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Feb 07
Analyst raises target price on Apple stock

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" ( -- Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf has raised his target price on shares of Apple from US$375 to $450, saying the “trajectory” of sales of the iPhone and iPad now appears to be higher than he originally expected.

Wolf now estimates 300 million smartphones were sold in total last year, up from a prior expectation of 250 million units. He also notes his estimation for iPhone sales last calendar year was only 40 million, which turned out to be below the actual 47.5 million Apple sold.

For 2011, he’s now modeling 75 million units. Wolf sees Apple with a 16% share of smartphones now, moving to perhaps 22% in the next five years, with the assumption Verizon Communications sells 16 million units this year and 16 million next year.

As a consequence of the iPhone and iPad estimates, Wolf raised his estimate for the material...

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Feb 07
WWDC 2011 to be held June 5-9?

A new listing for a generic "Corporate Meeting" scheduled for June 5 through 9 at San Francisco's Moscone West could prove to be a placeholder for Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference, reports "AppleInsider" (

The convention center calendar shows Sunday, June 5, through Thursday, June 9, set aside for an unnamed meeting labeled as a "convention/tradeshow." While the generic listing is no guarantee of the WWDC 2011 dates, the second half of June is booked with five different events, suggesting that Apple's annual event will occur earlier in the month, notes "AppleInsider." The June 5 bloc set aside at the Moscone Center has been reserved at Moscone West, where Apple has historically held WWDC.

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Feb 07
Ballistic HC case released for the Verizon iPhone 4

Ballistic has released the US$49.99 Ballistic HC for the Verizon iPhone 4 ( The Ballistic HC case has been specifically designed to “survive life.”

It features an interchangeable outer gel skin layer, front facing inward holster and built-in screen protector. The Ballistic HC also incorporates connector seals to ensure that dirt and other corrosive materials don't enter into the ports.

This case is engineered with shock absorption. The exterior is comprised of a rugged and edgy appearance and integrates five layers of protection.

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Feb 07
iPad 2 coming in April, according to ... Elton John

When you want to know about iPad news, who ya gonna call? Elton John, it seems. Sir Elton John predicts an April launch date for Apple's new tablet in a series of interviews to promote his new movie project "Gnomeo and Juliet."

"I'm a Luddite. I don't have a phone, I don't have a computer, I don't have an iPad and I don't have an iPod," the singer/songwriter said in an interview with "The Telegraph." "But this is going to be a problem for me because they're coming out with a Skype iPad in April and I've got to get one because I want to see my son when I'm not there -- I'll have to enter the world of technology."

"Our main question is whether Elton has merely been reading the same blogosphere speculation as us (or, more accurately given his comments, whether someone who's on his payroll to read blogosphere speculation has been telling him about the iPad 2 rumours)," says "CNET UK" (

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Feb 07
Canon releases new digital SLR cameras

Canon USA ( has announced the EOS Rebel T3i and EOS Rebel T3 digital SLR cameras. Complementing the EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, the EOS Rebel T3i, Canon’s new flagship Rebel, offers features for beginning photographers, and the EOS Rebel T3 provides a more attractively priced option for those looking to experience the pleasure of shooting with a DSLR camera, according to the folks at Canon.

For the young enthusiast learning photography or the adult looking to learn more, Canon’s new Feature Guide instruction will walk Rebel T3i users through functions and provide recommendations for various settings. 

Point-and-shoot users looking to step-up to a DSLR can take advantage of the T3i camera’s Scene Intelligent Auto mode, which provides complete scene analysis and optimized settings.  Canon’s three-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen, ideal for properly composing those difficult...

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Feb 07
GEAR4 announces Apple-Certified line of headphones

GEAR4 is extending its growing portfolio of audio products by launching its own consumer range of headphones for iPods, iPhones and iPads. Encompassing 20 products, the company's headphone range was unveiled at CES in Las Vegas.

GEAR4’s headphone collection will offer in-ear, on-hear and sports models of headphone styles. The entire range will be available towards the end of the first quarter, although some of the products are already available on the web site (

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Feb 07
'MUG Event Calendar': looking back at Macworld 2011

This week’s "MUG Event Calendar" continues to echo from Macworld 2011, but the presenters start to return to the mix, after having recovered from the show.

