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Feb 14
GRAMMY nominees, winners available at iTunes

The 53rd annual GRAMMY Awards were held Sunday and a complete list of the winners and nominees are available at iTunes.

The list includes the album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, best new artist and more. Covered artists include Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Miranda Lambert, Justin Bieber, Drake and more.

There's also a free MusicMapper app that "will allow fans worldwide to connect songs to special memories and places." You can select a song powered by, tag it to a specific location using maps, and then attach a note describing how the song and location define a specific moment in the user's life.

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Feb 14
Apple tops 'Most Respected Companies' list

Apple has topped "Barron's" list of the "Most Respected Companies" ( for the second time. The list is based a survey of professional money managers.

Per the survey, 68% of managers said they "highly respected" Apple, 22% respected the company, 8% respected Apple "somewhat" and none admitted that they "don't respect" the company. Apple had a mean score of 4.25 out of 5.

The other companies on the "Most Respected List" are, in descending order, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, IBM, McDonald's, Google, 3M, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, ExxonMobile, Walt Disney, United Parcel Service, JP Morgan Chase, Cisco Systems, United Technologies, Intel, Wal-Mart, Nestle, Schlumberberger, Siemens, Microsoft, Honda Motor, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson.

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Feb 14
Drops app drops onto Mac OS X

Software developer Christian Kienle has introduced Drops 1.0 (, his new application for Mac OS X. It's a tool for uploading files.

Simply drop files or folders on the Drops icon in your menu bar. Your files will be uploaded to your server and the URL copied to the clipboard. You can then paste the URL wherever you want. Drops can also automatically shorten the URL for you. You can tell Drops to automatically compress files and folders before uploading.

Drops requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. For a limited time, it's being offered for US$0.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Feb 14
DssW releases Battery Report for Mac OS X

DssW has released Battery Report for Mac OS X 10.5 or later. The US$8.99 app creates detailed reports about a user's computer and power sources.

Battery Report focuses on providing users with a clear report about their computer, the computer's internal battery, and connected external power sources. Supported external power sources include most power adapters connected to the mains, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

Users can easily share their reports with Mac support staff using the "Send to E-mail" menu item, or by saving the report as a PDF, says Graham Miln, director, DssW. For more info, or to download a demo version of Battery Report, go to .

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Feb 14
AuraSound introduces universal media player

AuraSound ( has unveiled the innovative Sound Station, a media player that sports an "audiophile-class" acoustic design with a 7-inch color screen and several connectivity features.

Sound Station supports Internet radio and iPod/iPhone docking and serves as a digital picture frame, alarm clock, FM radio, and video player. It doesn't require a computer to set up or operate. The product will be available next month initially via selected retailers in the U.S. and Europe, with global expansion to follow. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Feb 14
Adobe reports strong mobile adoption of Flash Player, AIR

At this week's Mobile World Congress, Adobe ( that developers and content publishers can now deploy Adobe AIR applications to more than 84 million smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android.

By the end of 2011, Adobe expects more than 200 million smartphones and tablets to support Adobe AIR applications. For examples of popular AIR applications for Android and iOS, visit .

In addition, Adobe announced that more than 20 million smartphones were shipped or upgraded with Adobe Flash Player 10.1 software on over 35 certified devices in the first six months following the launch. But don't count iOS devices among them, as Apple -- or at least CEO Steve Jobs -- isn't a Flash fan. For 2011, the company expects Flash Player to be supported on more than 132 million units worldwide, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions Business Unit,...

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Feb 14
NetGear announces , new femtocell

NetGear ( has announced four new products for mobile network operators at the 2011 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The company also announced the the MF100H Femtocell, a next generation 3G femtocell with Ethernet LAN.

The new line-up of mobile broadband routers purportedly integrate features from NetGear's line of wired broadband devices together with the speed and high-performance provided by European 3G and LTE (4G) mobile networks. The four new models all offer either 3G or LTE connection, failover to wired 10/100 Fast Ethernet (FE) WAN, FE LAN & 802.11N WiFi for multiple user sharing. The line-up includes:

° MBR1200: Quadband 3G HSPA+ (21Mbps x 5.76Mbps) with HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN;

° MBR1310: Quadband 3G DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps x 5.7Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN;

° MBR1517: Euro LTE (100Mbps x 50Mbps) with HSPA+/...

