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Jan 12
Apple seeds iOS 4.3 to developers

Apple has seeded iOS 4.3 to developers for both mobile devices and the Apple TV.

It brings new multi-touch gestures to iPad users, and the Apple TV update will allow AirPlay video from third party apps, according to "9to5Mac" (http://www.9to5mac.com/). "MacStories" (http://www.macstories.net) adds that through a new preference in the Settings app on the iPad, users can now set the behavior of the button to a mute switch or rotation lock.

And "Redmond Pie" (http://macte.ch/xJAdB) says that iOS 4.3 will bring the “Personal Hotspot” feature to all iPhones in March this year. The feature was introduced yesterday with the announcement of the Verizon iPhone.

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Jan 12
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 12

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

MH Riley has announced My Mortgage Mentor 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's an US$2.99 mortgage toolkit that's designed to help people choose the most cost effective mortgage. To achieve this it implements a three-part strategy, allowing the user to calculate, analyze and compare.

Warm Fuzzy Apps has released RipDeck for the iPhone. It's a $1.99 workout generator based on a deck of cards. Featuring beginner, intermediate, and advanced level workouts, the exercises are simple to start and can be done at home with no gym equipment necessary. There is also a custom workout, which can be tailored to the exercises and number of repetitions the user chooses.

Thandros Media has introduced Fun With Thandros 1.0 an $0.99 iPhone app that lets...

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Jan 12
Analyst expects record iPhone, Mac, iPad sales over holiday...

Analyst Mike Abramsky with RBC Capital Markets said in a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that he expects Apple to report record sales of iPhones, Macs and iPads over the holiday period.

The analyst sees iPhone sales over the holidays increasing 84% year-over-year. At 16 million, that would exceed the previous record of 14.1 million iPhones sold in the Sept. 2010 quarter. In calendar year 2011, Abramsky expects Apple to sell a total of 70 million iPhones, which would account for 19% of the global smartphone market and help Apple achieve US$90.8 billion in revenue in its fiscal year 2011.

The analyst also thinks Apple will sell six million iPads and 4.2 million Macs in the holiday quarter, which concluded in December. Both the projected Mac and iPad sales would be new records for those product categories, as Apple achieved sales of 3.89 million...

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Jan 12
Analysts: Verizon iPhone will hurt Android

Some industry analysts think the Verizon iPhone, due next month, is about to put the brakes on Android growth in the US, reports "ars technica" (http://macte.ch/BJO1W). They say the reason Android has seen so much success in the mass market wasn't because of Android's strengths, but because it was available on more networks than the iPhone, the article adds.

"A lot of people who bought Android phones were buying it in lieu of an iPhone because they couldn’t get one on the Verizon network," Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf has told clients. "Where the iPhone will have a dramatic impact is on the brand choices of feature phone users migrating to smartphones going forward. The iPhone will suck the wind out of Android’s growth on Verizon."

Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu told clients that the iPhone being available on the top two US carriers will be "the first true test for Android whether its share...

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Jan 12
Survey: which smartphone owners will go with the Verizon iPhone?

Perhaps the most buzz that came out of the Consumer Electronics Show surrounded an announcement that wasn't even made at the tradeshow -- the Verizon iPhone. Gazelle (http://www.gazelle.com), a "recommerce" service, has released the results of a survey that polled more than 200 attendees at the International CES and gauged the likelihood that current smartphone owners would switch to a Verizon iPhone.

Seventy-five percent of those polled said that if they did indeed purchase a Verizon iPhone, they would trade in their current smart phone for cash to pay their ETF and fund the switch to the Verizon iPhone. The survey also showed that iPhone owners' dissatisfaction with AT&T's service will "drive them to put an end to this love-hate relationship.

iPhone 3GS and 3G owners led the pack of respondents most likely to make the switch to the Verizon iPhone (62% and 59% respectively would switch to...

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Jan 12
Pre-registration for MacTech Boot Camp ends Jan. 17

If you're interested in attending MacTech Boot Camp 2011 (and you know you are), you have until Monday to save US$100 on registration through the pre-registration price. It's a one-day event for those that support the home user, and small business market.  

MacTech Boot Camp is a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their base better. It will be held at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

"MacTech Conference 2010 was an enormous success delivering amazing content and a quality conference to IT Pros and developers in the large organization, Enterprise, and ISV markets. We know that many consultants and techs in the market focus on serving the home and small business communities. MacTech Boot Camp is designed just for them," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine," sponsors of the camp.  "If you're already serving the home and small...

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Jan 12
4iThumbs2 available for the Verizon iPhone

4iConcepts (http://www.4iConcepts.com) has released 4iThumbs2, a new product designed to will help Verizon customers shift from a physical keypad to the iPhone’s touch screen. It's an "invisible," removable, ridged screen that slips onto the iPhone face to guide typing.

