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Sep 08
Analyst weighs in on 'Antennagate,' lack of a Verizon...

According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, "Antennagate" -- the problems, or perceived problems, with the antenna on the iPhone 4 -- cost Apple 20% of sales -- but the lack of a Verizon iPhone is a bigger problem.

"Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/09/08/antennagate-cost-apple-20-of-sales/) says those are some of the findings a survey released Wednesday by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster. His team interviewed 258 cell phone users in downtown Minneapolis. Munster says:

° 177 respondents, or 69%, indicated that they were aware of iPhone 4 quality issues. Of those who are aware of the antenna issues, 20% indicated that they impacted their purchase decision.

° For every one respondent that acknowledged the antenna issue about three complained about the iPhone not being on Verizon....

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Sep 08
iPad putting the smackdown on the entire PC industry

The iPad may not be cannibalizing Mac sales, but it’s putting the smackdown on the entire PC market -- and not just networks, UBS analyst Maynard Um told clients in a note today -- as reported by "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20100908/forget-netbooks-ipad-canniba...).

“Sales of traditional notebooks appear to be feeling pressure from the iPad, causing a scramble by vendors to launch iPad-like tablets,” Um says. “We believe that a majority of this impact is occurring on the lower end of PC sales as the iPad is priced close enough to this range that it becomes attractive to consumers looking to make purchases within this segment. We are not sold that the iPad is purely cannibalizing PC sales, as the functionality of...

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Sep 08
Apple posts Safari 5.0.2

Apple has released Safari 5.0.2 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1070). The 37.56MB download requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or Windows XP/Vista/7.

According to Apple, the update contains improvements to compatibility and security. You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Sep 08
Apple releases MobileMe iDisk 1.2.1

Apple has released MobileMe iDisk 1.2.1 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's available at the Apple App Store.

According to Apple, MobileMe iDisk 1.2.1 fixes an issue that prevented some Keynote files and other package files from opening properly on the iPad. It also corrects a problem where rotated images wouldn’t display properly, and improves overall performance and stability.

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Sep 08
Nikon releases two new CoolPix cameras

Nikon (http:///www.nikonusa.com) has released two new CoolPix cameras: the S8100 and P7000. Both will be available later this month. The S8100 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299.95; the P7000 is $499.95.

The S8100 offers a 12.1-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor and a 10X zoom that will capture fast-moving subjects in still images and HD (1080p) movies. It not only features high-speed shooting at five full resolution frames at up to 10 frames-per-second (fps), but a pre-shooting cache that records up to two shots before the shutter-release is fully pressed.

For fast action shots, the S8100's Sports Continuous mode records up to approximately 120 fps.  With Subject Tracking, the S8100 automatically tracks a designated subject by activating autofocus (AF). The S8100 also adopts Nikon's exclusive Expeed C2 image processing engine, which is customized to each CoolPix model...

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Sep 08
iPhone battery case by SaFPWR shipping

SaFPWR (http://www.safpwr.com) has announced the immediate availability and shipping of their new line of iPhone 4 battery cases: their “Milano” line, to customers and distribution channels.

The case uses a rechargeable 2200mAh smart battery integrated into the case. The Milano is now available for US$99.95.

What makes it unique from shell case only designs is that the SaFPWR iPhone 4 Battery Case has a second battery integrated into the case itself, says SaFPWR CEO Brett Nelson. He adds that what makes it unique from other battery cases is when the iPhone is inserted into the Milano protective case. It not only automatically connects with this second battery, but with the SaFPWR Advanced Energy Management Technology system.

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Sep 08
Apple Peel turns the iPod touch into a smartphone

GoSolarUSA (http://www.GoSolarUSA.com) has announced a deal today with Chinese developer Yosion to bring that company’s Apple Peel 520 product to the U.S. The device purportedly lets the iPod touch operate as a smartphone.

Both companies signed a funding option agreement last week. Under the agreement, GoSolarUSA will work with Yosion to develop the Apple Peel 520, file for a U.S. patent and distribute it in the U.S.

When used with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPod Touch, the Apple Peel 520 functions as a protective skin that adds mobile voice and text messaging capabilities to the touch-screen media player. Yosion announced last week that September’s initial manufacturing run is already sold out.