"Macworld" Senior Editor Christopher Breen will make two virtual MUG appearances, one in New York and one in Oregon. Dave Hamilton of "The Mac Observer" and "Mac Geek Gab" will present to a Nevada group, and Rob Pegorano of The Washington Post will demonstrate tax software to a Washington D.C. group.

Macworld 2011 will be the focus in Texas, Pennsylvania, California and more, The Mac App Store will make several appearances, along with GarageBand, Automator, using your Mac for health care issues and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (, an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, improving your computing skills, finding...

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Feb 04
Verizon iPhone sets sales record

At 8:10 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, Verizon Wireless ceased online orders of iPhone 4 to existing customers and ended the most successful first day sales in the history of the company.

"This was an exciting day,” said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer for Verizon Wireless. “In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history. And, when you consider these initial orders were placed between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., it is an incredible success story. It is gratifying to know that our customers responded so enthusiastically to this exclusive offer -- designed to reward them for their loyalty."

Mead also said customers will have another opportunity at being among the nation’s first to own an iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network. "Yesterday's launch set the pace for next week when we open up sales to everyone across America," he added.

The general market launch of the iPhone 4 on the Verizon...

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Feb 04
Survey: expect a line for the Verizon iPhone

Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of 3G-only networks will deter iPhone fans.  As the end draws near for AT&T’s exclusive hold on the Apple smartphone, uSamp (, a technology and online sample companies, has released a nationwide survey of AT&T and Verizon customers to gauge their plans for the Feb. 10 launch of Verizon’s iPhone.  

The conclusion: a stalwart group of iPhone enthusiasts intends to line up on day one, regardless of severe weather, product quirks and service uncertainties. Drawing from its online panel from Jan. 28 to Jan. 31 to query AT&T customers -- as well as current Verizon users of Android and BlackBerry phones -- uSamp surveyed more than 700 smartphone users, finding that 29% of AT&T customers who intend to switch to Verizon for the iPhone are willing to wait in line on Feb. 10 to get it.  Among existing Verizon customers who plan to get the iPhone, 24%...

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Feb 04
ISS wants to know the plans for Jobs' (eventual) successor

The Laborer’ International Union of North America wants Apple to unveil their plans on a successor to CEO Steve Jobs. And Institutional Shareholder Services has backed the labor union’s proposal, adding its voice to those who are asking Apple what it plans to do if and when Jobs steps down, notes "Forbes" (

Apple’s board is asking shareholders to vote against the proposal. In its proxy statement, Apple argues that it does indeed have a succession plan, but that publicly identifying the company’s future leaders “invites competitors to recruit high-value executives” and that “executives who are not identified as potential successors may choose to voluntarily leave.”

"ISS believes that shareholders would benefit by having a report on the company's succession plans disclosed annually," the ISS says. ""Such a report would enable shareholders to judge the board on its readiness and...

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Feb 04
Together 2.4 released on the Mac App Store

Reinvented Software ( has announced Together 2.4 for Mac OS X. It's available at the company's web site and the Mac App Store for .

Together an application for storing, previewing, editing and searching all kinds of files. Version 2.4 adds support for OpenMeta tags, bookmark file import and bookmark content searching. Together will import tags from OpenMeta and update OpenMeta tags with the tags you use on items in its library. Together is now also available on the Mac App Store.

Also in version 2.4, Together can import bookmarks from the HTML files that are exported from most web browsers and online services such as Delicious, preserving any folder structure used. When importing from Delicious, Together will also import the tags and notes for the bookmarks.

Additionally, Together includes content searching for bookmarks files. Normally, Together...

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Feb 04
ArraySync lets you synchronize QuickTime across multiple...

The National Software Laboratory has announced ArraySync, a new tool for synchronizing QuickTime playback on multiple displays attached to one computer, or across a local area network.

ArraySync allows you to create video walls and multi-screen demonstrations without specialized hardware. It's scalable, and can run entirely on hardware you already own. You can synchronize two displays or a hundred.

