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Jul 12
'MUG Event Calendar': MacNotables, homegrown...

"The MUG Event Calendar" keeps humming along this week, with two MacNotables live and in person, and homegrown presentations.

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will be the featured guest at a Texas group, while Macworld Senior Editor Christopher Breen will make a return visit to a Hawaii group. Jean MacDonald of SmileOnMyMac will speak to one California group while the folks from Smule will be at another, Paul Garay of Mac Video Training will discuss their products at an Oregon group, and a host of video gurus, including Richard Galvan of Adobe, Kevin Monahan, Robert Sharp, Mark Christansen and Bruce Gee of Gee Three will participate in a California Final Cut Pro group meeting. Other topics on tap this week include DVD backups, the iPad, Garageband, a demo of the Wi-Fire, a picnic, two different swap meets, Mac maintenance and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com...

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Jul 12
'MacVoices' looks at Save My Place for the iPhone,...

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com) Duncan Champney and Steve Sheets of WareTo discuss Save My Place for the iPhone and iPad.

They talk about the origins of the application, how users are bending it to uses not originally intended, and how that is influencing their future direction. Save My Place leverages Google maps, but improves on them with bookmarking and comparison features to deliver a more useful, personal experience.

"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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Jul 12
'Consumer Reports' doesn't recommend the iPhone 4

"Consumer Reports" (http://www.consumerreports.org) says its engineers have completed testing the iPhone 4, and have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception.

"When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone's lower left side -- an easy thing, especially for lefties -- the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal," "CR" says. "Due to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone 4."

"Consumer Reports" tested three of iPhone 4s purchased at three separate retailers in the New York area "in the controlled environment of CU's radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber." "In this room, which is impervious to outside radio signals, our test engineers connected the phones to our base-station emulator, a device that simulates carrier cell towers," "CR" says. "We also tested several other AT&...

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Jul 12
Apple repairing, replacing some Time Capsules

Apple is now offering free repairs or replacements for Time Capsules bought between February and June 2008. According to an Apple Knowledge Base article (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3351), some Time Capsules sold between approximately February 2008 and June 2008 may not power on or may shut down unexpectedly after starting up.

Some Time Capsules with serial numbers in the following range may be affected: XX807XXXXXX - XX814XXXXXX. The serial number is located on a gray strip on the bottom of the device.

If your Time Capsule falls within serial number range above and it does not power on or shuts down unexpectedly after starting up, it may be eligible for repair or replacement. If Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider confirms that your Time Capsule is affected, Apple will repair or replace it free of charge.

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Jul 12
Blu-ray Association says format will thrive 'for years to...

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has called Blu-ray's licensing system a "bag of hurt" and there's no hint that Blu-ray playback support will appear any time soon -- if at all -- on Macs. However, the Blu-ray Association (of which Apple is, ironically, a member) doesn't think the format is in danger of extinction due to online video downloads.

"According to market analysis Blu-ray Disc has a rate of adoption that is very similar to that of the DVD at the same seniority (18 million U.S. homes with Blu-ray in Q4 '10, the same numbers of penetration of DVD to Q1 of the fifth year on the market of that size, Adams Media Research)," Andy Parons, chairmain of the Blu-ray Disk Association told the "setteB.IT" web site (http://macosg.me/2/ig). "We agree that the Internet will increase its importance to both stream that content to be scarce, but we do believe that physical media like Blu-ray Disc will continue to dominate for many...

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Jul 12
Secunia: Apple leads in most bugs found in its product

Apple is in the number one spot for the most bugs found in all of its products during the first half of 2010, ahead of Oracle, and Microsoft, according to Secunia (http://secunia.com/gfx/pdf/Secunia_Half_Year_Report_2010.pdf).

Trailing Apple in the top 10 are Oracle, Microsoft, HP, Adobe, IBM, VMWare, Cisco, Google and Mozilla. Secunia says their analysis supports the general perception that a high market share correlates with a high number of vulnerabilities. Apple (iTunes, Quicktime), Microsoft (Windows, Internet Explorer), and Sun Microsystems (Java, now part of Oracle) consistently occupy the top ranks during the last five years, with Adobe (Acrobat Reader, Flash) joining the group in 2008.

