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Mar 30
Microsoft continues fight against Apple's trademarking of...

Microsoft has once again filed opposition to Apple's efforts to trademark the phrase "App Store," reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/n3VJ3). In a new reply filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to get Apple's trademark application refused, Microsoft "rebutted Apple's rebuttal from earlier this month," the article adds.

"The undisputed facts establish that 'app store' means exactly what it says, a store offering apps, and is generic for the retail store services for which Apple seeks registration," the company wrote in the filing. "Apple does not contest that its other services are ancillary and incidental to its retail store services. Summary judgment should be entered denying Apple's application in its entirety."

In the nine-page document, Microsoft takes aim at Apple's defense of the trademark, which made use of testimony from Robert A. Leonard to show that "App Store" was in fact a proper noun...

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Mar 30
SmithBucklin equips employees with iPad 2s

SmithBucklin (http://www.smithbucklin.com/), an association management and professional services company, is giving its employees an Apple iPad 2 as a way to reward excellent staff performance, improve productivity and enhance the company’s social media capabilities, according to President/CEO Henry Givray.

SmithBucklin employees will receive a 32GB Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi capabilities. For a nominal fee, they can upgrade to a 64GB version or one that offers Wi-Fi and 3G service through Verizon or AT&T. Also, employees were given an US$50 Apple gift certificate that may be used to purchase iPad accessories such as the new Smart Cover, digital AV adapter, camera connection kit or keyboard.

The association management company employs more than 600 people, with offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn. All of the company’s offices and conference rooms are Wi-Fi...

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Mar 30
Apple to announce latest financial results on April 20

Apple will announce the results for their second fiscal quarter on Wednesday, April 20, at 2 pm (Pacific). There will be an audio webcast with analysts broadcast live at that time; you'll need QuickTime to listen.

The average analyst estimate for iPad sales in the quarter is 6.23 million. Also, Mac sales are expected to increase by about 20%.

In its last fiscal quarter Apple announced record-breaking results (again), including $6 billion in profit on revenue of $26.74 billion. The company also sold record numbers of Macs, iPhones, and iPads. For the second fiscal quarter, Apple has issued guidance of $22 billion in revenue with profits of $4.90 per share.

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Mar 30
Analysts weigh in on Apple's size, rumored iPhone 5 delay

Two analysts have weighed in on Apple's stock, looking at the potential of Apple to grow and the effect of a rumored delay in the release of the iPhone 5.

Shaw Wu with Sterne Agee has initiated coverage of Apple with a Buy rating as part of a broad transfer of coverage from analyst Vijay Rakesh, reports "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/JKVG8). He says that investors still under-appreciate the growth in Apple’s end-markets, as well as its ability transform existing markets and create new ones.

“One of the key concerns that we and many investors have is that AAPL has gotten to a size where it is becoming difficult to grow the way it has over the past 10 years,” writes Wu. “We believe this is a legitimate concern but at the same time, if any company could do it, it would be AAPL," Wu tells clients. "We think the beauty with the AAPL story is that the company doesn’t need to win everyone over to continue its...

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Mar 30
Survey: iPhone poised for big success in China

A new survey by Morgan Stanley and AlphaWise -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- says that Apple is poised to capitalize on an explosion in sales of 3G smartphones in China, with the iPhone the most popular option, though lower prices could give it the lion's share of sales.

The survey results show 3G handsets and smartphones are taking off in China in 2011. Nearly 90% of respondents said they have "high interest" in buying a 3G handset or smartphone as their next phone.

Of those who plan to buy a smartphone, the most popular option is the iPhone. A total of 30% of respondents with 3G handset purchase intensions said they will most likely purchase an iPhone, followed by 25% for a Nokia device, 7% for HTC, 5% for Samsung, and 4% for Motorola.

The iPhone would be an even more popular option, the survey found, if Apple were to lower the price of its...

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Mar 30
SQL injection campaign infects some iTunes URLs

iTunes, reports "The Inquirer" (http://macte.ch/VOibq). Lizamoon is a SQL injection attack, where hackers target the database backend of a website and execute unauthorized commands by taking advantage of insecure code.

