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Aug 16
Law firm claims false iPad advertising continues

Apple's advertising of its iPad tablet "as an outside computing device" is "unlawful," according to Scott Cole & Associates, APC, law firm. The firm has already filed a lawsuit against Apple in San Francisco on July 23.

The suit alleges that Apple engaged in a marketing campaign that promised functionality of the iPad outdoors and/or in warm conditions indoors, yet the computer routinely shuts down quickly in such situations.

“Apple claims the iPad can be used in the sun, in your car, and in warm climates up to 95 degrees,” says Scott Cole, the principal attorney for the plaintiffs. But he claims that “numerous reports, going back months now, explain that the device shuts down in temperatures as low as the mid-70s."

Since launching the iPad in April, Apple has advertised the product as suitable for warm environment use, including as an outdoor e-reader, an over-the-stove cooking aid and a vehicle interactive mapping tool. These are usages that are "...

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Aug 16
Adobe kicks off 2010 Layer Tennis Design Tournament

Adobe says the 2010 Layer Tennis design tournament will kick off this Friday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. (Eastern).

Hosted by Coudal Partners and presented by Adobe Creative Suite 5, Layer Tennis is a series of live online digital contests where creative professionals send files back and forth in real time, building upon each others’ designs while a guest commentator provides play-by-play updates. This season, the live matches can be viewed at http://www.layertennis.com and will run every Friday through Dec. 10.

Each match consists of 10 volleys, each lasting 15 minutes. Spectators can watch and post commentary, and are encouraged to vote for a winner after each match on the Layer Tennis web site. Every volley can be bookmarked and live updates for all matches will be available as RSS and Twitter feeds. Spectators can also become a fan of Layer Tennis on Facebook. After each week’s Layer Tennis match...

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Aug 16
iPad putting the hurt on Asustek netbooks

Asustek Computer saw sales of its netbooks in the second quarter fall short of expectations mainly due to competition from the iPad, , according to "DigiTimes" (http://macosg.me/2/po).

The company has downward adjusted its target shipments for the third quarter to 1.4 million units, company president and CEO Jerry Shen said at an investors conference on Aug. 13. Asustek will continue to offer Eee PCs and enter the tablet PC segment with its Eee Note and Eee Pad series, he added.

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Aug 16
Intel to acquire Texas Instruments' cable modem unit

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has signed an agreement to acquire Texas Instruments’ cable modem product line. The agreement is subject to regulatory review and customary closing conditions.

It is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010. All employees of Texas Instruments’ cable modem team received offers to join Intel at sites in their home countries, primarily Israel, and will become part of Intel’s Digital Home Group. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The purchase enhances Intel’s focus on the cable industry and related consumer electronics (CE) market segments, where the company’s expertise in building advanced system-on-chip (SoC) products, based on Intel Atom processors, will be applied, says Bob Ferreira, general manager, Cable Segment, Intel’s Digital Home Group.

Intel plans to combine Texas Instruments’ best-of-breed Puma product lines with the Data Over Cable...

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Aug 16
Analyst predicts Apple-branded HDTVs within 2-4 years

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told investors in a note that Apple plans to launch a connected, full-fledged HDTV in the next 2-4 years, something he has said before.

As reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), Munster agrees with recent rumors that the existing Apple TV set top box will be renamed the iTV, but feels this will only be a "stepping stone" to the eventual flat panel living room TV. The analyst thinks Apple's upcoming data center in North Carolina will be part of this process by serving as a hub for a cloud-based iTunes service that would allow users to stream their catalog of movies and TV shows.

Munster believes the upcoming Apple TV update will add an app store, allowing users to download applications to run on the device as you can now do for the iPhone, iPod touch adn iPad. He also sees the product having a lower price and less internal storage, as...

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Aug 16
Fourth Apple retail store in Sydney to open Aug. 19

Apple is set to open its fourth direct retail store in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 19 at 5 pm. The shop will be in the Castle Towers Shopping Centre, Castle Hill.

