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Oct 21
Apple now has 18% of smartphone marketshare

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew an impressive 78% annually to reach a record 77 million units in the third quarter of 2010, Apple was the star performer, as it overtook RIM and closed the gap on Nokia.

“Global smartphone shipments grew an impressive 78% annually to reach a record 77 million units in Q3 2010," says Tom Kang, director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple was the star performer during the quarter, as it captured a record 18% marketshare, overtook RIM and closed the gap on Nokia.”

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds: “Global smartphone shipments grew 78% from a year earlier, the industry’s fastest rate since the mid-2000s. However, the surging volumes are placing heavy demands on component suppliers and moderate shortages of select components are emerging ahead of the...

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Oct 21
Study: 4% of US households own tablet computers

The Nielsen Company (http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/connected-devices-does...) recently surveyed more than 5,000 consumers who already own a tablet computer, eReader, netbook, media/games player, or smartphone to get a better sense of who is using these devices and how they are using them. Among the insights:

° Four percent of U.S. households now own tablet computers.
° The iPad trumps the iPhone for “print” and video viewing.
° A majority of iPad owners have already downloaded and paid for content

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Oct 21
Apple issues Mac App Store Review Guidelines

Apple has issued an initial outline of what developers will need to do to get their apps listed in the upcoming Mac App Store, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

"The App Store has revolutionized the way mobile apps are developed and distributed," Apple writes in the Mac App Store Review Guidelines document. "With over 300,000 apps and 7 billion downloads, it has been a huge hit with developers and users around the world. Now we are thrilled to be opening our new Mac App Store to the hundreds of thousands of Mac developers and tens of millions of Mac users around the world."

The guidelines further note, "to ensure that apps are reliable, perform as advertised, and free of offensive material, we will review every app on the Mac App Store based on a set of Mac App Store Review Guidelines that we are ready to share with you. These guidelines are designed to help you create...

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Oct 21
Plantiffs amend iPad overheating lawsuit

Three iPad owners who sued Apple this summer because their tablets overheated have added Apple's TV and web commercials to their complaints, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9192219/Hot_iPad_lawsuit_turns_Ap...). Court documents show that Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning amended their original federal complaint to cite iPad ads as key in their decision to buy the Apple tablet.

"Apple released a commercial depicting use of the iPad in various places, including outdoor locations such as a sidewalk cafe, front steps of a building, and on a grassy lawn, among others," the new complaint stated. "Apple also posted a commercial on its website depicting the iPad being used in a variety of ways, including outdoors while affixed to...

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Oct 21
Apple adds 2.8GHz Core i7 option for MacBook Pros

Apple has added 2.8GHz, Intel Core i7 processor options for its 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros. Customers can now choose to upgrade their notebooks with 2.8GHz Core i7 CPUs, which are now available for both notebook sizes.

Upgrading the 17-inch MacBook Pro to the 2.8GHz adds US$400 to the basic price. It's a $200 upgrade for 15-inch MacBook Pro customers.

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Oct 21
AT&T activates 5.2 million iPhones in third quarter

AT&T has reported third-quarter results highlighted by growth in consolidated revenues, strong sales of integrated devices, gains in IP-based and strategic business services, and disciplined execution on cost initiatives. And it activated 5.2 million iPhones in the quarter.

For the quarter ending Sept. 30, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled US$31.6 billion, up $847 million, or 2.8%, versus the year-earlier quarter, marking the company's third consecutive quarter with a year-over-year revenue increase. Versus the second quarter of this year, consolidated revenues were up $773 million, or 2.5%.

Compared with results for the third quarter of 2009, operating expenses were $26.1 billion versus $25.4 billion; operating income was $5.5 billion, up from $5.4 billion; and AT&T's operating income margin was stable at 17.3%, compared to 17.5 percent.

iPhone activations, spurred by the iPhone 4's release, were up 62.5% from the previous quarter.

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Oct 21
Apple posts Java, ProKit updates

Apple has posted updates for Java for Mac OS X and ProKit. You can obtain the updates via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_22.

Java for Mac OS X 10..5 Update 8 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating J2SE 5.0 to 1.5.0_26, and updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_22 for 64-bit capable Intel-based Macs.  J2SE 1.4.2 is no longer being updated to fix bugs or security issues and remains disabled by default in this update.

ProKit 6.0 (Snow Leopard) fixes issues with user interface software that is shared by Apple's professional applications. This update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express, Soundtrack, Logic Studio, Logic Pro, MainStage, WaveBurner and Logic Express. 

