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Apr 01
ComScore: Apple has 25.2% of US smartphone market

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), which "measures the digital world," has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending in February. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.8% market share. Google Android led among smartphone platforms with 33% market share.

Approximately 69.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in February, up 13% from the preceding three-month period. Google Android grew seven percentage points since November, strengthening its number one position with 33% market share. RIM ranked second with 28.9% market share, followed by Apple with 25.2%. Microsoft (7.7%) and Palm (2.8%) rounded out the top five.

Apple's numbers moved up just slightly. It had 25...

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Apr 01
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 1

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

Time Warner Cable has added 17 new channels to its TWCableTV app for the iPad. The channels, which were added overnight, include an array of programming, including sports, news and public affairs networks. Also included are Time Warner Cable’s local news channels in each market where they're available. Customers will receive all of the available networks that are included in the cable package to which they subscribe.

Swap.com, a swap movement both online and in communities across the world, has announced what it says is the first mobile swapping application for the iPhone. The free Swap.com Mobile app will enable users to scan bar codes on books, video games, movies, or CDs, and get instant access to Swap.com’s inventory of over 13 million items to swap...

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Apr 01
Jobs on list of 'World's Best CEOs'

Apple CEO Steve Jobs not surprisingly is on Barron's list of the "World's Best CEOs" (http://macte.ch/6E2YH). The list includes the "top corporate leaders from around the world."

Here's what Barron's says about Jobs: "Jobs, 56, just might be the most successful technology executive of all time, turning his start-up into both a money-minting corporate giant and a global cultural trendsetter. By the end of this year, the number of iPhones in the world could hit 100 million.

"Even now, on his third medical leave from Apple, Jobs remains a forceful presence. On March 2, he took to the stage and launched the sleek iPad 2 with classic Jobs flourish.

"The fabled inventor quietly underwent a liver transplant in 2009, raising serious questions about whether he and Apple had told shareholders enough about his medical condition. Today, with Jobs' return uncertain, battle-tested Chief Operating Officer Tim...

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Apr 01
Analyst: Apple products all have plenty of room for growth

Apple's shares could rise further despite having risen 51% over the past one year as the company's Macs, iPads and iPhones have plenty of room for growth, brokerage Sterne Agee told clients, as reported by "CIOL" (http://macte.ch/B5ZTy). The brokerage raised its price target on the stock to US$445 from $400 and said it is still a buy at the current levels.

"We think the beauty with the Apple story is that the company doesn't need to win everyone over to continue its success," says analyst Shaw Wu. "The company just needs to continue winning a fair share of its vast end markets."

He says the Mac share of the computer market share could double to 8-10% (not even counting the iPad). I'm not sure, but I think he means global market share as the Mac has already accomplished this in the US). With the iPad, the company's market share in computing devices could approach 15-17%, nearly that of HP and exceeding...

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Apr 01
Gartner adds tablets to its computer hardware spending estimates

Gartner (http://www.gartner.com) has added media tablets, such as the iPad, to its computing hardware spending estimates beginning this quarter. Including media tablets has increased the research group's computing hardware growth outlook from 7.5% to 9.5% or 2011.

Worldwide media tablet spending is projected to reach US$29.4 billion in 2011, up from $9.6 billion in 2010. Global spending on media tablets is forecast to increase at an annual average rate of 52% through 2015.

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Apr 01
Boom volume booster for Mac OS X explodes to version 1.1

Global Delight has updated Boom, a volume booster application for the Mac, to version 1.1. The update offers improvements with video boosting, channel balance, reduced CPU utilization by more than 50%. More importantly when it is idle (you make the volume boost/presets off), the app does not consume any CPU/memory.

Global Delight has also added a fun element to the app, called Shriek. With Shriek, users can test the power of their voice with the loudest shriek getting the better score and being awarded a title. Users can compete and challenge friends on Facebook using this app and compare scores both locally and globally.

Users are often confronted with the issue of low audio output on their Mac (both desktop and laptops). Sometimes the content itself comes with poor audio quality, as is the case with online videos. At other times, being outdoors doesn't help. The experience could be frustrating too like in the case of bad volume during voice chats in spite of...

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Apr 01
Let's Create! Pottery hits the Mac App Store

Infinite Dreams has released Let's Create! Pottery (http://www.idreams.pl/Pottery/index.html) on the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category. The ceramics making app requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$9.99.