The Apple Store will be the company's 302nd retail store. Apple plans to open another 186 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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Aug 16
South Korean pre-orders for the iPhone 4 to start this week

Apple's South Korean distributor will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4 this week before its official launch next month, reports "AFP" (http://macosg.me/2/pj).

KT Corp. says its stores and online shops would be available to receive orders for the popular smartphone from Wednesday. Apple has sold more than 850,000 iPhones in South Korea since the smartphone hit the local market nine months ago.

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Aug 16
iAds off to a bumpy start?

Apple is facing some early challenges in its iAd mobile advertising foray, with some ad campaigns experiencing delays as agencies attempt to learn the new system amid Apple's tight control over the creative process, ad executives have told the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macosg.me/2/pg).

Since launching its iAd mobile advertising service on July 1, Apple has been slow to roll it out, the article adds. Of the 17 launch partners Apple named for iAds, only Unilever PLC and Nissan Co. had iAd campaigns for much of July. Of the remaining 17, Citigroup Inc., Walt Disney Co. and J.C. Penney have since launched iAd campaigns and other companies are planning iAd efforts.
The "Journal" says that part of the reason some marketers are experiencing delays in getting their iAds to market is that Apple has kept tight control on the creative aspects of ad-making, something advertisers aren't used to, according to...

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Aug 16
Apple hires near field communication expert

for mobile commerce, reports "Near Field Communications" (http://macosg.me/2/pe). Benjamin Vigier has been working on NFC technology since 2004 and has been responsible for NFC activities at both French mobile network operator Bouygues Telecom and flash memory manufacturer Sandisk, the article adds.

Most recently Vigier was product manager for mobile wallet, payment and NFC at US mobile payments specialist mFoundry. There he conceived and managed both the PayPal Mobile service and Starbucks' barcode-based mobile payments service and was also responsible for the development of mobile wallet applications for two top US mobile network operators and an NFC wallet application for a top three US bank, says "Near Field Communications."

Near Field Communication, or NFC, is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology which enables the exchange of data between devices over about four-inch...

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Aug 16
Best Buy to launch location-based retail experiment in 257 U.S....

Best Buy (http://www.bby.com) plans to bring a location-based retail experiment, using the “shopkick” mobile application rewards system, to 257 U.S. stores by Oct. 1. The retail chain will examine the ways in-store shoppers value and redeem offers and rewards through their smart phones.

Under the current plans, the “shopkick” system will be functional by Aug. 17 in 187 Best Buy stores in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, New York City, Chicago markets, with an additional 70 stores in Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Miami markets launched by Oct. 1.

“We think consumers have more opportunities than ever to bridge their digital and physical shopping experiences, particularly through smart phones and mobile technology,” says Matthew Smith, vice president, marketing services, Best Buy. “We intend to explore ways we can use the power of location-based technology to personalize a Best Buy shopping...

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Aug 16
Alauras releases CRM+ 7.0 with iPad compatibility

Media software publisher, Alauras Software (http://www.alaurassoftware.com) has released version 7.0 of its Yellow Page CRM+, extending SFA functionality and providing online compatibility with the iPad.

CRM+ Version 7.0 is the latest update to the Alauras' suite of media software products and extends the range of functionality and compatible devices. The new version offers enhanced eContract automation, new Customer Service functionality, increased reporting and now accommodates use of Apple's new tablet. These new features are designed to help Yellow Page publishers create new operating efficiencies and assist in establishing a fully paperless environment.

The iPad module enables the use of Apple's inexpensive and successful touch screen device to complete presentations, monitor customer service requests and execute contracts. Use of video presentations for clients is more easily...

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Aug 16
Keyboard Maestro update improves the look of disabled actions,...

Stairways Software (http://www.stairways.com) has released Keyboard Maestro 4.3.2, the new version of its productivity enhancer for Mac OS X. The update improves the look of disabled actions, adds a short delay before saving to coalesce saving and improves performance, especially when typing.