The Apple Peel 520 is the creation of 22-year-old Chinese programmer Pan Yong. The gadget slips over the iPod touch’s case and includes a battery, dock connector and SIM card. Once the proper software...

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Sep 08
'MacNotables' looks at the evolution of the iPod

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.

Like many tech analysts, Ted Landau has spent considerable time pondering the evolution of the iPod, especially in light of Apple's newly revamped lineup for the portable music player. Note the word "music" because video, both taking and watching, is now a think of the past on all but the iPod touch.

Landau discusses the return of buttons to the iPod shuffle, and the loss of them on the iPod nano, whether a touch screen really makes sense at that size, and how Apple is posturing these devices for the future. He and host Chuck Joiner also delve into the new Apple TV, the market for online video, frustration with the cost of cable, and what Hollywood and the cable...

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Sep 08
Delegate 1.1 released for the Mac, iPhone, iPad

App4mac has introduced Delegate 1.1 (http://www.app4mac.com/delegate.html), an update of the to-do lists manager designed for the Mac, iPhone and iPad. It allows users to share a to-do list on the internet for remote access from any location.

Version 1.1 has new options to authorize the editing of a to-do list from a remote access and in the preferences to disable confirmation messages. It also: improves support of foreign languages; support of the iPhone/iPad version; user feedback; and the user interface.

Delegate has a built in tagging feature, which allows you to tag additional information to your tasks. This information can be anything you find necessary or helpful, such as due dates, priority levels, and contexts. It's compliant to GTD method Getting Things Done.

The Mac version allows users to share a to-do list on the Internet with a free online service...

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Sep 08
Sketch is new vector drawing app for Mac OS X

Bohemian Coding has introduced Sketch 1.0 (http://www.bohemiancoding.com/sketch), a vector drawing application for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls.

Tools and modifiers are accessed as needed from drop-down graphical menus, and help/control dialogues open and close automatically. Sketch offers vector drawing and text tools and can be used in conjunction with the company's bit-mapped graphics editor, DrawIt for Mac OS X, as well as the portable SketchPad app for iPad.

In addition to a wide of object creation tools, Sketch features a host of object modification tools. These include: precise Boolean operations, join & split, decorate, transform, scissors, rotate, smart rotate, stroke width, patch, blob, eraser, distort, and mirror...

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Sep 08
QNAP refreshes Business Series Turbo NAS line-up

QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has announced the fall 2010 refresh of its Business Series Turbo NAS servers for SMB and corporate users.

New are the 2-drive TS-259 Pro+, the 4-drive TS-459 Pro+, the 5-drive TS-559 Pro+, and the 6-drive TS-659 Pro+ with up to 12TB of online storage (using 2TB hard drives). The new Business Series Turbo NAS Pro+ models incorporate new dual-core Intel Atom processor D525 with 1.8GHz clock speed and 1GB RAM, which can achieve up to 116MB/second transfer rates (FTP/Samba reads).

Turbo NAS Pro+ series comes with the new version 3.3 of the QNAP NAS management software embedded as firmware. Contact QNAP for pricing options.

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Sep 08
Raidon releases HyBrid RunneR iH2420

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com) has launched its first generation of HyBrid RunneR, iR2420 internal storage devices. It utilizes the speed performance of SSD and large capacity of HDD. It's based on RAID technology.

According to the folks at Raidon, the HyBrid RunnR provides optimum data access rate, while obtaining cost-effective capacity of HDD for instant backup or backup scheduling to secure the valuable data from the possibilities of SSD failures. What's rmore, the remaining capacity other than the reserved SSD backup sectors from HDD will also be partitioned into an individual volume to provide an additional storage space.
 
SSD can be individually taken out as a portable storage on field, and upon return insert the original SSD back into the iH2420, which will automatically backup the existing data from SSD to HDD. If in the event that SSD is damaged, you can replace it with a new SSD and...

