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Jun 28
Tape may fix iPhone 4 signal problem

Several iPhone 4 buyers have reported that the device drops its signal if the bottom left corner of the device is covered by the palm of the user's hand. Now there's a solution -- a simple, if less than perfect, one.

The problem, apparently, is that holding the phone covers a key portion of iPhone 4's antenna. However, in a video posted over the weekend, YouTube user "chedacheese" showed that he was able to rectify the problem simply by affixing small pieces of cellophane tape to the iPhone 4's bottom corners, reports "InformationWeek" (http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/handheld/showArticle.jhtml?...).

"We've got full signal strength here," said the YouTube poster, as he demonstrated the fix. "We are holding the device in its normal spots and it's keeping...

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Jun 28
iPhone 4 costs as little as $187.51 to make

Apple's iPhone 4 includes components that cost as little as US$187.51, according to market research firm iSuppli -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jun2010/tc20100627_763714...).

Materials and parts for Apple's iPhone, which went on sale on June 24, include a 3.5-inch LCD screen that Apple calls a "retina display." As the smartphone's most expensive component, it costs $28.50 and may have been made by LG Display, iSuppli says. The iPhone 4 sells for $199 and $299.

The estimate doesn't include costs for items such as labor, shipping, advertising, software development, or patent licensing. iSuppli analyzed a 16GB version of the iPhone 4. As with the iPad, Apple used an internally designed A4 processor that was made by Samsung Electronics (...

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Jun 28
German Ministress of Justice blasts Apple

German Ministress of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger is criticizing Apple after the company changed the terms of its data protection rules last week. Apple said it had to put further precise location data to itself and third parties, in order to be able to offer localized services.

Apple also said geographic data would be gathered anonymously, without identifying users personally. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told Germany news magazine, "Der Spiegel" -- as reported by "TechEye.net" (http://www.techeye.net/internet/german-minister-criticises-apple-over-data) --

Talking to Germany's news magazine Der Spiegel, Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said Apple had to "immediately reveal" what data is tracked, for how long it is retained and what it's used for. The users of iPhones and other GPS-enabled...

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Jun 28
Analyst: 60% of Apple Stores sold out of iPhone 4s on launch day

According to Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore, 60% of Apple Stores were sold out by the end of launch day Thursday, as were 100% of the retail-partner stores he and his team contacted -- Best Buy in the U.S., O2 and Car-Phone in the U.K., and Orange in France.

Apple was able to replenish some supplies overnight, but by the end of the day Friday, there were stockouts at 80% of Apple Stores, 90% of O2 and 100% of the Best Buy and Orange retail stores. By then, even the Apple Stores were having trouble getting new supplies, and by Saturday, only 5% had iPhones in stock.

"We believe initial weekend volumes were 1 million plus," Whitmore told "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/28/iphone-4-stockouts-60-of-apple-st...).. "But shipments could have been...

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Jun 28
Brosix Business instant messaging now available for the Mac

D-Bross has released Brosix 3 (http://www.brosix.com/), the newest version of the instant messenger software, now available for Mac and Linux systems. It provides instant messaging combined with collaboration tools such as file transfer, voice chat, video chat, whiteboard, screenshot and co-browse.


"In the initial versions of Brosix, it was available for Windows users only. Brosix recognized a need from its customers for more system options so they wouldn't have to worry about whether or not their computer could use Brosix," Stefan Chekanov, owner of Brosix, says.

Besides using Brosix on almost any computer, it can also be placed on a zip drive and loaded remotely so installation isn't required. Brosix specialized in providing free and paid enterprise instant messaging solutions for companies and individuals that wish to communicate with their co-workers, clients, and family on a secure, encrypted network...

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Jun 28
Chrome overtakes Safari for first time

Google’s internet browser Chrome has overtaken Apple’s Safari in the US for the first time on a weekly basis according to StatCounter, a company that provides free web site analytics. The firm’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that for the week beginning 21 June Chrome overtook Safari to claim third place in the US browser market.

"This is quite a coup for Google as they have gone from zero to almost 10% of the US market in under two years," says Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "There is a battle royal going on between Google and Apple in the internet browser space (Chrome v Safari) as well as in the mobile market (Android v iPhone)."

Chrome with 8.97% took third place in the US browser market ahead of Safari with 8.88%. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still dominates the US Internet browser market with 52%, followed by Firefox (28.5%).

Globally, Chrome has been well ahead of Safari for some time with 9.4% of the market compared to 4% for Safari....

