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Jan 13
Scosche announces accessories for Verizon iPhone

Scosche Industries (http://www.scosche.com) says several Verizon iPhone 4 compatible cases will be immediately available on the phone’s launch date, Feb. 10. The company says it was able to quickly modify several of its most cases to fit the new phone’s footprint in time for the launch, including white and black versions of Scosche’s signature kickBack series (pictured) of hybrid polycarbonate and rubber cases with an integrated kickstand perfect for landscape media viewing.

The similarly designed Scosche switchKASE g4 will also be available at launch and features a kickBack case and a smooth silicone skin with a removable sports armband for working out with the Verizon iPhone 4. The switchBACK g4 will allow users to snap different colors and styles onto the back of their case, including both smooth back and kickstand designs. Verizon customers will be able to choose between pink & purple and dark chrome...

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Jan 13
Light Quest debuts on Mac App Store

Chimp Studios (http://www.chimpstudios.com/) has debuted Light Quest 1.0, an adventure/puzzle game, on the new Mac App Store. It's available for US$4.99 in the Games category.

Here's how the game is described: "Light Quest puts players in a lowly constructo-bot's hover shoes on a mysterious alien world. In order to return home, players will have to guide a laser beam through 15 hand-crafted 3D levels using only mirrors, beam splitters, ingenuity, and what they find along the way. The game features five original music tracks that range from subtle sci-fi/Native American blends to stomping industrial scores."

It features 10  hours of gameplay. Light Quest requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.6.

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Jan 13
Vicinno BA Pro, 12C Financial Calculator app now on Mac App Store

Vicinno Soft (http://www.vicinno.com/) says its BA Financial Calculator Pro and 12C Financial Calculator for Mac, enhanced versions of the iPhone/iPad Vicinno financial calculators, are now available at the Mac App Store.

Both are designed for courses in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Mathematics, Sciences, Real Estate, and Statistics. New user interfaces have been created specifically for the Mac platform.

12C Financial Calculator for Mac is an emulator for the well known HP 12C Financial Calculator. BA Financial Calculator Pro for Mac provides the same capabilities and operation sequences as the Texas Instruments Business Analyst II Plus calculator.

The 12C Financial Calculator and BA Financial Calculator for Mac are priced at US$14.99 each. You can find 'em at the Mac App Store in the Finance category.

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Jan 13
Xerox announces new color flatbed scanner

Xerox (http://www.xeroxscanners.com) has announced a color flatbed scanner that scans, copies and emails documents at the touch of a single button: the Xerox DocuMate3220. It scans text at 23 pages per minute or 46 images per minute in duplex mode.

The DocuMate 3220 handles variable paper sizes and delicate originals on the glass or volumes of pages through an automatic document feeder (ADF) that holds up to 50 pages. It has a small footprint. Installation involves inserting one DVD-ROM disc and connecting the scanner to a host computer via a hi-speed USB 2.0 cable.

The Xerox DocuMate 3220 providese single button control at the front panel for scanning to any of 9 preset and up to 99 completely customizable one-touch scan profiles. It has a U.S. list price of $349.99 and is available immediately through major reseller and online channel partners.

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Jan 13
LiveCode 4.5.3 adds more iOS features

RunTime Revolution (http://www.runrev.com) has updated its LiveCode software development platform for iPhone/iPad development, to version 4.5.3. The upgrade sports new features focused on creating polished iOS applications, plus enhancements and improvements across the whole range of platforms and devices supported by the platform.

Formerly the Revolution development environment, LiveCode enables real-time development with adaptations and modifications. LiveCode offers: compile-free coding; an English-like programming language; and cross platform development. It's a development platform that enables the creation of mobile applications, commercial software, enterprise IT solutions, in-house utilities, front ends, e-learning solutions and even school projects.

LiveCode pricing begins at $99 for a one-seat, personal use license, including LiveCode development for iPhone/iPad. Additional deployment and...

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Jan 13
Tension Software announces Mac WPS 1.0.2

Tension Software (http://www.pomola.com) has updated Mac WPS, a Cocoa Mac OS X application for tracking your geographic position using Wi-Fi geo-tracking and other available hardware, to version 1.0.2.

The upgrade puts an embedded PDF User Guide inside the application. There's also improved handling of Location Manager exceptions.

Mac WPS shows the current position over a zoomable map. The map can be shown with the zoom level you prefer and maintain this zoom level during position upgrade. It can scroll while maintaining current position at the window center. The map is interactive, and you can drag scroll and drag zoom.

