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Sep 29
'iFixiIt' tears down new Apple TV

The "iFixIt" site has torn down the new Apple TV. You can see the entire thing at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple-TV-2nd-Generation-Teardown/3625/1, but here are some of the highlights:

° The Apple TV is the least expensive iOS device Apple has ever shipped. The set-top box continues the trend of cost-cutting that we saw in the iPad, even sharing several parts with its tablet cousin.

° The big news: "iFixIt" uncovered a Samsung NAND flash chip and found it has a whopping 8GB of flash storage! The A4 processor has 256MB of integrated RAM, the same as the iPad.

° Apple's current HD movies generally run less than 4GB, but Apple needs around 512MB for the OS and likely wants to leave room for video quality improvements over time.

° This is the easiest to service new Apple product "iFixIt"...

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Sep 29
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 29

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

Quantum Clockwork has announced Morris 1.0.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Developers of the US$2.99 have taken a collection of three medieval board games, revamped them for modern usage and are now releasing them in a new product under the name, Morris.

Dot Next has released ABC - Magnetic Alphabet 1.0, a digital version of $1.99 magnetic board game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's a tool to help preschool age children become familiar with letters and numbers.

Chimani has debuted a $4.99 resource for exploring Yosemite National Park on iOS devices. The Yosemite app delivers constantly updated content, including shuttle bus schedules, ranger led activities and more.

Jambasoft has introduced Camera Duo 1.0, a $0.99 app...

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Sep 29
Two MacBook Pro models included in class-action lawsuit against...

A newly announced settlement in a class-action lawsuit against graphics maker Nvidia has entitled owners of a number of notebook computers, including two of Apple's MacBook Pro models, to repairs or monetary compensation, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com)

Case No. 08-cv-04312-JW relates to Nvidia chips found in some Dell, HP and Apple notebooks sold between 2005 and 2010. For Mac owners, the suit relates to 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models sold between May 2007 and September 2008.

Owners of an affected Mac system could experience distorted or scrambled video on the screen, or the display may not work when the notebook is turned on, notes "AppleInsider." Some Dell and HP systems also reportedly have additional issues, such as random characters, lines or garbled images appearing on the screen.

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Sep 29
Apple looking to spur HTLM5 web site development

An Apple job posting (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=63051...) shows that the company is looking to spur the development of HTLM5 web sites. Apple -- or at least CEO Steve Jobs -- prefers HTML5 over Flash.

Here's part of the job listing: "Apple’s Worldwide Marketing Communications group is seeking a manager to lead digital innovation with a newly-formed creative technology team. This individual will be responsible for driving web-standard (HTML5) innovation that enhances and redefines the marketing of Apple’s products and services to millions of consumers. Work will also include exploring opportunities with apple.com, email, and mobile/multi-touch experiences on iPhone and iPad. This role requires working closely...

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Sep 29
My AppleTV arrived today

"Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/09/29/apple-tv-has-2-3-week-shipping-de...) is reporting that the Apple TV has a 2-3 week shipping. It's "not clear whether it's high demand or a production hiccup that's causing it," the article adds.

However, I beg to differ. My AppleTV arrived today. Look for a review in the very near future.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Sep 29
Wireless USB 1.1 spec released

The Wireless USB Promoter Group today announced the completion of the Wireless USB 1.1 specification, the technical map for product developers to bring the next generation of Wireless USB products to the market.

Wireless USB 1.1 delivers performance enhancements to Wireless USB technology, as well as added UWB upper band support for frequencies of 6GHz and above, and offers backward compatibility with Wireless USB products currently in use by consumers. Wireless USB is evolving with optimized power efficiency and ease of use, says Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF president and chairman.

Lower idle power requirements and improved battery life enhance Wireless USB power efficiency, and the new association model offers support for Near Field Communication (NFC) and proximity-based association, making Wireless USB even easier to install and use, he adds. To download the Wireless USB Revision 1.1 specification and adopter agreement, visit...

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Sep 29
Booq releases Boa folio case for the iPad

Booq (http://www.booqbags.com) has releaesd the US$89.95 Boa folio case for the iPad. It features a three-position design for typing, presentations, and desk work.

It can be carried on its own or slide into another backpack, bag, or purse. Booq’s three-position design lets you use the iPad flat across your lap, slightly elevated for comfortable typing, and near vertical for presentations and video viewing. The interior features a large document pocket and a molded bumper to protect the iPad and hold it securely in place.

The exterior comes equipped with an iPhone specific pocket located on the front flap. When the iPad is not in use, Boa folio features a closing strap to guard against unwanted opens and for screen protection during accidental drops. It's sewn from genuine Nappa leather and booq Twylon. iPad users can go with a 1680D ballistic nylon version of the Boa folio with the same...

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Sep 29
Pearson and Virginia launch iPad social studies curriculum

Pearson and the Commonwealth of Virginia has launched what they describe as the nation's first-ever complete social studies curriculum (http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZy64) for the iPad. Pearson has developed four new iPad Apps plus digital curriculum aligned to the Virginia editions of Pearson's U.S. History and World History programs for seventh and ninth graders. The new iPad program will be piloted in several schools for 12 weeks beginning November 1 as part of Virginia's Beyond Textbooks initiative.

"In exploring the instructional potential of digital content, it makes sense to partner with Pearson, whose technologies and traditional textbooks are widely used in Virginia schools," Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright says. "The experiences of students and teachers with the applications and digital history...

