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Feb 09
iPad 2 now in production?

According to reports in the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/XWTJU) and "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/DKhTK), the iPad 2 is now in production. However, Apple hasn't officially announced anything, so keep that in mind.

The articles quote "people familiar with the matter" and say here's what we can expect:

° The new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the first model.

° It will have at least one camera on the front of the device for features like video-conferencing.

° The resolution of the display will be similar to the first iPad.

° The iPad 2 will have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor.

° The new iPad will initially be available through Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc., but not Sprint Nextel or T-Mobile USA in the U.S.

° The new iPad is expected to be released around Easter...

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Feb 09
Walmart to offer Verizon iPhone starting Feb. 10

Walmart (http://www.walmart.com) says the iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network will be available in select Walmart stores starting Feb. 10. Of course, it will also be available at Apple and Verizon retail stores at that time.

It will be available at nearly 600 of the retailer's in-store wireless areas starting at US$199 for the 16GB model. Walmart will offer a variety of iPhone 4 accessories including cases, car chargers, wraps, and hands-free accessories from variety of accessory manufacturers. Walmart currently carries the AT&T iPhone 4 in select stores nationwide.

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Feb 09
Marvell CEO: iPads, tablets a threat to traditional computers

The head honcho at Marvell Technology Group., maker of the processor that runs BlackBerry smartphones, says the success of tablet computers and phones that surf the web is a bigger threat to traditional personal computers than laptops, notes "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/SWFOB).

Computer makers will respond to the iPad and other tablets with more powerful laptops to emphasize the difference in capabilities, Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja said in an interview. That in turn will narrow the gap between laptops and machines that sit under the desk, he said.

“We’re already seeing a steady decrease in the market for monster PCs as the performance of laptops has significantly increased,” Sutardja told "Bloomberg." “This is good for the industry because desktops are typically left under the desk for five to seven years, whereas consumers replace their laptop every two to three years.”

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Feb 09
Mophie announces juice pack air for Verizon

Mophie (http://www.mophie.com) is accepting pre-orders for a new juice pack air designed with dual compatibility for the Verizon and AT&T iPhone 4. The lightweight, thin external rechargeable battery case doubles the battery life of the iPhone on one charge.

The dual compatible juice pack air can be pre-ordered at the Mophie web site for US$79.95 with an expected ship date of Monday, Feb. 28. The juice pack air for Verizon and AT&T is being sold in soft-touch black with a brushed silver band, with soft-touch red and glossy white versions expected in late March.

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Feb 09
MS Word to PDF Document Conversion released

Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com) has announced jWordConvert, their MS Word document conversion software. It supports converting Microsoft Word files to PDF documents, to image files, and printing Word files.

Qoppa's jWordConvert is available as a Java library for integration by developers into their Java applications or applets. It can be deployed on servers to handle automated processing of Word documents as well as end-user applications or in-browser applets.

The conversion functionality will also be released into PDF Studio, Qoppa's PDF editor, and PDF Automation Server, Qoppa's workflow solution, bringing more value to these other products, says Gerald Holmann, president of Qoppa Software. jWordConvert costs US$600.

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Feb 09
ThinkGeek announces Joystick-It for the iPad

ThinkGeek has announced the US$24.99 Joystick-It iPad Arcade Stick (http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/e75a/), a solid aluminum joystick that attaches to any tablet gaming device to provide precision control of touch screen games.

Invented at ThinkGeek, the patent-pending Joystick-It requires no batteries to operate, says says Ty Liotta, head of ThinkGeek product development. The device works with any device that features a capacitive touchscreen, including the iPad and many Android tablets.  When not evading ghosts or striking fear in the heart of other 8-bit monstrosities, the Joystick-It can be removed from the screen.

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Feb 09
RackMac mini secures two Mac mini servers in a 1U rack space

Sonnet Technologies has introduced its US$169.95 RackMac mini rackmount solution (http://www.sonnettech.com/product/rackmacmini.html) for the latest line of Mac mini servers and computers. Designed for the office or for transportable rack use, the unit supports the installation of one or two Mac minis into a 1U rack space.

