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Mar 22
Jobs to testify in iTunes antitrust suit

A federal magistrate judge has ordered Apple CEO Steve Jobs to answer questions in an antitrust dispute alleging the company operated a music-downloading monopoly, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/A6jgl).

Lawyers for consumers who filed the 2005 complaint won permission to conduct limited questioning of Jobs, under an order issued yesterday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd in San Jose, California. The deposition can’t exceed two hours and the only topic allowed is changes Apple made to its software in October 2004 that rendered digital music files engineered by RealNetworks inoperable with Apple’s iPod music player, says "Bloomberg."

“The court finds that Jobs has unique, non-repetitive, firsthand knowledge about the issues at the center of the dispute over RealNetworks software,” Lloyd wrote.

In 2005 Californian Thomas Slattery sued Apple for unspecified damages for being "forced" to...

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Mar 22
iPad 2 arrives in 25 more countries on Friday

Apple says the iPad 2 will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. The Apple tablet will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m.

Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.

"While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2," Apple Steve Jobs says. "We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone."

The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland...

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Mar 22
WaterField Designs unveils iPad Travel Express

WaterField Designs has unveiled the iPad Travel Express (http://macte.ch/W05d1), a compact mobile office case for the iPad 2 within or without another case, the wireless keyboard, and additional accessories.

With its compact form, the iPad Travel Express can be stashed inside a bag or with the optional strap, worn over the shoulder. It's designed for the frequent traveler, commuter or coffee shop regular.

The Travel Express has an iPad-specific, scratch-free pocket for the Apple tablet (including the Smart Cover). The Apple Wireless Keyboard slides into main compartment. There are scratch-free inside pockets for cables, adapter, cell phone, keys, wallet, etc.

The iPad Travel Express is made with domestically produced, 1050 denier, ballistic nylon. A YKK zipper opens case along top and side panel for access to contents. Two impact-resistant plastic inserts protect screen and accessories.

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Mar 22
Apple sues Amazon.com over use of 'App Store'

Apple has sued Amazon.com, saying the online retailer is using Apple’s “App Store” trademark for a mobile-software developer program, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/c5tsj).

In a complaint filed March 18 in federal court in northern California, Apple accused Amazon.com of trademark infringement and unfair competition and asked for a judge’s order to prevent the company from using the “App Store” name, as well as for unspecified damages.

Apple registered for a trademark on the term App Store on July 17, 2008. It has been using the name since then to refer to its applications store for iOS devices. Earlier this year it also launched the Mac App Store.

“Amazon has begun improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile-software developer program,” Apple said in the complaint. Amazon also plans to use the name with a mobile-software download service, the complaint states...

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Mar 22
Two groups oppose Jobs' reelection to Disney board of...

The AFL-CIO, which holds about 3.8 million Disney shares, is opposing Steve Jobs’ reelection to Disney’s board of directors, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/Cv6JA).

The group says Jobs’ poor health, plus his job as CEO of Apple, make him a bad choice for Disney’s board. Jobs -- the largest individual shareholder with 7% of Disney’s stock, awarded after the company's purchase of Pixar in 2006 -- is likely to be reelected at Disney’s annual meeting on Wednesday.

The union isn’t the only group opposing Jobs, notes "Cult of Mac." Institutional Shareholder Services, an institutional investment group, is also questioning Jobs’s reelection to the Disney board because of his health. ISS says that Jobs has attended less than 75% of board meetings in the last three years, and wonders if Jobs should be reelected. ISS stopped short of rejecting Jobs but said shareholders deserve greater disclosure about his...

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Mar 22
FileMaker delivers three free FileMaker Go starter solutions

FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has released three Starter Solutions for FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPad, available with a free 30-day trial version of FileMaker Pro 11.

The business database app for the iPhone and iPad, FileMaker Go allows you to search, view and edit FileMaker Pro databases remotely or locally on an iOS device. The three new Starter Solutions are:

° Contacts, which lets you manage all of your business and personal contacts on your iPhone or iPad. With Contacts, you can add and find multiple contacts within the same company, city and more.

° Documents, which lets you take along your business documents and automatically synchronize any changes to a master database.

° Assets, which offers a way to track all types of assets. You can also create asset categories and track serial numbers, value lists and purchase dates...

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Mar 22
Chinon introduces new iPod/iPhone docking station

Chinon USA (http://www.chinonusa.com) has announced the AVi Sytlix docking station for the iPhone and iPod. Available in an array of colors, it features a 7-inch, high-resolution LCD for playback of videos stored on an iDevice.

