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Apr 05
AT&T iPhoners more likely to report dropped calls than those...

Owners of Apple's iPhone 4 on the AT&T network are more than twice as likely to report dropped calls than Verizon customers, according to a new survey by the ChangeWave research group (http://www.changewave.com).

A new ChangeWave survey of 4,068 consumers has taken a close up look at key comparisons between Verizon iPhone 4 owners and AT&T iPhone 4 owners – including customer satisfaction and dropped call rates.

The ChangeWave survey, completed March 28, was conducted several weeks after Verizon began offering the iPhone 4. Among other things, the results provide insight into how owners believe the AT&T and Verizon iPhones stack up against each other in a couple of key areas.

In terms of overall satisfaction the two iPhones are virtually indistinguishable. A look at the Very Satisfied ratings for each shows 82% of Verizon iPhone 4 customers saying they're Very Satisfied...

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Apr 05
Nasdaq OMX rebalances, reduces 'big weighting' of...

Nasdaq OMX has announced a rare rebalancing of its Nasdaq-100 index, which will reduce the "big weighting" of Apple, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870458700457624323156649384...). The company currently makes up more than 20% of the index.

Apple’s stock value accounts for just over 20% of the index, but after the restructuring it will account for slightly over 12%. Still, at 12.3% Apple will still be the largest single component on the index.

The rebalancing was driven in part by "the seemingly unstoppable rise in Apple shares, which are up more than fourfold in the past two years," says the "WSJ."

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Apr 05
VirnetX expands lawsuit against Apple, others

VirnetX Holding Corp. has expanded the scope of its patent litigation case against Apple and other companies by filing its first amended complaint, reports "Seeking Alpha" (http://seekingalpha.com/article/251243-virnetx-expands-scope-of-patent-case).

In the original complaint, VirnetX accused Apple of infringing on its ‘135 and ‘151 patents. The new amended filing now suggests that Apple’s products also infringe on several claims of yet another patent known as the ‘504 patent, titled “Agile Network Protocol for Secure Communications Using Secure Domain Names." The invention covers a system for providing a domain name service for establishing a secure communication link, says "Seeking Alpha."

VirnetX Holding Corp. sued Apple, Aastra, Cisco and NEC for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in...

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Apr 05
Apple wins patent related to Cover Flow, Time Machine

Apple has won its appeal in a patent lawsuit related to its Cover Flow and Time Machine technologies, reports "The Mac Observer" (http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/court_overturns_cover_flow_patent...).

The new ruling doesn’t invalidate the Mirror Worlds patents. Instead, it only stated that Apple didn’t infringe on the company’s patents, saving the company from a US$625.5 million judgement, says "The Mac Observer."

In 2008 Mirror Worlds Technologies, a Texas based company, accused Apple of violating four distinct but related patents that touch on creating "streams" of documents that are automatically sorted according to time stamps, including future dates assigned to calendars and other reminders. The company said that just about all of Apple's product...

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Apr 05
MYcomics is online comic strip tool for Mac OS X

Minder Softworks has announced MYComics 1.0 (http://www.mindersoftworks.com/products/mycomics/) for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$9.

MYComics is designed to let users read their favorite online comic strips using its built-in web browser and database of over 350 comics. Users can tag favorite comics and save them to MYComics' collections folders, find comics using smart folders, and view saved comics with MYComics' viewer. MYComics also features social media and mail integration.

To share favorite comics, MYComics integrates with Facebook, Twitter, and OS X Mail. You can drag image files into MYComics from a variety of sources (another web browser, email, or the Mac OS X Finder.

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Apr 05
ATTO introduces FastFrame 10Gb/s network interface card

ATTO Technology (http://www.attotech.com) has launched its latest offering in its family of high-performance products, the FastFrame 10Gb/s Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC). 

The FastFrame NIC is the only card of its kind on the market offered in quad, dual and single port options for PCIe 2.0 data interconnects, according to Timothy Klein, president and CEO for ATTO Technology. ATTO’s 10Gb Ethernet NICs not only meet and exceed the growing demands of traditional host-to-host networking, but they also expand the possibilities to Ethernet-based storage by supporting Data Center Bridging, he adds.
 
ATTO’s FastFrame NICs, based on Intel chip technology, offers network connectivity for Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems FastFrame 10Gb/s NICs will be available for shipment in late April. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Apr 05
GoPro releases 3D Hero System

GoPro (http://www.GoPro.com) has released the 3D Hero System, a waterproof 3D expansion kit for GoPro’s 1080p HD Hero camera. The 3D Hero System is available immediately at GoPro.com and is shipping to GoPro retailers worldwide with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$99.99.

