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Mar 29
Nokia files second ITC complaint against Apple

Another day, another lawsuit. Nokia has filed a further complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple infringes additional Nokia patents in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers.

The seven Nokia patents in the new complaint relate to Nokia's technologies that Nokia claims are now being used by Apple "to create key features in its products in the areas of multi-tasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories."

This second ITC complaint follows the initial determination in Nokia's earlier ITC filing, announced by the ITC on Friday, March 25. Not surprisingly, Nokia doesn't agree with the ITC's initial determination that there was no violation of Section 337 in that complaint and is waiting to see the full details of the ruling before deciding on the next steps in that case.

In addition to the two ITC complaints,...

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Mar 29
IDC: Android number one operating system for smart phones

The worldwide smartphone market is expected to grow 49.2% in 2011 as more consumers and enterprise users turn in their feature phones for smartphones with more advanced features, according to the IDC research group (http://www.idc.com). The group also says that Windows Mobile will rise to second place among smartphone operating systems by 2015 with Android in first place and the iOS in third place.

According to the "(IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker,"smartphone vendors will ship more than 450 million smartphones in 2011 compared to the 303.4 million units shipped in 2010. What's more, the smartphone market will grow more than four times faster than the overall mobile phone market.

"Android is poised to take over as the leading smartphone operating system in 2011 after racing into the number 2 position in 2010," sys Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Devices Technology and...

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Mar 29
Harman releases JBL OnBeat Speaker Dock

Harman International Industries has released its new JBL OnBeat loudspeaker docking station, a JBL dock for the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

Bringing Netflix movie streaming, gaming, YouTube clip watching and more, the JBL OnBeat dock features dual Phoenix full-range transducers with computer-optimized DSP equalization. A universal connector that docks an iPad, iPod or iPhone lets you rotate iDevice screens to portrait or landscape orientation for the best video display, and an infrared remote (IR) puts you in full control of system functions and music navigation from across the room.

You can stream movies, photos and videos, and share the content on the Web in your living room with family and friends through the addition of an optional composite cable that can send video content from the device directly to your TV. The new JBL OnBeat also features a USB connection to sync and charge devices when connected to the iTunes music library (cable not included), and a 3.5mm stereo...

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Mar 29
Epson expands Designer Edition Stylus Pro

The Epson Stylus Pro line of printing solutions is expanding with a wider selection of Designer Edition bundles that combine Epson Stylus Pro printers with EFI eXpress for Epson Software RIP.

These bundles are engineered to solutions for professional graphic designers and photographers, enabling them to print their creative visions as they see them. The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition is now joined by the Epson Stylus Pro 3880, 7890 and 9890 Designer Editions. The combination of these printers and the EFI eXpress for Epson RIP gives users the ability to create color accurate CMYK comps, proofs, and mockups, alongside RGB photographs.

The software includes spot color support with embedded libraries for DIC, HKS, PANTONE, and Toyo, ensuring accurate color production out of the box. True Adobe interpreters allow for complete compatibility with the latest design suites on a Mac or PC.

In addition, users can work the way that suits them best by printing...

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Mar 29
CourseNotes iPad app comes to the Mac

Dear Panda has introduced CourseNotes 1.0 on the Mac App Store. Formerly available for the iPad, it's a tool designed to help students to take notes and stay organized.

Integrated ToDo items allow students to track homework assignments and other reminders right in their notes. The app is available in the Education category of the Mac App Store and is currently being featured in the "New and Noteworthy" section.

CourseNotes for is designed to help Mac students stay organized by arranging notes by subject and note session, letting users find notes from a particular class meeting. There's the ability to search notes and a "saved search" feature.

As with CourseNotes for the iPad, Dear Panda is offering CourseNotes on the Mac free to qualified educators for evaluation purposes while supplies last. To request a promo code, educators can contact Dear Panda (http://www.coursenotesapp.com...