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Oct 21
Aperture update adds iLife '11 support

Apple has released Aperture 3.1, which adds iLife '11 support. It also improves overall stability and performance and includes a number of specific bug fixes.

You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app. It's a 357.55MD download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.

Aperture is Apple's software for professional photographers. It costs US$199, though version 3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x.

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Oct 21
Apple releases MacBook Air software update 1.0

Apple has posted the MacBook Air (Late 2010) Software Update 1.0. It resolves an issue where a MacBook Air (Late 2010) computer -- unveiled on Thursday -- may become unresponsive while playing back movie trailers in iMovie.

The update also addresses an issue where the computer may become unresponsive after waking from sleep when an external display is connected and also contains general graphics performance updates. To download and install the MacBook Air (Late 2010) Software Update 1.0, open Software Update by choosing the Apple menu, then choose Software Update.

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Oct 21
AT&T introduces pay-as-you-go data packages for laptops

AT&T (http://www.att.com) has launched AT&T DataConnect Pass Global -- a lineup of international pay-as-you-go data packages now available on AT&T-certified laptops and netbooks. The announcement expands AT&T's portfolio of pay-as-you-go data services, providing domestic and now international data passes designed to meet individual needs and budgets without a long-term commitment.

Designed for international business travelers and vacationers alike, the passes provide data coverage in more than 100 countries, including Canada, Mexico, countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Available in 30-day session increments, packages can help travelers better manage their data usage abroad and at rates significantly lower than pay-per-use service. Data packages include:

° DataConnect Pass Global 20MB for US$24.99;
° DataConnect Pass Global 50MB for $59.99;
° DataConnect Pass Global 100MB...

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Oct 21
Tom Bihn introduces Cache Sleeve for 11-inch MacBook Air

Tom Bihn is now taking pre-orders for its Size Air11 Horizontal Cache sleeve (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0350), sized specifically for the new Apple 11-inch MacBook Air.

The Cache is designed to protect the laptop against scrapes and scratches from all sides. Its 1/4-inch (6mm) thick foam padding laminated with an exterior of four-ply Taslan and an interior of brushed tricot cradles the MacBook Air. With no Velcro or zipper, the Cache closes by tucking a generous flap into the top opening. The Cache protects your laptop with little bulk added and is ideal for those who don't want their laptop case to make their loads heavier or take up a lot of space.

The Cache sleeve can be used on its own or slipped inside of the Tom Bihn Co-Pilot travel bag, Large Cafe Bag, Imago messenger bag, or any other larger Tom Bihn messenger bags, briefcases...

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Oct 21
YML looks at Apple's big week

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at Apple's huge revenue and profit gains, new hardware, software and services.

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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Oct 20
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 20

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store.

Jasra has announced Josh & Emma Go to the Beach 1.0 for iPad users. This is an US$0.99 story for young children, ages two to four, about a brother and sister who explore the beach. Along the way there are opportunities for interaction that teaches little ones about counting, colors and object names. The app has a child narrator's voice.

Webrich Software has released My Data Usage Pro 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The $0.99 app enables you to count every last byte you download to prevent exceeding your monthly data limit. My Data Usage Pro has in-built algorithm to automatically detect how much data is used when on a cellular network like 3G, 4G, Edge, GSM, or any other cellular network as well as how much data is used on the Wi-Fi network.

Funny Farm Industries has introduced Pickin'...

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Oct 20
MacTech Conference offers first chance to discuss Mac OS X Lion

MacTech Conference will be the first public opportunity to discuss Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), how to take advantage of the new App Store for Mac, and the impacts of Lion's new features (including Mission Control, Full Screen, Launchpad, Auto save and Apps resume).

As the first major industry event after Apple's announcements, attendees can talk through their options with industry experts and peers, form strategies for adoption and support, and more.  The conference, for IT Pros and Mac developers, will be held Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles.

"The MacTech Conference attendee list already reads like a who's who of the community with attendees registered from a majority of states in the U.S., and countries ranging from Sweden to Egypt to Japan. What better place to think through and talk about your options for supporting and taking advantage of Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), the Mac App Store and more," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine." "This in addition to...

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Oct 20
Panda Security launches Panda Antivirus for Mac

Panda Security has launched Panda Antivirus for Mac. This new solution delivers protection against malware affecting Mac OS and Mac OS X; it also prevents Mac users from transmitting malware to other users of Windows and Linux operating systems.

