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Feb 09
iPod classic fifth best selling media player in the US

Apple's 160GB iPod classic was the fifth best selling media player in the U.S. for all of 2010. So the reports of its imminent demise -- something that has been rumored for a long time -- may be pre-mature.

The NPD Group ( tells "AppleInsider" ( that in overall portable media player sales rankings in the U.S. in 2010, the black iPod classic came in fifth place among all media player sale. (The silver iPod classic was not among the top 10 devices.)

NPD's retail tracking includes sales in retail stores, as well as via online outlets. The top-selling media player in the U.S. in 2010, as tracked by NPD, was the third-generation 8GB iPod touch, notes "AppleInsider." Apple's higher-capacity iPod touch models came in third and fourth place, with the fourth-generation 32GB model taking third,...

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Feb 09
Looking at Apple's 'Volume Purchase' program

Apple has implemented a program called “The Volume Purchase” program that allows approved educational institutions to receive 50% off when 20 or more copies of the same app are purchased for their staff members.

The developers have the option to opt out of this discount, so not every application will offer the discount even if you purchase 20 copies. Developers have to option for giving the discount. This way, if an educational institution chooses to purchase 20 copies of any of their apps, they'll receive 50% off on the cost of the application.

So how does the Volume Purchase program work? Someone from an educational program must enroll by becoming the program manager for your institution.  The program manager will be in charge of making the purchases, and after the codes are downloaded this person is in charge of distributing codes that teachers, therapists and other staff members can use to download the application free of charge on their end. he program manager...

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Feb 09
Zack's upgrades Apple to 'outperform'

Zack's Equity Research has upgraded Apple to Outperform from Neutral, believing the company has further room for expansion. The investment case for Apple is based on its earnings momentum and accelerated revenue growth.

"Apple has grown leaps and bounds, driven by the success of its iPhones, iPad and increased Mac shipments" says Zack's. "We expect the iPhone-driven momentum to continue. Stronger-than-expected iPhone and iPad sales will help Apple grab a larger share of the smartphone market. In our opinion, this is the key to long-term growth and continued appreciation of the stock given the large addressable market. We expect the company to outperform its peers this year. Over the last four quarters, Apple surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 21.3%."

Apple’s posted stellar first quarter 2011 results beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The outperformance was driven by strong iPhone, Mac and iPad sales. The outlook for Mac, iPad and iPhone 4 remains extremely...

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Feb 09
Analyst: Verizon may sell out of iPhones in first week

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" ( -- RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky said he thinks that Verizon may sell out of the iPhone in the first week the device is available, which he counts as starting Thursday, after surpassing one million units.

Abramsky bases his conjecture on what Verizon reported was a stock-out of the device when it went on sale online to existing Verizon customers last Thursday, and based on what he estimates was inventory on hand of one to 1.5 million units dedicated to the phone’s introduction, notes "Barron's." The analyst predicts the iPhone may sell three million to four million units in its first quarter of availability (Feb. 10 through March 32).

Abramsky is forecasting Verizon to sell 9-10 million iPhones this calendar year. But he notes that this estimate could be "conservative.”

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Feb 09
iPad 2 now in production?

According to reports in the "Wall Street Journal" ( and "The Telegraph" (, the iPad 2 is now in production. However, Apple hasn't officially announced anything, so keep that in mind.

The articles quote "people familiar with the matter" and say here's what we can expect:

° The new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the first model.

° It will have at least one camera on the front of the device for features like video-conferencing.

° The resolution of the display will be similar to the first iPad.

° The iPad 2 will have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor.

° The new iPad will initially be available through Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc., but not Sprint Nextel or T-Mobile USA in the U.S.

° The new iPad is expected to be released around Easter...

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Feb 09
Walmart to offer Verizon iPhone starting Feb. 10

Walmart ( says the iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network will be available in select Walmart stores starting Feb. 10. Of course, it will also be available at Apple and Verizon retail stores at that time.

It will be available at nearly 600 of the retailer's in-store wireless areas starting at US$199 for the 16GB model. Walmart will offer a variety of iPhone 4 accessories including cases, car chargers, wraps, and hands-free accessories from variety of accessory manufacturers. Walmart currently carries the AT&T iPhone 4 in select stores nationwide.