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Mar 29
Lock Desktop 1.0 released on the Mac App Store

iZooLu has announced Lock Desktop 1.0 (http://www.izoolu.com/) for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher) on the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The US$0.99 app will secure your Mac and return you to a log-in screen.

It allows you to switch between users from the log-in screen as applications and data continue to run on the other desktops. Once locked, you also have access to the log-in, restart and shutdown buttons.

Additionally, Lock Desktop allows you to switch between users from the log-in screen. Applications and data continue to run in the background.

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Mar 29
InnoPocket releases EliteFolio for the iPad

InnoPocket (http://www.innopocket.com) has released the EliteFoilo for the iPad 2. It's a multi-function carbon fiber case for the second gen Apple tablet.

EliteFoilo consists of two real carbon fiber shells molded to fit the iPad 2. The tablet snaps into the bottom panel, while the top panel closes down over the screen to protect it when not in use.

The top and bottom panels are joined with a patented swivel hinge that rotates 360 degrees on a stainless steel hinge pin, allowing the top panel to fold completely underneath the bottom panel.

The rotating hinge can convert the top panel to a stand that allows you to use your iPad for landscape or portrait viewing. You can also flip the smart hinge up at your desk, allowing you to tilt the iPad into a comfortable typing position.

The EliteFoilo Carbon Fiber Case for iPad 2 is available to pre-order now for US$199 and will start...

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Mar 29
TrendyDigital releases waterproof case for the iPad 2

TrendyDigital Design (http://www.trendydigital.com/) has released new, protective cases for the iPad 2: the WaterGuard series (top picture); the PadGear Folio Case series and the Dimension series (bottom picture).

The WaterGuard enables iPad 2 owners to use the devices while they are in proximity to aqueous environments. The PadGear and Dimension series provides portable solutions for the second gen Apple tablet.

The front and back cameras of iPad demand accessibility to both lenses, while the iPad 2 is inside a case. WaterGuard waterproof cases have been redesigned to accommodate this camera feature. The transparent, camera-friendly material of the waterproof case yields clarity while photos are taken by the iPad 2 while it's housed inside the case, according to the folks at TrendyDigital.

The PadGear Case for the iPad 2 is designed to protect the device from daily wear and...

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Mar 29
Vogel announces Ringo mounting system for the iPad, iPad 2

Vogel’s (http://www.vogels.com) has launched the patented RingO universal tablet mounting system for the iPad 2, iPad, and Galaxy Tab, with new versions for additional tablets available at a later date.  

The RingO system allows users to mount their tablet onto virtually any surface: a wall, car, tile, boat, and more. Its modular design lets users snap the RingO Cover onto a tablet, which then can be clicked securely onto a variety of  RingO mounts: Wall Mount, Car Mount, Flexible Mount and others. Just squeeze the mount clips to release the iPad from the mount, click onto the next Mount, and your tablet is ready to use wherever it’s needed.
 
RingO for the iPad 2 and other tablets will be available internationally in late April from major retailers and Apple resellers, priced at US$69.99 for the Starter Pack and $99.99 for the Car Pack. 

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Mar 29
Intego Washing Machine comes to the Mac App Store

Intego (http://www.intego.com) says Washing Machine, the company’s program that cleans up files left behind by web browsers and other Internet programs, is now available at the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. or higher.

Washing Machine helps Mac users delete files, which take up space or present privacy risks, created by a number of programs that access the Internet. Users can clean files, manually or automatically, and use secure cleaning to ensure that the files can never be recovered.
 
Washing Machine can clean five types of items: bookmarks, caches, cookies, download histories, and browsing histories. It works with most web browsers, and many utilities or other programs that store information without users being aware. It even cleans up after some programs that users would never think are storing data, according to the folks at Intego.
 
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Mar 29
QuickScale 3.8 offers five different options

CodingMammoth has just released a new version of QuickScale, an application designed to batch-scale images without losing quality. The upgrade offers five different options, ranging from scaling methods to custom names.

QuickScale also features Droplets, little applications that work with the settings when you created the droplet. This release has some great features like support for watermarks and a CoreImage export-engine for better quality.