Panda Antivirus for Mac scans files and email, detecting and eliminating or blocking many types of threats, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, keyloggers, adware, hacking tools, botnets, dialers, scareware and other threats that have traditionally targeted Windows users.  

"We are approaching a tipping point where it will soon be financially viable for cybercriminals to target their efforts at Mac users," says says Ivan Fermon, senior vice president of product management, Panda Security. "When Apple reaches 15% marketshare worldwide, which Panda expects will happen very soon, we predict that hackers will begin to aggressively target attacks against this platform. The rapid increase in use of Apple-powered devices -- iPhones...

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Oct 20
WaterField Design announces cases for new MacBook Air

Well, that was quick. WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has already announced two new laptop SleeveCases and Suede Jacket Sleeves made specifically for Apple's just-announced MacBook Air 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch notebooks. Manufactured locally in San Francisco, these stylish, custom-fitted and protective Macbook Air cases will begin shipping by Oct. 29.

The form-fitted SleeveCase combines a ballistic nylon shell with a neoprene interior to absorb shock and cushion the MacBook Air against bumps and bruises. Users can customize the SleeveCase to suit their individual needs -- choosing either a horizontal or vertical orientation with an optional padded front flap, shoulder strap, and/or Piggyback accessories pouch. Trim options include a new distressed brown leather option or the grey-checkered Indium. You can toss the SleeveCase into another bag or sling it over your shoulder to travel light. It costs...

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Oct 20
Mac OS X Lion to prowl in summer 2011

Apple gave a sneak peek of Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the operating system, at today's "Back to the Mac" event. Shipping next summer, Lion is inspired by many of iPad’s software innovations.

The sneak peek highlighted just a few of Lion’s features, including the Mac App Store, a new way to discover, install and automatically update desktop apps; Launchpad, a new home for all of your Mac apps; system-wide support for full screen apps; and Mission Control, which unifies Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces and full screen apps into a new view of everything running on your Mac, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere.

“Lion brings many of the best ideas from iPad back to the Mac, plus some fresh new ones like Mission Control that Mac users will really like,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Lion has a ton of new features, and we hope the few we had time to preview today will give users a good idea of where we are headed.”

Craig Federighi, vice president of...

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Oct 20
The Mac gets some FaceTime

Apple has announced the public beta of FaceTime for Mac, an entirely new application that allows Mac users to video call iPhone 4 and iPod touch users as well as other Macs. It automatically uses your Address Book contacts so there’s no need to create special buddy lists, and it works with the built-in camera and mic on Mac notebooks, iMacs and Apple LED Cinema Displays. 

“FaceTime makes video calling to or from mobile devices easy for the first time,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “We’ve sold more than 19 million FaceTime-ready iPhone 4 and iPod touch devices in the past four months, and now those users can make FaceTime calls with tens of millions of Mac users.”

FaceTime for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and is easy to set up with an Apple ID. The public beta is available immediately as a free download at www.apple.com/mac/facetime .

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Oct 20
iLife '11 sees upgraded iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand

Apple has introduced iLife ’11, which sees major upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. iWeb hasn't received any new features, but it's still there, as is -- surprise -- iDVD.

iPhoto ’11 has a whole new look, with full screen modes for Faces, Places and Events. iMovie ’11 makes it easier than ever to edit videos and transform them into "theatrical trailers" for easy posting online. GarageBand ’11 introduces new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs with Flex Time and Groove Matching. Free with every new Mac, iLife ’11 is available as an US$49 upgrade for existing users.

“iLife is widely regarded as the best suite of ‘digital life’ applications in the world, and iLife ’11 makes them even better,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “iLife now makes it easier than ever to create books and letterpress cards, make amazing movie trailers from your personal videos and post them online, and make your band sound far better or teach yourself piano or guitar...

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Oct 20
MacBook + iPad = new MacBook Air

At the "Back to the Mac" event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs asked what would you get if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up? The answer: the new MacBook Air, which Apple's head honcho described as the "future of laptops."

The new MacBook Air replaces mechanical hard disks and optical drives with Internet services and solid state flash storage. Jobs says this means it's faster (solid state flash storage is up to twice as fast as hard drive storage), more reliable (hard drive crashes are eliminated), and lighter and smaller (solid state flash storage is up to 90 percent smaller and lighter than hard drives).

Available in 11-inch and 13-inch models and weighing as little as 2.3 pounds, the new MacBook Air is Apple’s lightest and most portable notebook ever. MacBook Air uses the same solid state storage technology as the iPad to deliver instant-on responsiveness, up to seven hours of battery life and up to 30 days of standby time. Prices start at US$999.