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Feb 14
ooVoo shows cross-platform video chat solution

Today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), , ooVoo (, a cloud-based video communication service that delivers video across every platform, will demonstrate its multi-point video chat on Apple iOS mobile devices.

“We’re thrilled to deliver our best-in-class video communication service across every platform,” says Philippe Schwartz, CEO of ooVoo. “One reason we’re the fastest growing communication app on the Internet1 is because we’ve broken down the platform barrier connecting video calls across smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs and now iOS mobile devices.”

ooVoo Mobile is already available today from the Android market. ooVoo’s free over-the-top application will be available in the AppleApp store starting in April.

In December, ooVoo launched a first 4G mobile video chat service that allows 6-way video chat. The service works over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G to simultaneously connect...

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Feb 14
Second edition of 'Working with Your iPad' released

Joe Kissell's second edition of "Take Control of Working with Your iPad" has been published by TidBITS Publishing. The 133-page ebook costs US$15 and is available at . You can get a print edition for US$26.99.

The new edition includes information not only on the changes that iOS 4 has brought to the iPad but also on the many new and revised iPad apps that have become available recently. With this new edition in hand, readers can learn how to:

° Type right: they'll learn tips for maximizing typing speed on the onscreen keyboard and discover the best ways to use the iPad Keyboard Dock and Bluetooth keyboard options.

° Select, cut, copy, and paste: these commands may be second nature to regular computer users, but their touchscreen versions are another matter. Kissell explains how to use touchscreen...

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Feb 14
Artist-designed 'skins' available for iPhone, iPod...

Griffin Technology have teamed up with the Grammy Foundation to highlight original artwork by Phoenix, OK Go, Ben Folds and MGMT on a collection of limited edition skins for the iPhone 4 and iPod touch (fourth generation).

Proceeds from the partnership will help raise money for the Grammy Foundation's programs. You can learn about the artists and their designs at .

The skins are available for US$9.99 at . You can get a skin bundled with a Griffin Reveal case for $29.99.

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Feb 14
Boingo introduces unlimited Wi-Fi plan for Europe

Boingo Wireless ( has launched a new all-you-can-eat Internet access plan for laptops that's tailored to customers connecting primarily in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Boingo Europe Plus gives laptop users unlimited access at more than 90,000 hotspots in Europe, Middle East and Africa for €27.95 per month. Usage outside the designated region is billed at €0.10 to €0.15 per minute and includes almost 170,000 additional hotspots across Asia Pacific and the Americas. Users can also sign up for the plan in British Pounds Sterling (£22.95 per month and £0.09 to £0.13 per minute for use outside EMEA).

“The new Boingo Europe Plus plan is part of our ongoing initiative to provide more flexibility to customers whose Internet access needs are concentrated in specific geographic regions,” says Dawn Callahan, vice president of consumer marketing, Boingo Wireless. “This provides an...

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Feb 14
Global femtocell shipments good, could be better

Global femtocell shipments generally met the expectations of ABI Research ( analysts in 2010, but one salient exception demonstrates how a simple regulation can impede a market’s growth.

“About 1.3 million femtocells shipped into world markets in 2010,” says ABI Research Practice director Aditya Kaul. “That number is in line with ABI Research’s forecasts. The total could have been significantly higher -- perhaps 20% higher -- were it not for the continued low performance of the Japanese femtocell market.”

That low performance can be traced to a simple cause: the Japanese government’s unique requirement that every femtocell be installed by a qualified technician. When those truck-rolls are multiplied by hundreds of thousands of installations, the drag on the market is no longer trivial, says Kaul. Mobile network operators have long called for the removal or relaxation...

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Feb 14
Mobilize offers smartphone, mobile device detection for...

NimbleHost ( has announced Mobilize 1.1, a plug-in for RapidWeaver that adds mobile device detection to the Mac OS X web site design application.

In version 1.1, Mobilize enables you to detect when cellphone and smartphone users are visiting your web site, and will redirect them to the web site of your choosing. Support for a wide variety of cellphones, smartphones, and other mobile devices are included.

Until now RapidWeaver users had no way to easily detect and redirect visitors using cellphones, smartphones, and other mobile devices, according to NimbleHost CEO Jonathan Head. Mobilize gives you full control over this aspect of web design, enabling you to target a number of mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, as well as android devices, Blackberry devices, palm and webOS devices, Windows Mobile/Phone, and generic cellphones.

Mobilize requires Mac...