It removes the trailing line feed from Execute AppleScript when inserting text, removes the sorting characters "xx" from KeyCue's display, adds a configurable command for osascript (specifically to allow executing osascript and, hence, AppleScript plug-ins as 32-bit), fixes a crash in Execute Workflow/Execute AppleScript when the file has disappeared and ensures changes to the file/text popup menu in the Execute Script editor sets the modified flag.

Using Keyboard Maestro's macros you can: control applications, windows, or menus; insert text; open documents, applications or URLs; execute scripts; control the...

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Aug 16
Adobe fixes glitch in Photoshop Express for the iPad

Adobe received reports that some users were having difficulty launching the new, free Photoshop Express application on an iPad (in landscape orientation) with certain productivity and printing applications installed.  

While investigating the reports, Adobe provided a work-around for users, recommending they launch the application in a portrait orientation on the iPad. Adobe submitted a fix to Apple; it's now approved and available in the Apple App Store.

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Aug 16
'MUG Event Calendar': two anniversary celebrations...

A MacNotable, an Apple Store Rep and two anniversary celebrations highlight this week’s this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

"Macworld" Senior Editor Christopher Breen (a "MacNotablle") will be the guest of honor at MacNexus in California. Just down the road, Derek Vanderby of the Apple Store will demo the iPad at the North Coast Mac Users Group.
MacGroup-Detroit will celebrate their 24th anniversary this week. However, the North Coast Mac User Group (Ohio) has them beat by a year, with a 25th anniversary picnic.

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

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Aug 16
MacFamilyTree grows to version 6.0.2

Synium Software has released version 6.0.2 of MacFamilyTree (http://www.synium.de/products/macfamilytree/index.html). The new version supports Apple Aperture and improves the iPhone import sheet.

MacFamilyTree 6.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. For new users the cost is US$49. Upgrades from previous versions prior to 6.x are $25. Version 6.0.2 is a free download for registered users of version 6.x. A demo is available for download. MobileFamilyTree, the companion app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available in the App Store for $4.99.

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Aug 16
Booxter for Mac OS X updated to version 2.5.2

Deep Prose Software (http://www.deepprose.com) has released Booxter 2.5.2 for Mac OS X. With Booxter users can create multiple libraries and smart lists to organize books, music, movies and comic books. The latest version is a maintenance update.

Booxter supports both handheld and wireless barcode scanners and iSight video cameras to quickly add large numbers of items to a collection. Booxter supports both handheld and wireless barcode scanners and iSight video cameras to add large numbers of items to a collection.

Booxter requires Mac OS 10.4 or later and is ready for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"). A downloadable demo version has a limit of 30 items for each library. The full version costs US$49.99. Version 2.5.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Aug 16
iFuntastic iPhone tool ready for latest versions of iOS

BitSplit Enterprises has released iFuntastic 4.7.2 (http://bitsplit-enterprises.com/iFuntastic/), an update of the free tool for customizing your iPhone. The new version adds support for iOS 4.0.2 and 3.2.2.


The latest version also has support for iTunes 7.5. iFuntastic requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and iPhone OS 2.1 to 3.2 (iPhone) and/or 3.11 (iPod touch).

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Aug 16
VueScan for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.50

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.50, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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Aug 16
MoneyWell for Mac OS X rings up version 1.6.1

No Thirst Software has updated MoneyWell (ttp://nothirst.com/moneywell/), the personal financial application for Mac OS X, to version 1.6.1. The new version improves the description of changed information during sync conflict resolution and fixes some bugs.

The MoneyWell update also provides a new report that uses active filters to generate a hard copy of the selected transactions. There's also a duplicate transaction review, daily balance display and the ability to copy/past transactions.

MoneyWell offers flexible account transfers, a reconcile process, color-coded negative numbers, and a Transfers smart bucket. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

MoneyWell 1.6.1 is a free upgrade for all 1.x users and is available to new users at the introductory price of US$39.99. You can download a free trial limited to 200 transactions.

