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Dec 22
Fake (and dangerous) iTunes e-mail making the rounds

E-mails purportedly coming from iTunes and bearing "iTunes account may be suspended" in the subject line have been hitting inboxes in the last few days, according to "Help Net Security" (http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=1576).

The message reads: "Dear iTunes Customer, it is possible that your account password has been stolen. 4 different IP addresses have been used to login to your account within the last 24 hours. Please visit the bellow link and read what to do and how to contact support department."

If you click the link in the message, you're taken to fake Apple support page. Although it doesn't ask for any confidential info, "the site silently serves a malicious script that tries to exploit vulnerabilities in older versions of Java and Windows Help to gain access to the system and download and install malware," says "Help...

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Dec 22
NewerTech announces NuStands for the iPad, Mac mini

NewerTech has announced NuStand alloy stands for the iPad and Mac mini.

The iPad version is designed to eliminate hard-to-view flat and unstable/unsafe "prop" viewing of an iPad. Featuring an, aircraft grade aluminum body and silicone center, the NewerTech NuStand Alloy for iPad gently yet securely holds an iPad up to a 15 degree angle in either portrait or landscape positions for personal viewing preferences. The open design provides full access to all ports for using, viewing and charging an iPad.

By orienting the 2010 Mac mini into an upright vertical position, the NewerTech NuStand Alloy for Mac mini (pictured) provides a secure way to display a 2010 Mac mini. Besides creating a custom appearance and easier access to all ports and connections, the NuStand Alloy for Mac mini main benefit is greater placement flexibility of a 2010 Mac mini on a crowded desktop or in a space limited home theater cabinet, according to the folks at NewerTech. Non-skid rubber feet...

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Dec 22
Updated iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 22

Cascadium has announced Fugitives 1.1 for iOS devices, an update of the app that provides new features and user interface improvements. Fugitives retrieves FBI Wanted Criminals in a number of categories and lets you peruse the details and pictures of these wanted fugitives. You can use Fugitives to find out details, including reward amounts, on the FBI Wanted list. For the rest of the month of December, Fugitives 1.1 is on sale for US$0.99.

Mealtickets & Unusual Ideas has released Traverse Traveler 1.1, an update of their free, mobile guide for iOS devices. Offering an interactive resource, Traverse Traveler features the best destinations in the Traverse City region, featuring local restaurants, lodging, wineries, attractions, shopping, events, services and more.

Houdah Software has served up Quid 4.0, the latest version of the $0.99 universal currency converter for iOS devices. Quid draws on a source of exchange rates for over 180 world currencies and precious...

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Dec 22
Photoshopped fake iPad Mini picture?

By Greg Mills

As anyone who spends much time on the Internet knows, Photoshopping pictures can create very convincing evidence to support absolute speculation.  

There is a picture circulating online that, in my opinion, has been intentionally modified to drop a small image of an "iPad Mini" into a staged picture. See http://www.cultofmac.com/famous-taiwan-race-car-driver-claims-he-has-an-... .

The full picture shows a man holding an iPad in each hand. The picture was staged with him holding a real iPad in his left hand and holding up an empty right hand up in the same position as if he was holding a smaller iPad. If you capture the pixels where his finger nails intersect the smaller iPad you will notice there are vertical lines...

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Dec 22
Analyst: Apple needs an app store for the Apple TV

Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu said in a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that though the Apple TV is starting to take off -- Apple says sales will top one million this week -- sales of the $99 set-top box just aren't enough to have a major effect on Apple's bottom line.

He says the million unit sales figure is "positive, but fairly immaterial." If the device continues to sell a million units per quarter, it would amount to US$400 million in annual revenue -- just a drop in the bucket for a company expected to earn $88 billion in revenue in its fiscal year 2011, Wu says.

Despite this, the analyst thinks the Apple TV is now positioned to become a "more material contributor and game changer in the TV space." On the other hand, he believes a major catalyst for the set-top box would be the addition of an App Store, allowing users to download new...

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Dec 22
Darkest of Days game comes to the Mac


You're our last, best chance to keep history intact, so no pressure, buddy." That's Kronotek's Agent Dexter speaking to the player in Darkest of Days (http://www.vpltd.com/software/dod/), Virtual Programming's latest release for Mac OS X. Gamers step into the time-traveling shoes of Alexander Morris, who Agent Dexter plucks from the ranks of General Custer's army during the Battle of Little Big Horn. Now he must travel through history and relive some of its most famous events while protecting those whose survival is crucial to the space-time continuum.

