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Mar 16
FileMaker updates entire Bento product line

FileMaker Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has shipped Bento 4 for Mac, now available on the Mac App Store, and Bento 1.1 for iPhone, and Bento 1.1 for iPad.

New features include the ability to print labels, export libraries with data, automatically add geographical locations to records and lock down forms, says Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc. For the first time with version 4, you can export Bento libraries populated with data and share these with other users.

Sending a complete library to another Bento user is as easy as emailing a file. You can also share your ideas with the world by sending your custom Bento templates directly to the Bento Template Exchange from within Bento 4. The Bento Template Exchange features over 800 free downloadable templates.

Rosenberg says Bento 4 is faster and easier to use....

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Mar 16
Gumdrop announces new iPad 2 cases

Gumdrop (http://www.gumdrop.com) has announced the Drop Series for the iPad 2, which cradle the Apple tablet with reinforced rubber corners and a grippy rubber exterior, with fully covered port cutouts, says CEO Tim Hickman.

The highlight of the design is the snap-on, replaceable screen protector, which allows users to enjoy the touch screen and replace the cover if it gets worn, he adds. Available in four colors, the Drop Series iPad 2 case retails for US$59.95 and is set for release in May.

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Mar 16
FrameLoader released on the Mac App Store

Nova media has released FrameLoader for Mac OS X 10.6.6 (or higher) in the Mac App Store. The US$11.99 app synchronizes photos, music and movie files on a Mac with digital picture frames, SD cards and USB memory sticks.  

FrameLoader will convert pictures, music and videos automatically into a format that can be displayed by the selected digital picture frame. To display media files on a TV or other devices, the app can synchronize media files with an SD card and USB memory stick.

To select the media contents, FrameLoader displays a list of iPhoto albums and iTunes playlists. They can be checked or unchecked to be synced. Custom media files can be dragged and dropped into FrameLoader and selected accordingly.

A click of the sync button starts the synchronization process and an activity monitor displays the details of the process. A demo version of FrameLoader is available at nova media's website (...

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Mar 16
Analyst raises Apple target to $450

In a note to clients, as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/Rch6o), BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk has raised his price target on Apple shares from US$375 to $450 from $375, saying the iPad will probably generate US$24 billion in revenue this calendar year.

That's $4 billion more than he’d originally expected. Piecyk writes that the introduction of the iPhone 4 at Verizon in February had “tempered” his expectations, as "the CDMA iPhone 4 initially generated a disappointing response which not only surprised us but apparently also surprised Apple."

However, the iPad 2 "appears to be putting our doubts to rest." The analyst predicts that 40 million iPads will be sold this year, up from 33 million in his previous estimate.

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Mar 16
Griffin debuts iPad 2 accessories

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has debuted their initial offering of accessories for the iPad 2. The announcement features a collection of new and updated accessories.

The US$39.99 Elan Folio Slim for iPad 2 (pictured) has a textured black polyurethane outer cover that offers protection on the outside. Inside, a soft microsuede lining coddles your iPad 2, with a narrow frame surrounding the multi-touch display.

The CinemaSeat ($29.99) turns your iPad 2 into an in-car entertainment system. The case wraps around your iPad 2 while giving you access to the headphone jack, controls, speaker, cameras, and dock connector.

The Stylus is a $19.99 balanced pointer with a soft rubber tip designed to mimic the way your finger interacts with the multi-touch display. It's available in a variety of colors.


The GuitarConnect cable ($29.99) offers a way to...

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Mar 16
Vidyo platform enables HD multi-party video conferencing on an...

Vidyo (http://www.vidyo.com) says its Vidyo platform now supports Apple’s iPad 2, Motorola’s XOOM tablet and the Atrix 4G smart phone utilizing the VidyoTechnology Software Development Kit (SDK) that's available to partners to create applications.

Vidyo’s communication and collaboration platform provides a 720p High- Definition (HD) multipoint video conferencing solution on the Apple tablet. Using Vidyo’s platform, customers can join video conferences from anywhere using the device of their choice: smart phones, tablets, desktops, room systems or telepresence endpoints -- on client applications built by Vidyo or partners with the Vidyo SDK.

“The faster CPU of the Apple iPad 2 and its front and rear-facing cameras, make it an exciting platform that begs for HD multipoint video communication and collaboration,” says Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s CEO and co-founder. “Vidyo was able to use its SDK to enable the...