Another feature lets you specify the custom name of saved images with the use of predefined tokens like date, index numbers and sizes. It's also possible to add a watermark to your images, both text and images are supported. QuickScale embraces the latest technology; QuickLook is used to show quick previews of the imported images and CoreImage can be used as export-engine for better scaling results. In the latest update, we increased the performances of QuickScale.

QuickScale is shareware and costs approximately $14....

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Mar 29
iFunia AudioConverter available on the Mac App Store

iFunia says AudioConverter is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$9.99. A demo can be downloaded at the iFunia web site (http://www.ifunia.com).

iFunia AudioConverter is a tool for converting popular videos to common audio formats, including MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, and others. The application also offers additional editing functions to join several music clips into a single one. Just set output settings for sample rate, channel, encoder and bit rate.

iFunia AudioConverter supports batch conversion, so users can process multi-conversion at the same time. These output audio formats can be supported by almost all the players like the iPod shuffle, iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano, Zune and more.

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Mar 29
Wake up to your Mac with the all new Awaken 5

Embraceware Software has announced Awaken 5.0 for Mac. The app turns your Mac into a music alarm clock and sleep timer. Version 5.0 was rewritten from scratch and sports an all new user interface and more.

The application supports multiple timers with sorting and labeling and can even launch applications or files. Users can select from over a dozen built-in sounds. Fall asleep to your music, as well as gradually fade out the music volume and screen brightness.

Awaken 5 is available now in the Mac App Store for US$9.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. If you'd like Awaken to wake and power on your Mac at alarm time, download the free AwakenHelper app from Embraceware online (http://www.embraceware.com/awaken/).

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Mar 29
Adobe's DNG Converter to go Intel Macs only with version 6....

The upcoming version 6.4 of Adobe's DNG Converter will be the last to run on PowerPC Macs, Lightroom product manager Tom Hogarty writes in a blog post (http://macte.ch/GrO5G).

DNG Converter is a free, standalone application that's able to convert over 300 proprietary raw formats to the openly documented DNG file format.  When a new proprietary raw file format is released, essentially every new camera model with raw capability, Adobe needs to update the DNG Converter so that it’s able to convert that proprietary format to the DNG format.

"The PowerPC(PPC) Mac systems, commonly referred to as G4 or G5 systems, represent a significantly different platform than the Intel-based solutions Apple started offering in January of 2006," writes Hogarty. "Due to the differences in software development environments, Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 both dropped support for PowerPC systems in 2010.  However, we’ve...

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Mar 29
Native Instruments releases Maschine1.6

Native Instruments (http://www.native-Instruments.com) has released Maschine1.6, a free update of its computer-based music production system. With the addition of plug-in hosting for Instruments and effects, the new version expands the scope and functionality of the system.

Maschine1.6 also includes a free download of the new Komplete Elements  bundle, and adds a other new features for studio production and live performance. With added support for VST and AU plug-ins, Maschine1.6 widens its creative possibilities, turning the system into a full-featured instrument host, according to the folks at Native Instruments.

Both the whole range of Komplete Instruments as well as all third-party Instruments and effects can now be used directly in Maschine, complementing its integrated sampler and FX features. Due to an "Auto-Mapping" function, plug-in parameters are pre-assigned to the...

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Mar 28
WWDC Sold Out

If you didn't already purchase your ticket for Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, it's sold out (on the same day as it was announced).

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Mar 28
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 29

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Nexon Mobile has announced Dungeon & Fighter Slayer Edition, an US$4.99 iOS version of its action role-playing game Dungeon & Fighter.

Viaden Mobile has released Pregnancy: Week by Week 1.0, their $1.99 pregnancy tracker tool for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. It provides detailed month-by-month information on the process of pregnancy and development of the baby. A ready-made to-do list allows expecting moms to plan and schedule healthcare procedures and other important events.

Nahal Ameri has introduced Doghouse Saver 1.0, her new iPhone app just for men. The $0.99 app was created as a way to keep men out of trouble with their wives and girlfriends. It includes illustrated tips, tricks and lists to keep men and their women happy....