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Aug 14
Apple manager arrested, accused of accepting kickbacks

Paul Shin Devine, a global supply manager, was among two people arrested and accused of accepting more than US$1 million in kickbacks from half a dozen Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories, reports the "San Jose Mercury News" (http://macosg.me/2/pc)

Devine and Andrew Ang of Singapore were named in a 23-count federal grand jury indictment for wire fraud, money laundering and kickbacks. The alleged scheme used an elaborate chain of U.S. and foreign bank accounts and one front company to receive payments, per the "Mercury News."

"Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business," Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said in a statement. "We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company."

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Aug 13
MacProVideo offers new studio, recording tutorials

MacProVideo.com, a tutorial video site dedicated to Mac users, has released a new series of "Studio & Recording Techniques" videos for audio producers.

This new series focuses on the craft of music production, including instrument skills, recording techniques, and software-agnostic workflows like mixing music for depth and sonic dimension. There are four titles already available in this series. For details go to https://www.macprovideo.com/tutorials/studioandrecordingtechniques-appli... .

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Aug 13
Study: one-third of consumers interested in a Verizon iPhone

A recent Morpace (http://www.morpace.com) study shows that if the iPhone does become available on the Verizon network, it would impact the phone and carrier intentions of many consumers. The study found that nearly a third of consumers are very likely or somewhat likely to purchase an iPhone if it is made available to Verizon.

The survey reveals that Verizon iPhone intenders come primarily from current Verizon customers. However, intenders are also drawn from current AT&T customers as well as from other carriers. Current AT&T iPhone customers are also interested in a Verizon iPhone.

Recent rumors of the iPhone availability on Verizon or another carrier may also be impacting the number of upgrades seen for the iPhone 4, according to Morpace, a market research and consulting firm. Nearly all 34% of AT&T iPhone owners who haven't yet upgraded to the iPhone 4 say they are waiting for the...

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Aug 13
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 13

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/).

Eyedip has announced Pocket Devil HD -- Hell Yeah! for the iPad. The US$2.99 app allows players to summon hordes of devilish underlings. As their malevolent overseer, players then completely annihilate them, one by one, choosing from a variety of torture methods and a vast assortment of weaponry.

Mobz technologies has released the iSoundGrid product line, a family of theme based, sound effects players for the iPad. Designed especially for the Apple tablet, the $1.99 iSoundGrid player can play up to 32 sounds simultaneously. You can play multiple sound effects through the use of a well-designed user-interface.

Zentertain has introduced Pocket Karaoke 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. It's a $0.99 music app that allows you to play...

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Aug 13
VirnetX sues Apple, others for patent infringement

VirnetX Holding Corp., an Internet security software and technology company, is suing Apple, Aastra, Cisco and NEC for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, the patent lawsuit capital of the universe.

VirneX claims the companies violate five of its patents that involve virtual private networking (VPN) connectivity. The company received a US$200 million settlement from Microsoft in May on similar complaints.

One patent cited in both lawsuits, titled "Agile network protocol for secure communications with assured system availability," describes technologies for creating and managing a virtual private networking (VPN) connection, notes "Computerworld" (http://macosg.me/2/pa). VirnetX has asked for both unspecified damages and injunctive relief.

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Aug 13
Survey: iPads, computers beat TV as primary entertainment device

A survey by Cooper Murphy Webb (http://www.coopermurphywebb.com), a British copyrighting firm, shows that the iPad is the preferred method of reading newspapers and magazines among consumers already owning the device.

The poll of 1,034 UK iPad owners also found that a plurality of iPad owners prefer the device for reading books and gaming. Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed use the tablet device f20-20 hours per week.


However, the news is just as good -- perhaps better -- for Macs. In the Cooper Murphy Webb poll, 33% of those surveyed used a computer as their primary entertainment device. The iPad came in second with 24%, trailed by the TV (19%), mobile phone (22%) and "other" (2%).

-- Dennis Sellers

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