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Sep 13
iPads to be sold at Target stores?


There's a rumor going around that iPads will soon be on sale at Target outlets. "Device Magazine" (http://www.devicemag.com/2010/09/13/apple-ipad-rumored-to-start-selling-...) reports that the retail chain is said to be gearing up to put on its sales racks a new product and the prices being elaborated make it look like the unnamed product that the retailer is talking about is the iPad.

Six price points have been revealed, and  they are the same as what the iPad has been selling at. The prices band for the iPad ranges from $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, to $829 for the 64GB model with 3G.

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Sep 13
Analyst: Apple faces uphill battle with its Volume Purchase...

Apple faces an uphill task convincing schools to adopt its Volume Purchase Program (http://www.apple.com/itunes/education/) because its closed, rigid app store environment make access and digital rights management a pain for schools' IT administrators, industry watchers told "ZDNet" (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/apple/apple-introduces-volume-app-buying-progr...).

According to Apple, the Volume Purchase Program makes it easy for educational institutions to purchase iOS apps in volume and distribute those apps to users. The Volume Purchase Program also allows app developers to offer special pricing for purchases of 20 apps or more.

Volume Vouchers can be purchased at the...

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Sep 13
Adobe delivers HTML5 pack for Illustrator CS5

Adobe has released the Adobe HTML5 Pack for Adobe Illustrator CS5, its vector graphics software used extensively by designers of mobile device and web content. This pack provides initial support for HTML5 and CSS3 and extends the scalable vector graphics (SVG) capability in Illustrator on both Mac OS X and Windows.

The HTML5 Pack lets web designers and developers take advantage of the latest advancements in HTML5 through enhanced integration between Illustrator CS5 and Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 software, according to Lea Hickman, senior director, Creative and Interactive Solutions at Adobe. SVG generated by Illustrator can be displayed directly in compatible browsers and Illustrator can be used to generate CSS code for styling of HTML content.

The HTML5 Pack for Illustrator CS5 is immediately available on Adobe Labs as a free download, at http...

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Sep 13
GSLO: massive iPod touch sales figures prompted Apple Peel deal

GoSolarUSA (http://www.GoSolarUSA.com) President Tyson Rohde said today that "staggering" sales figures for Apple’s iPod touch prompted the company’s option agreement with Chinese firm Yosion for the Apple Peel 520.

Yosion is the developer of the Apple Peel 520, a wireless device that when used with the iPod Touch functions as a protective skin that adds mobile voice and text messaging capabilities to the touch-screen media player. The new technology represents a more affordable alternative to purchasing Apple’s costlier iPhone, Rohde says.

During an online presentation earlier this month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the company has sold 275 million iPods since the device’s release. He unveiled a new, slimmer version of the touch featuring the same 24-bit Retina display as the company’s iPhone 4 and proclaimed it to be the “number one portable game player in the world.”

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Sep 13
Air Mouse Elite with MotionTools now available for the Mac

Movea says its US$79.99 Gyration Air Mouse Elite with MotionTools (http://www.gyration.com) is now available for Macs using Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. Mac users can now benefit from the ergonomic Air Mouse Elite with SmartMotion technology, "bringing the intuitive simplicity of motion to their lives: from the living room, to the boardroom, to the classroom," according to Bryan Hoadley, EVP of worldwide sales and General Manager of Movea.

With the Air Mouse Elite, natural hand movements drive more powerful presentation delivery, more interactive classroom lectures, more immersive game play, and more convenient access to online and home media center digital entertainment, he adds. The device has a 100-foot rangeand no line-of-sight requirements gives presenters the freedom to move around the room to captivate and engage audiences.

The Air Mouse Elite is also equipped with Movea’s MotionTools software --...

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Sep 13
Jedit X text editor for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Artman21 (http://www.artman21.com/en/jedit_x/) has updated Jedit X, the Cocoa-based text editor for Mac OS X, to version 2.2.6 It's a maintenance update with five improvements and one bug fix.