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Mar 28
Sprint opposes AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile

Sprint Nextel (http://www.spring.com), the US’s third largest wireless provider, has announced its opposition to AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA.

The transaction, which requires the approval of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, and will likely spark a host of hearings in the U.S. Congress, would reverse nearly three decades of actions by the U.S. government and the courts that modernized and opened U.S. communications markets to competition, says Sprint. The wireless industry has sparked unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, job creation and investment for the American economy, all of which could be undone by this transaction, the company adds.

In a statement, Sprint said: "AT&T and Verizon are already by far the largest wireless providers. If approved, the proposed acquisition would create a combined company that would be almost...

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Mar 28
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 6

Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS, including demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers.

In a press release, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. said, "If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”

Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. Mac developers will see and learn how to develop Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying...

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Mar 28
ECS ICT to distribute the iPad in Malaysia

ECS ICT Bhd, a Malaysian distributor of computer-related products, has been awarded distribution rights for the iPad in the Southeast Asian nation, reports the "Business Times" (http://macte.ch/GXomA).

The appointment will start in April, the company said in a statement. ECS currently distributes other Apple products such as the MacBook notebooks and iPod.

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Mar 28
iPad 2 in short supply in Britain

The iPad 2 is in short supply in Britain, days after hundreds of folks lined up outside Apple stores across the country to get their hands on the new tablet computer, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/6gUkF).

Apple could not confirm that the iPad 2 is out of stock nationwide because there might be limited supplies at certain stores. However, none of the Apple stores that "The Telegraph" called Monday morning had any in stock.

In a statement, Apple said: “Demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing. We are working hard to get iPad 2 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.”

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Mar 28
Afflicted Chinese workers say they're still awaiting Apple...

A group of Chinese workers who were poisoned while manufacturing iPhones say Apple and its supplier have yet to provide for the additional medical treatment they need, reports "PC World" (http://macte.ch/JBOnx).

In 2009, 137 workers at an Apple supplier factory in Suzhou, China were exposed to n-hexane, a chemical cleaning agent. Apple has said the workers have been all successfully treated since the incident occurred. But a group of remaining workers at the factory say their health is worsening and that Apple has yet to do anything to help them, according to "PC World."

The workers have even sent an e-mail message to Apple CEO Steve Jobs asking him to intervene, the article adds. It the third e-mail the workers have sent.

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Mar 28
Radio Shack to carry the iPad 2

Starting Tuesday, some RadioShack stores in the U.S. will begin selling the iPad 2, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), which says the second gen Apple tablet will be available at 500 RadioShack stores Tuesday.

A corporate memo scarce on details only reveals that the chosen stores have already been informed they will receive the device for sale, the article adds. People "familiar with the matter" told "AppleInsider" that the deal to sell the iPad 2 at RadioShack was only finalized within the last few days.

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Mar 28
NCP releases its centrally managed VPN Client Suite for Mac OS X

NCP engineering has released its centrally managed IPsec VPN Client for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Mobile employees using Mac OS X are now able to access the company network remotely.

The NCP Secure Enterprise Management System monitors and controls the fully automatic remote access VPN.  NCP's VPN client offers an integrated personal firewall and NCP's VPN Path Finder Technology. On top of that, it supports strong authentication as well as "FIPS inside."

The NCP Secure Enterprise Management software is the virtual private network's "single point of administration" -- this means -- combined with NCP’s VPN client suite -- it offers all features and automatisms for rollout, as well as for certificate, change and security management. In addition, various network access control features monitor network access of the end devices. 
 
NCP’s Secure Enterprise Mac client can be managed centrally. The central remote access management also controls the integrated,...

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Mar 28
Security Camera comes to the Mac App Store

The Alice Dev Team has released Security Camera on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$2.99.

The application’s purpose is quite simple. It snaps a picture of everyone who wakes the computer up, and archives these photos with a date and time stamp.

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