The RackMac mini manages airflow and provides a front-panel power switch and USB port for each Mac mini. Constructed of steel with a black powder-coat finish, the 11-inch-deep RackMac mini secures the computers behind a smart front panel. For each Mac mini, the front panel includes: DVD, IR sensor, and power indicator slots; a power switch; and a USB port. Pressing each computer's power button, connecting a keyboard or mouse, or attaching a USB drive is simple.

A padded locking bar holds the Mac minis in place for...

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Feb 09
TuneWear announces CarbonLook for iPhone 4

TuneWear (http://www.TuneWear.com) has announced the  US$24.95 Carbon Look case for iPhone 4. It's an "universal" case that works with the AT&T and Verizon iPhones.

The Carbon Look  is a thin case with a carbon pattern. According to the folks at TuneWear, it adds a layer of protection to iPhone without adding additional weight or bulk. The Carbon Look is made from  polycarbonate with a synthetic leather exterior and a rubber coated interior.

With the case on, all iPhone ports, buttons and camera remain open and accessible so there is no need to remove the Carbon Look once it's been attached. The case is available in black and white.

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Feb 09
Chinon upgrades AVi docking station

Chinon USA (http://www.chinonusa.com) has announced the next generation of its AVi portable iPod docking/charging station: the US$199.99 AVi-MKII. Like the original AVi, it features a 7-inch TFT LCD monitor, an ATSC digital TV tuner to capture over-the-air TV signals, compatibility with the iPod and a retro-style "boom-box" housing.

The new AVI-MKII is compatible with all generations of the iPhone to allow consumers to play music and videos stored either on their iPhone or iPod. Compatibility also means access to the iPhone's Wi-Fi to enable streaming of Internet videos onto the LCD, so you can watch sites such as You Tube, Hulu and Netflix.

To use you dock an iPod or iPhone into its top, and the AVi-MKII instantly expands iTunes movies, music videos, and TV shows on its widescreen (16:9) LCD screen. Select another function and you can showcase digital photos on the LCD. Chinon engineers...

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Feb 09
Mellel 2.8 now available in the Mac App Store

RedleX (http://www.mellel.com) has released Mellel 2.8, an upgrade to its word processor for Mac OS X. It's available in the Mac App Store.

Mellel 2.8, introducing Track Changes and advanced Sort, comes with a lower price tag -- 20% percent across the board (US$39 instead of $49 for the regular version, $29 instead of $35 for the educational version) and eliminates for-pay upgrades. All upgrades from now on will be completely free to all Mellel users.

Track Changes is a feature in Mellel 2.8 that allows users to record changes done, and, later on, accept or reject them. Track Changes in Mellel largely follows the industry standard, as Mellel users will need to cooperate with others using other word processors, says Eyal Redler, RedleX's CTO. The new feature allows users to view documents in their original and final states, with corrections and in final state with corrections marked.

It also...

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Feb 09
MacShutdown X gets internal improvements

Pomola Software has updated Mac Shutdown X (http://pomola.com/products_macshutdown/macshutdown.html), a Mac OS X utility for shutting down a Mac on a specified event or on a specified date and time, to version 1.6.2. The upgrade offers some internal improvements and bug fixes.

Mac Shutdown X costs US$20. Version 1.6.2 is a free update for registered users. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Feb 09
Studiometry 8.1 compatible with cloud-syncing services

Oranged Software (http://www.oranged.net/) has released Studiometry 8.1, an update to the Mac OS X compatible software for companies to organize, plan, invoice, track and create client and project data. The new version adds compatibility with cloud-syncing services such as Dropbox or Box.net.

Single users that can't set up a server machine with a constant Internet connection now have the ability to sync their Studiometry data between machines using the cloud. Studiometry now lets you store its database and settings in your cloud-enabled folders and will warn you if the database is currently checked out or open on another machine. 

The next big feature in this update is complete two-way iCal syncing. This includes the ability to automatically import items created in iCal as well as the ability to have Studiometry delete items that have been deleted in iCal. The linked calendar in iCal can now be an...

