.

ITC New Esprit was created by Jovica Veljović, who designed the ITC Esprit typeface more than 25 years ago. Veljović took the basic letterforms of his original typeface to create two variants of ITC New Esprit: one for improved text composition and the other for display typography.

ITC New Esprit comprises 16 typefaces that are available in four weights (from regular to black), each with an italic counterpart in the text and display variants. All ITC New Esprit fonts are available in the OpenType format, which supports both Mac and Windows platforms.

Selections are also offered as OpenType Pro fonts, which enable the ability to apply advanced typographic features and...

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Jul 06
Mac sales see 19-23% year-over-year growth

The NPD Group says that Mac sales increased 35% in May and expects that Apple will sell 3.1 to 3.2 million Macs in the June quarter. That's year-over-year unit growth of 19 to 23% -- better than Wall Street's consensus of 19% year-over-year.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says the NPD data shows little cannibalization of Mac sales from the hot iPad. However, iPod sales are down 13% year-over-year, which is a decrease greater than the 9% Munster had forecast. Still, considering that the iPad has an average selling price four times higher than the iPod, the analyst sees it as an overall positive for Apple.

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Jul 06
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 6

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Photo-sharing service has announced a free iPhone app. It enables Jalbum users to browse, share and create stunning web photo albums from anywhere.

QNAP Systems has released the QMobile app for the Pad, iPhone, and iPod touch and the new V3.3 NAS management utility update. The free app, when used in conjunction with a QNAP Turbo NAS server and the V3.3 update, allows users to stream music, digital pictures, and videos from their home NAS server and play directly on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch from anywhere, using Wi-Fi or 3G networks.

Aquafadas has introduced It's a Girl and It's a Boy for the iPhone and iPod touch. The apps -- which cost US$0.99 each - are for accessing and showing your children's pictures in an innovative...

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Jul 06
Bria VoIP software for the Mac now supports multiple accounts

CounterPath Corp. (, a provider of desktop and mobile voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) software solutions, has updated Bria, its multimedia communications softphone, Bria, to version 3.1. One of the most significant additions to the update is support for multiple accounts.

With Bria 3.1, users now can select on the fly which account to use for voice, IM and HD video calling, whether it’s over a wired or wireless IP network, including 3G/4G and Wi-Fi. The new version also features an enhanced, streamlined user interface (UI) that enhances Bria’s expanded conferencing features, including additional multi-tasking options when multiple audio and/or video calls are in progress. Bria 3.1 also supports server-based conference calling using Bria’s built-in native contact list and call manager.

Available for Mac and Windows systems, Bria's new features include high-...

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Jul 06
Griffin Technology, Frontier Design Group present GuitarConnect...

Griffin Technology and Frontier Design Group have announced availability of Griffin's GuitarConnect cable and Frontier's iShred LIVE. With this combination of cable and app, your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad becomes a mobile guitar workstation.

The 1/4-inch cable connects easily into guitars, basses, or other instruments, and a stereo 1/8-inch mini-plug connects directly to the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad for use with audio applications such as iShred LIVE. The six-foot GuitarConnect cable also provides a stereo 1/8-inch mini-jack to connect headphones or audio cable for connection to a home stereo, amp, mixer, or other audio source.

iShred LIVE is a mobile app with amp modeling and stomp box effects for guitar, bass, and other instruments. Based on the virtual guitar app from Frontier Design Group, iShred LIVE gives musicians of all skill levels the ability to play a real instrument through their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

GuitarConnect, $29.99, is now...

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Jul 06
beaTunes update improves concurrency for large collections

Tagtrum has released version 2.1.10 of beaTunes (, the iTunes add-on for Mac and Windows. The new release offers improved concurrency for large collections.

beaTunes can detect various types of metadata, such as beats-per-minute and musical key, as well as find and fix typos and inconsistencies such as misspelled artists and rarely used genres.
BeaTunes analyzes the color and tempo (BPM) of your songs, intelligently creates playlists of matching songs, corrects your iTunes Music Library (typos, wrong genres, etc.), lets you blog about your playlists and more.

A seven-day demo version is available at the product web site. Registration is US$31.95. Upgrades to version 2.1.10 from 1.x are $11.95 and free for registered 2.x users. beaTunes requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

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Jul 06
Storyist for Mac OS X gets maintenance release

Storyist Software, a developer of creative writing tools for Mac OS X, has updated Storyist, a story development tool for novelists and screenwriters, to version 2.2.1. It's a maintenance release with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Storyist provides a word processor with the features writers expect from a top-notch writing program, including spelling and grammar checking and a page layout view with support for headers, footers, and style sheets. It also provides a number of features not found in typical word processing applications and screenplay formatters.

Storyist 2.2.1 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher. The download-only version is $59 and a download + boxed set (CD + printed manual) version is $79. Both are available through the company’s online store (

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Jul 06
Studiometry for Mac OS X updated to version 7.1.3

Oranged Software ( has released Studiometry 7.1.3, an update to the Mac OS X compatible software for companies to organize, plan, invoice, track and create with client and project data. The new version adds Catalan localization.

