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Mar 07
ComScore: Apple has 7% of mobile subscriber market

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), 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 January 2011. According to comScore, Apple had 7% of the mobile subscriber market, down, up from 6.4% in the previous study.

The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.9% market share. Google Android took the lead among smartphone platforms with 31.2% market share, after two short months in second place.

Approximately 65.8 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in January 2011, up 8% from the preceding three-month period. Google Android captured the #1 ranking among smartphone platforms for the first time in January with 31.2% market share. RIM...

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Mar 07
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 7

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

Panorama Concepts has announced RPS Mania 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It's an US$0.99 rock/paper/scissors game that utilizes a state-of-the-art video interactive A.I system. You can choose your move carefully and let the show begin. Bonus pictures of your opponent will be displayed when you fully beat them so monitor your cash pot.

Imaginatronics has released An Amazing Day at the Zoo 1.0, the first product in its Learning Infinity Suite of education apps for children. Intended for children 10 and younger, the $4.99 iPad app is about a young girl's visit to the zoo. This education app follows the main character's journey as she learns about animals, birds and reptiles, taking advantage of the interactive features that the iPad and other...

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Mar 07
iPad moving into the cockpit

The iPad won approval from U.S. regulators to display navigational charts for some charter pilots, "a step that may speed the end of the decades-old tradition of paper maps in the cockpit," according to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/Rj2VH).

With the Federal Aviation Administration endorsing iPads in a test project at Executive Jet Management, a unit of Warren Buffett’s NetJets, the way is open for pilots at airlines and other commercial carriers to seek authorization for the devices, Les Dorr, an agency spokesman, told the publication. iPad use by professional pilots would support Apple’s goal of winning more business buyers.

The company’s total corporate sales may rise 51% to US$11.3 billion in 2011, said Brian Marshall, a Gleacher & Co. analyst, told "Bloomberg Businessweek." Revenue was $76.3 billion last year.

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Mar 07
TurboTax now available for the iPad

TurboTax (http://www.intuit.com) has announced a new app designed and optimized specifically for mobile users of the iPad.

The new TurboTax app gives users the freedom to work on their taxes anytime and anywhere, even when they’re on the go, according to Todd Stanley, vice president of product management & development for TurboTax. The app lets users choose whether to work in landscape or portrait view and guides consumers step-by-step through their return.

Customers can e-file their return directly from the iPad. After filing, they can check the status of their federal tax refund, based on Internal Revenue Service projections, with the TurboTax MyTaxRefund iPad app.

Taxpayers can download the mobile app for free from the Apple App store and pay when they're done. Customers begin in TurboTax Deluxe, for US$29.99, and based on their tax situation, choose TurboTax Premier or TurboTax Home...

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Mar 07
Bracketron announces new iPad stand

Bracketron has announced a new stand for the iPad. The Twist360 features a protective hard case with a handgrip that can rotate 360 or be flipped into various positions for use as a desktop or lap stand.

TwistGrip allows multiple viewing angles in both landscape and portrait. Or you can flip it flat for a handle or to hang on the wall. It's designed to be lightweight and portable.

The Twist360 will soon be available at many leading consumer electronics retailers and on the Bracketron website (http://www.bracketron.com). It will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$59.95.

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Mar 07
'AppleInsider': over a million MacBook Airs shipped...

Apple's teeny laptop is a hit. Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that his most recent checks in Asia indicate Apple shipped a total of 1.1 million of its 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs during the three-month period ending December, "making the new breed of ultra-thin portables one of the company's most successful Mac product launches ever."

Those figures are about 63% higher, or 400,000 units more, than the 700,000 units that Kuo had initially estimated. The figures also support an earlier claim by "AppleInsider" that the new MacBook Airs comprised more than a third Mac maker's notebook business in the fourth quarter.

Apple doesn't break down its Mac or device sales by product family. However, the company shipped just over 2.9 million notebook systems during the fourth quarter of 2010. At 1.1 million units, the new MacBook Airs...

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Mar 07
iPhone data downloads faster on AT&T than Verizon

The iPhone 4 on AT&T's network downloaded data twice as fast, on average, as the iPhone on Verizon Wireless, according to thousands of recent field tests in five U.S. cities conducted by Metrico Wireless, an independent mobile device performance evaluation company.

