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

NXP Software (http://www.software.nxp.com) is demonstrating an upgrade of QuickPlayer at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in cooperation with Envivio.

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

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

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

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

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

Other topics up for discussion include Macworld 2011, Mac Security, backing up and restoring your Mac, iLife ‘11 and more. Macworld 2011 will be the focus in Texas, Pennsylvania, California and more, The Mac App Store will make several appearances, along with GarageBand, Automator, using your Mac for health care issues and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (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...

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Feb 12
iPad way ahead of other tablets in enterprise market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 11
AT&T Giving Free Rollover Minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 11
Apple working on new iOS notification system?

Apple is working on a new notification system for iOS and will be buying a small company to build its technology into the operating system, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/8bmCg), quoting unnamed sources. The name of the company is unknown, but it's reportedly one that already has an app in the Apple App Store.

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

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Feb 11
Apple doubling some laptop orders

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

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


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

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Feb 11
Sony may pull its artists from iTunes

Sony may pull its artists from Apple's iTunes Store, as well as withhold its games from the iPhone, in what could spark an "all-out war" between the two companies, reports Yahoo News (http://macte.ch/qv7oI).

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

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

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Feb 11
No long lines for Verizon iPhone debut

After an on-line sell-out of the new Verizon version of the iPhone 4, and with several other retailers selling the phone on its first day, there were few waiting lines at Apple stores Thursday morning when they opened early for the first day of Verizon iPhone retail sales, reports "ifoAppleStore" (http://macte.ch/3RkHU).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 11
Paradise Beach alights on the Mac App Store

Nevosoft has announced Paradise Beach (http://nevosoft.com/description/game-ParadiseBeach/) for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$6.99 and can be found in the Games category.

Here's how the game is described: "Paradise Beach is a building simulation game, but it does not depend completely on fast-clicking and construction tasks. Players will have to create beautiful and entertaining beach resorts on various islands. The game offers new and welcome complexity, which involves strategic thinking in different directions. Paradise Beach features engaging and challenging gameplay with total freedom of action and much more.

"The player will learn what it takes to design sites of relaxation and fun, where people can really experience their dream holiday. Paradise Beach is a building simulation game, but it does not...

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Feb 11
2011 Photoshop World starts March 30 in Orlando

The 2011 Photoshop World Expo, the world’s largest exhibition of digital photography and Photoshop-related products and services, will be held March 30-April 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Photoshop World is produced by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) in partnership with Adobe. The industry expo features product launches, interactive demonstrations, exclusive offers, and promotions and giveaways from more than 40 exhibitors, including Adobe, Adorama, Epson America, Manfrotto, Mpix, Nik Software, onOne Software, Peachpit, Wacom Technology and Xerox Corporation.

Throughout the course of this year’s expo, photographers of all skill levels will have the opportunity to put their shooting and lighting skills to the test at a special interactive booth located right on the show floor. Sponsored by F.J. Westcott, which specializes in professional photography and video lighting equipment, the booth will feature several...

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Feb 11
Native Instruments announces the next Traktor generation

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has announced the new Traktor generation that's based on new software features and a revised audio interface line.

The new Traktor generation is based on a revised "high-visibility" graphical user interface for intuitive operation under all conditions, and now offers up to four Sample Decks as well as the Loop Recorder. While each Sample Deck can add up to four simultaneous samples or loops to the mix, the Loop Recorder allows DJs to capture audio from various sources on-the-fly and drop it back into the mix at any time.

The new Traktor generation also sports "TruWave" technology. By displaying tracks and samples in all four decks with high-resolution multi-colored waveforms, it gives deep into the spectral properties of the music, visualizing both individual rhythmic elements as well as general sonic characteristics.

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Feb 11
Softmatic Barcode Maker now a Mac App Store exclusive

Softmatic has released Barcode Maker 4.0 (http://www.softmatic.com) and is offering it as a Mac App Store exclusive. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is found in the Graphics & Design category. The price for an individual license has been reduced from US$99 to $29.99.

The barcode software creates all common linear and 2D barcode symbologies for use in DTP, Office and graphics applications. A three-step process lets you create standards compliant barcodes for package design, coupons, labels, book and magazine covers. Also featured is support for all GS1 code symbologies including Code 128 GS1.

The generated bar codes can be exported in a variety of vector and raster formats (EPS, PNG, TIFF) for use in all common DTP, design, illustration, and graphics applications. To meet commercial requirements for barcodes, the software also features support for bar width reduction to compensate for...

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Feb 11
iSync updated with support for new cell phones

Nova media has unveiled an update to its iSync plug-ins software, adding compatibility with new cell phones E5-00, E7-00 and E73 from Nokia.

iSync plug-ins allow you to synchronize contacts as well as calendar entries between a Mac and a cell phone. The application extends the abilities of the built-in iSync application of Mac OS X, so that iSync is able to synchronize with more than 295 additional cell phones. iSync plug-ins sustain the amenities of iSync to, for example, synchronize selected address book groups or to only synchronize contacts that include telephone numbers.

iSync plugins is available today for US$11.84 on nova media's web site (http://www.novamedia.de/isync). It requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher. One license of iSync plugins allows to synchronize with up to three cell phones.