Also, you can now show Client ID numbers in the main window's client list and can sort clients by their ID numbers in the main window's client list. Studiometry 7.1.3 also has bug fixes.

Version 7.1.3 is a free update for registered users of version 7.x. Upgrades from Studiometry 6 are US$59. The price for new users is $199.

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Jul 06
Yojimbo for Mac OS X updated to version 2.2.1

Bare Bones Software ( has released Yojimbo 2.2.1, an upgrade to the information organizer for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance release that includes fixes for reported issues.

Yojimbo is an Universal Binary application that requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later, and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). Version 2.2.1 is a free update for registered 2.0x users.

For new users Yojimbo 2.2.1 is available at a suggested retail price of US$39 for an individual license; $69 for a family-pack license for up to five people in a single household; or $29 for an educational license. All licenses provide for synchronization of multiple computers. Any registered owner of Yojimbo 1.0 through 1.5.2 can upgrade to Yojimbo 2 for $20, including individual, family and academic licenses.

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Jul 06
Analyst lowers iPhone sales predictions, ups iPad sales forecast

In a note to clients, Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu has lowered his sales estimate for iPhone from nine million units to 7.5 million for Apple's third fiscal quarter. His predictions for the Mac and iPod remain the same at 3.2 and 9.8 million.

"Based on our more detailed analysis of supply chain data, we are shifting our iPhone assumptions to latter quarters due to the high likelihood that an inventory drawdown and screen supply constraints could impact near-term shipments over the next two quarters," Wu says. "We believe most Street estimates have not factored this in and thus we believe consensus at 8.5 million iPhones for the June quarter may likely prove too aggressive."

The analyst is predicting 3.5 million iPad sales for the third fiscal quarter. He's raising Apple price target from US$342 per share to $349 per share.

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Jul 06
Tee-Boy announces iPhone/iPad Developer Camp

Tee-Boy ( has announced the dates for its upcoming iPhone and iPad Developer Camp. The camp will be held Oct. 25-29 in the countryside of the Southwest Louisiana Cajun Prairie.

During the week, participants will learn how to develop and deploy applications for Apple's iPhone and iPad products. In addition to a learning environment, all attendees will be treated to Cajun food cooked fresh daily. Accommodations will be provided by the highly rated L'Acadie Inn, which encompasses 13.5 acres of countryside outside of Louisiana's Prairie Cajun Capital of Eunice, Louisiana.

The entire training session, including materials and sample software, plus food and accommodations. The cost is US$2,995 per person.

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Jul 06
Shot Logger Pro released for Final Cut

Red Lightning Software ( has released Shot Logger Pro, an on-set logging application for professional and amateur filmmakers and videographers. The US$299 app is designed to help you annotate and organize all shots during Final Cut Pro editing sessions.

When using Shot Logger Pro on location, a place holder clip is created at the same time the video clip is being recorded. When the clip is finished recording, annotate each shot with accurate notes, ratings, shot type, scene, and take numbers. Once all the clips have been shot, the filmmaker can instantly Batch Connect all the annotated place holder clips with their corresponding video clips and export all the clips and their logging information to Final Cut Pro. In Final Cut Pro, all your shots will be logged and organized in the shot...

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Jul 06
Apple Store Haywood Mall to open July 10

Apple will open a new retail store in Greenville, South Carolina, this Saturday, July 10.

Apple Store Haywood Mall ( is located at 700 Haywood Road, Suite 106, Greenville, South Carolina 29607 The phone number is 864-987-7589.

Regular store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 to 6 pm.

Apple Store State Street will be the company's 294th retail store. Apple plans to open another 19 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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Jul 06
CNS Menu adds background and foreground font colors for menu...

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has updated CNS Menu ( to version 1.1.10. This version -- for both Mac OS X and Windows systems -- adds support for background and foreground font colors for menu items, as well as fixes a few bugs dealing with mouse positions and mouse button presses.

CNS Menu allows you to place hierarchical menus anywhere on a FileMaker Pro layout. When a menu item is chosen, the script of your choice is performed. Menus can have any number of sub-menus and can be displayed with a variety of styles and bullet marks. Creating menus with CNS Menu can be as easy as handing the plug-in a return-delimited list of menu items to display. Your menu items can display one value and have a separate value that can be used in your scripts, so the end user can see useful information while the value can be an ID number.

This version is a free upgrade...

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Jul 06
iPhone 3G is most recycled phone

Apple’s second-generation iPhone, the iPhone 3G, is the most recycled handset in the UK, according to phone recycling comparison site, Sell My Mobile.

"Telegraph" ( says the iPhone 3G is the most popular phone to be recycled in the UK this month, with owners getting up to £170 in exchange for their unwanted iPhone. According to Sell My Mobile, the 8GB and 16GB models of the iPhone 3G, as well as the 16GB iPhone 3GS, the third-generation iPhone, were the most-recycled handsets in June.

Sell My Mobile said the average price offered to phone users for their unwanted handset was £77.75, but warned that there were big differences in the prices offered by different mobile phone recycling sites. Users looking to offload the 16GB model of the iPhone 4, for instance, could lose out on an extra £132 if they didn’t shop around for the best recycling price deal.

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