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Feb 09
Adobe launches Flash Player 10.2

Adobe is launching Flash Player 10.2 (http://macte.ch/PWFGA) for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. The release introduces Stage Video, a full hardware accelerated video pipeline for "best-in-class, beautiful video across platforms and browsers," says Adobe.

Additionally, this version of Flash Player offers all the new capabilities previewed in the beta release, like custom native mouse cursors, multiple monitor full-screen support, Internet Explorer 9 hardware accelerated rendering support, and enhanced sub-pixel rendering for superior text readability.

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Feb 09
'MacVoices': Andy Ihnatko on the recent Macworld Expo

On a new "MacVoices TV" (http://www.macvoices.com) Andy Ihnatko of "The Chicago Sun-Times" explains where he was for the first two and a half days of the recent Macworld Expp, and what caught his attention before he got there. He also talks about the importance of Macworld, and how it provides a platform for people with ideas to get the word out.

"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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Feb 08
Apple Store Updating Now

The Apple store is currently not available saying: "We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly."

Which is the sign of new releases or other significant changes in the store.

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Feb 08
Apple is most valuable company on earth

In its last fiscal quarter Apple sold a record 16 million iPhones last quarter and nearly doubled the sales of iPads, at least five firms have raised their 12-month forecast on the stock to an average price of $467, or a 32% increase from here, reports "CNBC" (http://www.cnbc.com/id/41473211).

At that level, Apple’s market value would total US$433.7 billion, surpassing Exxon Mobil’s current market value of $423.2 billion. After underestimating iPhone and iPad sales for the last year, analysts as a group have ratcheted their numbers up for Apple this year more than any other technology company, according to analysis by Bespoke Investment Group.

"CNBC" notes that Apple’s stock hit a new all-time high Tuesday of $355.12, valuing it at $326.6 billion.

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Feb 08
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 8

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

RedStamp has announced an US$0.99 iOS application that allows users to email, text, post or paper mail stylish, personalized notes directly from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The app is filled with RedStamp's signature stationery designs featuring editablesentiments pre-written by RedStamp's founder and etiquette expert, Erin Newkirk.

Volyy has launched eLastyc Pix 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The $2.99 app lets you tweak faces, slim down, grow muscles, and apply absolutely crazy effects to faces or pictures of anything else.

PSJ Apps has released Testicular Cancer Checker 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. This free app features reminder alerts for men to examine themselves for testicular cancer, as well as provides instruction for...

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Feb 08
Analyst: FTC may frown upon Apple's ebook vendor policy

Research analyst James McQuivey tells the "Los Angeles Times" (http://macte.ch/lLDzM) that Apple’s rules “could be interpreted as restraint of trade” and invite the attention of the Federal Trade Commission.

“One way to look at this is that Apple is leveraging its monopoly power over the iPad and iPhone platforms,” McQuivey said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if phones were ringing at the FTC today about this.”

Apple has said if ebook vendors like Amazon and Google want to use the iPhone and iPad to sell books, they'll now have to offer them through Apple's iTunes store. Previously, when users of Amazon's iPhone app wished to buy a book, the e-commerce company routed the customer to its own site, circumventing Apple's internal sales process for which it takes a 30% cut of the purchase price.

McQuivey told the "Times" he sees two potential drawbacks to Apple's approach. One: by dictating where digital...

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Feb 08
ENPA concerned about Apple's subscription plans

Apple is being warned against trying to "squeeze cash" out of the newspaper industry by controlling subscriptions for iPads and iPhones, reports the "BBC" (http://macte.ch/PN8iK). The European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA) says it's concerned by the company's plans to direct online sales through iTunes.

If that happens, a large cut of their profits would go to Apple the ENPA says. Several European newspapers claim that Apple has banned them from offering free electronic editions to their print customers. Publishers' main concern is that users will not be allowed to subscribe via newspapers' own web sites, notes the "BBC."

In a statement, the ENPA said: "consumers may only have access to the newspaper of their choice via the iTunes store, where the transaction would be subject to commission." Apple currently receives a 30% share of revenue from apps and ebooks sold.

Apple declined to...

