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Feb 10
iAds hitting a 'rough spot'?

Apple’s iAds are hitting a rough spot, Erik Schonfeld writes for "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/RRGTB). He says that, across the board, several developers he's spoken to confirm that “fill rates” for iAds dropped drastically after the New Year and have yet to recover.

The fill rate -- what percentage of the ad inventory is actually filled with an ad -- for two separate developers plummeted from 18% to 6%, Schonfeld writes. And in a few instances for some newer apps, none of the ad slots were getting filled, compared to nearly complete fill rates from other mobile ad networks, he adds. Others report better fill rates but as one developer says, “They have definitely come down.”

One reason for the dip could be just seasonal. The fill rates and advertising budgets across all ad networks in general take a hit after the holiday, Schonfeld notes. But there seems to be something else going on here as well, he...

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Feb 10
Germany researchers say they hacked a locked iPhone in six...

Researchers in Germany say they've been able to reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in just six minutes and they did it without cracking the phone's passcode, reports "PC World" (http://www.pcworld.com/article/219245/).

The attack requires possession of the phone and targets keychain, Apple's password management system. Passwords for networks and corporate information systems can be revealed if an iPhone or iPad is lost or stolen, according to the researchers at the state-sponsored Fraunhofer Institute Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT).

The attack is based on existing exploits that provide access to large parts of the iOS file system even if a device is locked, they add. Among passwords that could be revealed were those for Google Mail as an MS Exchange account, other MS Exchange accounts, LDAP accounts, voicemail, VPN passwords, WiFi passwords and...

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Feb 10
Former Apple exec to help HP with webOS

Richard Kerris, a former Apple exec, is joining HP as vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations to help with webOS.

At Apple he helped lead projects like Final Cut Pro, Logic, and iLife. He also served as the senior senior director for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Relations group. Additionally, Kerris spent three years as chief technical officer of Lucasfilm.

According to "MobileCrunch" (http://macte.ch/DvBNm), at HP, Kerris will help promote and develop webOS, HP's operating system (acquired from Palm) that's based on Linux. HP says it's going to ship WebOS not only in phones, tablets and printers, but in PC’s as well. In doing so, the world's largest PC supplier hints they'll be shipping PC’s without Windows.

(Photo courtesy of 'MobileCrunch')

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Feb 10
Apple on its way to becoming biggest firm in the world

Apple is on the way to becoming the most valuable firm in the world by 2012. Sales of its products, including the latest generation of iPads, iPods, iPhones and Mac laptops and computers, are expected to propel it even beyond the value of the current top company, Exxon, which is now worth approximately $358 billion, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/DOPKS).

Strong sales, particularly in the US, have led experts to predict a 32% rise in Apple's share price over the next year, which would take its value to $367 billion. Providing the shares of Exxon, an oil firm, do not rise beyond that, Apple's foretold success would make it the biggest in the world for the first time.

As "The Telegraph" notes, a technology firm at the top of the corporate tree would be a change from the norm. The list of the world's most valuable firms is traditionally dominated by those in the mining, banking or retail sectors....

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Feb 10
Verizon may sell nine million iPhones this year

Verizon Wireless, which will begin offering the iPhone today, may sell two million or more of the devices this quarter and draw subscribers. The company started sales at 7 a.m. (Eastern) today.

However, while online sales to existing Verizon users Feb. 3 ended within hours as the company exhausted its stock, there were few lines at stores that began selling the device today, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/Q9xhx). The carrier gaining the iPhone will intensify competition in the U.S. smartphone market and curb customer growth at AT&T, Craig Moffett, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., told the publication. The threat of losing users may encourage AT&T to increase subsidies on its devices, which would force other carriers to match the lower prices, benefiting consumers, he added

Verizon may sell two million iPhones this quarter, according to Rick Franklin, an analyst at Edward Jones...

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Feb 10
Belkin, Verizon Wireless partner to offer cases for iPhone 4

Belkin (http://www.belkin.com) has announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless to launch several cases for the new iPhone 4 on the Verizon network.

The partnership will include Belkin’s performance ProFit Armband for use during workouts. The rollout of the new compatible cases will accompany the launch of the Verizon iPhone today. These Belkin cases are available through VerizonWireless.com and in Verizon stores.