Players' quest to keep the space-time continuum intact begins with the Civil War's Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Tannenberg during World War I. They soon learn that a mysterious organization called the Opposition is using its own time travel technology to stop them from protecting a Union Army corporal and a Russian Army officer...

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Dec 22
AnyBizSoft posts beta of PDF Editor for Mac

AnyBizSoft, a Wondershare company focused on PDF solutions, has released a public beta of PDF Editor for Mac beta.

With the integration of their existing PDF to Word conversion technology, this new released program not only enables users to edit PDF text, insert images, and annotate on PDF files, but also allows users to convert PDF to Word on Mac OS X. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

Also, AnyBizSoft PDF Editor for Mac Beta’s Keycode is giving away a free Christmas gift. Keycode’s giveaway program is held on AnyBizSoft PDF Editor for Mac Beta’s official product page (http://www.anypdftools.com/pdf-editor-for-mac.html). After downloading the program, users need to click Get Keycode Now button to find the get keycode area. By filling out the username, e-mail address and clicking Send me Keycode button,...

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Dec 22
Another analyst thinks Apple will enter the TV market

Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White told clients -- as reported by "Forbes" (http://blogs.forbes.com/ericsavitz/2010/12/21/apple-when-will-they-start...) -- that Apple will eventually start making television sets. He thinks that Apple “has larger ambitions” in the TV market, and contends the current generation Apple TV is “just the beginning of something much larger.”

“In our view, Apple is one of the few companies in the world that will be able to offer consumers a broad digital media ecosystem with iTunes, iBooks and the App Store,” he says. "Additionally, Apple arguably offers the most aesthetically pleasing consumer electronic products in the world. Keep in mind, the TV is at the center of living rooms around the globe, and an Apple TV would likely be a big hit, in our view....

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Dec 22
Alpinestars brings protection to the iPhone 4 with Incipio

Incipio and Alpinestars have teamed up on two cases for the iPhone 4: the Tech 10 and Bionic.

The Alpinestars TECH10 Motocross boot is a motocross boot. The $24.99 Tech 10 iPhone case shares DNA with the TECH10 boot and is intended to provide the same amount of performance and protection.

The $34.99 Alpinestars Bionic Jacket (pictured) is engineered to provide maximum protection against the brutal forces of motorcycle racing. The Bionic case for the iPhone 4 borrowed design cues from the Bionic Jacket and shares its impeccable protective nature. For more info go to http://www.myincipio.com/alpinestars .

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Dec 22
Apple posts iPhone Configuration Utility 3.2

Apple has released iPhone Configuration Utility 3.2. It's a 10.17MB download, requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and can be downloaded via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

The iPhone Configuration Utility lets you create, maintain, encrypt, and install configuration profiles, track and install provisioning profiles and authorized applications, and capture device information including console logs. Apple hasn't said what's changed with version 3.2.
 
Configuration profiles are XML files that contain device security policies, VPN configuration information, Wi-Fi settings, APN settings, Exchange account settings, mail settings, and certificates that permit iPhone and iPod touch to work with your enterprise systems.

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Dec 22
Intego updates VirusBarrier X6

Intego (http://www.intego.com) has released an update to VirusBarrier X6, the company’s program that protects Macs from malware and network threats. This update, version 10.6.10, offers enhancements and performance improvements, improves overall stability, supports general compatibility issues, and addresses a number of other minor issues.

VirusBarrier X6 users can download the update through NetUpdate, Intego’s tool for updating its software. This update is free for all users of VirusBarrier X6.

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Dec 22
UK teen found guilty of fraud on iTunes, Amazon

A UK teen named Lamar Johnson has plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud. He and his band used stolen credit cards to purchase something like $750,000 worth of their own music from both Amazon and the iTunes Store between January 2008 and June 2009, reports "engadget" (http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/22/uk-teen-buys-750-000-of-his-own-music...).

While Johnson will find his sentence tacked onto the 5-year jail term he is currently serving for grievous bodily harm, the rest of his 12 member "band" will have to wait until they appear in court in January to discover their fate, the article adds. The name of the band hasn't been disclosed.