The overlay screen provides tactile feedback similar to a QWERTY keypad. The design protects the face of the phone without blocking the screen.

4iThumbs2 allows for blind typing on touchscreen interfaces and requires no installation or sticky adhesive. It can be removed and stored on the back of phone when not in use. It's also available in both landscape and portrait versions for the iPod touch and iPhones 3G/S and 4

4iThumbs2 (keypad only) costs US$12.95. 4iThumbs2+ with bumper to store on the back is $24.95.

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Jan 12
CloudPull backs up Google Docs to the Mac

Golden Hill Software has released CloudPull, a Mac OS X application that backs up Google Docs to the Mac. It backs up documents, spreadsheets, and presentations as Microsoft Office files; drawings as PNG image files; and other files in their native formats.

CloudPull provides users with a local, independent backup of their Google Docs, says John Brayton, developer of CloudPull. It backs up automatically, once every hour. It maintains backups of prior revisions of documents and maintains backups of documents that have been deleted from Google Docs

CloudPull allows you to: drag and drop backups from CloudPull to the Finder at any time; preview your backups via QuickLook; and search documents by filename. It supports up to 10 Google accounts.

CloudPull requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's available for download and purchase from the Golden Hill Software web site (...

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Jan 12
Analyst keen on FaceTime's effect on sales of iOS devices,...

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/G4vLo), Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes today raised his price target on Apple from US$390 to $420, saying the company's FaceTime video conferencing capability will have network effects that should enhance sales of iOS devices and Macs.

Apple will have 200 million FaceTime-enabled devices by the end of its 2012 fiscal year, ending September of that year, he writes. That’s an increase from the 150 million FaceTime devices Reitzes anticipated back when he first introduced this thesis, in October.

The analyst sees Apple selling 50 million FaceTime compatible iPhone units in this fiscal year; 15 million iPods with the capability; million FaceTime Macs; and 10 million FaceTime iPads. Apple’s advantage over other vendors’ wares is that the FaceTime video conferencing experience should be consistent across devices, he told clients.

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Jan 12
iPad among '10 Most Important Enterprise IT Products'

The iPad is among the "10 Most Important Enterprise IT Products of 2010" as determined by CTOEdge.com, the IT business edge-network site for IT managers who choose and implement specific technologies.

The solutions and products chosen by CTOEdge.com come from a mix of established technology companies and growing startup firms. The varied offerings that made the cut include network switches, servers, storage devices, tablets, and software.

“These products lead the pack in addressing the overarching enterprise needs that businesses will face in 2011 and in the years to come,” says CTOEdge.com Editor Michael Vizard, who oversaw creation of the list.

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Jan 12
Microsoft says Apple can't trademark the App Store name

Microsoft is asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple a trademark on the name "App Store," saying the term is generic and competitors should be able to use it., reports "Infoworld" http://macte.ch/LvyOx).

Apple applied for the trademark in 2008 for goods and services including "retail store services featuring computer software provided via the internet and other computer and electronic communication networks" and other related offerings, the article adds. Apple launched its App Store for the iPhone that year; earlier this month Apple launched the Mac App Store.

On Tuesday, Microsoft filed a motion for summary judgment with the agency's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, asking it to deny the trademark to Apple, reports "Infoworld." In its motion, Microsoft said "app" is a generic term for what is sold at the App Store and that "store" is generic for retail store services.

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Jan 12
Apple, others still pursuing those Novell patents

Open source advocates celebrating Web reports that a Microsoft-led consortium has withdrawn plans to buy hundreds of Novell patents will have to put the corks back in the champagne bottles.

However, Microsoft "InformationWeek" (http://macte.ch/N8Ijn) and other news media a statement saying its withdrawals of the plan from German regulators was just a procedural matter. In other words, nothing has changed, says "InformationWeek."

According to the "FOSS Patents" site (http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/12/cptn-holdings-llc-acquirer-of-88...), Apple has teamed up with Microsoft, Oracle and EMC in a joint venture to purchase 882 patents from a company called Novell.

"I don't know much about EMC other than that it's a very significant...

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Jan 12
DocScanner available at the Mac App Store

Norfello says DocScanner Mac, a Mac OS X version of the DocScanner iPhone scanning app, is now available on the new Mac App Store.

DocScanner iPhone turns the iPhone into an OCR scanner. The app allows users to take an image from a paper document using iPhone's camera and it automatically transforms the picture into a clear PDF document that looks like it has been scanned with a flatbed scanner.