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Jun 28
Macgamestore.com announces 30% off sale on Mac games

Macgamestore.com (http://www.macgamestore.com) is offering a 30% off sale for virtually all Macintosh games through its store until July 1. The Mac games web site also announced that it has surpassed over 1,000 Mac digital download products available for purchase through its store.

Recent popular additions to the store include Planet Horse, Ranch Rush 2: Premium Edition, Jewel Quest 4, Toki Tori, Jolly Rover, Eschalon Book II, Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Westward IV: All Aboard and Jewel Quest Mysteries 2.

Customers interested in taking advantage of the 30% off coupon should head to the Macgamestore.com web site. Then add items to the cart. Once in the cart, add coupon "THIRTYOFF" and the cart will deduct 30% off their purchase. Then check out using a credit card or PayPal.

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Jun 28
One in five new TV purchases in US will be 3DTV by 2013

3D is the hottest thing happening in Hollywood. The excitement over 3D has found its way to the US consumer electronics market. By 2013, one in five new TVs sold in the US will be 3D, reports In-Stat (http://www.in-stat.com). Year-over-year shipment growth will be 231% between 2010 and 2011, resulting in a doubling of the US installed base of units for 3DTVs from 2010 to 2011.

“High definition did create a wave of activity in the US market, not seen since the introduction of color,” says Stephanie Ethier, In-Stat analyst. “3DTV promises to be the next significant innovation wave for living room entertainment.”

Despite many bright spots in the US CE market, there will be losers in the market. Maturing segments like MP3 players, handheld games and desktop computers will show declining growth rates in 2012 and 2013 as products with broader feature sets, such as smartphones, tablet computers and e-readers...

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Jun 28
ABI Research: more than 80 million USB wireless modems to ship...

Wireless modem devices come in a variety of form factors including USB modems, PC cards, embedded modules, and wireless routers. Among the external devices, USB modems have become the most popular products -- so popular that ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) forecasts shipments of nearly 81 million this year.
 
Today, the majority of wireless broadband subscribers enjoying portable connectivity use USB ports. The alternative, the PC Card slot, has rapidly been displaced since USB’s introduction in 2006.

"The main reason for USB modem popularity is versatility at a low price," says Jeff Orr, principal analyst, mobile devices at ABI Research.
 
According to ABI Research’s Cellular Modem Product Tracking Database, more than 50% of the modem models now available in the market utilize the ubiquitous USB interface. Orr says USB dongles connect the subscriber to a specific...

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Jun 28
Lexar Media introduces 64GB RealSSD drive

Lexar Media has introduced a 64GB addition to the Crucial RealSSD C300 product line. The new 64GB RealSSD C300 drive, like it' predecessors, natively supports SATA 6Gb/second, is backwards compatible with the SATA 3Gb/s interface, and provides read speeds of up to 355MB/s and write speeds up to 75MB/s.

Priced at US$149.99, the new 64GB C300 drive is available in a standard 2.5-inch form factor, and comes with a limited three-year warranty. The 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB Crucial RealSSD C300 drives are available through select resellers worldwide and online at www.crucial.com/ssd .

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Jun 28
'MacVoices' looks at the HelTweetica Twitter client

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com) developer Lucius Kwok of Felt Tip talks about his latest app, the free Twitter client, HelTweetica. He talks about his history as a Mac developer and what pushed him into iPhone and, now, iPad apps.

Kwok also has a rather pro-iTunes opinion of Apple's policies and procedures, and explains how the "walled-garden" metaphor works both ways, often to the advantage of developers and users alike. Impressions of the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, the status of Sound Studio, why he started developing physical fitness apps and more are all part of the conversation. Kwok profiles his apps and talks about their inspiration, the benefits and challenges of user feedback, and invites listeners to provide suggestions and ideas for new apps.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people...

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Jun 28
Photo contest to be held at next MacBUS meeting

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (MacBUS) will be held on Tuesday, June 29, at 6:30 pm.

This month's meeting will feature a photo contest and annual summer picnic.  Members are encouraged to submit up to two pictures per category to macbus1@verizon.net .  ategories for the photo contest include: best children's picture; best nature picture, a nd best picture (your choice).

The winner in each category will be chosen by the members in attendance, and each winner will receive an US$15 iTunes gift card. You must be present and a current member to win.

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...