In addition, when docked to an iPhone or iPod touch connected by Wi-Fi, the Avi Stylix will stream web videos from sites such as YouTube or Netflix. The AVi Stylix sound system sports dual 2W stereo speakers, a remote control, digital radio and alarm clock.
 
In addition to playing audio and video from an  iPod or iPhone, the AVi Stylix has inputs for USB and SD cards to view movies, photos and videos, or to listen to music that is stored on either a card or thumb drive. SD cards can be directly removed from a digital camera and inserted into the AVi Stylix turning the unit into a high-end digital photo frame.
 
The Chinon AVi Stylix will be available in...

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Mar 22
EastWest announces Modern Pop sound library

EastWest has announced their distribution of Best Service Modern Pop Multi-format Sound Library in the US market. It's "a passionate and inspiring sound journey that combines the distinctive style of modern electronic music with different types of pop music, lounge, chillout and new age."

According to the folks at EastWest, the defining characteristic of Modern Pop are its rhythmic elements, such as percussion loops, drum loops and special grooves, as well as its harmonic elements, such as melodies and chords. In addition to the loops, percussion, brass, electric bass, guitar and piano sounds from live recordings, this collection contains a variety of synthetically compiled loops, such as synth basses, moog sounds, synths, leads, pads, bells, filtered sounds and modulated sounds.

Modern Pop comes on a 2.2 GB DVD and features 24-Bit/44.100 kHz content made up of 35 Construction Kits, 800 Wav/Acid Loops, 400 Rex2 Loops, and 1000 Wav One-Shots. It's available for order...

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Mar 22
iPhone-compatible SuperTooth HD coming in April

SuperTooth (http://www.supertoothkits.com) is launching the US$129 SuperTooth HD in April, calling it the "most advanced Bluetooth speakerphone on the market." It's compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled phones, including iPhones.

Boasting twin speaker V array technology, the SuperTooth HD features two speakers with a 5-watt audio output and a 5.4-watt amplifier. Voice commands are designed to provide a hands-free solution for phone use. Using just voice commands, drivers can answer incoming calls, select pre-dialed phone numbers, check battery level or retrieve voicemail.

The SuperTooth Handsfree Assistant feature allows drivers to compose and send Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and SMS messages all via voice. The SuperTooth HD can also read incoming SMS and e-mail messages on Android and Blackberry phones via the specific application. The SuperTooth Handsfree Assistant is powered by Dial2D...

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Mar 22
Pomfort Silverstack SET adds on-set media management

Pomfort has introduced on-set data management for RED and H.264 cameras with their update of Silverstack SET. Silverstack SET Edition is a software solution for media management, quality check and backup on the film set and is tailored to the needs of digital film production workflows.

In combination with the present support for the ARRI Alexa, Silverstack SET now supports the most common camera formats used in professional film productions. According to the folks at Pomfort, it covers all important on-set activities starting the very first moment media data is loaded off the camera. Features include checksum verified backup to multiple destinations, tools for quality check, extensive media management features and professional playback controls.

Silverstack SET includes format-specific features customized for each supported format.

Silverstack SET Edition for RED offers :

° Support for RED Rocket acceleration card for 4k realtime playback;

° The...

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Mar 22
Portfolio manager iStockEx now available on the Mac App Store

danholt4mac (http://macte.ch/ggDRI) says (iStockEx (formerly called iStock) is now available at the Mac App Store.

iStockEx is a portfolio manager for private or professional use. You can set up as much portfolios as you want and track the performance of your shares in real time. iStockEx continuously retrieves the latest quotes from the Internet and updates automatically the value of your assets.  You can y enter your sells and buys and watch your portfolios including calculation of gain or loss in a convenient format, all done in your local currency.

For the launch of iStockEx on the Mac App Store its price has been reduced: You can now buy iStockEx for only US$4.99; previously, it was $19.99.

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Mar 22
iWeb Valet update adds social bookmarking link creator

ZiggySoft (http://www.ziggy-soft.com/) has released a new version (2.4.0) of iWeb Valet, a tool to enhance and upload iWeb pages. The upgrade adds a social bookmarking link creator.

This widget helps you to generate bookmark links for your website (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and makes it simple for visitors to save and share your content. Items from the drop-down menu widget now can be reordered in real time by dragging and dropping

iWeb Valet 2.4.0 also improves the hit counter widget and email addresses obfuscation
Plus, the update adds tooltips to display the file path in file lists.

iWeb Valet works with iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite. After you have created your pages with iWeb, instead of publishing your site to MobileMe, you can publish your site to a folder on a local destination (your hard disk, for example), then you can use iWeb Valet to enhance...

