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Sep 23
Apple now world's second business company by market value

Apple has overtaken PetroChina Co. to become the second-biggest company in the world by market value, lifted by investors betting on growth prospects for the Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-09-23/apple-becomes-world-s-second...?).

Apple, valued at $265.8 billion, trails Exxon Mobil Corp., which was worth $313.3 billion as of 2:53 p.m. (Eastern). PetroChina is valued at $265.5 billion.

“There’s no reason at all Apple can’t grow much, much bigger,” Jane Snorek, an analyst with Minneapolis-based First American Funds (which has more than $100 billion under management, with Apple as its largest technology holding) told "Bloomberg." Apple still has a small portion of the market for phones and...

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Sep 23
Apple to open Spokane retail store on Sept. 25

Apple is set to open a new retail store in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10 am. Apple Store River Park Square (http://www.apple.com/retail/riverparksquare/) is located at 808 West Main Avenue, Spokane, Washington 99201. The grand opening will start at 10 am.

Regular store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Apple Store Haywood Mall will be the company's 304rd retail store. Apple plans to open another 17 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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Sep 23
Solid Line to ship leather case/keyboard combo for the iPad

Solid Line Products (http://www.solidlineproducts.com) is now taking orders for its all-in-one leather case & Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad, which ships next week. The Bluetooth 2.0 silicone keyboard is built into the quality leather folio case designed to protect the iPad from nicks, scratches, and scuffs.

Designed for those who find the iPad’s soft keyboard impractical for any serious typing, the built-in keyboard pairs seamlessly to the iPad with three simple steps, according to Sold Line Products founder and CEO Henry Lo. The case allows for easy positioning of the iPad at an optimum angle for viewing a horizontal screen and typing, he adds.

"The iPad is indeed a revolutionary product," Lo says. "Unfortunately, we humans can’t undo 30 years of keyboard conditioning overnight. This new product makes the iPad more practical for emails, note taking, or even for posting...

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Sep 23
Turn your iPad into an Etch-a-Sketch

Headcase has introduced the US$39 Etch-a-Sketch iPad case (http://www.getaheadcase.com). It resembles one of America's favorite toys and is made of impact resistant ABS plastic.

Rubber feet and a felt backing cradle the Apple tablet inside the case, while strategically placed windows throughout the Etch-a-Sketch case allow for use of all switches, ports, and buttons. A retractable kick stands allow one to either lay the  iPad flat, or angle it for using the keyboard.

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Sep 23
iHub Basic syncs Macs, iDevices wirelessly

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has unveiled iHub Basic for Mac OS X. The US$29.95 software syncs contacts and calendars automatically and wirelessly between Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in any local network.

The software installs on a Mac and shares selected calendars, contacts and address book groups. Other Macs and iOS devices on the same network can access and edit any shared data. iHub Basic doesn't require any additional client software as it uses the open standards CalDAV and CardDAV which are supported by default by Mac OS X and iOS.

"Thanks to iHub Basic, there is no need to store sensitive on any far-away cloud service," says Jan Fuellemann, spokesperson of nova media. "In addition, the user does not have to use a cable and run iTunes just to add an appointment in the calendar or to change an address. And of course, there is no need to buy any expensive server solution to...

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Sep 23
iPhone tops customer satisfaction list for fourth consecutive...

For a fourth consecutive time, Apple ranks highest in customer satisfaction among manufacturers of smartphones with a score of 800 on a 1,000-point scale, and performs particularly well in ease of operation, operating system, features and physical design, according to the J.D. Power and Associates' (http://www.JDPower.com) 2010 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study. Motorola (791) and HTC (781) follow Apple in the rankings.

The study measures customer satisfaction with traditional wireless handsets and smartphones across several key factors among owners who have used their current mobile phone for less than two years. In order of importance, the key factors of overall satisfaction with traditional wireless handsets are: operation (30%); physical design (30%); features (20%); and battery function (20%). For smartphones, the key factors are: ease of operation (26%); operating system (24%);...

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Sep 23
Low brand loyalty among BlackBerry users may be fueled by...

Companies that force employees to use BlackBerries may be indirectly hurting the brand by fomenting low user loyalty, according to the latest Crowd Science study into smartphone brand loyalty.

Only 35% of survey respondents whose smartphone choices were foisted on them by corporate mandate said they were "very satisfied" with their brand, compared with about 60% of users who exercised at least some choice in their smartphone purchases.