Secunia specializes in "vulnerability intelligence." The company provides security advisories and information about patches, and...

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Jul 12
Mirror Image Internet, Wowza Media Systems support high capacity...

Mirror Image Internet (http://www.mirror-image.com), a provider of content delivery solutions, has announced expanded streaming capabilities with partner, Wowza Media Systems (http://www.wowzamedia.com), boosting per-server performance to 10 Gbps for high capacity video streaming.

Since the companies began working together in 2009, the partnership has enabled organizations to take advantage of video streaming to the latest and most popular devices and platforms including the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, with hundreds of customers streaming content on Mirror Image’s network through Wowza servers.

Video streaming, on the Web and to mobile devices, has quickly become one of the leading content strategies, with growth only expected to continue. According to results of Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast...

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Jul 12
Surgeons use iPhone 4 video calling to help patient

In what may be one of the first known iPhone 4 “video calling” medical consultations since the phone’s release, surgeons at Valley Presbyterian Hospital near Los Angeles and University of Arizona used the advanced technology to successfully collaborate long distance in “real time” on a wound consultation for a patient.

Using the FaceTime feature on the new iPhone 4, Dr. David G. Armstrong, professor of surgery at the University of Arizona's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), was able to instantly connect with Dr. Lee Rogers, associate director of Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s Amputation Prevention Center (http://www.valleypres.org/apc), near Los Angeles by video calling. What is essentially a simple phone call, turned into a long distance consultation and second opinion for a patient who recently underwent surgery.

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Jul 12
Netgear announces home storage system for multimedia content

Netgear (http://www.netgear.com/ultra) has announced the ReadyNAS Ultra family of 2-bay, 4-bay and 6-bay network storage systems for "power users" who want to "set their digital entertainment content free."

The Ultra family is the first-ever storage with media-shifting capabilities, enabling users to centralize media on a ReadyNAS and consume it in any networked location and on any networked device, according to Drew Meyer, director of storage marketing at Netgear. The Ultra family is more than twice as fast as legacy ReadyNAS systems, he adds.

The ReadyNAS integration with TiVo enables users to stream video programming, music and photos to any TiVo box in the house. ReadyNAS Ultra products are the first storage systems with Skifta media-shifting capabilities, so users can access their private media libraries remotely from any DLNA certified device without worrying about the physical...

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Jul 12
iWebTemplate introduces four new iWeb templates

iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) has added four new iWeb templates to be used with Apple's web site building app, iWeb. Included in the new release are the widgetized iWeb templates, iTunezSite and iGameSite.

The new release includes four themes for iWeb: Computer Store, WebDesignStudio, iGameSite and iTunezSite, The new release extends iWebTemplate's iWeb themes collection up to 132 iWeb templates. Each iWeb theme incorporates a number of different graphic elements that can be removed, moved and changed in size, opacity or color. All themes incorporates endless background, therefore website can be filled with different amount of information. iWeb themes contains different page layouts to accommodate various information.

The templates require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0/3.0. Each iWeb theme is available for US$12.99.

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Jul 12
The Tube update integrates better with TV Movie Flat Rate EPG...

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has expanded its TV software The Tube to version 2.9.7. The upgrade offers better intergration of TV Movie Flat Rate EPG service in German-speaking countries only) and improved overall EPG management in preferences.

The Tube 2.9.7 is a free update for all registered users. The Tube is available for US$39.95 to new users. The Hauppauge Nova-S receiver is available with The Tube for the price of approximately $120. The Live TV app can be downloaded at the Apple App Store. Subscription for Tribune's Data Direct TV service is available within the application.

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Jul 12
Flux web page creation app gets maintenance update

The Escapers has released Flux 2.48.18 (http://theescapers.com/flux2/), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows drag 'n drop creation of web pages without the need of knowledge of XHTMLICSS (though you can twiddle with the code if you like). It's a maintenance release with bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Now users can work directly off FTP and SFTP sites, so there's no need to repeatedly download and publish your site. But if publishing your site from your local computer suits your workflow, Flux can not only publish to FTP, SFTP, and MobileMe, but Flux can also compress all your images on the fly while publishing. This means that your large PNGs get compressed before they get uploaded.