Let's Create! Pottery is designed to let you create one of a kind pottery items and share them with your friends. There's also an iOS version for $4.99 and available in the Apple App Store.

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Apr 01
Avadon: The Black Fortress now available at the Mac App Store

Spiderweb Software has released Avadon: The Black Fortress (http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/index.html), an indie fantasy role-playing game for Mac OS X, on the Mac app store. It requires Mac OS X10.5 or later and costs US$19.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Avadon is in epic adventure in a strange and dangerous world. You are a spy and warrior who must fight the enemies of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your word is law. Gain power and influence, experience an exciting adventure, and battle a conspiracy to destroy your people.

"You are an agent of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Outside your lands, there are limitless threats. Barbarians. Fading, jealous empires. Titans and unspeakable horrors. The warriors and spies of Avadon are sent to keep them weak and divided. Your resources are unlimited, and all must obey...

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Apr 01
MacX iPhone Mounter lets you transfer files from iOS devices

MacXDVD Software has announced MacX iPhone Mounter (http://www.macxdvd.com/iphone-mounter/), a file transfer solution. It's being offered for free now through April 10.

MacX iPhone Mounter lets you transfer music, movie, TV shows, podcasts, eBooks, pictures, voice memos, camera shots and more from any iDevice. The built-in browser lets you sort the files by artist, album and genres to find the files you want to transfer.

MacX iPhone Mounter lets you mount an iPhone, iPod or iPad as a portable device to export files on a Mac to anywhere you want. You can connect multiple devices simultaneously. You can read and export pictures and videos recorded by iPhone to share with just a flick.

MacX iPhone Mounter supports all generations of iOS devices and is compatible with iOS 4.2 and higher and Mac OS X 10.5 or later. After April 10, it will cost $25.95.

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Apr 01
First Toon Boom App approved in the Mac App Store

Toon Boom Studios' (http://www.toonboom.com) has been approved by the Apple for inclusion in the Mac App Store. It's available in the Entertainment section for US$39.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

Flip Boom Cartoon is an app for kids that lets them create animated greetings cards with drawing tools and fun templates. Children can draw and color a series of pictures with small progressive changes, record their voice over the animation, press play to see their cartoon characters come to life and share projects on Facebook and YouTube or on your iPod with the direct upload feature.

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Apr 01
Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies vs Pandas on the Mac App Store

PAN Vision says Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies vs Pandas (http://www.pvnvzvp.com) is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$0.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies vs Pandas is an addictive new physics-based puzzle game. Players take control of the four factions, each launching their minions as projectiles at opposing armies."

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Apr 01
Intrexx is web-based app creation tool for Mac OS X

United Planet (http://www.unitedplanet.com), a developer of enterprise portal software in Europe, has introduced Intrexx for Mac OS to its portfolio of Business Adapters for operating platforms.

The new portal software will enable the Apple community to create web-based business applications and process-optimized enterprise portals, without the need for lengthy or complex programming, says Axel Wessendorf, CEO of United Planet.

“Until now, there have only been a few tools available on the market for Apple users to create database-supported applications themselves," he says. "Users have typically used Apple’s “FileMaker”. The new Business Adapter for Mac OS offers an alternative approach which will enable self-powered web applications, intranets and mobile applications to be created for Apple computer users with a simple ‘point and click’.”
 
At the heart of the new portal...

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Apr 01
Mazda Kit available for the iSimple GateWay car docking system

iSimple says its GateWay automotive docking solution for iPhone is now compatible with many 2010-2011 Mazda models.

The company has introduced a new Mazda-specific GateWay kit and added select Mazda applications to its GateWay kit for Ford. For those that own late-model Mazda vehicles, the days of needing a FM modulator or 3.5mm auxiliary cable to enjoy music from an iPod or iPhone are over, according to the folks at iSimple.

Available at car audio specialty stores nationwide, the GateWay expands the audio and entertainment capabilities of most original equipment manufacturers' stereo systems by delivering sound directly from any model of iPod or iPhone using the vehicle's factory radio controls. The GateWay also supports battery charging on all models of iPod and iPhone with 30-pin connectors, and offers an additional audio input for use with other MP3 players, smartphones and tablets.

Users can further enhance the features of their GateWay with a number of...