Metrico's tests looked at several other variables, however, and found the average Web page load time was nearly the same on iPhone 4 on both networks, a Metrico official told "InfoWorld" (http://macte.ch/QA9BR). What's more, when the iPhone 4 was in a moving vehicle, the AT&T model successfully finished about 10% more download session than Verizon's.

However, when the iPhones were stationary, the Verizon iPhone had a 10 percent better success rate in uploading data than the AT&T iPhone, notes "InfoWorld." Metrico didn't reveal actual time measurements for any of its results, including the data downloads and uploads or Web page...

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Mar 07
Hungary drafted new constitution on an iPad

Hungary is drafting its new constitution on an iPad, reports "NetworkWorld" (http://macte.ch/tpZWI). Jozsef Szajer, a Hungarian politician and member of the European Parliament, wrote a blog post last week detailing how he's using Apple's tablet to flesh out Hungary's new constitution, the country's first since 1949.

Hungary is the only Eastern Bloc country that didn't re-write their constitution after the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2010, "the country initiated a drafting process and apparently Apple's iPad found its way into the mix," says "NetworkWorld."

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Mar 07
Best Buy may give iPad 2 to all salespersons

Best Buy is considering distributing iPad 2s to every salesperson in its 1,000-plus chain, reports "The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal" (http://macte.ch/l1vH8).

The retailer has given out iPads and other mobile devices to sales employees on a limited basis before, but only in a couple of dozen stores, the article adds. The idea is part of its "Connected Store" format. That format "is modeled on Apple's high-touch retail stores, where salespeople often use such devices to process orders and customers get a lot of hands-on time with the iPads, iPhones and other products," according to The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal."

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Mar 07
ZAGG to offer sportLeather through AT&T for the iPhone 4

ZAGG (http://www.ZAGG.com) says ZAGG sportLeather is now available through AT&T company owned retail stores nationwide. Made from genuine leather with sports equipment styling, the ZAGG sportLeather for Apple’s iPhone 4 can be found at AT&T stores and online at the ZAGG web site.

A part of ZAGG’s LeatherSkins line, ZAGG sportLeathers are thin, pliable covers that apply directly to personal electronics like a film, but arecreated from genuine leather. ZAGG sportLeather uses a patent-pending adhesive process that holds the skin firmly in place on the device and is also removable.

ZAGG sportLeather provides gadget protection in a thin form, and is available at AT&T stores in authentic reproductions of baseball and football textures.

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Mar 07
Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite available

Adobe has announced the immediate availability of the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, a turnkey set of hosted software services and viewer technology to create, distribute, monetize and analyze digital magazines, newspapers and publications.

With output aimed at Android tablets, including Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab, as well as RIM PlayBook and iOS tablet devices, the Enterprise Edition allows large publishers to implement a custom tablet publishing solution without disrupting existing publishing processes and infrastructure, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions, Adobe. Today’s news follows the announcement that Adobe Digital Publishing Suite will support both Apple App Store Subscriptions and Google One Pass for magazine and newspaper publishers.

The Enterprise Edition of Digital Publishing Suite allows publishers worldwide to implement a tailored digital publishing solution built on the...

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Mar 07
Paradise Beach 2 hits the Mac App Store

Nevosoft has released Paradise Beach 2: Around the World (http://nevosoft.com/description/game-ParadiseBeach2/) on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and can be found in the Games category. The game normally costs costs US$6.99, but is on sale at an introductory price for $2.99 for a limited time.

Here's how the Paradise Beach 2 game is described: "Once again the goal is to create the perfect beach resort for others, making everybody satisfied and happy. A lot of improvements over its predecessor make the sequel an exciting entertaining experience. The title is available in nine languages, including English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Russian.

"Players will help manage family businesses on eight different islands. After finishing the story mode, which can easy take up to seven hours, one can also enjoy the...

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Mar 07
Mail Perspectives extends Mail's user interface

Indev has announced Mail Perspectives (http://www.indev.ca/MailPerspectives.html), new software to transform your email experience in Apple's Mail application. It costs US$24.95, but is being offered at a special introductory price of $19.95 through March 18. A demo is available for download.