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Feb 08
ComScore: Apple has 25% of smartphone market

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three-month average period ending December 2010. The report shows Apple's share of the smartphone market rising from 21.4% to 25%.

The comScore report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms in the U.S. according to their share of current mobile subscribers ages 13 and older, and reviewed the most popular activities and content accessed via the subscriber’s primary mobile phone.

The December report found RIM to be the top smartphone market for the three-month period with 37.3% market share. That's down from 31.6% for the three-month period ending in September 2010.

Google's market share rose from 21.4% to 28.7% for the...

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Feb 08
Verizon may have sold 500,000 pre-ordered iPhones

Verizon may have sold 500,000 iPhones before it shut down pre-orders on its web site, "The Street" (http://macte.ch/5QCPU) reports. JP Morgan analyst Phil Cusick came up with that figure based on previous Verizon smartphone sales announced.

After breaking its previous phone sales record in the first two hours of pre-orders, Verizon continued to take orders for 15 more hours until 8:10 p.m. (Eastern), the article notes, quoting Cusick. In a note to clients, based on the pace of sales, the analyst estimated that more than 500,000 Verizon iPhones were sold on day one.

Verizon said sales of the Verizon iPhone crushed its previous one-day sales record. Cusick noted that that record was 100,000 Motorola Droids, a Google Android-powered phone that first sold on Nov. 6, 2009. The analyst estimated that the first sample of Verizon iPhone demand puts the phone on track to exceed the Droid's debut performance.

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Feb 08
Panini offers RDC solution for Mac users

Panini (http://www.panini.com), a global payments processing technology provider, is providing a Mac interface for their check scanners designed for remote deposit capture (RDC).

The solution is the first to offer native support in the Mac environment along with true MICR capture allowing Mac-based small businesses the ability to capitalize on the many advantages and efficiencies available with RDC, says Michael Pratt, chief marketing officer, Panini.

Panini’s new Mac interface includes native support in Mac OS X, is based on Vision API version 3.6 and supports their check scanning products, Vision X and I:Deal. For more info about the check scanners, go to the Panini web site.

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Feb 08
LogonKey forms 'immune bubble' around your computer

ProteMac has announced LogonKey, software that presents security for computer data packed into USB dongle. This software reduces log-on procedure to inserting USB flash drive.

According to the folks at ProteMac, LogonKey relieves users from entering anything from the keyboard; it is the serial number of your USB flash device that will be necessary for user identification. The software lets users choose between computer access via USB dongle or usual password that meets their specific security demands.

Device removal blocks access to computer system from the outside, enabling users to specify the activity after logging out: screensaver, logout, sleep or shutdown. LogonKey delivers the ability to get personal access code wrapped up into portable device.

LogOnKey requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$49.95 for a single user license and may be downloaded at the ProteMac web site (http://...

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Feb 08
WaterField Designs unveils 11.6-inch MacBook Air Wallet

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has introduced the 11.6-inch MacBook Air Wallet, a lightweight MacBook Air travel case for the slim laptop, a mouse, the charger, the SuperDrive, cables and other accessories.

Fully packed, the US$89 case maintains its light and compact feel and can fit into an airline seatback pocket, according to Gary Waterfield, owner of WaterField Designs. It's available for pre-order now at the WaterField Designs online store and will ship at the end of the month.

More than a case, yet smaller than a bag, the MacBook Air Wallet celebrates the ultra-portability of the MacBook Air, says Waterfield. Users can tuck it the case under the arm, in another bag or -- with the optional shoulder strap -- carry it as a stand-alone bag. Scratch-free pockets, foam padding, and impact-resistant plastic inserts protect the MacBook Air, and soft, scratch-free internal pockets plus a...

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Feb 08
Better Finder Rename now Snow Leopard only

PublicSpace.net (http://www.publicspace.net) has released A Better Finder Rename 5.0, the latest version of its contextual menu plug-in that allows users to rename multiple files. The new version features a completely re-designed single window user interface and is modernized with a new 64-bit Mac OS X Snow Leopard-only architecture.

A Better Finder Rename sports an instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other features.

A Better Finder Rename is US$14.95 shareware for a single user license. Family, business and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher...

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