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Apr 01
Public preview of Helios UB2 server software available

Helios Software -- a developer of multi-purpose file-, print-, image-, and PDF-server software -- has launched a public preview of its upcoming Helios UB2 server solutions suite.

UB2 delivers better overall performance, enhanced Mac and Windows client support, as well as a broad range of new features including improved SMB/CIFS and AFP compatibility, new AD/PDC authentication, PDF text export, Apple Spotlight compatible searches, and support for Oracle Solaris 11 and Red Hat 6 servers, says Helmut Tschemernjak, president of Helios Software.

He says that Windows PCShare UB2 clients will benefit from higher SMB/CIFS compatibility, increased overall performance, as well as a new AD/PDC authentication. The upcoming Helios EtherShare UB2 provides advanced file server compatibility for Mac clients, including support for extended attributes used by Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 clients to store file comments. Support for AppleTalk, which is no longer part of Mac OS X starting...

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Apr 01
iBuildApp offers free digital company for the iPad

Silicon Valley-based startup iBuildApp recently added an iPad publishing solution (http://ibuildapp.com/ipad_self_publishing/) to their suite of iPhone templates designed for the non-coder. The solution has templates, is automated, and totally free to create and update. See it here: http://ibuildapp.com/ipad_self_publishing/.

The solution also delivers a good experience for the reader, says Rafael Soultanov of iBuildApp. When someone swipes from page to page they can choose different stories to read. Images are vivid and video is optimized, Soultanoy says. If a reader wants to comment or share what they're reading, they just tap a button.

Soultanoy says the publishing app takes just 2-3 hours to create and publish content. Just copy/paste content into the...

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Apr 01
iWebTemplate offers Easter themes

iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) is offering five Easter iWeb templates for use with the web page creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The company is also announcing an improved members area and a Plesk online website builder.

What's more, iWebTemplate is presenting iWeb Themes for Business 8.0. It includes five new themes: Bakery, Herbs, Hair Stylist, Movie and Clothes.

The iWeb templates can be easily customized. Over 162 iWeb templates are now available from iWebTemplate. The new Parallels Plesk Sitebuilder is a scalable web application for creating and managing websites.

iWebTemplates' themes and templates require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and supports iLife versions ranging from 'i08 to '11. Plesk Requires Firefox.

Each new iWeb theme is available for US$10. Easter iWeb Templates are $6.99, and the Plesk website builder is available through the...

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Apr 01
Git client for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1

Fournova has updated Tower, a Git client for Mac OS X designed to make using Git easy and more efficient, to version 1.1. Git is a free, open source, distributed version control system.

Version 1.1 is a free update for registered users. It includes: single line staging; a command line tool; a cherry-pick feature; a revert/reset feature; a plug-in for the editor Coda; and support for additional diff and merge tools such as DeltaWalker and P4Merge

Tower works with the most popular tools and services for developers, according to the folks at Fournova. Repositories can directly be created and cloned on the leading Git hosting services, GitHub and Beanstalk.

To improve the working experience even more, users can choose between a wide range of diff and merge tools such as Kaleidoscope, TextMate, BBEdit, and many more. Tower is compatible with all Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

A free 30-day trial version with all features can be downloaded...

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Apr 01
Inpreflight For Indesign Updated To Version 2.9

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated InPreflight Pro -- its quality control, packaging automation and preflight reporting solution for Adobe InDesign -- to version 2.8.14. The new version The new version lets users automatically send collected jobs over the Internet and locally.

InPreflight provides a preflight solution for service providers, printers, ad agencies, designers and publishing houses. It gathers information about document fonts, colors and links and lets users locate potential problems according to preflight presets. The software is also a packaging automation solution that allows users to preflight and package multiple documents.

Among other abilities, it can collect all files into one folder, eliminating the need to collect the same links multiple times for each design. In addition, InPreflight lets users print graphic preflight reports and save them as fully searchable...

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Apr 01
Maintain serves up Cocktail 4.9 (Snow Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.9 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

The new version adds the ability to purge inactive memory and optimize virtual memory usage, the ability to disable virtual memory swapping and the ability to prevent Help Viewer window from floating on top of other applications. Version 4.9 also improves the clear system caches procedure and contains updated Automator actions and Help files.

Cocktail 4.9 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of...

