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Jan 03
Nielsen: iPhone leads smartphone race

The race for the lead in U.S. smartphone operating system (OS) consumer market share is tighter than it has ever been. According to November data from The Nielsen Company (http://www.nielsen.com), the popularity of the Android OS among those who purchased a smartphone in the last six months (40%) makes it the leading OS among recent acquirers.

But despite its surge among recent acquirers, when it comes to overall consumer market share, Android OS (25.8%) is still behind Apple iOS (28.6%). RIM Blackberry’s position is less clear: Its share (26.1%) puts it within the margin of error of both Apple iOS and Android. In other words, RIM remains statistically tied with both Apple for first and Android for third, says The Nielsen Company. Apple’s clear lead over Android notwithstanding, this race might still be too close to call.

Nielsen Company says this much is clear, however: all three smartphone OS...

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Jan 03
iHome introduces new iPad audio solutions

iHome (http://www.ihomeaudio.com/) has introduced a new line of iPad audio solutions. They're due later this year; pricing hasn't been announced. The solutions include the:

° iDM12 Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Speaker System for iPad/iPhone/iPod: a micro sound bar for the media watcher on the go, the iDM12’s protective magnetic casing detaches to serve as a stand for either portrait or landscape orientation. Need to leave the room but don’t want the music to stop? Bring it with you and stream the tunes via the Bluetooth connection.

° iDM15 Rechargeable Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speakers with Speakerphone (pictured): a package that sports two small speakers wrapped up in a protective travel case that transforms into an iPad, iPhone, or netbook stand when speakers are in use. These mini-speakers are equipped with the latest in Bluetooth technology.

° iDM70 Protective "Sound Sleeve"...

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Jan 03
Swann Security unleashes SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera

Swann Security (http://www.swannsecurity.com) has debuted the SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera. The US$99 mini camera/DVR combo is housed in a waterproof case and comes with a myriad of mounting options.

At the core of SportsCam is a color camera that can record 640 x 480 high resolution video or still images. The device stores recordings on a removable MicroSD card (up to 16GB), so users can swap out cards while on the go.

A 16GB MicroSD card will capture approximately five hours of video. SportsCam is powered by a Lithium-ion battery that recharges via USB and gives the user 2.5 hours of life per charge.

Not only is the SportsCam’s case shockproof, but it’s also waterproof up to 65 feet, according to the folks at Swann Security. With no dials, gauges knobs or any preferences to configure, users simply turn it on, strap it on and hit record, they add. Swann’s SportsCam will...

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Jan 03
News Anchor coming to the Mac App Store

Basil Salad Software has announced the upcoming availability of News Anchor 2.0 (http://newsanchormac.com/wp/) for Mac OS X. It's a hands-free RSS/ATOM feed reader, allowing you to enjoy news feeds along with your breakfast.

News Anchor packages news feeds into a television-like news broadcast using text-to-speech technology. With its one-click hands-free operation, you can listen to your news feeds while having meals or doing other tasks.

News Anchor will be available to download from the Mac App Store when it launches on Jan. 6. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Jan 03
FmPro Migrator update enhances Visual FoxPro to FileMaker...

.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 5.97 ( http://www.fmpromigrator.com/products/fmpro_migrator/index.html). The new version enhances automated Visual FoxPro Form & Report Conversions to FileMaker Pro.

The Visual FoxPro Conversion Service built into in FmPro Migrator Developer Edition enables FileMaker Pro developers to automate the conversion of Windows-only FoxPro solutions into cross-platform compatible FileMaker Pro database files. Converted solutions can be run on MacOS X, Windows and iPhone/iPad mobile devices using FileMaker Go.

This feature converts DBF file tables, data, relationships, forms, reports/labels, scripts, and static ComboBox/ListBox value lists into FileMaker Pro database files.

FmPro Migrator Developer Edition is priced at US$200 per developer and includes a copy...

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Jan 03
Oregon school district gives iPod touches to all third graders

The Canby School District in Oregon has issued an iPod touch to every third-grader, reports "The Oregonian" (http://macte.ch/1EEpa). Since first implementing a pilot project at Philander Lee Elementary three years ago, the district has used about $250,000 in state and federal grant and rebate money to purchase the Apple gadgets.