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Feb 09
Marvell CEO: iPads, tablets a threat to traditional computers

The head honcho at Marvell Technology Group., maker of the processor that runs BlackBerry smartphones, says the success of tablet computers and phones that surf the web is a bigger threat to traditional personal computers than laptops, notes "Bloomberg" (

Computer makers will respond to the iPad and other tablets with more powerful laptops to emphasize the difference in capabilities, Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja said in an interview. That in turn will narrow the gap between laptops and machines that sit under the desk, he said.

“We’re already seeing a steady decrease in the market for monster PCs as the performance of laptops has significantly increased,” Sutardja told "Bloomberg." “This is good for the industry because desktops are typically left under the desk for five to seven years, whereas consumers replace their laptop every two to three years.”

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Feb 09
Mophie announces juice pack air for Verizon

Mophie ( is accepting pre-orders for a new juice pack air designed with dual compatibility for the Verizon and AT&T iPhone 4. The lightweight, thin external rechargeable battery case doubles the battery life of the iPhone on one charge.

The dual compatible juice pack air can be pre-ordered at the Mophie web site for US$79.95 with an expected ship date of Monday, Feb. 28. The juice pack air for Verizon and AT&T is being sold in soft-touch black with a brushed silver band, with soft-touch red and glossy white versions expected in late March.

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Feb 09
MS Word to PDF Document Conversion released

Qoppa Software ( has announced jWordConvert, their MS Word document conversion software. It supports converting Microsoft Word files to PDF documents, to image files, and printing Word files.

Qoppa's jWordConvert is available as a Java library for integration by developers into their Java applications or applets. It can be deployed on servers to handle automated processing of Word documents as well as end-user applications or in-browser applets.

The conversion functionality will also be released into PDF Studio, Qoppa's PDF editor, and PDF Automation Server, Qoppa's workflow solution, bringing more value to these other products, says Gerald Holmann, president of Qoppa Software. jWordConvert costs US$600.

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Feb 09
ThinkGeek announces Joystick-It for the iPad

ThinkGeek has announced the US$24.99 Joystick-It iPad Arcade Stick (, a solid aluminum joystick that attaches to any tablet gaming device to provide precision control of touch screen games.

Invented at ThinkGeek, the patent-pending Joystick-It requires no batteries to operate, says says Ty Liotta, head of ThinkGeek product development. The device works with any device that features a capacitive touchscreen, including the iPad and many Android tablets.  When not evading ghosts or striking fear in the heart of other 8-bit monstrosities, the Joystick-It can be removed from the screen.

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Feb 09
RackMac mini secures two Mac mini servers in a 1U rack space

Sonnet Technologies has introduced its US$169.95 RackMac mini rackmount solution ( for the latest line of Mac mini servers and computers. Designed for the office or for transportable rack use, the unit supports the installation of one or two Mac minis into a 1U rack space.

The RackMac mini manages airflow and provides a front-panel power switch and USB port for each Mac mini. Constructed of steel with a black powder-coat finish, the 11-inch-deep RackMac mini secures the computers behind a smart front panel. For each Mac mini, the front panel includes: DVD, IR sensor, and power indicator slots; a power switch; and a USB port. Pressing each computer's power button, connecting a keyboard or mouse, or attaching a USB drive is simple.

A padded locking bar holds the Mac minis in place for...

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Feb 09
TuneWear announces CarbonLook for iPhone 4

TuneWear ( has announced the  US$24.95 Carbon Look case for iPhone 4. It's an "universal" case that works with the AT&T and Verizon iPhones.

The Carbon Look  is a thin case with a carbon pattern. According to the folks at TuneWear, it adds a layer of protection to iPhone without adding additional weight or bulk. The Carbon Look is made from  polycarbonate with a synthetic leather exterior and a rubber coated interior.

With the case on, all iPhone ports, buttons and camera remain open and accessible so there is no need to remove the Carbon Look once it's been attached. The case is available in black and white.