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Feb 10
Miraizon Releases Cinematize 3 Pro

Miraizon has released Cinematize 3 Pro for Macintosh. Built on top of its predecessor, Cinematize 2 Pro, Cinematize 3 Pro is a DVD clip extractor and converter.

It allows users to extract audio and video clips off of DVDs and convert them into formats such as QuickTime, iMovie, Final Cut, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Keynote, PowerPoint, iTunes, iPods, iPhones, and iPads, as well as formats suitable for web sites such as YouTube. With the introduction of dramatically enhanced preview and batch extraction features, Cinematize 3 Pro users can extract DVD clips more quickly and easily, says Miraizon founder and CEO, David Salamon.

Cinematize 3 Pro provides fully synchronized preview of any combination of video, audio, and subtitle tracks available on a DVD, helping users to locate clips for extraction. Its improved batch extraction functionality greatly saves users’ time by allowing them to extract at once clips from any part of a DVD using the same or different settings. This...

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Feb 10
Apple TV games, iPad 3 coming this year?

A couple of interesting rumors say that games could be coming to the Apple TV this year and that we'll see not only the iPad 2 in 2011, but the iPad 3, as well.

"Engadget" (http://macte.ch/EGHKL) says bits of code found in the latest beta version of iOS 4.3 released to developers hints that gaming, multiplayer functionality, leader boards such as the iOS Game Center and gaming controllers may be coming to Apple's set-top box. The article says that several references have been found pertaining to "ATVGames" and "ATVThunder" that point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front.

"Apple TV's minimum storage capacity (about 8GB) suggests the company might look to streaming not entirely unlike how OnLive works; as our tipster speculates, the OpenGL is mature and thoroughly implemented enough that streaming low bandwidth data and...

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Feb 10
AppleSource Software releases TimeNet Law 2.4 + Control Center

AppleSource Software has released TimeNet Law 2.4 (http://www.timenetlaw.com), an update to their case management, time tracking, billing and accounting solution Mac OS X.

TimeNet Law was developed specifically for law firms, private investigators, and others who need total control over clients, matters, slips, payments, trust/escrow/retainer funds with automatic payment application, statements, reports, accounting, and more. This update will be free for all licensed TimeNet Law users.

TimeNet Law is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It's on sale for US$197 for a limited time (it's normally $299).

TimeNet Law Control Center has also been released. Control Center allows you to set user permissions and perform live auditing of your TimeNet Law Database. You can see all changes, when they were made and who they were made by. You can control every user in the...

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Feb 10
NuKit, Launcher and Shortcuts launch on Mac App Store

Nulana LTD (http://nulana.com) says NuKit, Launcher, and Shortcuts, their lightweight productivity applications, are all available on the Mac App Store for half price.

NuKit is a bundle of everyday tools to increase productivity and save time. Launcher is an utility that provides instant access to apps, search engines, scripts, Dictionary, and more. Shortcuts is a program that allows users to make their own keyboard shortcuts for everyday apps, frequent actions, files, and web sites.

All require an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. NuKit (US$9.99), Launcher ($4.99) and Shortcuts ($4.99) are available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Feb 10
Epson updates PrintJinni mobile printing app

Epson and Thinxtream Technologies has announced a free upgrade to the PrintJinni for Epson mobile printing app, delivering mobile device users expanded e-mail support and web page printing.

The app connects to Epson wireless all-in-ones over a wireless network and:

° Previews and prints without the need for an intermediate computer, additional software or printer drivers;

° Prints PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents (Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007, Macintosh versions 2004 and 2008), and JPEG e-mail attachments;

° Prints web pages by web address (URL);

° Works directly with Apple’s Mail App (POP3 and IMAP accounts) to preview and print e-mail attachments;

° Provides built-in attachment support for Apple MobileMe, Gmail, Microsoft Exchange and AOL, and other IMAP e-mail accounts.

In the latest version, the user interface optimized for the iPad’s larger screen size and rotation capabilities. It also offers: improved browsing of e-...

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Feb 10
Particle Case for iPad now available in two new colors

Ten One Design has announced two new colors for its open-back iPad case, Particle. The new Ultraviolet (purple) and Snorkel (blue) color options join Dark Grey to complete the line-up.