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Mar 21
Apple, others sued in patent infringement lawsuit related to...

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, Motorola, Research in Motion, Nokia, Kyocera, LG and Sony are being sued in a new patent infringement lawsuit related to integrated cameras, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Cayman Islands-based Imperium Holdings has filed a complaint against the seven companies and accusing them of violating five patents related to picture taking and processing on smartphones.

The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. Patent infringement suits are frequently filed in that jurisdiction, in hopes of a more favorable outcome, notes "AppleInsider."

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Mar 21
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.7

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.7. The update includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

° Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac;

° Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers;

° Address various minor Mac App Store bugs.

Apple says the 10.6.7 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Mar 21
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 21

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

Internet Design Zone has announced Counting For Kids 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's an US$0.99 educational game where children count the animals displayed on screen. The child also learns to identify animals from their pictures and names along with counting from one to 10.

Viki & Joe Software has released Hungarian Pottages for the iPhone and iPad. It offers a selection of the fozelek recipes with photos. Fozelek is a type of thick Hungarian vegetable dish. Hungarian Pottages costs $0.99 for the iPhone/iPod touch version and $1.99 for the iPad version.

House of File has introduced iTaxable 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The $1.99 app was created to offer users a single mobile resource to understand how all of their financial...

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Mar 21
Microsoft takes legal action against Barnes & Noble,...

Microsoft has filed legal actions in the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington against Barnes & Noble, and its device manufacturers, Foxconn International Holdings and Inventec Corporation, for patent infringement by their Android-based e-reader and tablet devices that are marketed under the Barnes & Noble brand.

"The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft's patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights.  To facilitate that we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers," says Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property & Licensing. "Other vendors, including HTC, a market leader in Android smartphones, have taken a license under this program, and we have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble,...

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Mar 21
Woz to keynote at 48th Design Automation Conference

Steve "Woz" Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, and chief scientist, Fusion-IO, will keynote at the 48th Design Automation Conference (DAC), an event devoted to design and design automation of electronic systems (EDA).

He will be interviewed live on stage by "San Jose Mercury News" columnist Mike Cassidy on a range of topics, including the joy of engineering and following your passion to convert innovative ideas into reality. Wozniak will provide an insight into the vision that started the largest and most successful technology company in the world (that would be Apple, of course).

The 48th DAC (http://www.dac.com/) will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, from June 5-10. Wozniak’s keynote interview will take place on Monday, June 6, at 2 pm and is sponsored by Magma Design Automation.

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Mar 21
The AT&T/T-Mobile merger: Five issues for consumers

"Consumer Reports" says the AT&T/T-Mobile merger has five issues that should concern consumers. AT&T, one of the biggest national wireless carriers, is proposing to buy T-Mobile, one of the smallest. It's a $US39 billion deal that, if approved by regulators, will see AT&T's 95 million and T-Mobile's 33 million subscribers served by a united company, probably beginning sometime next year.

What's at stake for consumers? In an online blog (http://macte.ch/8EpHI) "Consumer Reports" had this to say:

"t's early days, obviously, but our advocacy colleagues at Consumers Union (the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports) have already voiced concern, saying: "From a consumer's perspective, it's difficult to come up with any justification or benefits from letting AT&T swallow up one of its few major competitors."

"Here are five questions that could shape how good or bad a merger might be...

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Mar 21
Apple number eight on most valuable brands list

Google became the world's most valuable brand this year based on Brand Finance's (http://www.brandfinance.com) rankings of the most valuable 500 brands across the globe. Apple ranks eighth on the list.

Per Brand Finance, the top 10 most valuable brands and their value are: Google (US$44.29 billion), Microsoft ($42.80 billion), Wal-Mart ($36.22 billion), IBM ($36.15 billion), Vodafone ($30.67 billion), Bank of America ($30.61 billion), General Electric ($30.50 billion), Apple ($29.54 billion), Wells Fargo ($28.94 billion), and AT&T ($28.88 billion).

Apple’s success continues as it moves up 12 places, "supported by innovative design, a very loyal consumer base and well-executed marketing activities," says Brand Finance. However, Coca Cola has dropped out of the top 10for the first time. This is underpinned by the consumer trend in developed markets to move towards healthier, non-carbonated...