The 3D Hero System has a modular design that enables consumers to combine two 1080p HD Hero cameras to form a single 1080p 3D camera. The folks at GoPro say it's the world’s smallest. Waterproof to 180 feet, the 3D Hero System can be worn on the body, mounted on gear and vehicles, and used as a handheld camera.

GoPro’s 1080p HD Hero cameras are not included with the 3D Hero System and are sold separately, starting at $259.99 per camera.

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Apr 05
Grungetastic is new artistic app for Mac OS X


JixiPix has announced Grungetastic 1.0 (http://www.jixipix.com/grungetastic/grungetastic.html), a design and photography application for Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It's is available for US$7.99 at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

Grungetastic is an app for distressing and adding grunge to your photos. You control everything from colors to multiple overlays to borders. The software includes over 80 overlays and almost 40 borders.

A "Randomize" button truly randomizes all of the effect controls. All aspects of the process can be adjusted on-the-fly without needing to enter into a dialog or modal state.

Grungetastic supports full-size images. There's a preview mode and visual presets with the ability to create custom presets using the "Save" menu.

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Apr 05
WriteIt! Studios Cookie Stumbler released for Mac OS X

WriteIt! Studios has introduced CookieStumbler 1.0 (http://www.writeitstudios.com), an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

Cookie Stumbler includes tools to detect ad/tracking cookies. It features schedules, on-click filter and automator actions to make the process customizable.

With Cookie Stumbler you can scan and track cookies, then remove them with a single click. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, Chromium, Safari and Flash cookies,

Cookie Stumbler comes with a one-year subscription to WriteIt's update service, which includes software and definition updates. Subscription extensions will be available for $10 for one year and $17 for two years for both, single and family licenses. In celebration of the release and in order to support our advertising activities WriteIt! Studios is offering the product at prices starting...

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Apr 05
D-Link offers new wireless n network camera

D-Lin has announced that its mydlink-enabled Wireless N Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-932L) is now available. With a built-in CPU and web server, the DCS-932L offers a day and night monitoring system for homes and small offices.

Sporting a web-based interface, consumers can integrate the DCS-932L into an existing network and view the streaming video from a computer, iPhone, iPad or Android device. It offers 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) for three-step installation, Motion JPEG, and 20 frames per second (fps) streaming, as well as new infrared illumination technology for night viewing. This new infrared technology enables users to monitor a home or small office at up to 16 feet away from the camera, enabling around the clock surveillance of children, sleeping babies, pets, homebound relatives, valued possessions, and more, says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America
 
The DCS-932L Wireless N...

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Apr 05
TaskPaper comes to the Mac App Store

TaskPaper 2.2.3 from Hog Bay Software (http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/taskpaper) is now available in the Mac App Store, and for a limited time you can get it for US$4.99. It will switch back to $29.99 on Friday, April 8th.

TaskMaker is a list maker for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Its plain text file format let you integrate into your workflow in a variety of ways.

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Apr 05
Dogs Playing Poker comes to the Mac

Candywriter has introduced Dogs Playing Poker 1.0 (http://www.candywriter.com/dogsplayingpokermac.html) for Mac OS X, a comic take on the old meme. It costs US$4.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and is available in the Mac App Store in the Games Category.

Designed for Texas Hold 'em novices, advanced poker players, and dog lovers alike, users select their dog breed of choice and then enter a five-round tournament that spans a junkyard, dog pound, train car, den, and Chinese restaurant kitchen. On the way, users face off against 19 unique hounds; a fox and a walrus are also included in the line-up.

Poker novices can get up-to-speed on the ins and outs of Texas Hold 'em by completing the built-in tutorial. Experienced players can enjoy the diverse poker playing traits of the various characters and the hundreds of poker "tells" bundled into...

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Apr 05
LogicalVue Software announces SQLVue 4.0

LogicalVue Software has announced SQLVue 4.0 (http://www.logicalvue.com/products/sqlvue), an update to their IDE for SQLite developers. With it you can edit table data using the data editor.

This SQL editor will auto-complete SQL commands, table names and column names. SQLite a free, open-source, single-user database engine. It's used by a wide variety of applications and development tools, including Mac OS X (CoreData), iOS, Real Studio, Adobe Flex/Air, Google Gears, Bento and more.