The lightweight iPad case comes complete with the company’s signature Pogo Sketch capacitive touch screen stylus. An integrated side clip keeps the Pogo Sketch close at hand and securely in place, and the stylus itself is also rocking a new metal clip.

The Particle’s open-air backing keeps the iPad cool during extended use, especially while watching movies or during gaming sessions. The integrated shock-absorbing rubberized feet keep the device wobble-free and off flat surfaces for scratch-free use. Plus, the rubber material provides traction for stability and control. For added convenience, all ports for the iPad are fully accessible.

The Particle, bundled with the silver Pogo Sketch (a $15 value) is available at...

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Feb 10
Demo of BayCard, a HyperCard clone, now available

Bayhoff Software (http://www.bayhoff.com/) has released a demo of BayCard, a HyperCard clone. It's fully functional, but will expire after 30 days. Also, a stack may contain a maximum of eight cards.

BayCard was designed to allow non-programmers to bring their own visions to life without the need to learn how to write code. It was heavily influenced by Apple’s HyperCard.

Like HyperCard, a BayCard document can be thought of as a stack of index cards. As a result, BayCard documents are usually referred to as stacks. Each stack contains a background that appears below all cards. 

Unlike HyperCard, BayCard doesn't feature a scripting language. In place of a scripting language, it features over 25 interface widgets including, but not limited to, tables, lists, web pages, date pickers, and iTunes-style star ratings. The full version of BayCard is available on the Mac App Store for US$19.99.

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Feb 10
Flickery available on the Mac App Store

Eternal Storms Software (http://www.eternalstorms.at) has announced flickery 1.9.21, an update of the flickr desktop client for the Mac. It's available on the Mac App Store in the Social Networking category.

Flickery is a full-featured flickr desktop client for the Mac, offering a way to share on, browse and search flickr. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. or later.

Flickery is on sale at 48% off for US$11.99 through Feb. 16. After this, its price will raise to $23.99. Existing customers of flickery who purchased it before the Mac App Store will continue to receive updates until version 2.0 at which point flickery will become a Mac App Store exclusive (and since it will be released at a discount, existing users won't loose the discount they were promised when purchasing it).

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Feb 10
Raskin update adds Services contextual menu

Raskin Software (http://raskinformac.com/) has updated its self-titled Raskin application – a zoomable single surface Finder alternative for the Mac -- to version 1.2.2. The upgrade adds a Services contextual menu giving access to all file and folder-related Services provided by Mac OS X, as well as custom Services installed or created by the user.

This can be an Automator Action to rotate or scale the currently viewed picture directly on the Raskin Surface or a file renaming action.

Raskin is designed to simplify interaction with your computer files. It costs US$49.95 for a single-user license and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher. A 30-day demo is available for download.

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Feb 10
Tidy Up for Mac OS X update improves the search engine

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.2, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X. The new version improves the search engine for duplicates and improves the search engine for the smart basket system.

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.3.2 has the ability to create six new smart baskets. The new option is accessible from the File menu and allows for the creation of the smart baskets using the selected folder and file as a filter. There are also bug fixes.

Tidy Up 2.3.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.

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Feb 10
TranslateIt! for Mac OS X updated to version 14

TranslateIt! for Mac (http://www.mac.gettranslateit.com/) -- a multilingual dictionary that allows looking up words on the fly -- has been updated to version 14. The main window's search function now supports wildcards, which is useful for solving crosswords and playing other word-based games. Also, now a user can create his own dictionaries (adding, deleting and editing).

With TranslateIt!, you hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word (in any Cocoa application), and you will see its translation in a pop-up window. It comes with several free dictionaries for a large number of languages. TranslateIt! supports translation from/to any language (corresponding dictionaries must be installed), English sounds (it contains over 17,000 English words pronunciations) and printing of flash cards.

The software also comes with a Words Quiz (a game for learning new words), a built-in...

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Feb 10
'YML' looks at The Daily, Verizon iPhone, more

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at The Daily, HP vaporware, the Verizon iPhone, and more. Also, "IRC Babe Sly" will have her announcements and announce the "Web Site of the Week."

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Feb 09
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 9

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

Apple has updated its iBooks, its e-reader app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to version 1.2.1. No info on what the update entails.