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Feb 09
Chinon upgrades AVi docking station

Chinon USA ( has announced the next generation of its AVi portable iPod docking/charging station: the US$199.99 AVi-MKII. Like the original AVi, it features a 7-inch TFT LCD monitor, an ATSC digital TV tuner to capture over-the-air TV signals, compatibility with the iPod and a retro-style "boom-box" housing.

The new AVI-MKII is compatible with all generations of the iPhone to allow consumers to play music and videos stored either on their iPhone or iPod. Compatibility also means access to the iPhone's Wi-Fi to enable streaming of Internet videos onto the LCD, so you can watch sites such as You Tube, Hulu and Netflix.

To use you dock an iPod or iPhone into its top, and the AVi-MKII instantly expands iTunes movies, music videos, and TV shows on its widescreen (16:9) LCD screen. Select another function and you can showcase digital photos on the LCD. Chinon engineers...

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Feb 09
Mellel 2.8 now available in the Mac App Store

RedleX ( has released Mellel 2.8, an upgrade to its word processor for Mac OS X. It's available in the Mac App Store.

Mellel 2.8, introducing Track Changes and advanced Sort, comes with a lower price tag -- 20% percent across the board (US$39 instead of $49 for the regular version, $29 instead of $35 for the educational version) and eliminates for-pay upgrades. All upgrades from now on will be completely free to all Mellel users.

Track Changes is a feature in Mellel 2.8 that allows users to record changes done, and, later on, accept or reject them. Track Changes in Mellel largely follows the industry standard, as Mellel users will need to cooperate with others using other word processors, says Eyal Redler, RedleX's CTO. The new feature allows users to view documents in their original and final states, with corrections and in final state with corrections marked.

It also...

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Feb 09
MacShutdown X gets internal improvements

Pomola Software has updated Mac Shutdown X (, a Mac OS X utility for shutting down a Mac on a specified event or on a specified date and time, to version 1.6.2. The upgrade offers some internal improvements and bug fixes.

Mac Shutdown X costs US$20. Version 1.6.2 is a free update for registered users. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Feb 09
Studiometry 8.1 compatible with cloud-syncing services

Oranged Software ( has released Studiometry 8.1, an update to the Mac OS X compatible software for companies to organize, plan, invoice, track and create client and project data. The new version adds compatibility with cloud-syncing services such as Dropbox or

Single users that can't set up a server machine with a constant Internet connection now have the ability to sync their Studiometry data between machines using the cloud. Studiometry now lets you store its database and settings in your cloud-enabled folders and will warn you if the database is currently checked out or open on another machine. 

The next big feature in this update is complete two-way iCal syncing. This includes the ability to automatically import items created in iCal as well as the ability to have Studiometry delete items that have been deleted in iCal. The linked calendar in iCal can now be an...

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Feb 09
Adobe launches Flash Player 10.2

Adobe is launching Flash Player 10.2 ( for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. The release introduces Stage Video, a full hardware accelerated video pipeline for "best-in-class, beautiful video across platforms and browsers," says Adobe.

Additionally, this version of Flash Player offers all the new capabilities previewed in the beta release, like custom native mouse cursors, multiple monitor full-screen support, Internet Explorer 9 hardware accelerated rendering support, and enhanced sub-pixel rendering for superior text readability.

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Feb 09
'MacVoices': Andy Ihnatko on the recent Macworld Expo

On a new "MacVoices TV" ( Andy Ihnatko of "The Chicago Sun-Times" explains where he was for the first two and a half days of the recent Macworld Expp, and what caught his attention before he got there. He also talks about the importance of Macworld, and how it provides a platform for people with ideas to get the word out.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Feb 08
Apple Store Updating Now

The Apple store is currently not available saying: "We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly."

Which is the sign of new releases or other significant changes in the store.