Jedit X is an Universal Binary app so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The cost is US$28 for a single-user license, though version 2.2.6 is a free update for registered users.

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Sep 13
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.7.7 (Snow Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.7.7 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It adds Mac OS X 10.6.5 compatibility, adds ability to restore horizontal window controls in iTunes 10, adds Dock menu and contains other minor user interface improvements. This version also fixes compatibility issues with iTunes 10 and Safari 5 extensions.

It also adds the ability to disable the “This file has been downloaded from the internet.” Finder warning and ability to view .asl and .crash logs. This version also fixes minor Mac OS X 10.6.4 compatibility issues and contains updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 4.7.7 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.3. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (...

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Sep 13
newPCgadgets releases Smartphone Stand for the iPhone

newPCgadgets has just introduced the Smartphone Stand for the iPhone (http://newpcgadgets.com/products/smartphone_stand/index.html). It's designed for businesses like restaurants, hotels, bars or anywhere else people gather with their phones.

The Smartphone Stand holds most cell phones and smart phones, including the iPhone, Droid, HTC EVO, BlackBerry and more. Business owners can now provide their customers with a convenient stand to hold their smartphones at a comfortable viewing angle, according to the folks at newPCgadgets. Parents can use the smartphone stand to entertain their children with games or movies, and professionals attending a business lunch or dinner will love the ability to view text messages and incoming calls faster, they add.


The Smartphone Stand has a stainless steel construction and a stackable, space-...

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Sep 13
Totem Tribe Gold game updated for Mac OS X

Enkord (http://www.enkord.com/) has announced Totem Tribe Gold 1.06, an expansion on their adventure/strategy/hidden object game for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows. The game's narrative supplies 32 exotic locations to explore and over 200 quests and puzzles.

Here's how the game is described: "Totem Tribe Gold tells the story of the peaceful Hawk Tribe living on Tetala Island. According to legend the island was once marked by a glowing sparkle from the sky, the Tear of Heaven, capable of imparting wisdom and enlightenment to its owner. As the young female chieftain, Aruku, the player attempts to lead the tribe to prosperity as characters explore surrounding islands in search of totems that lead to an answer to the mysteries of the Tear of Heaven. With 32 distinct levels of play, each with its own obstacles, battles, quests, characters, puzzles, explorations, experiments, training and building, the...

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Sep 13
Kensington announces new iPad accessories

Kensington Computer Products Group (http://www.kensington.com) has introduced three new iPad accessories to help boost productivity for users of the tablet computer on-the-go or in the car.

Kensington’s PowerBack Battery Case with Kickstand and Dock (US$129.99) is an all-in-one design that integrates battery charging, protective casing, three-position kickstand and dock abilities. The built-in charger provides up to five extra hours of power for iPad, while the slip-on case protects the tablet computer.

The PowerBack’s kickstand adapts to individual user needs by offering three convenient viewing modes for iPad: portrait mode is best for photo viewing and web browsing, landscape mode is best for video watching, typing mode texting and emailing.

You can eliminate the need for multiple chargers with the Kensington Wall Pack Duo Charger ($29.99) that simultaneously powers two iPad, iPhone...

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Sep 13
iPod comes out on top as most prized possession

After new versions of the iPod were recently launched, the portable media playing devices have been voted "most prized possession" among Facebook users, coming out just on top ahead of the Blackberry and closely followed by iPhones and laptops.
 
Meanwhile, only 1% of respondents regarded their wedding ring as their most prized possession, while cars were the favorites of only 4% of people on the social network. Dogs got 9% of the vote, and cats received 5%.
 
The survey was carried out in August on behalf of insurance firm Protect Your Bubble (http://www.protectyourbubble.com), with 12% of the 500 respondents voting for their iPods as their most prized possession, just outdoing the Blackberry, which received 11.5% of the votes.
 
The first iPod launched in 2001 and the devices are still hugely popular despite the massive surge in purchases of smartphones in...