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Jun 28
iFixIt offers iPhone 4 repair manual

iFixit, the do-it-yourself tech company, has released an iPhone 4 repair manual. Their engineers worked 12-hour shifts for five days to create the repair manual for Apple's newest creation.

The iPhone 4 repair manual (http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Device/iPhone_4) sports 10 guides, 122 images, and 181 bullet points. It shows you how to replace all the major components that may break or fail in your iPhone 4. W

"During our teardown, we investigated the repairability of the front and back glass panels," says the gang at iFixit. "It turns out that you'll be able to swap the back glass with little effort, but you won't be able to replace the front panel without also replacing the LCD. The LCD, glass panel, and digitizer come as one unit in the iPhone 4, and they are inseparable without damaging the LCD. We're going to keep investigating potential methods of...

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Jun 28
Texthelp Systems announces Read&Write 4 GOLD for Mac

Texthelp Systems (http://www.texthelp.com) has announced the newest release of its literacy support software solution, Read&Write 4 GOLD for Mac, at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference being held in Denver, CO.

Read&Write 4 GOLD for Mac directly integrates with familiar Mac applications, including Microsoft Word for Mac 2008, Safari, and Adobe Reader, giving students access to the reading, writing, and research support tools they need while working within the programs they use everyday.

The new features and enhancements in Version 4 provide even more support for the variety of learning styles and abilities found in today’s schools, colleges, and universities. New features include: screenshot reader, screen masking, a mobile USB version, and feature video tours. In addition, concurrent and unlimited site licensing for school and home use are now available.

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Jun 28
Smart Extreme Tech introduces app development for iOS

Smart Extreme Tech (http://www.SmartExtremeTech.com) has announced a new line of IT services.

Application software development for mobile devices is being added to the full spectrum of IT Services the company provides. The targeted platforms for mobile devices are Apple iOS (iPhone/iPod touch/iPad) and Google Android (currently, Droid cell phones). Smart Extreme Tech has already started some mobile device projects in e-commerce, banking and statistics tracking sectors. The applications are required to have identical look-and-feel on both (iOS and Android) platforms.

This presents some challenges for the company development processes, according to Paul Craddock, vice president of Media Relations at Smart Extreme. "The operating systems are provided by fierce competitors, Apple and Google, so when it comes to internal architecture details, just about everything is different and...

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Jun 28
iPhone 4 sales top 1.7 million

Apple says it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24. CEO Steve Jobs says it is the most successful product launch in the company's history.

"Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply," he said.

The iPhone 4 is available in the US for a suggested retail price of US$199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model in both Apple and AT&T’s retail and online stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart stores. iPhone 4 is also available in the UK, France, Germany and Japan and will be available in an additional 18 countries by the end of July -- Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Jun 28
'MUG Event Calendar': a picnic, terminology, Photobook...

The month of June comes quietly to an end on the "MUG Event Calendar" and the beginning of July’s listings are reduced by the upcoming United States holiday weekend, not to mention the usual summer hiatus so many MUGs take in the northern hemisphere.

Meeting topics and activities this week include a picnic, computer terminology, Tradme, a pro photographer presentation, and a Photobook presentation.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups, Mac User Groups are starting to officially celebrate the holiday season.

MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Jun 27
Apple, others may have to reconsider use of certain minerals in...

An amendment included in the financial overhaul bill completed on Friday aims to force high-tech manufacturers such as Apple to reconsider the use of minerals that could be fueling violence in Congo, reports "The Hill" (http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/105723-financial-ove...).

The article says the language mirrors a bill introduced by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) requiring companies to make annual Securities and Exchange Commission disclosures about what materials they use and the origin of certain minerals. Activists who lobbied for the amendment charge that warlords make millions off American technology companies by controlling mines that contain minerals used in...

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Jun 26
Electronic Recyclers International praises the iPhone 4

John Shegerian, chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), a recycler of electronics and e-waste, has issued a statement about Apple’s launch of the iPhone 4 (although he mistakingly calls it the iPhone 4G).

In his statement, he refers to the new iPhone as “an intuitively designed device that takes the concept of the smart phone to the next level.” Shegerian said that much like Apple’s massively popular iPad which has sold three million units in three months, the iPhone 4G is the kind of significant innovation that creates enormous new opportunities across multiple industries while it triggers the public to discard older devices now rendered obsolete by the newer, user friendly technology the iPhone 4G provides.

“We congratulate Apple for their amazing success with the iPad and applaud them for once again capturing the imagination and interest of the public and producing a ‘must have’ phone that is sure to be a key component of modern culture,”...