With ArraySync, you can use a Mac server to control PC clients, or a PC server to control Mac clients, or mix and match Macs and PCs in any combination you can wish. ArraySync's underlying protocol is platform independent.

You can mirror one video across your network, or combine displays to build a video wall and span one video across it. The National Software Lab'scompanion utility, ArrayShaker, allow syou to break up your media into multiple segments and distribute them to ArraySync clients powering your displays. Mac users also have the option to span videos...

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Feb 04
App Tamer for Mac OS X updated to version 1.0.4

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.4 (, an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power. The new version fixes some bugs.

Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption, according to the folks at St. Clair.

App Tamer shows the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, and graphically displays a history of CPU usage. You can enable AutoStop for any...

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Feb 04
Wrapsol offers film coverings for the Verizon iPhone

Due to the slight shift in buttons on the Verizon version of the iPhone 4, many current iPhone cases aren’t fitting properly with expectations for a short supply in phone protection, according to the folks at Wrapsol. The company says it's jumped in to provide that protection with pre-orders so there’s no delay in keeping the sleek new phones from wear and tear.
Wrapsol will be offering two different types of film for pre-ordering for the Verizon iPhone 4 including Wrapsol’s Ultra film (US$29.95) that offers clear protection for front to back scratch and drop protection. There's also the Wrapsol Clean version ($14.95), which is a matte screen protector that also eliminates fingerprints, smudges and glare.
For those whose pre-order the films, Wrapsol is offering a 25% discount with the code verizoniphone. Pre-orders ship Feb. 10.

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Feb 04
DEVONtechnologies updates products

DEVONtechnologies ( has released a second public beta of DEVONagent and updates all editions of its information manager DEVONthink and its intelligent note-taking application DEVONnote to version 2.0.7.

The second beta of DEVONagent 3.0 brings new plug-ins, e.g. for and ACM Digital Library, and a new navigation bar for search results that gives direct access to all objects collected on a selected page. Selections can be remembered and are re-applied to similar content when loading the same or another page from the same site to simplify taking notes, using services, or adding to DEVONthink.

Domains and single URLs can be excluded from searching with wildcards, several scanner and search plug-ins have been improved, the plug-in assistant is more flexible, and older archives are no longer renamed and so still be accessed from DEVONagent 2.3.1....

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Feb 04
Akvis ArtSuite adds St. Valentine Pack

Akvis has updated Akvis ArtSuite to version v.6.7. ArtSuite is a collection of effects for decorating photos.

Version 6.7 includes an improvement in the transformation of photos in hand-painted frames, a Recent Files list that's accessible by right-clicking on the Open Image button, and a new themed frame pack: the St. Valentine Pack. The St. Valentine Pack is available for US$12.

Available as a stand-alone product and a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and other editors on Windows and Macintosh, Akvis ArtSuite lets you decorate digital photos, create original postcards, personalized desktop wallpapers, etc.

Akvis also offers a free set of frames (30 designs for any occasion), as well as Wedding, Travel, and Christmas frame packs. Each contains 50 hand-painted frames. These themed packs are offered at a price and are intended for professionals, as well as those who are interested in quality design photo frames. Note that these frames are only available in the...

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Feb 04
Apimac Clean Text 6.5 available on the Mac App Store

Apimac has released Clean Text 6.5 (, which is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.95 and can be found in the Productivity category.

Clean Text is a Mac OS X tool for eliminating all text formatting issues. It performs such functions as removing empty lines, removing unwanted spaces, removing tab characters, converting smart quotes, tabs, returns, and more. A new Quick Clean action in version 6.5 lets you solve the most common cleaning problems of text found in email messages, documents and web page with a single click.

Clean Text 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Feb 04
TextExpander update for Mac OS X adds Spanish localization, more...

SmileOnMyMac ( has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.2.3. The update adds a Spanish language localization.

It also further refines the optional feature to eliminate double capitals. TextExpander can now correct double capitals when they appear at the beginning of words as well as at the beginning of sentences.

The regular cost of TextExpander is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.x from earlier versions costs $15. Version 3.2.3 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

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Feb 04
'MacVoices': parenting in a connected world, the...

Two new "MacVoices TV" ( episodes look at sessions from last week's Macworld Expo.