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Sep 13
iPad Wi-Fi models available in China on Sept. 17

Apple says the Wi-Fi models of the iPad will be available to customers in China from Apple Retail Stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers, on Friday, Sept. 17, starting at 10 a.m.

Apple Retail Stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them customize their new iPad by setting up their email, loading their favorite apps from the App Store, and more. Apple Retail Stores in China are also hosting special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about the tablet device.

iPad Wi-Fi models in China will be available for a suggested retail price of CNY3988 for 16GB, CNY4788 for 32GB and CNY5588 for 64GB. For more information visit http://www.apple.com.cn .

iPad will roll out to many more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.

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Sep 13
Next MacBUS meeting looks at new Apple hardware, iTunes 10

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia -- or MacBUS (http://www.macbus.org) -- will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 pm.

This month's meeting will feature a presentation by Dave Marra, who will cover Apple's latest technology, including iPods, iPads, iPhones, iTunes 10, and more. As a senior systems engineer for Apple, Marra has conducted thousands of technology presentations, keynote addresses and workshops for schools, Mac and PC user groups, businesses and other professional organizations across the United States and Canada.

A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of...

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Sep 13
'MacVoices' looks at PDF Pen 5

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Jean MacDonald, Philip Goward, Greg Scown of Smile Software (formerly SmileOnMyMac) talks about PDF Pen 5,.

New to this version is redacting of PDFs -- real redacting, not just cosmetic graphic placement
that can reveal confidential information. How this is implemented and why it is so important are covered in-depth, as is the other new feature: conversion of web pages to PDF documents. You won't appreciate

"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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Sep 13
'Tech Night Owl' looks at new iPods, new Apple TV

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at the aftermath of Apple’s media event, which featured the introduction of new iPods and a totally redesigned Apple TV. They also focus on Apple’s surprise decision, this past week, to update the rules of the road for the Apps Store.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from http://www.technightowl.com/radio ; an archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast. You can also access our show's podcast feed, now available at http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml .

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Sep 13
'MUG Event Calendar': iMovie, Time Machine, more

Several notable guests and presentations are on tap in this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will visit a Texas group, Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra will present to a New Jersey group, while some of his colleagues from The Apple Store, will present to one California group, and Jennifer Bell of Prosoft Engineering will be the featured speaker at another California group.

Bob Boldt of Other World Computing will show off what they offer to a Wisconsin group, while author and graphics expert Scott Kelby will be the special guest at a Michigan group. Other topics up for this discussion include iMovie, Time Machine, digital photography, Numbers vs. Excel, Pages, networking and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac...

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Sep 11
New iPad before the holidays?

A version of the iPad with a built-in video camera and support for the new FaceTime video conferencing standard has already progressed to the advanced testing stages, says “AppleInsider” (http://www.appleinsider.com), quoting a “person with proven knowledge of Apple’s future product plans.”

When might such a device arrive? Perhaps in time for holidays, but no later than March 2011, the article says. And the move, if it happens, would be as much about FaceTime as the iPad.

“It’s also believed that Apple may striving to embed FaceTime within its entire mobile arsenal before making good on a promissory to open up the standard to the rest of the world, thereby mitigating the market opportunity for rival tablet devices that could incorporate the technology,” says “AppleInsider.”
FaceTime is video calling that uses Wi-Fi. Apple says that using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice...

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Sep 10
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 10

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/).

Blackmagic Design has announced Videohub Control for iPad, a new, free control panel software that allows the iPad to become a XY control panel for all Blackmagic Design Videohub series routing switchers.

DigitalDeejay has released mix.dj for iPad. This $6.99 app gives you access to thousands of mixes from DJ's around the world in one click. You can listen to more than 25,000 mixes straight from your iPad, streaming whenever and wherever you want, all via WiFi or 3G. You can choose from 25 pre-programmed moods and genres.

Aspyre Apps has introduced PhotoCaddyHD, its new iPad version of their photography guide. It's a $3.99 handbook for photographers of all skill levels, with content that is constantly evolving thanks to an active user...