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Mar 21
Apple number two on most desired employees list

One in four young professionals wants to work at Google Inc., according to a survey by Universum, a consulting firm that helps companies improve their attractiveness to prospective employees. Nearly 25% of survey respondents picked Google, almost twice as many as chose Apple, which ranked second, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/AN08L).

Walt Disney Co., the U.S. State Department and Amazon.com rounded out the top five.
To conduct the survey, Universum asked 10,306 young professionals -- defined as college graduates with one to eight years of work experience -- to pick as many as five ideal employers out of a list of 150.

Respondents also could write in companies not on the list. The top write-in was Facebook, followed by the Department of Homeland Security and the United Nations.

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Mar 21
No kiddin'? A clown drove Jonny Ive from the UK?

"The Daily Mail" (http://macte.ch/aoWSD) says there's no truth to recent rumors that Apple design guru Jonathan Ive planned to leave Apple and return to his native Britain. And he moved to the States to work for Apple because of a clown, the article claims.

Per the "Daily Mail": " ‘We lost a great talent,’ saysClive Grinyer, who first hired Ive after he came to work with him on a placement from Newcastle Polytechnic ‘We virtually created our own consultancy, Tangerine, just so that we could employ Jony (as Ive prefers to be called). And if I had to put my finger on why and where we lost him it would have to have been one day at Ideal Standard in Hull.

" 'Tangerine had a consultancy contract with the bathroom-fittings company to design a toilet. I was there when Jony made an excellent presentation to this guy who was wearing a red nose because it was Comic Relief day. This clown then decided to throw his...

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Mar 21
No iPhone on T-Mobile for at least a year

With AT&T acquiring T-Mobile USA for US$39 billion, customers of T-Mobile are wondering whether T-Mobile is finally getting the iPhone. Not for at least a year, it seems.

In a FAQ section (http://macte.ch/oZG54), T-Mobile had this to say: "T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G."

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Mar 21
Yay! is new music streaming, sharing app for Mac OS X

Snarbsoft has introduced Yay!, a new music streaming and sharing app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. With it, you can sream and share music, as well as extend your local music library with tracks from blogs, forums and websites all over the Internet.

From a single interface, you can catalogue secondary material like blogs, news and reviews, artist biographies, images, lyrics and music videos, all updated in real time. Yay! lets you do advanced searches by tags. Tags aren't limited to genres, but may describe a mood or gender, etc.

You can create and share playlists with your friends on Twitter and Facebook. Shared playlists are uploaded to Yay! Playlists, a public repository where other members of the Yay! community can check out, vote and comment on your compilations

Yay! is available from its dedicated website (http://getyay.com). A free trial version can be downloaded and run without any restrictions...

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Mar 21
TuneWear releases new cases protective film for the iPad 2

TuneWear (http://www.tunewear.com) has announced eggshell, CarbonLook, SoftShell, TuneFolio and TuneFolio Urban protective cases for the iPad 2. Also announced was the TuneFilm protective film for the second gen Apple tablet, which is available in clear and anti-flare types.

The US29.95 eggshell for iPad 2 is "as light and thin as an egg shell and adds a layer of protection to iPad 2 without adding additional weight or bulk," according to the folks at TuneWear. The $39.95 CarbonLook for iPad 2 is a protective case for iPad 2 with a carbon fiber pattern.


The $29.95 SoftShell is a transparent, flexible, protective case. The $49.95 TuneFolio is a synthetic leather case that folds closed like a notebook or opens to be positioned as a stand at any viewing angle.


The $59.95 TuneFolio Urban is a durable nylon case that folds closed like a notebook or opens to become a stand positioned at any...

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Mar 21
Energizer expands suite of Qi-enabled products

Energizer (http://www.energizer.com) is expanding its suite of Qi-enabled products (pronounced "chee"). The company says this new universal charging standard, developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), will give consumers the freedom to charge any Qi device five watts or less on any Qi charging pad regardless of manufacturer.

Following the launch of the first suite of Qi-enabled products in fall 2010, which included the two-zone Energizer Inductive Charger, the company will be showing a new single-zone inductive charger, the recently introduced iPhone 4 sleeve, and the new Energizer Micro/Mini USB Adapter. This slim, compact Qi adapter adheres to the back of any phone.

Additionally, Energizer will soon demo the following products:

° Energizer Travel Adapter -- an all-in-one AC adapter that includes an iPhone/iPod dock, nightlight, three AC outlets and two USB outlets with numerous...

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