In addition, the parent-teacher association at Lee Elementary raised about USS$12,000 to buy 60 iPod touches for the school's fourth- and fifth-graders, and another parent organization pitched in about $15,000 for 30 iPads at Eccles Elementary School, says "The Oregonian."

The choice of equipping third-graders first was intentional, according to Joseph Morelock, the district's technology coordinator. The third grade is the first to take state tests, and administrators are eager to help students pass math achievement standards that have recently been raised, he told "The...

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Jan 03
'MUG Event Calendar': iLife '11, Mac as media...

"The MUG Event Calendar" comes back to life this week, even though quite a few groups have decided to extend their vacation until February.

Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra is first out of the gate with a visit to a Pennsylvania group, while Microsoft representatives will visit a California group. Other topics on the agenda for the first week of the year include Google Reader and RSS, several meetings focused on iLife ‘11, the Mac as media center, DropBox and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), 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 you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Jan 03
Currency Assistant for Mac OS X rings up version

MaBaSoft has released version 3.1.4 of Currency Assistant for Mac OS X. In the new version of the conversion calculator (http://www.mabasoft.net/products/currencyAssistant.htm), the irrevocably fixed Estonian kroon (EEK) euro conversion rate (1 EUR = 15.6466 EEK) has been introduced after the euro replaced the kroon and became legal tender in Estonia on Jan. 1, 2011.

Also, additional exchange rates can now be updated from the International Monetary Fund (Algerian dinar, Peruvian nuevo sol, Philippine peso, Tunisian dinar, Uruguayan peso) and European Central Bank (Israeli new shekel) web sites.

Currency Assistant lets you convert between 174 world currencies (all major circulating currencies plus the 16 Eurozone legacy currencies) and automatically updates exchange rates over the Internet using the rates published by the European Central...

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Jan 03
CasaTunes Music Server integrates with Channel Vision controller

CasaTunes (http://www.casatunes.com), which specializes in multi-room music solutions, and Channel Vision (http://www.channelvision.com), a provider of technology for the connected home, have announced compatibility between the CasaTunes Music Server and the Channel Vision ARIA A4623 Amplified A/V Controller and ARIA A4603 Matrix A/V Controller.

Through integration with CasaTunes, Channel Vision owners and buyers have the ability to listen to iTunes and Windows Media music as well as RadioTime and SHOUTcast stations through Channel Vision Controllers. The CasaTunes Music Server provides four simultaneous audio streams, which are treated as four independent source devices by the Channel Vision controller.

The CasaTunes Music Server integrates with the Channel Vision ARIA A/V controllers providing control over the...

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Jan 02
Verizon/iPhone domains being scooped up

PocketNow (http://macte.ch/nxxe2) reports that that Verizon Trademark Services LLC, the company that owns verizon.com and verizonwireless.com, now also owns iphoneonverizon.com and iphoneforverizon.com.

The site's Evan Blass says the sites were once owned by Jim Benton of HolyShnikes.com. Other domains that Verizon and/or Apple would probably want, including "verizoniphone.com," seem to have already been snatched up by squatters with thousands of other registrations. Presumably they'll either be sold or populated with paid content once the handset is announced, Blass says.

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Jan 02
iPhone alarm clock fails to go off at midnight 2011

Midnight 2011 set off another iPhone "alarm fail" for those using the smartphone as an alarm clock. The problem -- when the iPhone's alarm clock app was set to a one time wake-up -- was reported by dozens of unhappy Twitterers.

Reports of the issue continued into the afternoon on New Years Day. "We're aware of an issue related to non repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2. Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3," Apple told "engadget" (http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/31/psa-iphone-alarms-not-working-come-ne...).

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Dec 31
Happy New Year

Happy New Year and wishes for a great 2011 from the gang at "MacTech," "MacNews" and "AppleCentral." Thanks to our readers and advertisers for making 2010 a great year -- and 2011 will be even better for all those who love Apple and Apple-related products.

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Dec 31
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 31

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

Navigation Solutions hits the road this fall with a new mobile application brand, My Explore. My Explore debuts with My Explore Hawaii, an U$4.99 iOS app that provides multi-media content on hundreds of attractions, beaches, excursions, and activities on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Big Island.