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Feb 14
Animetrics releases facial recognition app for smart phones

Animetrics (, a developer of 3D imaging technologies for facial biometric systems, has begun offering FaceR CredentialME in the Apple App Store.

FaceR CredentialME AppLock enables the iPhone user to use facial recognition as the biometric authentication to unlock the device. CME AppLock provides the options of either letting the device camera automatically take a picture of your face and thereby verify via face recognition the user or use a password to secure the user's choice of applications on the handset. FaceR CredentialME can be used as a second factor authentication via bundling with third party applications.

It's based on Animetrics patented 2D-3D FACEngine facial recognition technology. CredentialME is also offered for use to smartphone application developers to embed for primary or two factor authentication in securing their app.

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Feb 14
NXP Software enables Android devices to access Apple content...

NXP Software ( is demonstrating an upgrade of QuickPlayer at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in cooperation with Envivio.

This new version allows Android-based devices to play content encoded for Apple’s adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol. Fully compatible with major video service providers, it lets Android users access the extensive content available within the Apple ecosystem, says Peter Van de Berg, marketing director, NXP Software.

The software also ensures high-quality viewing, he adds. It supports up to standard definition resolution content.

LifeVibes QuickPlayer allows consumers to watch online videos, and access live and on-demand content. The software is available to service providers as a software development kit (SDK) for a downloadable application. The SDK includes a reference application ready to deploy and can also be integrated...

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Feb 14
'MUG Event Calendar': Maximo products, Macworld 2011,...

The Valentine’s Day holiday doesn’t slow down this week’s "MUG Event Calendar." Aaron Davis of Apple will visit a Maryland group, and Maximo will demo their mobile MP3 products to an Oregon group.

Other topics up for discussion include Macworld 2011, Mac Security, backing up and restoring your Mac, iLife ‘11 and more. 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 solutions to technical problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest...

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Feb 12
iPad way ahead of other tablets in enterprise market

Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes tells clients in an note -- as reported by "Barron's" ( -- that he talked with a research analyst at Forrester Research and says the iPad is doing well in the corporate world.

His conclusions from the call are that the iPad is “running far ahead of its tablet competition and its their game to lose." There is opportunity for others, including Google’s Android and for Research in Motion, Reitzes says. Apple hasn’t set up an enterprise salesforce, but it is “listening to enterprise customers," he adds.

Reitzes notes that Forrester’s work supports the view more and more corporate users are “buying devices and bringing them into work.” So far, Apple is the “winner in the consumerization of IT,” he argues. Also, Forrester sees the tablet computer co-existing with both smartphone and laptop, though “it does delay laptop replacements.” Barclays is...

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Feb 12
iPad, tablets leading in surge of NAND flash memory

Apple’s iPad is leading an almost five-fold surge in NAND flash memory use this year as consumers buy tablets such as the iPad in increasing numbers, according to a report released Friday by HIS iSuppli -- as reported by "Computerworld' (

The consumption of NAND flash memory chips, which are used to build solid-state drives (SSDs) used in mobile devices, is expected to soar to 2.3 billion gigabytes (2.3 exabytes) this year, up a 382.4% from 476.8 million gigabytes (or 476.8 petabytes) in 2010, the article adds. According to iSuppli, shipments of NAND for tablets shows no sign of slowing down, eventually hitting 12.3 exabytes of capacity shipped by 2014.

When measured against the total supply of NAND flash, memory in tablets will represent 11.8% of the supply this year, up from a 4.3% in 2010, says iSuppli. By 2014, tablet memory will represent 16% of all NAND flash.

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Feb 11
AT&T Giving Free Rollover Minutes

AT&T is apparently on a mission to keep people from migrating to the Verizon iPhone now announced, and is doing a variety of things to try and keep customers.

One thing they are doing is giving a free extra 1000 rollover minutes to customers. Some people are getting invitations to this via text that say:

"You're a valued AT&T customer. We'd like to add 1000 bonus Rollover minutes to the mobile number ending in xxx. There's NO cost or obligation to you. It's our way of saying thank you. To have your minutes added, reply YES by 3/31/2011. Reply stop to end mktg msgs."

While not documented specifically, it appears that all you need to do is text 11113020 the word "yes"

At first, we were confirmed this may be a scam, but it does appear to be real, and we've tried it. It works on at least the iPhone (see screen shot).