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Sep 10
Apple sues Sanho Corp. for patent infringement

Apple is suing Sanho Corp. for patent infringement. The lawsuit (http://dockets.justia.com/docket/california/candce/5:2010cv04042/231609/) was filed Thursday in the California North District Court in San Jose, though details aren't yet available.

Sanho (http://www.hypershop.com/) is the company behind the HyperMac line of external batteries for the MacBook, iPod, iPad and iPhone and the HyperDrive portable photo storage device. The company was founded in 2002.

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Sep 10
MicroStrategy deploys 1,100 iPads

MicroStrategy, a business intelligence software maker, has deployed 1,100 iPads to executives and sales personnel to conduct critical job-related tasks. The company said it expects 700 more iPads to be deployed soon, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9184419/BI_firm_takes_iPads_over_...).

MicroStrategy is one of the largest business users of iPads to go public about its deployment, the article adds. Most other businesses that have talked about iPad use have around 100 users.

MicroStrategy said it is using some applications that can run on both the iPad and the iPhone, while others are designed to fully take advantage of the larger 9.7-inch iPad touch screen. For example, some of the latter applications help sales personnel...

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Sep 10
Apple's free Bumer case program ends Sept. 30

Customers who buy an iPhone 4 after Sept. 30 won't able to request a free case through Apple's case program, Apple announced today (http://www.apple.com/iphone/case-program/). However, they will be able to contact AppleCare to request a free Bumper.

"We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought," says Apple. "A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free."

For everyone else, Apple is discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after Sept. 30. The company is also returning to its normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after that date. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.

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Sep 10
JPMorgan, UBS eyeing iPhones?

JPMorgan Chase & Co. may soon let employees use iPhones for corporate e-mail, making it an alternative to Research in Motion’s BlackBerry at the bank for the first time, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-10/jpmorgan-said-to-test-iphone-fo...), quoting "two people familiar."

JPMorgan is purportedly testing the iPhone and smartphones based on Android software. The bank is the second-largest in the U.S. by assets and has about 220,000 employees worldwide.

UBS AG, Switzerland’s biggest bank, said it is also considering allowing its staff to use iPhones for company messaging as more of them opt for the Apple product, adds "Bloomberg." UBS has more than 63,000 employees.

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Sep 10
Apple updates printer, scanner drivers

Apple has released several printer and scanner driver updates for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

They involve products from Brother, Infotec, Laner, Gestetner, Ricoh, Savain and NRG. You can obtain 'em via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Sep 10
FaceTime coming to Macs, Windows systems?

The French site Mac4ever (http://www.mac4ever.com/news/57279/rumeurs_du_vendredi_ilife_et_facetime/) says that Facetime, Apple’s open source video chatting protocol, will be coming to iChat on the Mac -- and to Windows, as well. I think they're right, and have predicted this before.

In case you're not familiar with it, FaceTime is video calling that uses Wi-Fi. Apple says that using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice call, with no set-up required. On the iPhone 4 and fourth gen iPod touch, you can instantly switch to the rear camera to show others what you are seeing with just a tap.

FaceTime works right out of the box. You don't have to up a special account or screen name.If you want to start a video call with your best friend, find her entry in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button....

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Sep 10
Gartner: Symbian, Android to dominate mobile OS market

The worldwide mobile operating system (OS) market will be dominated by Symbian and Android, as the two OSs will account for 59.8% of mobile OS sales by 2014, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com).

Symbian will remain at the top of Gartner's worldwide OS ranking due to Nokia's volume and the push into more mass market price points. However, by the end of the forecast period, the No. 1 spot will be contested with Android, which will be at a very similar share level.

Communication service providers' (CSPs') marketing and vendor support for Android-based smartphones will drive the platform to become the second-largest platform, following Symbian, by year-end 2010 (see Table 1). This is almost two years earlier than Gartner predicted a year ago.

"The worldwide mobile OS market is dominated by four players: Symbian, Android, Research In Motion and iOS," said Roberta Cozza,...

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