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Feb 11
Griffin releases Survivor case for the iPhone, iPod touch

Griffin Technology has debuted the US$49.99 Survivor (http://www.griffintechnology.com/armored), their first case for iPhone 4 or iPod touch (fourth generation) to pass military endurance testing.

The Survivor, the first in Griffin’s new Armored collection, is a case designed to go anywhere and stand up to the toughest of environments, says Michael O’Connor, Quality Assurance Certification coordinator at Griffin. Designed and tested to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F and UK Department of Defense Standard 00-35, Griffin's Survivor Extreme Duty Case is designed from the inside out to protect your iPhone or iPod from extreme conditions -- dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration -- and other environmental factors, he adds.

Survivor is built on a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in shock-absorbing silicone. A built-in screen protector seals...

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Feb 11
Video tutorial on iMovie '11 available

Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com/) says Tutor for iMovie '11 1.0, their latest video tutorial, is now available at the Mac App Store. You can find it in the Photography category for US$4.99.

In Tutor for iMovie '11, the user watches videos to learn how to use iMovie '11, part of iLife '11 for the Mac. The video tutorial consists of 37 video chapters on various subjects including and overview of the interface to importing your movies to using precision editing to assigning keywords to sharing with Facebook.

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Feb 11
iWeb Themes Park offers new Valentine's templates

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) presents 10 new iWeb themes to be used with iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The new themes are Arrowed Heart, Love, Wedding, Action, Living Place, Medical, Painting, Dark Light, Planning and Targeting

The iWeb Themes Box of 100 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb Themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Using the coupon code "iWebThemesTrio" 3 iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained with $12.99 discount. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.

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Feb 11
Irukandji now on the Mac App Store

Charlie's Games has announced Irukandji 1.5, an update of its Irukandji game on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, costs US$0.99 and can be found in the games category.

Irukandji is a score attack shoot-em-up game set in an abstract underwater trench. You fly your ship against the flow of hundreds of animated sea monsters. unlock a variety of different ships, each with its own unique weaponry and play style, which offers a different way to play the game.

There are 10 achievements to attempt, and online high score tables for every ship. A demo of Irukandji can be downloaded from the Charlie's Games web site (http://www.charliesgames.com/wordpress/?page_id=11).

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Feb 11
TechSmith enters the Mac App Store with Camtasia 1.2

Camtasia for Mac 1.2 is now available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher, QuickTime 7.5.5 or later, and costs US$99.

Camtasia for Mac is TechSmith’s (http://www.techsmith.com) screen recording and video editing software that allows users to make screencasts -- recordings of presentations done on computer screens.

With Camtasia, users can record onscreen activity, keynote slides, camera video, microphone or system audio. Users can also record in front of a live audience or at their desk. For education and compliance purposes, Camtasia for Mac has captioning capabilities, among other features.

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Feb 11
TrailRunner mini runs onto the Mac App Store

Berbie Software says TrailRunner mini 1.1.9 (http://trailrunnerx.com/trailrunnermini.php) is now available in the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and can be found in the Sports category.

TrailRunner mini is a route planning app for runners, bikers and hikers. Based on the openStreetMap project, it lets you create, layout and modify routes using the route planner. Users can automatically download elevation data, view mile markers along a routes course, select and inspect parts of a route to learn about its profile and much more.

You can import GPX or KML files from your iPhone, GPS device or a community portal. TrailRunner mini also lets you: view mile markers along a routes course; automatically download elevation data; select and inspect parts of a route to learn about its profile; name, rate, flag, comment and colorize collected...

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Feb 11
Pixel Research Labs releases Ringer 1.2.2

Pixel Research Labs has released Ringer 1.2.2 (http://pixelresearchlabs.com/ringer), an update to their $0.99 iPhone ringtone creation tool for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's also now available at the Mac App Store.

Ringer allows users to choose any non-protected file from their iTunes library or any media file on their system that can be opened by QuickTime and turn it into a unique ringtone. Version 1.2.2 adds the ability to save ringtones as .aac or .wav files in addition to the existing choices. Facebook integration has been added and several bugs have also been fixed.

With Ringer's built-in waveform editor, precisely select the exact start and end points of a ringtone. Preview it exactly as it will sound on the iPhone. Press the create button, and Ringer will make the ringtone and automatically import it into iTunes where it will be ready to sync to the iPhone.

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Feb 11
iXiu pasteboard app comes to the Mac App Store

Xinfinite has released iXiu 2.0 (http://www.xinfinite.nl/ixiu.html) in the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later, costs US$4.99 and can be found in the Productivity category.

A visualized pasteboard application, iXiu is a tool to paste any thing at any time within any application on a translucent panel sticked below the menubar. In addition, iXiu can send your clipboard to another local iXiu user. With a right-click on the panel or one of its icons, it will show a contextual menu with several options. Or simply double-click on an icon to open your browser or another application associated with the data.

When iXiu is started, it will create a new panel below the menubar on the right side of your screen. This panel will appear when the mousepointer is moving above its tab. On this panel you can drop or paste anything you want.

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Feb 11
Maintain serves up Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It fixes compatibility issues with the latest versions of supported web browsers (Camino 2.x, Chrome 9.x, Firefox 4.x, Flock 3.5.x, OmniWeb 5.x, Opera 11.x, Safari 5.x) and improves the "Delete localization files" procedure. This release also fixes other minor bugs discovered in the previous version.

Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use...

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