Mac WPS requires an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$10, though version 1.0.2 is a free update for registered users.

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Jan 13
Ricoh introduces new color digital imaging system

Ricoh Americas Corp. (http://www.ricoh-usa.com) has announced the Aficio MP C300/MP C300SR/MP C400/MP C400SR Color Digital Imaging System. This new letter-size (8.5"x11")/A4 Series provides a small footprint with tools and capabilities that maximize efficiency, lower total cost of ownership, and make it ideal for smaller workspaces, according to Shun Sato, senior vice president, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corp.

The Aficio MP C300/MP C300SR/MP C400/MP C400SR produces documents with resolutions up to 1200 dpi (dots per inch) at 32 or 42 ppm (pages per minute) and houses a standard 160GB hard disk drive. A 250-sheet internal finisher is standard on the MP C300SR/C400SR, as it standard duplexing. The Document Server stores up to 3,000 documents that can be found, retrieved and shared.  

A maximum 2,300-sheet paper capacity reduces the amount of trips to replenish paper with an ample supply, up to 120-...

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Jan 13
Blue Coat introduces family-safe web browser for iOS devices

Blue Coat Systems, a provider of web security and WAN optimization solutions, has introduced the K9 Web Protection Browser for iOS devices. It's a free, family-safe web browser available at the Apple App Store.

The browser provides immediate and highly accurate protection from content that is not appropriate for young children, including pornography, hate/violence, illegal drugs and gambling, according to Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Blue Coat Systems. In addition, the browser protects against phishing and malware., he adds.

As with Blue Coat’s K9 Web Protection software for Mac and PC computers, the K9 Web Protection Browser uses the company’s cloud-based WebPulse service that provides users with up-to-the-moment protection from objectionable content and threats, including phishing, malware and malicious content. The WebPulse service also continually categorizes new and evolving web content, giving parents the ability to immediately...

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Jan 13
SQLiteConverter 1.5 adds support for ODBC databases

SQLabs has updated SQLiteConverter (http://www.sqlabs.com/sqliteconverter.php) -- a tool that offers a way to convert your mySQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle database to sqlite -- to version 1.5. The upgrade adds support for ODBC databases and updates sqlite to version 3.7.3.

SQLiteConverter guides you step by step to five operations in order to completely convert your remote databases. The entire process obviously depends on how much data you need to convert, but most of the time you'll be able to complete it in few seconds, according to the folks at SQLabs.

SQLiteConverter is the ideal tool not only to complete a conversion between different DBMS to sqlite but it is also the ideal solution to backup your remote data to another disk based relational sql database, they add. You always have full control over the conversion process, you can decide to convert the entire...

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Jan 13
iPhone Programming Course offered in Santa Clara

The Pragmatic Studio (http://pragmaticstudio.com/) is offering their iPhone/iPad Programming course in Santa Clara, California, on March 7-10. Reserve your seat by Feb.1 to save US$400 on early registration.

In this four-day, hands-on training course you'll learn how to create iPhone/iPad apps with guided instruction from two developers and authors. You'll get hands-on coding experience and answers to your questions so you can start creating your own iPhone and iPad apps with confidence.

Topics include: Intro to Objective-C; Xcode and Interface Builder; Cocoa Touch APIs and Design Patterns; View Controllers; Navigation and Tab Bar Controllers; Table Views; Keyboard Input; Gesture Recognizers; Animation; Core Data; Performance and Debugging; Practical tips, Tricks, and Techniques.

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Jan 13
Password Repository 2.12.3 improves password insertion dialog

Tension Software has updated Password Repository (http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 2.12.3. The upgrade improves password insertion dialog, which is now centered on the screen. It also improve the password generator; now you can provide a shorter password.

Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document is not saved in any place. Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.12.3 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or...

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Jan 13
'MacVoices' looks at the Mac at work

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), the "Road to Macworld" continues in a conversation with David Sparks, the author of the new "Mac at Work" book.


He talks about the genesis of this project, and why he's qualified to write it. From the mundane to the sophisticated, Sparks gives us a taste of his thoughts on presentation, outlining and to-do programs, comments on the state of email in business, and why he included categories like billing programs in the book. He also covers his Macworld 2011 schedule that includes one session, several vendor booth appearances and two main stage events.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco from Jan. 26-29 at the Moscone Convention Center.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-...

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Jan 13
'YML' offers CES wrap-up, more

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the Verizon iPhone, wraps up the recent Consumer Electronics Show and looks ahead to the Macworld Conference & Expo.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel

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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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