Insecurity firm Websense says that, according to a Google search, over 28,000 URLs have been compromised. It saw infected iTunes URLs that the media player will download from the publisher to update podcast and episode availability, says "The Inquirer."

"We believe that these RSS/XML feeds have been compromised with the injected code," says Websense security expert Patrik Runald. "The good thing is that iTunes encodes the script tags, which means that the script doesn't execute on the user's computer."

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Mar 30
Klix digital picture recovery software comes to the Mac App...

JoeSoft (http://www.joesoft.com) says Klix, its digital recovery software, is now available at the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.99 and reqwuirse Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

Klix can recover lost digital pictures after deletion, reformatting or corruption of camera media cards. It works with all USB and FireWire cameras and recovers all common image formats including RAW images.

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Mar 30
Activity Audio released for Mac OS X

DssW has released Activity Audit for Mac OS X. The US$8.99 app creates a journal of the applications used on a Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.7 or lataer.

Activity Audit creates calendar events as applications are launched and quit. These events create a complete audit trail showing users the applications they were using and when. The resulting calendar provides visual insight into how a user's Mac has been used.

Activity Audit works with Mac OS X's built-in calendaring support. The audit calendar is visible to iCal and other calendaring software. Activity Audit can create a new calendar to store events, or the user can specify an existing calendar.

Once started, the auditing process runs in the background and doesn't require Activity Audit to be left running. The audit is restricted to the user who started the process, and that user can opt to exclude specific applications or entire folders of applications. By default, Activity Audit excludes applications...

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Mar 30
iSkin introduces protective covers for the iPhone 4, iPod touch

iSkin has released the claro and claro touch, two clear, form-fitting protective covers for the iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch, respectively.

They're designed especially for those looking to preserve the natural beauty of the iPhone 4 and iPod touch, claro and claro touch clearly protect without colors, textures or prints, according to the folks at iSkin.

Fusing a layer of a premium soft polymer with a clear hard plastic, both claro and claro touch provide protection while maintaining a minimalist, slim-fitting design. The surface showcases the iconic back glass of the iPhone 4 and polished chrome look of the iPod touch. The claro for iPhone 4 is designed to fit both the CDMA (Verizon) and GSM (AT&T) versions of the device.

The claro for iPhone 4 features an integrated camera ring that eliminates flash glare when taking photos. The claro touch for iPod touch features an integrated 30-pin port cover that helps to keep out impurities that cause...

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Mar 30
Noise Industries ships Photo Montage for Final Cut Pro, more

Noise Industries has released Photo Montage, a still animation plug-in powered by FxFactory. It presents users with more than 100 animated presets, 20 transition styles, easy re-ordering and re-timing options, and built-in motion blurring features for animating any type of still image within Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects.

Noise Industries' new plug-in helps users string together images, titles, transitions, and more for a presentation that creates an animated medley of still photos; no keyframing is required. Photo Montage's array of effect parameters "allows both novice and expert users to create eye-catching animations that exceed even the most demanding clients' creative needs," says Niclas Bahn, director of business development, Noise Industries.

In Photo Montage, no keyframes are required for animation. You can set durations for pause and transition, and leave the hard work to the plug-in. There's support for a variety...

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Mar 30
VidConvert 1.0.3 for Mac OS X improves various presets

Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth has updated VidConvert, his video converter for Mac OS X, to version 1.0.3. The upgrade offers improvements to the various presets, a new iPhone/iPod Retina display preset, a new Windows Media preset, a new Flash Video preset, new .aiff and .wma audio presets, and a new preference that allows VidConvert to remember the last conversion settings used.

Also, a potential display bug in the time remaining field was fixed, some minor adjustments were made to the Advanced panel, and other miscellaneous improvements were made.

VidConvert It will convert just about any type of video into one of the a variety of formats, allowing you to create videos for your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. To use you add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window.

For advanced users you can select the Advanced quality if you choose to allow such options as custom...