In one episode, a panel of Mac technologists discuss the challenges of raising children in a connected world that is constantly changing. Social media use, gaming, cell phone
use,texting, balancing tech with real world activities, and how much tech is too much or not enough are all discussed.

In another episode, Jake Ehrlich and Leo Vassershten of BulletTrain show off the BulletTrain Express, a chassis that fits an Apple Wireless Keyboard and a Apple Magic Trackpad into an ergonomic, unified surface for controlling your Mac remotely, whether it is in front of you on your desktop or across the room in your home theater. Their entry in the iPad accessory is the Magic Stand, an add-on that lets you angle your iPad almost any way, and even hang it.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show...

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Feb 03
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 3

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

Smart Skunk has announced Candy Tracker 1.0, their new tracking app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The app -- being offered for US$0.99 for a limited time -- tracks individual selling goals for Camp Fire boys and girls, as well as allow for emailing a polite "Thanks" to buyers and tracking selling data.The application allows for the inputting of goals and orders for multiple sellers.

Viaden Mobile has released Calorie Counter 1.0, its new diet organizer for iOS devices. The $1.99 app is a diet and activity calculator tool that combines everything necessary for a weight management plan. The linchpin of Calorie Counter is the extensive database of food and activities. Every database entry contains all necessary details for precise and effective tracking...

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Feb 03
Analyst still predicting an Apple television

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster tells clients in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( -- that he still thinks Apple is planning on releasing its own television. Eventually.

Munster said recent meetings in Asia -- not with component suppliers -- suggested that Apple has put its "secret" US $3.9 billion investment toward securing displays for its range of products. He says Apple is believed to be investing in manufacturing facilities and securing supply for LCD displays.

Munster adds the investment could further signal Apple's intention to enter the television market. The analyst has repeatedly forecast that Apple will introduce its own HDTV by the end of 2012 at the earliest.

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Feb 03
Apple releases new Lexmark printer drivers

Apple has released Lexmark Printer Drivers 2.4 for Mac OS X Snow Leopard ( It's a 139MB download.

The Lexmark Printer Driver Update includes the latest drivers for printers you have used on your system, says Apple. Mac OS X 10.6 or higher is required.

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Feb 03
Barcode Express now shipping

The Mac Barcode Company has introduced Barcode Express 1.0 (, a software package for creating barcodes for Mac OS X. It costs US$99; a demo is available for download.

With Barcode Express, type in your barcode number, set a few options, click save, and -- voila -- instant barcode. The software supports all industry standards, and makes vector EPS files that import into Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. PNG, TIFF, and JPEG are supported, too.

Barcode Express makes UPC, EAN, ISBN, and other barcode types for use on product packages, books, labels, and more. With Instant Preview, it lets you see your barcode as you type it and change the settings, so you always know what you're going to get.

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Feb 03
Some publishers wary of Apple's digital subscription service

Apple's plans to funnel more electronic sales of magazines, newspapers and other content through its iTunes store is making some publishers "uneasy," according to the "Wall Street Journal" (

Apple wants to popularize subscription sales of digital content for the iPad via an upcoming coming new delivery and billing system (well, actually, it's already here, though only the Daily, which debuted yesterday, is using it). At the same time, Apple is tightening enforcement of a rule governing how some apps for the iPad must handle sales, a shift that affects online books as well as other electronic publications, says the "Journal."

"Apple's moves are a hot topic, in part because they could require publishers to share revenue from some content with the Silicon Valley company for the first time," the article says. "The hardware maker also could require that publishers forgo collecting...

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Feb 03
27 individuals busted for fraudulently buying Apple products

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced indictments of 27 individuals in connection with “S3,” a credit card forgery and identity theft ring based in Brooklyn that compromised hundreds of bank accounts, and fraudulently purchased Apple products from stores around the country to resell for profit.

Charges in the indictments include Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, Forgery in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree. The crimes charged in the two indictments total 57 counts on two separate conspiracies: 48 counts on the first conspiracy, which occurred between June 2008 and December 2010, and nine counts on the second conspiracy, which occurred between September 2010 and December 2010. The defendants were the target of a joint investigation by the New York County District Attorney’s Office’s...

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