BlackBerries were much more likely -- in two out of three cases -- to be the smartphone brand chosen by companies for their employees, the study found. About one-fifth (19%) of BlackBerry users had their phone chosen for them, compared with just 4% each of Android or iPhone users. In a related finding, Crowd Science found that one-third of BlackBerry owners use their phones mostly or only for business purposes, compared with just 20% of all smartphone users.

"Combine the low satisfaction levels of users of corporate-mandated...

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Sep 23
Logo Design Studio Pro update doubles number of included...

Macware has updated Logo Design Studio Pro (http://www.macwareinc.com/products/LDSPro/overview.html), a vector based logo design application for Mac OS X, to version 2.0. The upgrade doubles the number of included logo templates and SVG graphic objects, adds new design options, improves overall usability, and fixes all bugs reported from the previous version.

Logo Design Studio Pro lets you design logo objects, then add or change text, shapes, color gradients and more to get the look right. Vector design tools allow you to scale logos to any size without losing their sharpness and clarity. You can even make your logo background transparent to blend in on any web or print-based project.

Logo Design Studio Pro is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The software costs US$59...

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Sep 23
SOHO Business Cards 3.0 gets new smart templates, more

Chronos (http://www.chronosnet.com) has updated SOHO Business Cards, the business card software for Mac OS X, to version 3.0. New featurs include:

° 70-plus smart templates;

° An artwork browser that manages artwork and makes it searchable;

° A font preview mode for previewing fonts in a list or animated fashion;

° Curved & spiral text;

° A Paste and Match Style feature to match the style of text nearby;

° The ability to hold down the space bar and drag the mouse to scroll the canvas;

° A Trim To Card feature to hide objects outside the card for a quick preview; six new Smart Shapes; the ability to resize multiple objects together without grouping; the ability to edit bezier shapes; and 20 iScrapKits containing 974 graphics.

SOHO Business Cards is a business card kit that comes with: 13,000-plus designer-quality photographs, photos of objects and...

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Sep 23
Raidon releases new internal, two-bay, 3.5-inch RAID storage...

Raidon Technology (www.RAIDON.com.tw) has released the iR2620, an internal, two-bay, 3.5-inch RAID storage module offering RAID 0 and RAID 1 functions, with an integrated RS232 port for connection to industrial controls and IPC facilities.
  
The iR2620 integrates with the Raidon self-developed RAID chip and gives stable RAID 1 real-time backup to help maintain continuous operation of the system, according to the folks at Raidson. Its front panel LCD display provides initial  configuration and status monitoring. The iR2620 is made available for data integration through the embedded RS232 port to facilitate with the management demands of industrial control systems. System status is provided via e-mail notification from the RAIDGuide software to instantly report any malfunction which may occur.
 
The iR2620 is designed to fit into two of the 5.25-inch CD-ROM bays with swappable trays and can be...

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Sep 23
'Take Control of PDFpen 5' book released

Only days after Smile's release of PDFpen 5, TidBITS Publishing has published "Take Control of PDFpen 5" by Michael E. Cohen.

PDFpen 5 is a low-cost alternative to Adobe Acrobat, offering key PDF editing and manipulation features in an elegant interface. The 132-page ebook, which was created in collaboration with Smile, is available for US$10 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/pdfpen-5 .

In "Take Control of PDFpen 5," Cohen first provides an overview of the PDF format. He then gives readers a tour of PDFpen's tools and navigation. After getting the basics out of the way, Cohen turns to more in-depth features.

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Sep 23
Booq unveils line of iPad carrying cases

Booq (http://www.booqbags.com) has unveiled a Cobra line of iPad compatible carrying cases. Each bag is crafted with a black 1680 denier ballistic nylon with water-repellant coating and trimmed with genuine Nappa leather inside and out.

All buckles and loopholes are emphasized with gunmetal hardware. Booq designers equipped each bag with a highly abrasion-resistant and water-resistant rubberized bottom.

The US$345 Cobra Case L is king of the Cobra line. It has room for a laptop, iPad, folders, documents and various accessories. The $255 Cobra Brief L is a mid-size laptop case with an iPad sized front pocket and leather-trimmed pockets for the iPad charger, an iPhone, wallet or pens.

The $155 Cobra Slim L walks the line between a laptop sleeve and slim briefcase. It can handle a 15 to 17-inch MacBook Pro has a non-scratch iPad compartment and accessory pockets. The $145 Cobra Courier XS is an...

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Sep 23
Verizon CEO hopes for an iPhone on the company's upcoming...

He said nothing about an iPhone for the company's current network, but said he hopes Apple will come around and allow Verizon to sell the phone for a new network it is building, reports the "Associated Press" (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100923/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_verizon_iphone?). The "4G" network hasn't yet opened for service and won't be complete next year.