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Mar 30
KeynotePro announces KeyStation Echo Theme

KeynotePro (http://www.keynotepro.com) has introduced KeyStation Echo for Keynote '09, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork. D

The KeyStation Echo theme includes up to 42 master slides (pro versions), a wide range of text and photo-oriented layouts in both standard and kiosk-optimized styles. The Kiosk-optimized slides cover a range of interactive essentials including home and reception screens, menu and multi-tier directory designs, with options for multi-zone reception layouts and content-driven Narrative and Gallery sectional designs.

KeyStation Echo HD, available exclusively in the KeyStation Echo Pro and Pro Mobile Editions, expands the style into HD format with aspect-optimized 16:9 and 16:10 versions of the Echo design. The KeyStation Echo EP Edition themes -- included in the KeyStation Echo Pro Mobile Edition -- take the Echo style to the iPhone/iPod touch or classic-format...

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Mar 30
Vinotekasoft uncorks Vinoteka 2.5 For Mac OS X

Vinotekasoft has uncorked Vinoteka (http://www.vinotekasoft.com) 2.5 an update of their wine cellar management software for Mac OS X (10.5 or better). It costs US$49.99 for a single user license.

Vinoteka offers a realistic interface to manage your bottles (wine, liquors or spirits) and recreate your cellar and organize wine tasting sessions. You can choose among a large variety of bottle shapes, get the labels you want online and pick among different rack types to make your virtual cellar as personalized as possible. You can also create a group for a better organization.

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Mar 30
QNAP beefs up Turbo NAS line-up

QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) -- a manufacturer of world-class NAS servers, NVR Video Surveillance Systems, and Network-based Media Players -- has expanded its Business Series lineup of Turbo NAS servers, to include the new TS-x59 Pro II series: the 4-drive TS-459 Pro II, the 5-drive TS-559 Pro II, and the 6-drive TS-659 Pro II.

The TS-x59 Pro II lineup sports the dual-core Intel Atom D525 1.8GHz processor along with 1GB of DDRIII RAM (expandable to 3GB). In addition to new processors, the new models are purportedly the first in the industry to support SATA 6Gb/s hard drives. Also new is USB 3.0 .

The new models ship with new version 3.4 of QNAP’s NAS management software, supporting all-in-one server applications such as file sharing, FTP server, printer sharing (LAN and Internet), web server, and video surveillance. The TS-x59 Pro II family will be available beginning in April.

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Mar 30
Vitamin-R update for Mac OS X adds tag associating ability

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.57 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds support for associating "tags" with time slices to facilitate project, activity and client based time tracking.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with...

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Mar 30
Jumsoft's Inspiration set for Pages available on the Mac...

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has announced a makeover for its product line for Pages, the word processing/document creation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.

The Pages Templates 6.0 collection is now called Inspiration Set. The 150-piece Inspiration Set presents a range of documents, from brochures and photo albums to posters and invitations. In addition to 100 designs from the earlier version, the refreshed set includes 50 new templates, doubling the number of available layouts.

Inspiration Set is available on the Mac App Store for an introductory price of US$9.99. It requires iWork '08 or later.

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Mar 30
'MacVoices' looks at Quark 9, the Blio Reader, more

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), desktop publishing and design expert Jay Nelson talks about the next revolution in desktop publishing, and how the upcoming QuarkXPress 9 will fit into the picture.

He also discusses the rich-media environments offered by mobile devices in general, and the iPad and iPhone in particular. Nelson introduces us to the next standard you’ll be hearing about, the Blio reader, and what it offers. Even though it's a Windows-only option right now, the Apple platform versions are on their way, and could change the game for major book publishers.

"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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Mar 29
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 30

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

Frimby Limited has announced Facemood 1.0, their new mood discovery app for iOS. The US$0.99 app allows users to discover the mood of their friends through running a specialized algorithm on their Facebook metadata, such as their latest Facebook status. Friends' moods are explained in simple and graphical icons and terms on a Profile View. Facemood utilizes a variety of sources for its keyword database, and also allows users to add personalized keywords.