DocScanner Mac is an US$14.95 Mac OS X version of the iPhone app. It brings the same functionality to Mac OS X and it now works with any digital camera. Porting the iOS app to Mac OS X allows DocScanner to take advantage of the OpenGL 3D accelerated graphics and fast processor on your Mac. The results are much faster image processing and OCR extraction, says Tuomas Rasila, Founder of Norfello.

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Jan 12
Case-Mate announces accessories for the Verizon iPhone

Wow, what took them so long? Case-Mate (http://www.case-mate.com) has announced nine new cases for the Verizon iPhone, which was announced yesterday but doesn't arrive until February. The following Verizon iPhone accessories will be available any day now:

° Monsta (US$24.99) -- a nod to the slightly strange, this animated case "turns monsters from scary to silly." It's available in white/red, pink/purple, green/dark green and gray/white.

° Waddler ($24.99) -- an abstract penguin hides on the back of this soft case. It's available in black, brown and blue.

° Egg ($24.99) -- extruded dots of different heights simulate the distinctive look of an egg crate. It's available in red, white, blue and black.

° Gelli ($19.99) -- it offers "visually dazzling patterns and flashes of color." It's available in red, clear and grey.

° Vroom ($14.99) -- it's created with an on-the-go lifestyle...

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Jan 12
HTML 5 arrives for iOS devices

Zeewe (http://www.zeewe.com), the new HTML 5-based free and independent application platform, has reached the market. With this technology, professionals purportedly have a cheaper, easier and faster option to develop and launch an app on iOS devices, the Android, TVs, Symbiams and computers, among other possibilities.

Another Zeewe differential is the capacity to offer collection within the application. These collections are done through integration with Mozca (http://www.mozcapag.com), a Latin platform for micro-payments of virtual goods through the cell phones and other means of payment.

HTML5 is a revision to Hypertext Markup Language used to describe Web pages; CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are used to format web pages. H.264 is a video compression technology used in streaming video among other areas.

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Jan 12
Speck announces ToughSkin, ToughShell cases for the iPhone 4

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has announced ToughSkin and ToughShell cases for the iPhone 4.

“We’ve designed our new cases with two different abuse degrees in mind," says Bryan Hynecek, director of design at Speck. "The ToughSkin is well-suited for active on-the-go, everyday use, while the ToughShell is ideal for more extreme applications such as construction, law enforcement, sports and those wanting truly expanded device protection.”
 
The ToughSkin’s rubberized design sports a distinct, textured pattern that offers extra grip while protecting the phone from accidental bumps and drops, without adding excess bulk or limiting access to controls and sensors. Additionally, an inner plastic hard shell creates a secondary layer of protection from impacts. The detachable holster with rotating belt clip offers the flexibility to access your iPhone 4 and can also function as a...

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Jan 12
Mobile Edge releases ScanFast 2.0 Collection of laptop bags

Mobile Edge (http://www.mobileedge.com) has released its eco-friendly ScanFast 2.0 Collection of laptop bags. The company teamed up with DuPont,  incorporating DuPont’s polymeric material Sorona as the main material for their new cases.  

This material is produced partially with Agricultural Feedstock (corn stalks) that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 63 %when compared to typical petroleum based Nylon or Polyester production, according to G. David Cartwright, president and CEO of Mobile Edge. The Sorona fibers are soft and extremely stain resistant with high strength and stiffness qualities, he adds.

In 2008, the TSA announced guidelines that allow travelers with properly designed carrying cases to pass through security checkpoints without removing their laptops.  Mobile Edge responded by creating the ScanFast Collection, constructing each case to provide an unobstructed security scan of the...

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Jan 12
Jigsaw joins Enterprise Desktop Alliance

The Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://enterprisedesktopalliance.com/) has begun enlisting system integrators to help simplify the deployment, integration and management of Macs in a Windows environment.

The first system integrator with cross-platform Mac-Windows expertise to join the EDA is Jigsaw Systems (http://www.jigsaw24.com/), serving the UK and Eire. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance represents member companies committed to making it easy to deploy, integrate and manage Macs in a Windows environment, says T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance and president of Group Logic.

The Enterprise Desktop Alliance was founded in 2008 to provide information to IT managers and administrators about the ways they can leverage their Windows infrastructure, management tools and expertise...

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Jan 12
Demolition Master game explodes onto the Mac App Store

AppMania has rolled out Demolition Master for Mac 1.0 (http://appmania.org/), now available in the Mac App Store. The game requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$0.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Demolition Master aims to be the most explosive game adapted for Mac OS X platform. Your goal in each mission is to demolish a construction with an explosive. Experience an exciting adventure in nine locations throughout the Earth as well as in three locations on the new planet, the Moon.