You can apply effects to images from within the app. You can also attach JavaScript actions to your page and embed QuickTime movies, Flash and other objects. Some templates are supplied to get you...

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Jul 12
Trailrunner for Mac OS X runs to version 3.1v541

Trailrunner (http://www.trailrunnerx.com/), a Mac OS X solution for folks doing long distance sports, has been updated to version 3.1v541. The upgrade beefs up GPX and TCX import performance.

With TrailRunner you can plan workout routes on a geographical map, export the route directions as small NanoMaps onto an iPod and import workout data from the Nike + iPod sports kit back into the workout diary. Other features are an exercise plan, .Mac weblog publishing, a GPS, GPX and KML import/export, an integrated map and elevation data download from global mapping services like USGS topo maps.

TrailRunner is donationware. You can download the software, and, if you like it, make a donation to the developer.

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Jul 11
Lawsuit against Apple, AT&T granted class action status

A lawsuit alleging that Apple and AT&T secretly formed monopoly with their exclusive iPhone agreement has received class action status, meaning the plaintiffs now represent everybody who’s bought an iPhone in the United States, reports "Wired" (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/07/iphone-class-action/).

Judge James Ware of the U.S. District court for the Northern District of California on Thursday granted class certification of plaintiffs’ antitrust claims seeking damages and injunctive relief for the complaint that was originally filed in 2007.

The class-action lawsuit alleges that Apple and AT&T had illegally exerted a monopoly by telling customers their iPhone contract was two years long when in actuality the companies’ exclusivity agreement was for an indefinite, undisclosed amount of time. That means even after...

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Jul 11
PFiddlesoft Frameworks updated

PFiddlesoft has updated the PFiddlesoft Frameworks, Cocoa frameworks for writing assistive applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs on Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. (PFiddlesoft distributes applications and utilities that were formerly distributed by PreFab Software, Inc.)

The PFiddlesoft Frameworks were updated to include the PFAssistive Framework version 3.1.0 and the PFEventTaps Framework 1.3.0. Both frameworks can now be embedded in an application package, as well as installed as shared frameworks. They also add several initializers and factory methods to create new user interfacer elements, observers, and event taps based on the target application's full path, file URL, or bundle identifier.

You can download the PFiddlesoft Frameworks now at pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/ . The frameworks are written using Objective-C 2.0. They are Universal Binaries supporting 32-bit and 64-bit architectures using reference counted...

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Jul 10
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets Chinese localization, more

Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete), an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.1.2. the upgrade includes Chinese localization, fixes an issue where a selected item might not be moved to the trash, and has lower memory usage.

Via drag 'n drop, AppDelete will delete any chosen app with all of its associated items that belong to that application. You'll no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.

You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plug-ins, screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, and throwing items in the trash. When the preview screen appears you...

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Jul 09
Apple sues three companies for 'knock off' power...

Another day, still another lawsuit. Apple has filed a lawsuit against three companies it alleges are selling knockoff power adapters for MacBooks and MacBook Pros, reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20010156-37.html?part=rss&subj=news&ta...).

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday. It names Brilliant Store, Sunvalleytek International, and Hootoo.com as defendants. Apple cited a patent it received in 2003 for the power adapter design, notes "CNET."

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Jul 09
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 9

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/).

Daniel Wetzel has announced News Wall 1. 0 for iPad and iPhone devices. The US$2.99 presents news feeds. All feeds are presented as an area of articles allowing the user to skim through the information at high speed. To keep track of all articles, the user can shrink single feeds, dim read articles or show images embedded in the feeds. The app supports several tools for sharing and saving articles.

Spoonjack has released Vuvuzela Man 1.0, A $0.99 personal Vuvuzela for iPhone, iPod touch users. It offers an array of intuitive controls. You can touch or blow to produce a sound, slide a finger to bend the pitch, and raise and lower the bell to adjust volume. With the World Teams upgrade, users can additionally support their favorite team and choose...

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Jul 09
Apple moves from 253 to 197 on 'most profitable companies...

Apple has moved to number 197 on the "Fortune" list of most profitable companies. That's up from 253rd place in 2009 and 337th place in 2008. Apple is listed as having revenues of $36.5 million -- up 12.5% from 2008 -- and profits of $5.7 million -- up 18% from 2008.