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Feb 11
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 11

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

Prodyon Mobile has announced The Moon Twit 1.0, a casual game for iPhone and iPod touch devices. In the US$0.99 app, you play a talking Twit-Robot who needs to reach the Moon. Help him to achieve his goal by avoiding everything that gets in his way. You start from the ground of the earth, flying into the orbit. Several annoying birds, planes and asteroids get in Moon Twit's way.

L'Escapadou has released Hearts Extravaganza 1.0 for the iPad and iPhone. The app is a graphic toy that allows anyone to literally draw carefully designed and animated hearts over a canvas or pictures to create animated drawings. You can share your creations via Twitter, Facebook, or email. A heart designer is provided to customize heart color, animation effect, beat and size....

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Feb 11
Apple working on new iOS notification system?

Apple is working on a new notification system for iOS and will be buying a small company to build its technology into the operating system, reports "Cult of Mac" (, quoting unnamed sources. The name of the company is unknown, but it's reportedly one that already has an app in the Apple App Store.

"Apple’s pop-up notification system for new text messages, voicemails and the like has often been criticized as one of the weakest parts of the iOS," says "Cult of Mac." "Notifications are intrusive, modal and often cryptic. It’s a mess ... There were rumors last year that the iPhone’s notification system would be fixed after the chief architect of Palm’s system, Rich Dellinger, returned to work at Apple. However, the system still hasn’t been fixed, and according to our source, Apple is now trying to buy a small app developer to fix it."

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Feb 11
Apple doubling some laptop orders

Apple reportedly is revising its laptop orders upward with the volume of some hot-selling models being doubled, according to "DigiTimes" ( That goes against the general industry trend.

Overall, notebook shipments from the top-five notebook makers are likely to contract by 5-10% sequentially in the first quarter, to 38 million units, or the same volume they shipped a year ago, says "DigiTimes." In related laptop news, "CNET" ( says Apple is targeting a MacBook Air update for this summer that will include a move to Intel's Sandy Bridge processors. Look for it in June, the article says.

The take of the Sellers Research firm (that's me)? Maybe. Moving to a Sandy Bridge processor makes sense. However, Apple won't move the teeny portable to the new Intel chips until the MacBook Pro, MacBook...

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Feb 11
Sony may pull its artists from iTunes

Sony may pull its artists from Apple's iTunes Store, as well as withhold its games from the iPhone, in what could spark an "all-out war" between the two companies, reports Yahoo News (

Sony purportedly plans to launch a rival online music store to iTunes in Australia called Music Unlimited. The company may also be planning to launch a gaming service that would enable mobile phone users to play first generation Playstation games on their handsets -- a service Sony says is unlikely to be available through iTunes.

"Yahoo News" says Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Michael Ephraim has told reporters that Sony’s music streaming is a "new technology" that gave consumers greater freedom to play their music on a variety of devices. "If we do (get mass acceptance) then does Sony Music need to provide content to iTunes?" he is quoted as saying. "Currently we have to provide it to iTunes as...

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Feb 11
No long lines for Verizon iPhone debut

After an on-line sell-out of the new Verizon version of the iPhone 4, and with several other retailers selling the phone on its first day, there were few waiting lines at Apple stores Thursday morning when they opened early for the first day of Verizon iPhone retail sales, reports "ifoAppleStore" (

There were reports from around the country of no one being in line at Apple stores when they opened at 7 a.m., though other reports described lines of 50 or 60 people at some high-profile stores. "Besides a wider availability, the waiting lines were also mitigated by the nature of the device, transitional and not new, and a survey that found just eight percent of AT&T customers intended to switch their service to Verizon for improved voice calls," says "ifoAppleStore."

The lack of expected lines has left some investors worried. However, in a note to clients -- as reported by "...

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Feb 11
'WSJ': Jobs is calling the shots from home

The "Wall Street Journal" (, quoting "people familiar with the matter," reports that, three weeks into a medical leave, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, 55, is staying closely involved in the company's strategic decisions and product development,.

Jobs, whose ailment hasn't been disclosed, has been taking business meetings at home and on the phone, the article says. The CEO has also reportedly been spotted on Apple's Cupertino, California, campus and in public in Palo Alto, California.

The "WSJ" says that, among products Jobs is continuing to work on are the next version of the iPad, expected out in the next couple of months, and a new iPhone, expected to be released this summer. As on Jobs' previous medical leaves, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook is overseeing the day-to-day operations at Apple.

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