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Dec 22
Cakewalk announces free Sonar X1A update

Cakewalk, a developer of products for music creation and recording, has announced a free update for Sonar X1 Producer, Studio, and Essential. All registered Sonar X1 customers can download the free Sonar X1A update at http://www.catwalk.com .

The Sonar X1 Update has been split into two parts. The first update, X1A, addresses usability enhancements and overall stability issues across the entire application. The next update X1B, will address a number of additional issues based largely on customer feedback. Availability of the Sonar X1B update will be announced in the first quarter 2011.
 
A comprehensive list of what is included in the Sonar X1A update can be found at http://www.cakewalk.com/support/kb/reader.aspx?ID=2007013216 .

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Dec 21
Evom lets you watch Flash videos anywhere

The Little App Factory has released Evom (http://thelittleappfactory.com/evom/), a free Mac OS X app that lets you "watch Flash videos anywhere."

You can use it to convert your movie files for playback anywhere. Drag files, folders, or links into Evom to start. Converted media files are exported into iTunes or saved to your desktop.

You can download Flash videos from web sites to iPods, iPhones, iPads, and many other devices. Drag a link or URL into Evom to start. The software takes advantage of your Mac’s multi-core processor.

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Dec 21
Apple releases iPhone 9.1.1

Apple has released iPhone 9.1.1. It's a 62.09MB download, requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher and can be downloaded via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

According to Apple, this update adds new email options to iPhoto '11. It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues.

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Dec 21
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 21

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/).

Verizon says  FiOS TV customers who also have Apple's iPad can now download and use Verizon's free FiOS Mobile application, which lets customers manage their DVRs and browse FiOS video-on-demand (VOD) offers remotely, plus turn their Apple tablet into a remote control for their HD set-top boxes.  

3dot5 has announced World Flights -- HD 1.0, a flight tracking application for the iPad. The US$2.99 app offers several ways to access the required info based on your specific requirements. You can search by airline, route, airport, nearest airport and add airports and routes to Favorites for even faster access.

Cocoa Platypus has released Project SD1, their new 2D side scrolling platform game for the iOS platform. The $1.99 game follows the...

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Dec 21
Apple sued for violating digital video compression patents

Another day, another lawsuit. A lawsuit against Apple (as well as Canon, LG and TivO) was filed Monday by a patent holder named Multimedia Patent Trust in a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California. It's aimed at, well, just about all of Apple's product line, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The complaint cites four U.S. patents granted to a number of different inventors between 1990 and 1996. All four inventions granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are related to digital video compression techniques. Apple is specifically accused of violating the first three with hardware it makes that plays video. In addition to hardware, the suit also names a number of Apple's software products, including Final Cut Studio, iTunes and iLife.

Multimedia Patent Trust states that it informed Apple of its alleged violations on March 15, 2007. "Appleinsider" say...

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Dec 21
Analyst: Verizon 'excited' about carrying the iPhone...

In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu says Verizon is "still excited" about launching Apple's iPhone early next year "to combat slowing Android momentum in the US."

He says the confirmation of Verizon's interest in launching the iPhone, "despite it already carrying a full roster of competing operating systems including Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows, and webOS," provides additional support for data reported earlier showing a sharp decline in Verizon's growth from Android following the launch of iPhone 4.

Last week, Apple Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients that he thinks Apple will sell nine million Verizon iPhones in 2011. What's more, he says that estimate may be conservation. Munster thinks that Apple could sell closer to 20 million iPhones at Verizon next year.

The analyst thinks...

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Dec 21
FCC approves 'Net Neutrality' rules; Woz's take

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved a "high-level rules of the road" designed to ensure that internet providers grant everyone equal access to the web.

But the 3-2 vote immediately came under attack from both flanks, with Internet-freedom advocates saying the new rules don't go far enough and critics saying the government should stay out of online business altogether, notes "CNN" (http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/web/12/21/fcc.net.neutrality/index.html). In announcing the proposed rules this month, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said they would require high-speed internet providers to treat all types of web content equally.

Unfortunately, the FCC held most discussions behind closed doors, until this morning's debate and final approval of the regulations. If you care about this issue -- and...