SQLVue uses a tab-based design familiar to most developers. Other features include: full code completion (for SQLite syntax and your table and column names); full display of database Pragma values; and a table editor that displays all table information one place.

SQLVue 4.0 rquires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. Through April 15, it's being offered at a special introductory price...

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Apr 05
Flash'In'App flashes to version 2.6

Eltima Software has released Flash'in'App 2.6, an update of the Cocoa framework that allows loading and fully managing Flash movies right in Mac applications.

With version 2.6, the app features new options designed to make implementing Flash Player component into any Mac application even more convenient. Those who are working with Flash'In'App for the first time, will find examples of Flash'In'App usage for applications written in different languages, including Python and Ruby.

Communication with Flash Player component was also improved. Now SWF objects, arrays and other data can be sent to it via the ExternalInterface class.

Flash'in'App 2.6 features several bug fixes to make it more stable and reliable. A set of classes, contained in Flash'In'App framework, will let any application play SWF files, manage their playback, communicate with them via external API [application programming interface], FSCommands or variables, control external resources loading, etc...

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Apr 04
Surveyed developers concerned about Android's '...

A survey of 250 working developers released by Baird's William Powers -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/QHDO2) -- believes Android's market share gains may be illusory -- especially when the rise of the iPad is taken into account -- and that as a development environment, Google's OS is, well, a mess.

Per Baird's survey 71% of respondents said they were writing apps for Android, and 62% said they were writing for iOS. But, "Fortune" notes, the survey also suggests that programmers writing for Android are finding the ecosystem to be every bit as perilous as Arment predicted.
Among the problems that surfaced:

° Device fragmentation. 56% of Android developers said that operating system fragmentation among the various Android devices was a meaningful or "huge" problem, a percentage that actually increased over the past three months.

° Store fragmentation. Several developers expressed...

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Apr 04
Florida high school students to get iPads, MacBooks

Students at a central Florida high school -- Lakes Wales High School in Lakeland -- will have iPads waiting for them when they go back to school in August, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/yCyX5).

Each teacher at the school will also get one of the new touchscreen tablets (presumably the iPad 2), as well as a MacBook laptop. That's thanks to an anonymous US$1 million donation to the school's technology program, notes the AP.

The donor said in a press release that he hopes the gift will allow students and teachers to realize their full potential. The AP reports that the money will also be used for a new science, technology, engineering and math research lab; new audio equipment and video screens for the gymnasium; and flat screen monitors around the school to exhibit students' work and help staff communicate with students.

Lake Wales Senior High School was constituted in 1924 and...

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Apr 04
Analyst: MacBook Air continues to be strong sales performer

J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz says in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that checks with Apple's supply chain indicate that the MacBook Air has continued to be a strong performer for Apple.

He says 420,000 MacBook Air units were shipped in the fourth quarter of calendar 2010, which represented growth of 333% year-over-year, and 326.8% quarter-over-quarter. The level was also three times greater than the product's previous quarterly high. The number is also much lower than an estimate of over one million units given by another analyst in March, notes "AppleInsider."

"We believe that the growth rate of the MacBook Air stands to moderate, but we expect the product to exhibit increasing contribution to the overall Mac business," Moskowitz wrote. "(The fourth quarter of calendar 2010) was the first quarter in which the MacBook Air accounted...

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Apr 04
Several European companies waiting for iPads to go paperless

European companies, including at least one Swiss multinational, are being forced to delay a move to paperless board meetings because of the shortage of Apple’s recently launched iPad 2 tablet device, reports the "Financial Times" (http://macte.ch/yChih).

"Company secretaries in Europe and elsewhere quickly embraced the original iPad and a specialized iPad app called Boardbooks from Diligent, a New Zealand-based software developer, as a money and time-saving alternative to sending out bulky packages of board papers to directors each month," the article says. "Many companies, however, had been waiting for the upgraded iPad 2, which became available in Europe on March 25 in limited quantities, before making the switch."

However, Apple restricts the purchase of the iPad 2 to two per customer because of component and product shortages. Now some companies have had to put their iPad plans on hold, says the "...

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Apr 04
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, iOS, Safari all gain market share

Mac, Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from February to March,, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.25% of the global market share in March compared to 5.19% in February (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 89.58% as of March. That's down from 89.69% in January. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 6.61% in March compared to 6.36% in February, while Internet Explorer had 55.92% Firefox had 21.80% and Chrome had 11.57%. That compares to, respectively, February percentages of 56.7%, 21.74% and 10.93%, respectively, for the browsers.