"Overall there already are 12 colorful locations and 180 unique levels, and their number will grow with every new update. Impressive explosions, curious locations worldwide together with charming music, adrenaline, and hunger for victory are among the feelings that the 'Demolition Master for Mac' will create for you."

Demolition Master for Mac 1.0 is available all over the world exclusively...

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Jan 12
Intego updates VirusBarrier with 11-plus new features

Intego (http://www.intego.com) has released VirusBarrier X6 10.6.11, an update to the anti-malware and network protection tool for the Mac.

In addition to improving performance and reliability, VirusBarrier X6 adds 11-plus new key features, offering memory management, improved scanning, and detection of additional types of attacks. In addition, VirusBarrier X6 10.6.11 offers a new Mini Scanner, which provides a small, floating orb where users can drag and drop files for instant scans.

This version is a free upgrade for all users of VirusBarrier X6, and is available for download via NetUpdate, Intego’s automatic update tool. For new users the cost is US$49.95 for a standard pack that protects up to two Macs or a $99.99 family pack that protects up to five Macs. For more information, or to download a demo version of VirusBarrier X6, go to...

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Jan 12
EarthDesk 5 updated; now available at the Mac App Store

Xeric Design has updated EarthDesk (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), its real-time dynamic desktop map, and has also made the application available in the new Mac AppS tore.

EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time global cloud coverage, allowing you to track hurricanes and other weather systems on your Macintosh desktop. The software operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. U

EarthDesk requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Single user copies may be purchased from the Xeric Design web site for US$24.95 Upgrades are available for $12.95 for licensed users of version 4.x and $17.95 for licensed users of versions 1, 2 and 3. For more information and to download an evaluation version, go to the product web site. EarthDesk is also...

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Jan 12
Synium's Screenium in the Mac App Store at 50% off (for now...

Synium Software has announced Screenium 1.3.3 (http://www.syniumsoftware.com/screenium/), an update of their screencast recording application for the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6, is now available in the Mac App Store for US$14.99 until Jan. 16. After that, it will go back to the regular price ($29.99)

Screenium allows users to capture anything on a Mac's screen in order to produce tutorial videos or capture presentations. You can structure your lessons with chapter marks and text overlays, highlight your mouse movement and mouse clicks with Screenium's Mouse Visualization feature.

What's more, you can uUse any QuickTime-compatible webcam to include a video feed of yourself or point it at your hands, a whiteboard, flip chart or anything else related to your tutorial. Once finished, export your tutorial in any QuickTime video format for uploading it to video...

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Jan 12
Tembo 1.1. for Mac OS X gets refined user interface, more

Houdah Software has released Tembo 1.1, an update of the friendly" find utility for Mac OS X, available at the Mac App Store.

Tembo is for designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible. Version 1.1 sports a refined user interface that uses less screen real estate. It also adds menu items to limit search to file names or text content, keyboard shortcuts and basic AppleScript support

Tembo is sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo version is available from the product web site (http://www.houdah.com/tembo/).

Initially, you'll find Tembo to have been inspired by the original Spotlight interface as we knew it under Mac OS X Tiger. Search results are grouped by categories. Preferences allow for categories to be enabled, disabled and reordered.

Tembo may...

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Jan 12
Mynatime Workout Assistant comes to the Mac App Store

Vaura has released MynaTime (http://www.MynaTime.com), a personal workout software for Mac OS X, in the new Mac App Store for US$9.99. It offers your own assistant that talks you step-by-step through workouts.

MynaTime converts the text to voice and speaks instructions in real time during a workout, all set to your music of choice, with Apple’s lifelike text-to-speech voice, Alex. From weightlifting and yoga to running and physical therapy, MynaTime is ideal for any activity that can be represented as a series of timed actions, says Vaura President Joe Klinger. With less than a page of text, most workouts can be expressed in detail, including the sequence of exercises, rest periods, weight, target heart rate and more.

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Jan 12
eMedia to release Bass Method 2.0 in March

eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.emediamusic.com) says Bass Method 2.0 software for bassists and aspiring bassists, will be released in March at an estimated price of US$59.95. It will come on a hybrid CD that's both Mac and Windows compatible.

A new Instant Feedback in Bass Method 2.0 "listens" to your playing through the computer's microphone and highlights correctly played notes. There will also be full-screen lessons and remastered video. The 140-plus lessons start with the basics, such as tuning the bass, and move on to playing simple bass lines and catchy rhythms with fills, syncopation and shuffle rhythms. They continue on with reading tablature and standard music notation. A new theory chapter covers intervals, scales and triads.

Featuring more than 30 vdeos and over 200 songs and exercises, eMedia Bass Method 2.0 will include folk, rock, country, and songs i made famous by Bob Dylan,...

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