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Sep 08
Stellar launches Stellar Drive ToolBox for Mac

Stellar Information Systems Limited has released Stellar Drive ToolBox (http://www.drivetoolbox.com/), an utility to optimize the performance of your Mac's hard drive. It's an "all in one," pre-crash hardware maintenance utility that optimizes, protects, manages, repairs, and sanitizes your Mac hard drive volumes.
 
The Software is a combination of 13 hard drive maintenance and management tools. The modules include Surface Scan, Drive Initialization, Benchmark, Drive Performance, Volume Repair, Crap Remover, Drive Stats, Free Space Optimizer, Manage Volume, Stellar Shield Raw Data Editor, Wipe and Drive Clone
 
Stellar Drive ToolBox is available in both the CD and Download versions for single home user, Administrators, and Technicians. The single home user edition is available for US$99.

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Sep 08
Matias releases iRizer stand for iPad

Matias has released the iRizer for iPad (http://matias.ca/irizer), an US$39.95, ultra-slim stand that's adjustable to viewing angles from 20 to 70 degrees. And it packs flat so it's portable.

"One thing we're especially happy about is the material used to make this iRizer model," Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias, says. "It's a special organic composite, that's 45% plant fiber. This significantly reduces the environmental impact of making the stand. We're really excited about this new material, and hope to use it in more products in the future."

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Sep 08
Details, speakers, topics announced for 2010 MacTech Conference

More details -- including the speaker list and topics -- are now available for the 2010 MacTech Conference (http://www.mactech.com/conference), which will be held Nov. 3-5, 2010, in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City.

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 of attention paid to the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod. You can check out the speaker and topic list
(http://www.mactech.com/conference/sessions) for specific sessions. The conference will kick off on with a keynote by Andy Ihnatko at 10 am on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

"We're thrilled to welcome Andy as our keynote speaker," Neil Ticktin,
editor-in-...

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Sep 07
Enfocus announces PitStop Workgroup Manager

Enfocus (http://www.enfocus.com/contentpage.php?id=794) has announced PitStop Workgroup Manager, an efficiency tool developed to simplify the use of Enfocus PitStop Pro in multi-user, collaborative working environments.
 
PitStop Pro is designed to operate as a standalone desktop application, but in practice it is frequently used in workgroups, where people need to collaborate. This means different team members wish to share Preflight Profiles, Action Lists, Workspaces, etc., while the team manager needs to control the settings that are used. Although you can export the PitStop Pro Action Lists and Preflight Profiles for import by other users, there's been no way to manage this across a workgroup from a single central point and make sure that everybody uses only the latest settings.
 
PitStop Workgroup Manager solves this issue. To be released at...

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Sep 07
GameIntro Xcode project template for iPhone released

Michael Amorose has released GameIntro, an iPhone application template project for Xcode 3.2. It provides a starting point project for creating view-based iPhone game apps in Xcode.

GameIntro includes an application template that provides code and resources for displaying two company splash screens for iPhone games on startup, and an application icon. It's free and can be downloaded from the author’s web site (http://www.michael-amorose.com/software/cocoa_classes/index.htm).

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Sep 07
Studiometry for Mac OS X updated to version 8

Oranged Software (http://www.oranged.net/) has released Studiometry 8, 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 new icons, Blueprints for creating commonly used work items, a new calendar and more.

Studiometry 8 is available for US$199.95 for new licenses, and upgrades from Studiometry 7.x start at $59.95. Multi-User packs and bundles with our other apps are also available.

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Sep 07
Apple releases iWeb 3.0.2

Apple has released iWeb 3.0.2 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1104). According to Apple, this update refines comment and search support for blogs and podcasts published to MobileMe.

It also resolves some issues related to publishing sites to MobileMe. It's a 177.14MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later. You can obtain iWeb 3.0.2 via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Sep 07
HyperDrive is new hard drive for the iPad

The Hypershop has released a HyperDrive hard drive (http://www.hypershop.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=IPHD%2D000) designed specifically for the iPad. It's an USB hard drive that can purportedly carry up to 750GB of HD 720p video and photos.

The HyperDrive can also be used to back up and view view memory cards without computers or external power. With it you can perform file and folder operations like copy, cut, paste, delete, rename, create new folder, sort file directory by name/date/type, format hard drive, erase card etc.