TimeStream Software has released Walt Disney World Guide 3.0, an update to its $3.99 Notescast app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The new version showcases all of Walt Disney World Resort with over 300 pages of in-depth information and more than 750 high-quality original photos.

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Dec 31
Some Apple execs, directors make generous charitable donations

Some Apple executives and officers recently combined to donate more than US$3 million worth of company shares to charitable causes, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

According regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission , two members of Apple's executive team, as well as two of its directors, teamed up to donate nearly 10,000 shares of Apple stock between Dec. 10 and 17 the article adds. At their current valuation, those shares are valued at roughly $3.2 million.

The most generous was Apple board member and J. Crew chief executive Millard Drexler, who gave away 6,800 worth $2.17 million, notes "AppleInsider." Apple's Senior Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield had four days earlier gifted 1,562 of his shares, worth just over half a million.

Also making donations were Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer and Apple...

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Dec 31
'Tech Night Owl' looks at tech trends in 2011, more

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at tech trends in 2011, Google TV, Android OS smartphones, and the hits and misses of 2010. Does 3D TV even have a chance of succeeding in the near future?

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from http://www.technightowl.com/radio ; an archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast. You can also access our show's podcast feed, now available at http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml .

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Dec 31
MultiMode update fixes Weather Fax mode related bugs

Black Cat Systems has updated MultiMode (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/multimodeOSX.html), a Mac OS X application that lets you Mac decode several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave, to version 6.2.2. This version corrects some bugs related to Weather Fax mode.

MultiMode is an US$89 application that lets your Mac decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio. It allows you to decode and display morse code, RTTY, FAX, SSTV, ACARS, PSK31 and many other modes on your Mac, without any extra hardware. MultiMode now also allows you to transmit in most of the modes of operation. A lite version is also available that decodes CW, RTTY, and weather fax modes, which is ideal for the sailor and boating enthusiast.

MultiMode Lite is also...

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Dec 30
Apple, others sued over 'double-clicking' patent

Another day, another lawsuit -- and this one sounds a little goofy, even by patent lawsuit standards. A company called Hopewell Culture & Design is suing Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Opera and Quickoffice for violating its patent (number 7171625) for clicking twice on an already-selected component to action a request for additional information or greater interactivity, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/PjSFA).

Yep, for double-clicking.

The patent was filed in 2002 and "enables a new type of interaction with content represented by an active visual display element in response to double-clicking a point-and-click user interface apparatus when the active visual display element is selected."

Here's the summary of the invention: "The invention enables a new type of interaction with content represented by an active visual display element in response to double-clicking a point-and-click user...

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Dec 30
Shades of Windows: an Android Trojan

By Greg Mills

It was only a matter of time; now an Android Trojan has been identified in the wild. The new Trojan has been named "Geinimi."

The trojan was first found in China and is very likely to spread. The trojan is specific to Android so iPhones and iPads are unaffected. The security firm Lookout posted a Security Alert that can be found at http://blog.mylookout.com/2010/12/geinimi_trojan/ .

The malware was detected in games found in third party Android app stores in China.  The worm is sophisticated and gets into Android phones hidden in games downloaded over the Internet. Such games as Monkey Jump2, a baseball game and a sex position app are known to have been infected. The malware takes over the phone and hooks up to any of 10 remove servers. The remote servers can pump the phone for private information and...

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Dec 30
NetShred X 4.5.2 adds support for Firefox 3.6

Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.5.2 of NetShred X, its Iinternet eraser that erases Internet cache, history and mail. The new version is compatible with Firefox 3.6.

NetShred X erases files web browsers and email programs leave behind. It's designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary Internet files can take some time, NetShred X was designed to run in the background, so using the software doesn't interfere with the user's web browsing.

NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95. Registered users of NetShred version 4 can take advantage of this free update. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X. For more information about NetShred, visit http://www.mireth.com/pub/nxme.html .

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Dec 30
Updated iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 30

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

RiseSmart has announced Transition Concierge To-Go 1.0.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Previously available as an Apple-approved web app, Transition Concierge To-Go is a mobile application that delivers personalized job leads and other resources to laid-off workers. It is free to eligible employees of companies who use RiseSmart's Transition Concierge as their outplacement solution.