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, a telecommunications operator in Russia and the CIS, has announced MTS Navigator, its personal search, mapping and navigation solution powered by Telmap on the iPhone. The service is now available for free to all MTS’ iPhone users.
 
MTS Navigator, powered by Telmap, provides full Russian language support and includes in-car navigation with 3D moving maps, turn-by-turn voice instructions that announce street names, a dedicated pedestrian mode, and access to thousands of points of interest across Russia such as gas stations, parking lots, restaurants, bars, hotels and more. It is...

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Feb 09
Apple sees 87.2% growth in worldwide mobile device sales

Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totaled 1.6 billion units in 2010, a 31.8% increase from 2009, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com). Apple sold 46.6 million units in 2010, 87.2% growth from 2009.

This growth is largely due to expansion into new countries and the ending of exclusivity deals, which has made the iPhone available through 185 communication service providers (CSPs) around the world. The end of exclusivity deals also encouraged CSP competition on tariffs and data plans, making the total cost of iPhone ownership more in line with other high-end smartphones, says Gartner.

For 2011, Apple's main growth opportunity will come from adding Verizon Wireless to its list of CSPs in the U.S. Gartner analysts said. Apple will maintain a stable average selling price, which favorably impacts margins at the expense of market share opportunity.

Smartphone...

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Feb 09
iPod classic fifth best selling media player in the US

Apple's 160GB iPod classic was the fifth best selling media player in the U.S. for all of 2010. So the reports of its imminent demise -- something that has been rumored for a long time -- may be pre-mature.

The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com) tells "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that in overall portable media player sales rankings in the U.S. in 2010, the black iPod classic came in fifth place among all media player sale. (The silver iPod classic was not among the top 10 devices.)

NPD's retail tracking includes sales in retail stores, as well as via online outlets. The top-selling media player in the U.S. in 2010, as tracked by NPD, was the third-generation 8GB iPod touch, notes "AppleInsider." Apple's higher-capacity iPod touch models came in third and fourth place, with the fourth-generation 32GB model taking third,...

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Feb 09
Looking at Apple's 'Volume Purchase' program

Apple has implemented a program called “The Volume Purchase” program that allows approved educational institutions to receive 50% off when 20 or more copies of the same app are purchased for their staff members.

The developers have the option to opt out of this discount, so not every application will offer the discount even if you purchase 20 copies. Developers have to option for giving the discount. This way, if an educational institution chooses to purchase 20 copies of any of their apps, they'll receive 50% off on the cost of the application.

So how does the Volume Purchase program work? Someone from an educational program must enroll by becoming the program manager for your institution.  The program manager will be in charge of making the purchases, and after the codes are downloaded this person is in charge of distributing codes that teachers, therapists and other staff members can use to download the application free of charge on their end. he program manager...

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Feb 09
Zack's upgrades Apple to 'outperform'

Zack's Equity Research has upgraded Apple to Outperform from Neutral, believing the company has further room for expansion. The investment case for Apple is based on its earnings momentum and accelerated revenue growth.

"Apple has grown leaps and bounds, driven by the success of its iPhones, iPad and increased Mac shipments" says Zack's. "We expect the iPhone-driven momentum to continue. Stronger-than-expected iPhone and iPad sales will help Apple grab a larger share of the smartphone market. In our opinion, this is the key to long-term growth and continued appreciation of the stock given the large addressable market. We expect the company to outperform its peers this year. Over the last four quarters, Apple surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 21.3%."

Apple’s posted stellar first quarter 2011 results beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The outperformance was driven by strong iPhone, Mac and iPad sales. The outlook for Mac, iPad and iPhone 4 remains extremely...

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Feb 09
Analyst: Verizon may sell out of iPhones in first week

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/SZOQT) -- RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky said he thinks that Verizon may sell out of the iPhone in the first week the device is available, which he counts as starting Thursday, after surpassing one million units.

Abramsky bases his conjecture on what Verizon reported was a stock-out of the device when it went on sale online to existing Verizon customers last Thursday, and based on what he estimates was inventory on hand of one to 1.5 million units dedicated to the phone’s introduction, notes "Barron's." The analyst predicts the iPhone may sell three million to four million units in its first quarter of availability (Feb. 10 through March 32).

Abramsky is forecasting Verizon to sell 9-10 million iPhones this calendar year. But he notes that this estimate could be "conservative.”

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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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