Mail Perspectives adds four new windows to Mail -- the Perspective, Quick Look, Recent Mail and Mail Actions Windows -- to the Mac OS X Mail app. It's designed to make it easier to monitor mailboxes and visually organize the Mail environment.

The new Perspective Window is a compact window that displays the essential details of the messages belonging to selected mailboxes in either single message or list mode. The Quick Look Window previews full messages without the need to create an extra window for each message. The Recent Mail Window is an up-to-date list of messages that...

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Mar 07
Dropkick kicked up to version 1.1

Reuss New Media has released Dropkick 1.1 (http://dropkickapp.com), available for iOS and Mac OS X in the Apple App Store and the Mac App Store.

According to the folks at Reuss New Media, the task management app aims for simplicity by focusing on the essentials: add tasks, drag-and-drop to prioritize, and check things off. Version 1.1 adds the option to create multiple lists, back-to-back task creation in the iPhone version, and more efficient keyboard navigation on the Mac version.

Dropkick is available as a free trial. Upgrading to the full version is an US$1.99 in-app purchase for the iPhone version and $4.99 for the Mac version. The application is compatible with iOS 3.0 or later and Macs running OS X 10.5 or 10.6. The Mac version is also available from the Mac App Store where 10.6.6 is required, although a free trial is not available there.

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Mar 07
Vortimac Software releases Dossier 2.6 for Mac OS X

Vortimac Software has released Dossier 2.6, an update to their information management tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade features interface enhancements, better support for import from various sources, an upgraded help system, and dozens of other enhancements and bug fixes.

Dossier is designed for keeping and organizing notes, to-do lists, passwords, and virtually anything else. Features include multiple documents and multiple simultaneous viewers per document, smart folders, live search, an integrated calendar, encryption, flexible printing of entries, folders, or entire documents, rich text editing, support for export, unlimited undo/redo capability, and more.

Dossier requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$24.99 and is also available via the Mac App Store. A full featured, 30-day demo version is available at the Vortimac Software web site (http://www.vortimac.com).

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Mar 07
SMEStorage now supports the icloud browser desktop service

SMEStorage (http://www.smestorage.com) has added support for the icloud browser based desktop service, enabling icloud users to use SMEStorage tools and clients to manage and work with their cloud data.

icloud offers 3GB of free storage and cloud stored files. An additional Super Drive with 100GB is available for US$99.99 per year.

It can be accessed and managed from all clients and tools that SMEStorage supports. These include desktop cloud tooling and virtual drives for Mac, Windows, and Linux, and also mobile support for the iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry.

There are also plug-ins for the Firefox and Chrome internet browsers. SMEStorage also makes access to icloud available from an Amazon S3 API [application programming interface]. For business users, they can now use cloud storage as the data storage for the SMEStorage "File Server in the Clouds" offering which compliments or...

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Mar 07
REAL Software supports Hollywood's Eden FX

REAL Software, creator of cross-platform software development tools, says Eden FX, a large special effects studio in Santa Monica, developed an application with REAL Studio to render visual effects animation for "The Social Network," "Superman Returns" and "Lost." Dubbed “Red Five” after Luke Skywalker, the tool was created by Eden FX’s Executive Visual Effects Producer Steve Pugh. 

Pugh’s application is used daily by 20 artists and three producers to manage rendering of all the visual effects animation for the company’s projects, whose recent work icludes "Chuck," "Fringe" and "The Cape." Because of the render controller, workflow at Eden FX has improved substantially and given artists the ability to integrate multiple advanced image formats, which was not previously supported by other programs, says Pugh.

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Mar 07
'MUG Event Calendar': tax preparation, going paperless...

A busy week on "The MUG Event Calendar" features both new and familiar presenters.

Original Mac team member and iApp developer Bill Atkinson will address one California group while Adam Christianson will be the featured guest at another. Rob Pegorano of the Washington Post will speak to a Washington D.C. group, Intego will appear at a Texas Group, The Apple Store will make presentations to North Carolina and California groups, and Best Buy will send their Apple reps to a Virginia group.

Other topics on this week’s calendar include online tax preparation, the Command Line, iWork, going paperless, Mac maintenance, RapidWeaver and, more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, improving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical...