Tipirneni Software has released Sign-N-Send 1.0.1, an update of the US$0.99 app for iOS devices. It can open email attachments such as PDF files, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. The user can then use the pen tool in Sign-N-Send to sign documents or use the text tool to fill out forms or annotate information such as corrections or comments. The...

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Dec 30
Apple onboard as move for 'harmonized' mobile phone...

Following a mandate from the European Commission, the European Standardisation Bodies CEN-CENELEC and ETSI have now made available the harmonized standards needed for the manufacture of data-enabled mobile phones compatible with a new common charger.

This is the most recent development in the process towards a global common mobile phone charger initiated by the European Commission. It follows the June 2009 agreement of fourteen leading mobile phone producers to harmonize chargers for data-enabled mobile phones (i.e. that can be connected to a computer) sold in the European Union.

"I am very happy that the European Standardisation Bodies have met our request to develop within a short space of time the technical standards necessary for a common mobile phone charger based on the work done by industry," says European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship. "Now it is time for industry to show its commitment to sell mobile...

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Dec 30
AT&T expanding Wi-Fi hot zones

AT&T, the second largest mobile service provider in the U.S., plans to expand Wi-Fi hot zones for its wireless network, including iPhones, to major markets. The company will expand its Wi-Fi access around Times Square in New York and introduce its first hotspot in San Francisco, reports Zach's Investment Research (http://at.zacks.com/).

Earlier this year, AT&T deployed Wi-Fi hot zones in New York City's Times Square, downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago's Wrigleyville to support mobile broadband in urban areas. These zones provide fast data service to AT&T customers, says Zach's.

Wi-Fi is gaining popularity as more customers are adopting Wi-Fi enabled devices. It is a cost-effective to wireless broadband over AT&T's 3G network. In the third quarter of 2010, AT&T handled 106.9 million Wi-Fi connections on its network, more than the 85.5 million connections that were made...

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Dec 30
MacBook Pro makes' Amazon.com's 'Best of 2010...

Amazon.com has released its "Best of 2010" lists, which include the bestselling, most-wished-for and favorite gift products as determined by Amazon.com customers in 2010. The list includes data from Jan. 1 to Dec. 15.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro was the best-selling computer on the lists. It was also the "most-wished-for" computer on the Amazon.com list. Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for the Mac and Windows was the most popular gift item in the software category.

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Dec 30
Remote Conductor for iPad lets you control your Mac

M3me (http://www.m3me.com ) has released Remote Conductor 1.0 for iPad, a productivity app for wirelessly controlling a Mac. It delivers three main features focused on streamlining everyday computing tasks: application and window switcher, remote program launcher and wireless trackpad. Remote Conductor communicates securely over Wi-Fi with a free server program that runs on the Mac.

Remote Conductor communicates over Wi-Fi with a free server program that runs on the Mac. The trackpad supports most modern multi-touch features such as left and right clicking, scrolling and dragging. It also has gestures for bringing up Expose, Spaces or the Dashboard.

The Launcher allows programs on the Mac to be started just like apps on the iPad. It also displays icons pinned to the Mac's dock as a scrollable row at the bottom of the screen. The Application/Window Switcher displays all the Mac's open windows as thumbnails...

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Dec 30
The iPhone will come to Verizon 'maybe by Valentine's...

Apple will release a Verizon iPhone "very soon, maybe by Valentine's Day," reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/yKrsO). It will come sometime after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, the article adds, quoting " a person familiar with Apple's plans who is not authorized to discuss them publicly."

Estimates from industry analysts of the resulting number of defections to Verizon from AT&T range from 1-6 million. John Hodulik, an analyst at UBS Securities comes in somewhere in the middle, telling "Bloomberg" that he predicts that AT&T will sell 8.8 million iPhones in 2011, down from 15.6 million in 2010.

Of the 13.3 million Hodulik expects Verizon to sell in 2011, about 2.3 million will be to AT&T refugees, he predicts. An additional 10 million will be current Verizon subscribers who upgrade from other devices, and the rest will come from other carriers....

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