PSoft Mobile has released AR Missile HD 1.0, the iPad 2 version of its iPhone/iPod app. The $0.99 allows you to shoot missiles at anything within your camera's sights. Simply tap the screen to send missiles flying along trajectories before exploding on your targets.

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Mar 29
Earthquake in Japan may hurt Apple production

Apple's production of iPhones and iPads may be “meaningfully impaired” in the coming months in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, according to Pacific Crest Securities, as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/KM9ut).

“If Apple is unable to find replacement supply of certain components, then iPhone and iPad production volume could be meaningfully impaired in the second half” of its fiscal third quarter, which ends in June, Andy Hargreaves, an analyst at Pacific Crest in Portland, Oregon, told clients.

The earthquake and tsunami earlier this month left Apple with as little as two months of inventory for key components for the iPhone and iPad tablet, Hargreaves said. Japan is a hub for consumer-electronics parts such as flash memory, which stores songs and photos in portable devices; batteries and touch-screen overlay glass that’s used in Apple products, IHS ISuppli said this month,...

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Mar 29
WWDC tickets going for hefty prices on eBay, Craigslist

If you want to attend Apple's sold-out Worldwide Developers Conference in June, you'll have to pay an exorbitant price. WWDC sold out in record time (under 12 hours).

Now sellers on eBay and Craigslist are offering tickets at prices ranging from $2,500 to over $3,000. Tickets were originally $1,600.

"Last year, WWDC sold out in eight days, indicating that Apple has somehow become an even a hotter ticket as developers rush for gold to be had in building and selling products for iPhone, iPad, Mac and other Apple platforms," says "Network World" (http://macte.ch/gPKnK).

Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference 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...

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Mar 29
Apple heading toward $100 billion-plus annual revenue mark

Apple appears on target to top the US$100 billion annual revenue mark for the first time when it reports results for the fiscal year ending September 2011.

That puts the company "well ahead" of Microsoft and close to parity with IBM, while still trailing tech revenue leader Hewlett-Packard, which should top $130 billion in revenue for its October 2011 fiscal year, reports "Forbes" (http://macte.ch/ACTMs). The article adds that CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets analyst Steven Fox has upped his fiscal year 2011 earnings per share [EPS] forecast to $23, from $22.75, while boosting his FY 2012 view to $26.14, from $25.95.

“We think competition is scrambling and our iPad share assumptions are likely too conservative,” he writes, adding that he thinks Samsung has pushed out tablet launches in the US “to better respond to iPad2’s form factor, which we think further extends Apple’s first-mover advantage.” He adds...

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Mar 29
New Jerusalem, German Apple stores coming

Jerusalem may become home to a giant Apple store and education center within three years. Apple is negotiating with real-estate giant Bet Yair for a 5,000-square-meter facility at the entrance to Jerusalem, people familiar with the matter told "The Jerusalem Post" (http://macte.ch/A0y0V).

The facility is planned to hold the world’s first Apple Digital Library, which would be open to the public, the article adds. The directors of Apple in Israel recently toured the site and reportedly said they wanted to bring the country’s largest Apple store to Jerusalem for symbolic reasons, reports "The Post."

Also, Apple plans to open a German retail store in Dresden's suburban mall on Thursday, March 31, at 8 am , according to "9to5Mac" (http://macte.ch/Et9s3). The company’s fifth retail spot in Germany is located on the ground floor of Dresden’s...

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Mar 29
Analysts up their iPad, iPhone forecasts

Needham analyst Charlie Wolf told investors in a note -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/nG5xM) -- has raised his iPad shipment numbers for this year and next by 10 million units, from 20 million to 30 million units in 2011 and from 30 million to 40 million units in 2012.

"Our expectation going into the March 11th launch of the iPad 2 in the U.S. was that it would be successful, but probably more subdued than the launch of the original iPad a year ago," he wrote. "The launch blew out our expectations.

Meanwhile, Asymco (http://www.asymco.com)analyst Horace Dediu predicted that Apple’s current-generation iPhone 4 smartphone handset will likely sell around 60-65 million units in total. Sales of its future successor, the iPhone 5, could nearly double that amount, he said.

Dediu based his predictions on Apple’s historical...

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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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