“MacBook Air is the...

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Oct 20
Apple COO offers 'State of the Mac' address

Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook gave a "State of the Mac" address at Wednesday's "Back to the Mac" event. He pointed out that the Mac has outgrown market for 4.5 years and, as of August, has a US consumer market share of 20.7%, per stats from the NPD Group.

"Mac share and units are rising much faster than industry," Cook says. "And we have a vibrant developer community. There are now 600,000 developers and that number is growing at 30,000 per month."

The COO also noted that the world loves the Mac. The Mac was number one in customer satisfaction in the 2010 ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index); it's the seventh year in a row the Apple computer has taken the top spot. "Consumer Reports" lists the Mac as number one in tech support. "PCWorld" says the Mac leads the pack in customer satisfaction and customer service. "PC Magazine" says our favorite computer platform is number one in reliability, customer satisfaction and customer service.

"Momentum for the...

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Oct 20
Data Rescue 3 now 64-bit

Prosoft Engineering's Data Rescue 3 (http://www.prosoftengineering.com), the data rescue utility for Mac OS X, now runs natively as 64-bit on machines that support Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

"Prosoft is excited to add this improvement to Data Rescue 3," says says Greg Brewer, CEO of Prosoft Engineering. "Now that it runs natively as 64-bit it will run faster and be able to take full advantage of all the memory in your Mac, resulting in faster scanning and recovery times. Data Rescue 3 continues to lead the way as the best selling hard drive recovery software for the Mac platform. It has been used by hundreds of thousands of Mac users worldwide over the past decade. We are dedicated to providing the best data recovery software and helping our customers that are faced with the unfortunate situation of potential computer data loss."

Data Rescue is a hard drive and file recovery...

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Oct 20
CAZE announces new frame case for the iPhone

CAZE (http://www.iphonecaze.com) has released a ThinEdge frame case for iPhone 4 that's constructed of lightweight, hard-shell plastic. It provides protection for the device and comes with an wallet size stand for viewing of your wide screen.

To ensure the iPhone 4 is fully protected from everyday bumps and scratches, a front and back film set is provided. The ThineEdge adds just a millimeter in thickness to the sides of the iPhone 4. It fits tightly around the edges of the iPhone 4 and protects its sides by protruding slightly above the front screen and back glass and can address the antenna concern. The result leaves the back and front fully exposed visually, but shielded against scratches.

It's made of GRILAMID TR-90 which is a plastic polymer commonly used in the creation of sport and other impact-resistant eyewear frames. An edge connector is provided for fastening the frame case and...

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Oct 20
V-Moda debuts Vibrato headphones

V-MODA (http://www.vmoda.com) has introduced the US$125.99 Vibrato noise-isolating in-ear headphones, which is crafted from Zinc Alloy and features a Kevlar fabric cable with a three-button remote and microphone.

Designed for music lovers with style, the Vibrato is sculpted from Zinc Alloy using patented die-casting metal technology, giving the Vibrato a special geometric design, says Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. Constructed with an 8mm dynamic HD neodymium driver, the Vibrato delivers vibrant bass, vivid mid-range, and vivacious highs, and its BLISS noise isolating technology reduces background noise and enables a deep bass, he adds.

V-MODA engineered a hybrid silicone ear tip to create a secure seal. The Vibrato includes four sizes (XS, S, M, L) of ear tips to insure a comfortable fit, as well as V-MODA’s patent-pending sport earhooks with Active Flex technology. 

The Vibrato comes with an in-line...

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Oct 20
Griffin releases iTrip DualConnect, TuneFlex AUX HandsFree

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has debuted iTrip DualConnect (pictured) and TuneFlex AUX HandsFree, their latest in-car creations for iPhone and iPod.

The US$59.99 iTrip DualConnect combines Griffin's FM transmitter technology with an AUX jack for direct connection to car stereos equipped with auxiliary-input jacks. You can connect your iPhone or iPod touch through iTrip directly to your car stereo, or use iTrip's FM transmitter to send the music wirelessly to your car radio. Either way, the illuminated buttons on iTrip's charger plug give you play, pause, forward, and backward track controls that you can operate distraction-free by touch while driving.

You can download the free iTrip Controller App for setup and operation of iTrip's FM transmitter through your Multi-Touch display. To get started, just press iTrip's SmartScan button, then tune your car radio...

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