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Mar 31
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 31

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

PTT Solution has announced X Games 1.0. It's a free physics-based game for iOS devices. In the game, you ride and balance your unicycle at the same time.

Blockdot has released a free Apple iPad app for Simply Organic. The app offers a list of healthy recipes. It also includes the ability to let users type in their own tips and tricks for any recipe and receive weekly recipe ideas and coupons.

BSoft has introduced MoneyMeter 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's a $0.99 iOS program for the definition of dimensions and weight of cash in bills. Select the desired amount of money and type ID bill in dollars, Euro or roubles. The size, weight and type of containers are determined automatically.

TeamLava has launched Fashion Story, a free app for...

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Mar 31
Hasbro to launch MY3D 360-degree handheld viewer for iPhone,...

Hasbro (http://www.hasbro.com) will enter the 3D entertainment category on April 3 with the introduction of MY3D, a handheld that allows users to attach their iPhone or iPod touch and immerse themselves in a 3D entertainment experience.

Touting both proprietary 3D technology and unique 360-degree content, Hasbro is bringing to market premium entertainment and gaming experiences for iPhone and iPod touch users, says Ira Hernowitz, senior vice president of marketing for Hasbro North America. The MY3D viewer will be exclusively available at Target stores and Target.com on April 3 and is expected to roll out to retailers nationwide in June 2011.

The MY3D viewer features two access openings which allow users to interact with the Multi-Touch display of the iPhone or iPod touch, and includes four different cradles to fit a user's specific model of iPhone or iPod touch. The MY3D viewer is compatible with...

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Mar 31
ABI Research: Android will seize 45% of smartphone market by...

According to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) 302 million smartphones shipped in 2010, chalking up a resounding 71% growth over 2009’s shipment levels. What's more, the research group says Android will account for 45% of the smartphone market by 2016.

Android’s success since its launch is expected to continue: some 69 million smartphones running the Android operating system shipped last year, and ABI Research expects that in 2016 Android will have captured 45% of the market.

“Android, Bada and BlackBerry have a great opportunity to fill the vacuum being left by the disappearance of the Symbian OS within the next two years,” says senior analyst Michael Morgan.

Apple’s iOS, which held 15% of the market in 2010, should continue moderate but steady growth over the mid-term, backed by new product introductions. ABI Research forecasts 19% market share for iOS in 2016.

RIM,...

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Mar 31
Apple, 30 others sued for (you guessed it) patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. A Texas-based company called H-W Technology is suing (http://macte.ch/jwtO0) Apple, Research in Motion, Amazon, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Nokia and other companies (around 30 in all) for patent infringement on patent number 7525955 for "Internet protocol (IP) phone with search and advertising capability."


The patent is for a software platform in an Internet Protocol (IP) phone having the ability to be used with different communication infrastructures such as broadband, wireless communication and Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) service. What's more, per the patent, the software platform in the IP phone has the ability to be used with different applications operating on the IP phone. Further, the IP phone has the ability to perform additional functionality than traditional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) phones, such as searches and advertising, given its ability to...

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Mar 31
Apple to absorb increasing costs due to Japan's brownouts

Although Japan's power brownout policy is seriously affecting the operations of Japan-based upstream component makers, causing related upstream components to see price rises, since Apple has agreed to absorb all the additional costs in exchange for smooth shipments, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/9lKDw).

Apple's upstream component suppliers, which purchase components from Japan, are expected to see their profitability undamaged in the short term, according to sources from upstream component makers, the article adds. However, "DigiTimes" says that, for other tablet vendors, purchasing pressure will increase, and "if they are unable to absorb the extra costs, which will only give Apple more advantages in the market."

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Mar 31
Apple's VP of worldwide marketing communications leaving?

Allison Johnson, who has served as Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing communications since 2005, is leaving the company, reports "All Things Digital" (http://macte.ch/Cq2KJ), quoting "several sources."

She's purportedly leaving to co co-found a new marketing and communications firm with another Silicon Valley communications luminary, Former Facebook PR exec Brandee Barker. Sources told "All Things D" that Johnson will begin work at the venture after negotiating her departure from Apple, which is likely to come sometime before the summer.

At Apple, Johnson has managed global advertising for some of the company’s most revolutionary products and the iconic ads for them. Those ads have been created by TBWA\Chiat\Day.

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