"We don't feel like we have an iPhone deficit. We would love to carry it when we get there, but we have to earn it," Seidenberg said. "I think 4G will accelerate the process, and any other decisions Apple makes would be fine with us. Hopefully, at some point Apple will get with the program."

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Sep 23
UAE's Etisalat announces iPhone 4 price plans

Etisalat, the leading telecom service provider in the UAE [(United Arab Emigrates-, has announced the price packages for the iPhone 4.

According to "Trade Arabia" (http://www.tradearabia.com/news/newsdetails.asp?Sn=IT&artid=186234), Eisalat’s 3G mobile broadband network covers 99% of UAE’s populated area and provides customers with speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Customers can subscribe to the iPhone 4 with several voice and data plan options on a one-year contractual basis.

"Trade Arabia" says the plans are "value-packed with a number of free minutes, SMS and data per month, suited to varying customers’ needs." Customers also have the opportunity to get iPhone 4: 16GB for free if they subscribe to Package 3, which includes unlimited data, along with 500 minutes of voice calls and 125 SMSes.

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Sep 23
Apple CEO is 42nd richest American

According to the annual list of the 400 richest Americans, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is 42nd on the list with a net worth of US$6.1 billion. Last year he had a net worth of $5.1 billion.


The CEO only draws one buck a year in salary, but makes a bundle of cash from Apple stock options. Globally, Jobs ranks 136 on the list of billionaires, according to "Forbes."

Here's what "Forbes" has to say about Jobs: "In January he unveiled Apple's iPad tablet amid a media frenzy; the device has so far beaten the hype with more than 3 million sold since April. In May Apple's market cap overtook Microsoft's to become the most valuable tech company in the world. Despite a super-publicized antenna problem, Apple's latest iPhone sold 1.7 million units 3 days after launch. Majority of fortune comes from Disney; as largest shareholder owns about $4.4 billion of stock. Reed College dropout founded Apple 1976."

Bill Gates is ranks number one among the 400 riches Americans with a net...

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Sep 23
Analyst: Apple will sell 21 million iPads in 2011

In a note today to clients, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his iPad sales estimates for 2011 from 14.5 million to 21 million units. Among other things, he thinks that Apple will begin selling the tablet device in Target stores, along with over 1,000 Best Busy, in time for the holiday season.

Jaffray also thinks the international roll-out of the iPad will pump up sales. The tablet is now offered in more than 20 countries. Finally, the analyst thinks iPad sales will be helped by Apple's increasing presence in the enterprise market.

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Sep 23
Snowtape for Mac OS X can now record multiple stations at once

Vemedio has updated Snowtape (http://www.snowtape.com) for Mac OS X -- which enables users to listen and record live Internet radio with the touch of one button -- to version 2.0. You can now record from multiple radio stations in the background at once.

Snowtape 2 also introduces Recording Schedules. You can program the new recording engine to record at a certain time in the future or to record a favorite weekly show. Snowtape even wakes up the Mac, starts itself and records the show. After it has finished the Mac goes to sleep again.

The editor has been re-imagined from the ground up. Not only has Vemedio added audio waveforms but also zooming, scrolling and selecting. Extracting individual tracks form a recording is now also possible because Snowtape uses Last.fm Audio Fingerprints to identify a song based on the audio samples.

What's more, Snowtape 2 now fully supports the AirTunes...

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Sep 23
'MacNotables' looks at a variety of iPhone apps

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.

Ted Landau looks at plenty of apps on his iPhone and iPad, but there are only so many that make the cut and remain installed and in use. He takes us on a tour of what he uses and why, with apps for productivity, news, file sharing, audio and video streaming, Twitter, and more.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly. Not all panelists can make all shows due to scheduling conflicts.

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Sep 23
XPI introduces iPad adapter

XPI Power has released a small, US$4.99 adapter for the iPad: the iXP1-500 (http://www.xmultiple.com/xwebsite-powercircuit-xpower1.htm), which is designed to solve the problems iPad users have charging from their non-Mac desktop and laptop computers.

You can attach the iXP1-500 adapter to your existing Apple charge/sync cable, and your iPad will charge from your computer's USB port. Plugging an Apple tablet into a computer's USB port, instead of an AC jack, often results in syncing only.

The iPad requires 10W of energy to charge, which is much more than a typical USB port provides. However, even a USB port will work extremely slow compared to an AC outlet. That means most desktops and laptop USB ports won't charge the iPad. Therefore, to charge the iPad you have to be a slave to a wall outlet.