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Mar 16
Tablet sales booming alongside 3G, 4G network subscriber growth

Parks Associates (http://www.parkassociates.com) says 3G subscribers will double over next five years, with global 3G+ tablet sales to exceed 68 million by 2015.

The research group forecasts more than 68 million of the 126 million tablets sold worldwide in 2015 will have 3G or greater technology. The research firm's latest report shows 29% of the 16.5 million tablets sold in 2010 featured embedded 3G technology, while tablets with 3G/4G technology will account for over one-half of all tablets sold in 2015.

"We are seeing strong consumer engagement in data-intensive services and activities, such as social networking, uploading photos to the Internet, and watching online video, on mobile phones," says Jennifer Kent, a Parks Associates' mobile research analyst. "By offering the same mobile Internet capabilities as a smartphone, but with better visual and computing experiences, tablets will...

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Mar 16
MicroShell iPad 2 case available for pre-order

Marware says its MicroShell case for the iPad 2 is available for pre-order. It's an US$39.99 polycarbonate shell with a rubberized finish that snaps on to protect the back and side of the Apple tablet against scratches and impact.

Its design works alone or in conjunction with the Apple Smart Cover and offers access to all buttons, ports and cameras. The MicroShell also comes with Marware's lifetime warranty.

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Mar 16
Harman releases new gaming headset

Harman has launched the US$79.95 AKG GHS-1 portable gaming headset (http://macte.ch/ZwhnX). It's designed specifically for the gamer and features "innovative audio engineering built into a distinctive, long-lasting and intuitive design for the ideal gaming experience," says David Slump, president, Harman Consumer Division.


Lightweight and designed for long-wearing comfort, the headset features a boom microphone that filters out background noise. Passive noise reduction effectively seals out most ambient sounds, according to Slump. The headset also features a cardioid (directional) boom microphone that filters out background noises.
 
The in-line microphone is designed so that the volume can be adjusted right on the cable, which reduces the need for players to interact with the game console or other source throughout the game. The AKG GHS-1 portable headset is available in three color combinations...

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Mar 16
Speck rolls out cases for the iPad 2

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has updated and redesigned some of their iPad cases as iPad 2 accessories. Among them are the two-layer hard-shell CandyShell Wrap with a flip-close cover that converts to a stand, and FitFolio, a lightweight, custom-fit folio case.

The company is also releasing all-new cases for iPad 2. The PixelSkin HD Wrap case for iPad 2 ramps up Speck's pixel-pattern design to iPad size. The iGuy (pictured) is a freestanding foam for the original and second gen Apple tablet.

In the meantime, Speck's current iPad bags and sleeves fit the iPad. Go to the Speck website for details.

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Mar 16
Deliver Express updated to version 2.1.1

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated Deliver Express, an automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks, to version 2.1.1. The new version improves the reliability of file transfer to certain FTP sites, and addresses some issues related to email communication on international systems.

Deliver Express processes files automatically from watched hot folders and offers variable e-mail notifications, delivery to multiple destinations, encryption and more. It supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and other major services. Deliver Express can run unattended and is suitable as a company-wide server solution as well as for single users.

As a company-wide server solution, Deliver Express can be installed on a dedicated station and run unattended. Users only need to copy files to network based hot folders, and the files will be sent automatically with customizable...

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Mar 16
Skinit introduces customizable covers for the iPad 2

Skinit (http://www.skinit.com) now offers owners of the new iPad 2 a chance to customize their tablet. The company offers tablet owners a choice of thousands of top designs and brands to choose from, says Laura Christine, executive vice president of Skinit.

Skinit products are removable covers. The covers, referred to as "skins," can be applied to a broad range of devices. The Skinit "Customizer" enables users to personalize their skin with family photos, favorite colors, graphics, and text.

Skinit also has partnerships with the most popular names in sports such as the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, MLL, and over 200 colleges and universities, as well as entertainment brands like Disney and Sanrio (Hello Kitty). Customers also have the option of choosing a skin from the work of hundreds of independent artists and Skinit original designs.

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Mar 16
LightWorks Author provides rendering enhancements in TurboCAD...

Lightworks (http://www.lightworkdesign.com) says the latest release of TurboCAD Pro software features "significant enhancements" based on the Lightworks Author product.

Lightworks Author -- the company’s integrated rendering source -- provides customers with a product suite to enable the creation of a range of rendering solutions for all types of market and application. TurboCAD Pro 18 is the latest release of software from IMSI/Design. IMSI/Design (http://www.imdidesign.com) has long integrated Lightworks technology as the rendering engine within its TurboCAD software.