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Jun 26
MobGold announces iPhone software development kit

MobGold (http://www.mobgold.com), a mobile advertising platform, has released an iPhone SDK (software development kit). This release marks the first SDK release on the iPhone OS for this year.

The new iPhone SDK from MobGold includes expanding banner, transparent overlay, performance enhancement and additional server side flexibility for developers. It allows developers to garner higher monetization opportunities by partnering with MobGold, according to CEO and co-founder Alan Chang.

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Jun 26
FileMaker solutions showcased at ISTE

FileMaker Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, will showcase a wide variety of database solutions for educators, administrators and students (booth #1268) at this year’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference and exposition June 28-30 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

At the FileMaker booth, conference attendees will see live demos of FileMaker Pro 11, including new charting and reporting features to assist teachers, IT coordinators and administrators with managing student information, monitoring school operation, and meeting state and federal reporting requirements. Educational solutions developer Campfire Data will demonstrate its FileMaker Pro-based products for data warehousing, gathering and analyzing student assessment results and tracking pre-kindergarten referral and placement.

Educators at the conference will receive...

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Jun 26
Mark/Space updates The Missing Sync for Palm Pre for Mac

Mark/Space has released version 1.2 of The Missing Sync for Palm Pre (http://www.markspace.com/PalmPre). The app lets you synchronize contacts, calendars, music, ringtones, photos and more between a Mac and the new Palm Pre phone. Version 1.2 ow synchronizes notes and tasks between a webOS phone, such as Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, and a Windows PC or Mac computer.

Mark/Space CEO Brian Hall says The Missing Sync for Palm Pre works with the applications Mac owners already know and use: Address Book, Entourage, iCal, iTunes, iPhoto and others. Mark/Space Proximity Sync technology can sync a Mac with a Pre via Wi-Fi - sync happens automatically and wirelessly whenever the Pre is near the Mac. It works even when Pre is in a backpack or pants pocket.

You can choose the groups of contacts and calendars you want on your Pre. Synchronized contacts and calendars work with Palm...

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Jun 26
Zachs Investment Research says iPhone 4 another Apple '...

Zachs Investment Research (http://www.zacks.com/performance ) says Apple has "experienced tremendous growth, driven by the success of its iPhones and increased Mac shipments." In the research firm's opinion, the new iPhone 4 will be another milestone achievement for the company, helping it continue on its growth path.

"Moreover, we are highly positive about the company’s iPad launch, which is expected to revolutionize mobile computing and will provide a boost to the company's revenues and earnings in 2010," Zachs said in a recent report. "The second-quarter results beat the Zacks Consensus Expectation on the back of strong iPhone sales, increased Mac sales, new product launches, increased consumer spending and a rebound in computer shipments. We expect the company to report stronger results going forward, thereby providing above market gains. Hence we upgrade the rating on the stock to...

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Jun 26
Apple accused of discrimination against lefties

Apple has been accused of ''discrimination'' over the design of their iPhone 4 and that left handers find it more difficult to use, reports the UK "Telegraph" (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/7855205/Apple-accused-of-dis...).

There have been complaints an antenna in the lower left corner can become masked when held by a left-handed owner, causing a drop in signal strength. Apple's advice is, basically, "don't hold it that way."

Lauren Milsom, of the UKs' Left-Handed Club, which boasts 90,000 members and represents 10% of the population who are left-handed, branded it a ''design flaw," according to the "Telegraph."

"'It seems ludicrous to suggest that 10% of potential users should be told they have to adopt a less natural hand...

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Jun 26
Dialectic telephony app ready for iOS 4.0

JNSoftware has updated Dialectic (http://www.jonn8.com/dialectic/), a telephony tool for the Mac, to version 1.6. Among the new features are support for iPhones running iOS 4.0, enhanced Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) support, and improved Google Voice compatibility.

Dialetic provides system-wide dialing of phone numbers using Bluetooth mobile phones, landlines, many VoIP services and more. It integrates with contact management applications such as Marketcircle Daylite, Microsoft Entourage, Now Contact, Palm Desktop, FileMaker Pro and other databases, as well as Apple's iCal and Address Book.

In addition to dialing, the software provides a global Address Book menu for accessing your contact data including email, instant messaging, postal addresses, URLs, notes, and phone numbers. You can create new email messages, look up addresses on a map, copy data to the clipboard or insert it...

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