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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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Mar 15
iPhone and iPad app source code available for purchase at...

Independent developer Chris Mayer has announced the latest line-up of projects on CodeStore. CodeStore (http://www.codestore.co.uk/index.html) offers Xcode template projects to authors, artists, photographers, or anyone looking to create an app for the iPhone or iPad.

The projects have a range of uses, and can be freely modified. No knowledge of the Objective-C programming language is required to create an app using the templates, as the code is already complete. All that is required is the replacement of the example content (JPEG images, MP3 audio, HTML text. etc).

These templates require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Xcode 3.2.5 and iOS SDK 4.2 or above. The CodeStore projects range from US$29 to $39. All projects can be purchased as a bundle for $59.

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Mar 15
Apple honors Ohio middle school teacher

An Ohio middle school teacher has won an international award from the Apple Corp. Kelly Croy, who teaches seventh-grade English at Oak Harbor Middle School, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and will travel to Arizona in July for training, reports "The News-Messenger" (http://macte.ch/42pZC).

Croy is one of 1,700 educational professionals worldwide, and 300 in the country, who have received the honor since the program was started in 1994. He is one of 76 educators chosen this year.

Croy has been in education for 20 years, and has used technology in the classroom in a variety of ways, says "The News-Messenger." "We have a program called Project Based Learning where the students collaborate together and solve real-world problems," Croy said.

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Mar 15
AVS Gear unveils Zippy BT-500 Compact Bluetooth Wireless...

AVS Gear (http://www.avsgear.com) has debuted the newest addition to the company’s line of Bluetooth keyboards, the Zippy T-500. Featuring Apple iPad 2 and iPhone support, this compact wireless keyboard is available now at Amazon.com and Newegg.com with an manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$49.99.

The Zippy BT-500 connects to six different Bluetooth devices simultaneously and boasts one-touch fast switch technology between all six Bluetooth devices quickly. In addition, this compact wireless keyboard has a transmission range up to 10 meters and is compatible with smartphone devices, PDAs and tablet computers that are equipped with Bluetooth technology.

Equipped with an ultra-flat scissor structure keys, the Zippy BT-500 is encased in a thin compact design. It's designed for use in a variety of environments, such as living rooms, classrooms and conference rooms, and can also be carried while...

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Mar 15
CleverWraps announces protective sleeves for the iPad 2

CleverWraps (http://www.CleverWraps.com) have announced their new line of CleverWraps for iPads, eReaders and tablets. The company says they're the first-ever disposable, protective sleeves for electronic reading devices and tablet devices. 

Like the company’s original line of mobile phone sleeves, the new series protects against incidental contact with water, sand, grease, dirt and other harmful materials, says Karen McElaney, co-founder of CleverWraps. The size variants are designed to fit popular tablet and eReader models such as the iPad, iPad 2, Galaxy, Kindle 2, Kindle 3, nook, nook color and Sony Daily Edition -- with sizes to fit other devices coming soon.
 
CleverWraps are made of crystal clear, high-grade poly and feature a double channel zip closure and re-sealable tape for double protection and a custom fit. The translucent, lightweight but sturdy and protective material...

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Mar 15
Sorenson 360 online video platform gets new features

Sorenson Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com) has announced a series of new features within the Sorenson 360 online video platform (OVP), which provide customers with increased flexibility and customizability to improve delivery of dynamic video content across the Web, says Eric Quanstrom, chief operating officer of Sorenson Media. He says the key new features include:

° Full video player compatibility: Users can now choose from all major video players, such as Flash, Quicktime, HTML5 and Silverlight, to publish video in the most popular formats, including Flash (Spark and VP6), MPEG-4 (H.264), WebM and Windows Media (VC1).

° WebM support: Like all Sorenson Media products and services, Sorenson 360 supports WebM encoding and playback for users interested in creating Web environments using HTML5.

° Facebook Integration: With an integrated button on the video player, users are able...

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Mar 15
iPad 2 orders at Apple online store now backed up 4-5 weeks

Order an iPad 2 from the Apple Online Store and it may take 4-5 weeks to arrive.

Apple’s own retail stores are also facing shortages "with many customers walking out with a model they didn’t particularly want or nothing at all," says "9to5 Mac" (http://macte.ch/0obv0). Apple’s online store originally quoted a 3-5 day ship time but that jumped to 5-7 days to 2-3 weeks all within a few hours.

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