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Dec 21
Number of households with multiple iPads on the rise

The iPad is so popular there’s an increasing wave of two or more iPad households, according to the YouGov research firm (http://today.yougov.co.uk/sites/today.yougov.co.uk/files/Tablet_ownershi...), as noted by "9to5 Mac" (http://www.9to5mac.com/43762/yougov-survey-shows-rise-of-the-two-ipad-ho... ). According to the study of 1,674 Brits, 17% iPad owners say there's more than one of the Apple tablets in their household.

Thirty-seven percent of iPad owners said their household has multiple iPads because their partner uses theirs. Seventeen percent say yet another member of their household uses...

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Dec 21
NPR: Ping one of the worst ideas of 2010

NPR has named Apple’s Ping -- a social network for music -- one of the worst ideas of 2010. The reason, says NPR, relates to Apple’s inherently closed nature, reports "Ericric" (http://erictric.com/2010/12/21/npr-names-apples-ping-one-of-the-worst-id...).

“Why Ping has floundered can be summed up in a sentence: Apple doesn’t like sharing, thus, it is difficult for them to build a social network,” says Latoya Peterson.

"Riddle me this: How did the Apple crew create a social networking site for music way back in September, but only introduce a way to swap playlists four months later?" she says. "Considering how important playlists are to the organization of a healthy music collection, one would imagine that type of functionality would have been ready at launch. But don’t let the...

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Dec 21
Mac OS X Downloads site will no longer offer apps as of Jan. 6

Apple has sent an e-mail message to registered developers, telling them that on Jan. 6 -- when the Mac App Store launches -- the Mac OS X Downloads site will no longer offer apps.

Apple tells developers to submit their software to the Mac App Store instead. Said store "will be the best destination for users to discover, purchase, and download apps," the company says.

Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Lion at the Back to the Mac event in October. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he said. Like on the iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step.

The Mac App Store will be available for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") on Jan. 6. And it will be built into next year's Mac OS X Lion.

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Dec 21
Israeli hospital equips its doctors with iPads

Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center (MYMC) is the first Israeli hospital to give iPad technology to its doctors, for use both on and off-site. Medical staff can now check patient records, test results, hi-resolution X-rays and CT scans, report on patient progress and plan ongoing treatment using the Apple tablet.

MYMC has embraced this latest and most desirable technology by investing in iOS 4.2, customized for use in Hebrew. This allows clinicians instant touch-screen access to patient records and medical information via secure password-protected internet. MYMC's IT team have programmed the iPad to interact with the Microsoft Chameleon program used by the hospital.

"The picture quality on the iPad screen enables our doctors to check high-resolution x-ray and scan images, either on the wards or from outside the hospital, and to diagnose and prescribe treatment immediately at any time," says Dr. Yoram Liwer, CEO of Mayanei Hayeshua. ."The iPad is recognized today as a...

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Dec 21
New Apple TV sales to top one million this week

Apple says it expects sales of its new US$99 Apple TV to top one million units later this week. The new Apple TV offers a way to watch HD movies and TV shows, stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, all on your HD TV.

iTunes users are now renting and purchasing over 400,000 TV episodes and over 150,000 movies per day, Apple says. Now with AirPlay, recently available in iOS 4.2, users can wirelessly stream their music, video and photos from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to their new Apple TV. Users can also control Apple TV with their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the Remote app, available as a free app on the Apple App Store.

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Dec 21
Aluratek announces Bump wireless speaker line 


Aluratek (http://www.aluratek.com) has announced the Bump wireless/MP3 speaker line. The collection introduces four new products -- the AMS01F portable boombox, the AUWS01F USB transmitter with remote wireless speaker (pictured), the AWS01F boombox kit with separate remote wireless speaker, and the APS01F 3.5mm lithium ion portable speaker.
 


The Bump AMS01F portable boombox -- which has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$49.99 -- has a plug-n-play design that plays music by inserting an SD/SDHC card. The wireless speaker also features a built-in FM tuner and alarm clock function. 
 


For playing tunes from a computer anywhere in the house, the Bump AUWS01F ($79.99) provides a 2.4GHz wireless transmitter that ensures a high-quality connection up to 60 feet, according to John Wolikow, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Aluratek. Simply insert the USB dongle to get started; no...

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