This new release incorporates Lightworks enhancements offering TurboCAD users greater rendering performance within their application. Lightworks Multi-threading support takes advantage of multi-core processors to speed up renderings, and updates...

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Mar 16
D-Link shipping new Wi-Fi adapters

D-Link has announced the availability of the latest additions to its DWA USB adapter product line, the Wireless N 150 Pico Adapter (DWA-121) and the Wireless N Nano USB Adapter (DWA-131).

Equipped with Wireless N technology, both the Pico and Nano connect a laptop or desktop computer to a Wi-Fi network at up to six times the speed and three times the coverage of a wireless G connection, enabling users to transfer files, download media and browse the Internet faster and more efficiently, says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America. With small, compact form-factors, both adapters easily fit into a computer’s USB port, making them ideal for use when traveling or in a crowded workspace, he adds.

The DWA-121 connects to a desktop or notebook, creating an instant 802.11n wireless network. The included Quick Setup Wizard guides users through the setup, while the Wireless Manager tracks recently accessed networks. Featuring Wi-Fi...

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Mar 15
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 15

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

Prophetic Sky has announced Spires HD 1.0, an US$2.99 tower defense game for the iPad. It pits you against a force of invaders bent on razing the land for a new order. Spires HD has a total of 30 playable levels.

Justin Hackett has released iRein 1.0 for iOS devices. The $1.99 app features the same maneuver descriptions and detailed pattern graphics found in the 2011 NRHA handbook. It's designed for spectators who enjoy watching the sport of reining, but need to understand and follow along with the patterns they are watching.

MF Software has introduced iStockPicks 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app allows you to setup lists of your favorite stocks, and it will do technical analysis on historical stock price movements to generate Buy/Sell/...

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Mar 15
Verizon now accounts for 12% of iPhone web usage

Verizon is up to more than 12% of all iPhone web usage, based on data from the Chitika ad network (http://www.chitika.com).

"The data is based on a 24-hour rolling period, so it’s a good snapshot of what iPhones are in use right now," says Chitika. "For Verizon to pick up that big of a share of iPhone users in about a month is impressive, and doesn’t bode particularly well for AT&T."

One day after the Verizon iPhone launched to the general public, it accounted for 3% of the U.S. iPhone base. Data is based on iPhones across the Chitika advertising network. Only traffic on cellular connections is recorded. Percentages are a 24-hour rolling average, updated hourly.

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Mar 15
Apple delays iPad 2 launch in Japan; company aids in relief...

Apple will delay the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan, in the wake of last week's earthquake and tsunami, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/t6itQ). The company had planned to start selling the device in Japan on March 25.

The company didn't provide a rescheduled launch date. "We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster," said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.

"Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/T5KIL) reports that "it's a a credit to Apple, Google and others that when disaster struck they immediately moved to do what they could." Google launched a people-finding service via its Crisis Response pages, while Apple launched an American Red Cross appeal via iTunes.

Apple also made its own relief effort for its staff in Japan (...

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Mar 15
ChatTime offers free calls to Japan

SmartRoam (http://smartroam.net), developers of theiPhone app ChatTime is giving new and existing customers, from 48 countries, free calls to Japan until the end of March.

The company says it wants to make it easy and painless for ChatTime users around the world to reach out to their friends and family in Japan. ChatTime provides a low-cost international calling service.

The free call announcement means that all ChatTime users can call mobile phones and landline numbers in Japan through the end of March with no charges and no fees. ChatTime is also retroactively offering customers who have already made calls to Japan since March 11 a credit and waiving any costs associated with calling the country. Anyone that is not currently using ChatTime can download the app for free from the Apple App Store and also take advantage of free calling to Japan.

The countries eligible to call Japan for free are;...

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Mar 15
Study: iPads to dominate tablet market through at least 2012

Sixty million tablets will be sold in 2011, and most of them will be iPads, according to a new study by the DisplaySearch research group (http://www.displaysearch.com).

Apple will likely continue to account for the majority of tablet touch screens in 2011 and 2012, yet other brands could catch up in 2012 and beyond, the study says. DisplaySearch forecasts total touch panels for tablets to reach 260 million units in 2016, up 333% from 2011.

“Tablet PCs are the fastest growing application for touch screens,” says Jennifer Colegrove, vice president of Emerging Display Technologies for DisplaySearch. “Most tablet PC products will leverage multi-touch projected capacitive technology, following Apple’s lead. At the same time, a small amount of tablet PCs are using resistive touch, since it is less expense and enables handwriting recognition. There are also some tablet PCs that use digitizers for...