The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.87% of the global...

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Apr 04
Google Analytics: iOS ecosystem still ahead Android ecosystem

A large sample of millions of website visitors detailed by Google Analytics indicates that the entire Android ecosystem combined, while slightly ahead of the iPhone 4, continues to be outpaced by Apple's iOS, largely due to the rapid growth of iPad, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

This mirrors additional data that underlines Apple's lead in both mobile browsing and app sales, refuting recent reports that claim Android is displacing iOS, the article adds. As "AppleInsider" notes, there are regular reports that Google's Android platform has passed the iPhone 4 in both installed base and growth. However, Jeff Tribble of SEO firm ROI365 notes that the firm's analytics data covering four million unique visitors across a large portfolio of web sites shows that Android's share of web visits over the iPhone "is very slight and has not grown much over the past quarter."

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Apr 04
Intel planning new chips for fourth quarter

"The Daily News Pulse" (http://macte.ch/HwCnp) says Intel will present a new chipset, the X79, in the fourth quarter of the year.

The article says that the X79 fully supports two PCIe x16 lanes, has 14 SATA ports and possesses eight ports that support SAS. There are 14 USB 2.0 ports, but no mention of USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt ports. PCI x1 support is eliminated.

The X79 chipset will purportedly consist of a 2011-pin LGA socket and will seat the Sandy Bridge-E series CPUs that will feature a quad-channel memory controller and a 32+ lane PCI-Express hub. "Intel has decided to skip the X68 naming scheme altogether and has instead chosen a rather odd naming convention," says "The Daily News Pulse."

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Apr 04
Analyst ups iPad sales forecast, downgrades iPhone estimate

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://macte.ch/otJGt) -- Canaccord Adams analyst Mike Walkley has reiterated a Buy rating on Apple shares and raised his price target to US$480 from $460 while raising his EPS [earnings per share] estimate for 2012, based on a higher estimate for iPad sales this year.

Walkley boosted his iPad estimate for this calendar year to 36.5 million from 34 million units estimated previously. For 2012, Walkley’s estimate goes from 48 million iPad units estimated previously to 54 million. However, he also lowered his gross profit margin and his iPhone unit assumptions for this fiscal year, based expectations the iPhone 5 may be pushed from a summer to a September introduction.

Where Walkley had previously estimated 16.6 million, 17.7 million, and 23 million iPhone units in each of the next three quarters, he now sees 16.3 million, 19.6 million, and 22.8 million...

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Apr 04
AT&T makes changes to early smartphone upgrade pricing

AT&T has confirmed to BGR (http://macte.ch/RlePn) that it has made changes to early upgrade pricing for its smartphones. The changes impact customers who wish to upgrade to a new smartphone but are not yet eligible for an upgrade at fully discounted two-year contract prices.

An imminent change to AT&T’s early upgrade pricing for smartphones was by the Android Central blog (http://macte.ch/xOBCV). AT&T has now confirmed to BGR that off-contract early upgrade pricing has increased by US$50 for all smartphones, including the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, Windows Phones and Android devices. Pricing has increased by $150 when these phones are purchased with a one-year agreement.

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Apr 04
Ambrosia releases Mondo Solitaire: Extreme for Mac OS X

Ambrosia has released their first person shooter, Mondo Solitaire: Extreme (http://lgm.com/MondoExtreme), for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It costs US$15.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Bringing the addictive card tossing game play of solitaire to the edge of your seat excitement of surviving a post apocalyptic world. Play as Andrew 'Wild Card' Welch, armed with a deck of cards and a half chewed cigar, he fights his way across the barren wasteland. In a world of anarchy, the only rule is to count your cards."

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Apr 04
The New Logic Studio Unveiled By macProVideo.com

macProVideo.com, a company that specializes in tutorial videos for Apple software, has announced an exclusive first look (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eNIFtcKjVo) at the New Logic Studio.

"macProVideo.com is known for our dedication to Logic Studio education. Because of this, Apple has provided us with a world exclusive first look at the next version of Logic Studio," says macProVideo.com founder Martin Sitter. "What's more, we've been given permission to unveil some of the best new features that will be included in this amazing update to our favorite audio editor!"

macProVideo.com's publisher, Steve H, has put together a detailed tutorial video demonstrating some of the key features in the new Logic. In particular, he provides a comprehensive overview of the revolutionary "Smart Music" plug-in. Using the latest generation of predictive DSP processing, Smart...

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