The HyperDrive lets you selectively copy single or multiple files/folders between memory card and internal hard drive. Pricing ranges from US$299 for a 120GB model to $399 for a 250GB version.

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Sep 07
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 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/).

Neon Play has announced Hotshot Pool 1.0, an US$0.99 billiard arcade game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Hotshot Pool features 100 levels of arcade action with girls on a pool table, with five stages/girls to unlock: Cindy, Angel, Tiffany, Brandy and Mercedes. The achievement system has over 35 tasks for the players to unlock, and on each level, you can earn up to three golden stars by completing the level in the least amount of shots.

Redbot Software has released ABC Letters Tracing 1.3.0, an update to their $1.99 educational app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app helps parents teach their children the alphabet, based on popular letter writing and tracing activity books used in schools. The child uses their finger to trace each letter on the...

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Sep 07
Analyst raises his forecast for iPhone activations by AT&T

UBS telecom analyst John Hodulik has raised his forecast for September quarter Apple (AAPL) iPhone activations at AT&T to 4.5 million from 2.5 million, which would be up from the 3.2 million activated in the June quarter, as reported by "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/09/07/apple-ubs-bumps-up-outlook-for-sept-qtr-att-activations/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+barrons/techtraderdaily/feed+(BARRONS.com+Blog:+Tech+Trader+Daily).

In response, Hodulik trimmed his third quarter EPS [earnings per share] estimate for AT&T to 55 cents, from 60 cents, to reflect the resultant pressure on the company’s margins. For all of 2010, he goes to $2.30, from $2.40; for 2011, he now sees $2.45, down from $2.55, notes "Barron's."

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Sep 07
Nike unveils Nike+ GPS app

Building upon its growing array of digital training tools for athletes, Nike has announced the availability of its US$1.99 Nike+ GPS App on the Apple App Store. The app is engineered to operate between GPS and an accelerometer for an accurate, motivating and entertaining runner’s tool, according to Stefan Olander, vice president, Nike Digital Sport.
The new Nike+ GPS App allows runners to use their iPhone to visually map every run while tracking pace, distance, time and calories-burned as well as stay motivated with instant feedback during and after each run from athletes like Paula Radcliffe and Lance Armstrong, and comedian Tracy Morgan, he adds. The app also connects runners around the world or just down the street through http://www.nikeplus.com, the largest running community in the world with more than 3 million members.

From indoor to outdoor, track to treadmill, this new app combines the power...

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Sep 07
Gertrudis Graphics releases GMX-PhotoPainter for Mac OS X.

Gertrudis Graphics has released GMX-PhotoPainter (http://www.gertrudisgraphics.com/), an US$59 standalone Mac and Windows program that transforms an image (generally a photo) into an original artwork. With it, artists can start with an existing picture such as from a digital camera or scanner, a 3D rendering or painting from another program or imaging application.

GMX-PhotoPainter first performs a topological analysis of the image's content and builds a matrix of flow direction vectors. Users can then paint a few quick strokes across the desired features of their image. GMX-PhotoPainter uses this information to generate something that looks more like hand-drawn masterpieces, according to the folks at Gertrudis Graphics.

While one of the main goals of GMX-PhotoPainter is enabling users to create their own styles, there are a number of standard, "ready to use" styles which...

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Sep 07
Thursby Software releases ADmitMac PKI 3

Thursby Software Systems has released ADmitMac PKI 3, its third generation Mac-Windows integration software. It enhances security, increases efficiency, reduces identity fraud and protects personal privacy for government and enterprise clients integrating Apple Macs into their enterprise PC worlds using CAC and PIV smart card security, according to the folks at Thursby.

ADmitMac PKI now supports Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), as well as Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") operating systems. It also adds formal support from Thursby for all of the U.S. Government CAC Next Generation cards, including Gemalto TOP DL GX4 144K and Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5 Dual. ADmitMac PKI continues to include all of Thursby's additional networking software from both DAVE and ADmitMac technologies including full OCSP, Microsoft DFS and single sign on over VPN support.

Thursby's software is engineered and supported by Mac-Windows specialists from Arlington, Texas. Their client-based solutions allow...

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