The top 10 companies on the list are Old Mutual, American International Grouop, Aegon, Gruppo Mediolanum, Groupe BPCE, Lloyds Banking, Freddie Mac, Hartford Financial Services, Aviva and International Assets Holding.

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Jul 09
Mini Ninjas for the Macs spring from Feral Interactive

Feral Interactive has released Mini Ninjas (http://www.feralinteractive.com/game/minininjas) for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher. The game costs US$39.95; a demo is available for download.

Here's how Mini Ninjas is described: "In Mini Ninjas you play at first as Hiro -- the last and best hope of the ninjas. Hiro’s been sent on a quest to defeat the Evil Samurai Warlord, whose otherworldly armies are wreaking havoc across the empire. As you journey with Hiro through lush landscapes and creepy castles you’ll find your missing ninja comrades, taking control of them and their unique skills in the battle to restore the balance of nature."

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Jul 09
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.2.4

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.2.4, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.2.4 adds full compatibility with iTunes 9.2.

Tidy Up 2.2.4 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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Jul 09
Wi-Fi iPhone for China may be getting closer

Apple appears to have moved a step closer to delivering an iPhone with Wi-Fi capabilities to the Chinese market, says "PC World" (http://macosg.me/2/i6).

This week, Chinese regulators issued a network access license for an Apple iPhone that is equipped to use the China-developed wireless LAN security protocol, WAPI (WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure). With that license, a Wi-Fi iPhone can now be sold in China, suggesting it may debut soon, notes "PC World."

Representatives from Apple and China Telecom, the local carrier that Apple has selected as its partner, would not comment on the device's capabilities, nor when it would go on sale. Wi-Fi is seen as important to the success of the iPhone in China because many people want to use the devices to surf the web, but don't want to pay higher data rates for using the mobile network. China has required mobile phones with Wi-Fi also to support...

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Jul 09
Research group: iPhone dominance in mobile app download market...

The dominance of the iPhone in the mobile app download market will be eroded over the coming years as rivals Android, Symbian and BlackBerry make inroads, Ovum has forecast, reports "Bank Systems & Technologies (http://macosg.me/2/i0).

A new report by the research group says that mobile application downloads generated by non-operator application stores will grow by a compound annual growth rate of around 41% globally over the next five years, with total downloads almost reaching 21.3 billion by 2015. That’s up from 2.69 billion in 2009.

According to Ovum estimates, Apple generated 67% of all smartphone app downloads in 2009, despite claiming just 14% of the overall smartphone installed base. On the other hand, Symbian commanded a 49% share of the smartphone installed base but only generated an estimated 9% of the total applications downloads market. The report states in 2015 Apple will generate a...

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Jul 09
Next Apple TV to stream 99 cent shows?

Apple's next rev of the Apple TV will offer US$0.99 TV shows that can be streamed, but not downloaded, according to a "NewTeeVee" report (http://macosg.me/2/hx). If that's true, Apple would be cutting the price of TV episodes in half and competing more squarely with rivals such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon's Video On Demand.

Right now Apple TV only allows you to download TV episodes from iTunes and charges an average of $1.99. "NewTeeVee" says that, once started, the new TV rental will be available for 24 hours before it expires. Unlike its current TV and movie sales through iTunes, the new service will move content into the cloud and stream it to users, rather than having them download video, the article adds.

Earlier this month, "The New York Times" also offered a forecast of what's in store for Apple's "hobby." The "Times" said that Apple is working on an update to its Apple TV and software,...

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Jul 09
Jobs among top 50 'smartest people in tech'

"Fortune" (http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/technology/1007/gallery.smartest_peo...) lists Apple CEO Steve Jobs as among the top 50 "smartest people in tech." That list is for those with "an alchemy of intellect, ambition and that uncanny ability to peer around corners."

Here's what "Fortune" has to say about Jobs: "When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after a 12-year exile, the company was close to bankruptcy. Thirteen years later it has a market cap of $250 billion and is the world's most valuable tech company, transforming whole industries along the way. iTunes reinvented music. Pixar, now part of Disney, elevated animated films. The iPhone changed telecom. And the new iPad has other computer makers scrambling to respond. Rocking one industry could be luck, but...

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