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Mar 15
Strategy Analytics: Apple takes lion's share of smartphone...

While Apple trailed Nokia in 2010 smartphone volume, Apple dominated the market in revenue, and took 29% share of the market value. The top three players -- Apple, Nokia and RIM -- generated 64% of the revenue in the smartphone market, according to a new study by Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com).

Apple had just 16% of smartphone market volume in 2010, but, in terms of revenue Apple claimed 29% share, says the research group. Nokia followed with 20%, and RIM with 15% value share. Samsung ended up being the champion of Google Android smartphones in 2010, taking 9% of smartphone market revenue and surpassing HTC.

“While smartphones represented just over 22% of the handset market in terms of volume last year, they accounted for more than 50 percent of the market in terms of revenue,” says Tom Kang, drector of the Wireless Smartphone Strategies service. “This...

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Mar 15
Teach for America accepting iPad 1 donations

Apple says you can buy an iPad 2, donate your old iPad at an Apple Retail Store, and Teach For America (http://www.teachforamerica.org/) will give it to a teacher in a low-income community.

Teach for America is a non-profit organization dedicated to "eliminating educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort." Members commit to teach for two years in low-income communities, then go on as alumni to lead efforts to change the face of public education.

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Mar 15
Software fix in the work for flickering issues on the Apple TV

According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), a software fix is said to be in the works for users who have experienced screen flickering issues after updating to the latest firmware for the Apple TV set top box.

The article says an Apple support representative has confirmed that Apple is aware of the issues caused by the latest update to the Apple TV (version 4.2). Apple is reportedly working on a fix that will address the screen flickering problems for a small number of users. No timeframe was given for when the fix might be released.

Last week, "AppleInsider" first reported on the screen flickering problems caused by the 4.2 update for Apple TV. Users have experienced flickers and screen flashes with direct HDMI video connections, as well as with an HDMI to DVI video adapter. The problems did not exist before Apple released the Apple TV 4.2 update last Wednesday.

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Mar 15
Ten's Complement bringing ZFS to Mac OS X

A company called Ten's Complement plans to bring ZFS to Mac OS X. The file system is now in beta testing.

In 2007, it was rumored that Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") would support ZFS (Zettabyte File System). ZFS was originally developed by Sun. It protects all files with 64-bit checksums to detect and fix data corruption and, as a 128-bit file system, can handle many orders of magnitude more space than current versions of Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. According to Sun, ZFS meets the needs of a file system for everything from desktops to data centers.

And according to a 2007 patent (number 20070112891) filed by Apple engineers, you can convert millions of computers to a new file system via a handy file system converter that changes the file system without touching the files. The patent could have theoretically made HFS to ZFS conversions fast and painless.

A note at the Ten's Complement site (...

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Mar 15
iTunes has 4% of digital movie market

The NPD Research Group (http://www.npd.com) says Neflitx has 61% of the market share for digital movies between January 2011 and February 2011, with Comcast running a distant second at 8% There’s a three-way tie for third between DirectTV, Time Warner Cable and Apple with 4% each.

Based on information from NPD’s new VideoWatch Digital tracking service, digital video now makes up one quarter of all home video volume.

“Sales of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs still drive most home-video revenue, but VOD and other digital options are now beginning to make inroads with consumers,” says Russ Crupnick, entertainment industry analyst for NPD. “Overwhelmingly digital movie buyers do not believe physical discs are out of fashion, but their digital transactions were motivated by the immediate access and ease of acquisition provided by streaming and downloading digital video files.”

NPD also compared consumer-reported...

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Mar 15
Nuclear Nova Software releases Barnyard Blaster for Mac OS X

Nuclear Nova Software has introduced Barnyard Blaster (http://nuclearnova.com/barnyardblaster/), its sixth game for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher).

Here's how the game is described: "Barnyard Blaster is a unique shooter with one goal, prevent all animals from escaping. Use six unique weapons, from flame throwers to rocket launchers, to stop ten species of animals from crossing the environment. The game features rich 3D graphics in eight different environments, a great soundtrack, as well as online achievements and high scores. The replay value will keep you occupied for countless hours."

The Barnyard Blaster demo is feature limited and free to try. The full version of Barnyard Blaster costs US$14.95 (USD) and may be purchased through Nuclear Nova Software's website. The paid version includes all levels, no shareware delay, and free updates.

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