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Sep 23
UA releases EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in

Universal Audio (http://www.uaudio.com/support/uad/downloads/index.html) has released the EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in for the UAD-2. It gives guitar players and mix engineers the tape delay effects of vintage Echoplex units, now on the UAD-2 powered plug-Ins platform for Mac and PC systems.

Universal Audio President Matt Ward says you only need to listen to classic recordings from Jimmy Page, Brian May, Chick Corea, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson and Andy Summers to hear the Echoplex sound in action, according to the folks at UA. Unlike other Echoplex emulations, the EP-34 is the first plug-in that targets specific behaviors of both the EP-3 and EP-4 Echoplexes.

The EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in is available as part of the new UAD Software 5.7.0 release. In addition to the EP-34 Tape Echo, 5.7.0 includes the now officially licensed dbx 160...

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Sep 23
Sonos introduces Sonos Wireless Dock

Sonos (http://www.sonos.com), a developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, has introduced the Sonos Wireless Dock, an accessory to the Sonos Multi-Room Music System.  With the Sonos Wireless Dock you can now play all of the music from an iPod or iPhone in every room of the house. It will be available for US$119 beginning by the end of October.
 
The Sonos Wireless Dock accesses all of the music stored or playing on an iPhone or iPod and sends it wirelessly to Sonos ZonePlayers all throughout your home before converting the music to analog. It's compatible with the following devices: iPod touch (first, second and third generations), iPod classic, iPod nano (third, fourth and fifth generations), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPhone, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. 


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Sep 23
Akvis Retoucher update adds new feature to the Stamp tool

Akvis has released Akvis Retoucher 4.5 (http://akvis.com/en/retoucher) for Mac OS X and Windows systems, an update of the app for restoring damaged photos by removing dust, scratches, stains, and by reconstructing the missing parts of a photo automatically.

The new version adds a new feature to the Stamp tool. Now it's possible to mirror a clone horizontally and vertically. It can be helpful, for example, when you need to add a mirror of the restored object to water, glass, etc.

Akvis Retoucher is available in plug-in and  standalone versions. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 64 bit. The software runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher and Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win7.

AKVIS Retoucher sells for $87. A demo is available for download.

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Sep 23
"REALbasic Developer Magazine" available in book...

"REALbasic Developer Magazine" (http://www.rbdeveloper.com/) is reprinting the last year's issues into a bound book that will be shipping in October. Through Sept. 30 the book may be pre-ordered for $37.50, 25% off the normal price of $49.99.

Current subscribers can save even more with an additional subscriber discount. The 384-page book contains the full contents of year 8 of the magazine (issues 8.1-8.6, Nov. 2009-Oct. 2010), and features a full-color cover, black ink interior, and perfect-binding. Those interested should place orders today on the REALbasic Developer web site.

A bimonthly publication focused on instructing users of the REAL Studio development environment, "REALbasic Developer" is a source of REALbasic instruction, tutorials, and programming advice. Subscriptions in digital format (PDF) are $49.99 per year. Individual printed issues may ordered via MagCloud. More...

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Sep 23
GTA to bring iPhone 4 to Guam on Sept. 24

GTA TeleGuam (http://www.gta.net) says it will launch iPhone 4 in Guam on Sept. 24 with a range of service plans tailored for iPhone customers. Full pricing will be announced soon.

"Customer response to iPhone in Guam has been overwhelming and we are confident the unique features of iPhone 4 will be received with great excitement by our customers," says Roland Certeza, executive vice president of sales for GTA TeleGuam. "GTA customers will find it easy and affordable to enjoy the great new innovations of iPhone 4 with our range of plans and pricing."

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Sep 23
Roku introduces new line of HD streaming players

Roku (http://www.roku.com), makers of the Roku streaming player, has introduced its new product lineup. With up to 1080p HD streaming support and Instant Replay, the new players are shipping immediately at prices starting from US$59.99.

All models feature high-definition playback as well as support for older, standard definition TVs. There are three new Roku models: the entry-level Roku HD at $59.99; the Roku XD with Wireless-N and 1080p, and the top-of-the-line Roku XDS, which adds dual-band wireless technology and extensive connectivity options for home entertainment systems.

All Roku players deliver a large collection of streaming entertainment available for the TV, including over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix and Amazon; Video On Demand; live and on-demand baseball from MLB.TV; music from Pandora, MP3tunes, MOG, and RadioTime; photo and video sharing from Flickr and Facebook; plus news and...

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