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Feb 08
Apple is most valuable company on earth

In its last fiscal quarter Apple sold a record 16 million iPhones last quarter and nearly doubled the sales of iPads, at least five firms have raised their 12-month forecast on the stock to an average price of $467, or a 32% increase from here, reports "CNBC" (

At that level, Apple’s market value would total US$433.7 billion, surpassing Exxon Mobil’s current market value of $423.2 billion. After underestimating iPhone and iPad sales for the last year, analysts as a group have ratcheted their numbers up for Apple this year more than any other technology company, according to analysis by Bespoke Investment Group.

"CNBC" notes that Apple’s stock hit a new all-time high Tuesday of $355.12, valuing it at $326.6 billion.

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Feb 08
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 8

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

RedStamp has announced an US$0.99 iOS application that allows users to email, text, post or paper mail stylish, personalized notes directly from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The app is filled with RedStamp's signature stationery designs featuring editablesentiments pre-written by RedStamp's founder and etiquette expert, Erin Newkirk.

Volyy has launched eLastyc Pix 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The $2.99 app lets you tweak faces, slim down, grow muscles, and apply absolutely crazy effects to faces or pictures of anything else.

PSJ Apps has released Testicular Cancer Checker 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. This free app features reminder alerts for men to examine themselves for testicular cancer, as well as provides instruction for...

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Feb 08
Analyst: FTC may frown upon Apple's ebook vendor policy

Research analyst James McQuivey tells the "Los Angeles Times" ( that Apple’s rules “could be interpreted as restraint of trade” and invite the attention of the Federal Trade Commission.

“One way to look at this is that Apple is leveraging its monopoly power over the iPad and iPhone platforms,” McQuivey said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if phones were ringing at the FTC today about this.”

Apple has said if ebook vendors like Amazon and Google want to use the iPhone and iPad to sell books, they'll now have to offer them through Apple's iTunes store. Previously, when users of Amazon's iPhone app wished to buy a book, the e-commerce company routed the customer to its own site, circumventing Apple's internal sales process for which it takes a 30% cut of the purchase price.

McQuivey told the "Times" he sees two potential drawbacks to Apple's approach. One: by dictating where digital...

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Feb 08
ENPA concerned about Apple's subscription plans

Apple is being warned against trying to "squeeze cash" out of the newspaper industry by controlling subscriptions for iPads and iPhones, reports the "BBC" ( The European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA) says it's concerned by the company's plans to direct online sales through iTunes.

If that happens, a large cut of their profits would go to Apple the ENPA says. Several European newspapers claim that Apple has banned them from offering free electronic editions to their print customers. Publishers' main concern is that users will not be allowed to subscribe via newspapers' own web sites, notes the "BBC."

In a statement, the ENPA said: "consumers may only have access to the newspaper of their choice via the iTunes store, where the transaction would be subject to commission." Apple currently receives a 30% share of revenue from apps and ebooks sold.

Apple declined to...

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Feb 08
ComScore: Apple has 25% of smartphone market

ComScore (, a company that "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 December 2010. The report shows Apple's share of the smartphone market rising from 21.4% to 25%.

The comScore report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms in the U.S. according to their share of current mobile subscribers ages 13 and older, and reviewed the most popular activities and content accessed via the subscriber’s primary mobile phone.

The December report found RIM to be the top smartphone market for the three-month period with 37.3% market share. That's down from 31.6% for the three-month period ending in September 2010.

Google's market share rose from 21.4% to 28.7% for the...

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Feb 08
Verizon may have sold 500,000 pre-ordered iPhones

Verizon may have sold 500,000 iPhones before it shut down pre-orders on its web site, "The Street" ( reports. JP Morgan analyst Phil Cusick came up with that figure based on previous Verizon smartphone sales announced.

After breaking its previous phone sales record in the first two hours of pre-orders, Verizon continued to take orders for 15 more hours until 8:10 p.m. (Eastern), the article notes, quoting Cusick. In a note to clients, based on the pace of sales, the analyst estimated that more than 500,000 Verizon iPhones were sold on day one.

Verizon said sales of the Verizon iPhone crushed its previous one-day sales record. Cusick noted that that record was 100,000 Motorola Droids, a Google Android-powered phone that first sold on Nov. 6, 2009. The analyst estimated that the first sample of Verizon iPhone demand puts the phone on track to exceed the Droid's debut performance.

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