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Mar 07
'MacVoices' looks at the iPad 2

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com) John Martellaro of "The Mac Observer" talks about his disappointment in the iPad 2.

He tells why wasn’t as wowed as he would have liked, and wrote an article that drew plenty of interesting responses. Martellaro talks about why he was disappointed, but will buy an iPad 2 anyway, and the many and varied comments that have been directed his way.

"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 04
Apple looking for iOS speech engineers

Apple plans to hire new employees related to voice control and syncing for the iPhone, "suggesting further enhancements in both categories for future handsets," reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The web site's staff found job openings for "iOS Speech Operations Engineers" and an "IOS Server Speech Engineer" that will work as part of the iOS Application Frameworks team at Apple's Cupertino, CA, headquarters. Another three job listings pertain to iPhone and iOS sync technology. Two are for an "iPhone Sync Development Engineer" and one is for an "iPhone Sync QA Engineer."

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Mar 04
Apple negotiating for more flexibility for digital purchases

Apple is talking with record companies including Vivendi SA (VIV)’s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG) and EMI Group to give users more flexibility in how they access purchased music, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/k8U6Y).

Under discussion is a deal that would provide iTunes customers with a permanent backup of music purchases if the originals are damaged or lost, the article says, quoting "three people with knowledge of the plans." The service also would allow downloads to iPad, iPod and iPhone devices linked to the same iTunes account, they said. The move would be a step closer to universal access to content centrally stored on the Internet.

Apple and the record labels are eager to maintain demand for digital downloading amid increasing popularity for Internet services such as Pandora Media, which don’t sell tracks and instead let users stream songs...

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Mar 04
iPad 2 shipments expected to top two million in March

Apple's still on target to take 40 million iPads from Taiwan suppliers in 2011 with shipment volume expected to top 6-6.5 million units, including over three million iPad 2 models, in the first quarter and to further expand to 10-12 million units in the second, according to a "DigiTimes" report (http://macte.ch/fsonZ).

After producing 1.7-2 million units of the first-generation iPad in January, Apple began to phase out production of the old model in February, while beginning to roll out the iPad 2, the article adds, quoting component suppliers in Taiwan." Shipments of iPad 2 are expected to top 2-3 million units in March.

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Mar 04
TransGaming releases Dragon Age: Ultimate

TransGaming has released Dragon Age: Ultimate (http://gametreemac.com/bioware/dragon-age-origins-ultimate-edition-mac) for Intel-based Macs for US$39.99. It includes the original Dragon Age: Origins, the sequel: Awakening, and all nine DLC packs.

Here's how Dragon Age Ultimate is described: "Dragon Age: Origins: Discover the groundbreaking RPG, winner of more than 50 awards including more than 30 'Game of the Year' awards! You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of a legendary order of guardians. With the return of mankind's ancient foe and the kingdom engulfed in civil war, you have been chosen by fate to unite the shattered lands and slay the archdemon once and for all. Explore a stunning world, make complex moral choices, and engage in bone-crushing visceral combat against massive and terrifying creatures....

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Mar 04
Apple eyeing iPhone based on China Mobile telecoms standard?


Apple CEO Steve Jobs has expressed interest in developing an iPhone based on China Mobile's fourth-generation telecoms standard, the chairman of the Chinese telecoms operator says -- as reported by "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/dr223).

"Jobs has said he's very interested in developing an iPhone that will run on TD," China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said on the sidelines of the Chinese Communist Party's consultative meeting. Apple officials weren't available for comment.

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, is currently testing a fourth-generation network that runs on its homegrown TD standard, and is looking to smartphone operators to design phones that support the system.

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Mar 04
Apple patching Safari before hacking contest?

Apple will patch its Safari wb browser before the Pwn2Own hacking contest kicks off next week, according to security researchers -- as noted by "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/zONus). If so, the company will join both Google and Mozilla, which have issued security updates for Chrome and Firefox as preparation for Pwn2Own.

On Wednesday, Apple patched 57 vulnerabilities in its iTunes music software. Fifty of those bugs were attributed to WebKit, the open-source browser engine that Safari’s built on, says "Computerworld." iTunes relies on WebKit to render its online store component.

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