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Sep 29
Time Warner boss warns against deals with Apple, Amazon

Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes told British media execs at the Royal Television Conference in London that television is entering a second golden age of creativity and reward but warned against the danger of low-cost digital giveaways. Specifically, he cautioned against deals with the likes of Apple and Amazon "that undersold the value of blue-chip TV fare," reports "The Hollywood Reporter" (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i677c428c4dc1...).

"How can you justify renting your first-run TV shows individually for 99 cents an episode and thereby jeopardize the sale of the same shows as a series to branded networks that pay hundreds of millions of dollars and make those shows available to loyal viewers for free?" he said. "These new entrants must meet...

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Sep 29
Google broken, say app developers

A group of Tulsa investors have launched AskMeTellMe, a national iPhone application born out of frustrations with Google and other Internet search engines. The new app, which is driven by each user’s individual social network, brings the human element back to decision making in today’s internet-dominated world, according to its developers.

“Who are you going to trust to find a good babysitter -- Google or your friends?” says Toby Biolchini, who along with several other Tulsans created the iPhone app that’s free online at the Apple App Store.

To use the app, download AskMeTellMe for free. The app then prompts users to link to their Facebook and Twitter accounts and users can then simultaneously ask questions to both networks. AskMeTellMe pushes all answers directly to the app on the user’s iPhone, eliminating the need to check both profiles and wade through photos and status updates. You can now ask all of the people you know and trust for answers that Google doesn’t...

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Sep 29
Today’s medical students are the most tech savvy yet

Technology is a way of life for today’s medical students with the majority choosing clinical references on their iPhone device over teachers and peers to answer questions. The fifth annual Future Physicians of America survey conducted by Epocrates (http://www.epocrates.com/company/?CID=PRFPA10) revealed that medical students not only believe in the value of electronic health records (EHRs), but expect availability when they practice medicine.

More than 700 medical students, a third of whom dreamed of becoming a doctor since childhood, shared their opinions about a range of topics impacting the medical profession. Among the survey findings: medical students prefer the latest smartphone devices. Apple mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch have soared in popularity.

Seventy percent of students currently use one of the Apple devices. That's a 37%...

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Sep 29
Study: 5.8 billion Internet users expected by 2016

A new study by Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/1e1e00/future_of_the_inte) says there will be 5.8 billion Internet users, amounting to four-fifth of the global population, by 2016.

The report finds that currently only one fifth of the global population uses the Internet. With a six-fold increase, the growth of

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Sep 29
GoPro releases HD Hero 960 wearable camera

GoPro (http://www.GoPro.com), a wearable HD camera company, has released the HD HERO 960, an entry level, US $179 version of the HD Hero camera. It shares the same video and audio capture technology but with resolutions on the HD Hero 960 limited to 960p (1280 x 960) and 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second, and WVGA (848 x 480) at 60 frames per second.

Also removed from the HD Hero 960 is the Hero Bus expansion port present on the 1080p HD Hero. The Bus allows for LCD, secondary battery and additional expansion BacPacs to be attached to the original 1080p HD HERO camera, but not the HD HERO 960.

Also featured in the HD Hero 960 is GoPro’s 5-megapixel timelapse photo mode. A new feature on the Hero 960 is “One Button Mode,” which locks the camera into video or photo mode and automatically starts recording once the camera is turned on.

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Sep 29
New 'MacVoices' looks at ScanMyPhotos service

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), ScanMyPhotos President and CEO Mitch Goldstone talks about his photo scanning service, which is being used to digitize old photos.

He outlines the process and options, including shipping, scanning and the value-add services they offer. Your photos can be reoriented, enhanced, archived and even printed and bound if you desire.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Sep 29
Survey: most iOS app developers making more cash than first...

Developers are making more money than they'd initially expected they could by selling apps on the Apple App Store, according to an Open-First's survey of coders, reports "The Register" (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/29/apple_app_store_satisfaction/).

Forty-eight percent told an Open-First survey conducted between Aug, 30 and Sept. 10 that the amount of money they're making on the App Store was more than they'd expected. Open-First gathered data from 110 developers using an online questionnaire and a phone follow-up.

However, 28% expressed dissatisfaction with Apple's market, saying they are making less than they first thought possible.

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Sep 29
China Unicom sells 100,000 iPhone 4s in four days

China Unicom sold 100,000 iPhone 4s in the first four days the Apple smartphone was on sale in China, reports the IDG News Service (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9188599/China_Unicom_sells_100_00...).

Earlier in the week, the mobile carrier reported that 200,000 users had pre-ordered the product. China Unicom has already stopped online reservations for iPhone 4, and is instead asking users to come directly to retail stores to sign up for the device, says IDG.

The iPhone 4 was officially launched in China last Saturday. Apple has said more iPhone 4s will be made available in China soon and that customers should check back with their local store for updates. China Unicom expects the second shipment of the...

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Sep 29
Apple planning second Barcelona store

A long-time rumor about a potential Apple store location in Barcelona, Spain, seems to have been confirmed by a newspaper story that points to 1 Passeig de Gràcia in city center. 

"LaVanguardia.es" -- as noted by "ifoAppleStore" (http://www.ifoapplestore.com/db/2010/09/29/second-barcelona-store-locati...) reports that Apple will open a store along the street, famous for its unusual architecture by Antoni Gaudi and many international retailers. The seven-level building at #1 dates to the late 1800s and features retail-appropriate space on the ground floor, and apartments on the upper levels, the article adds.

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Sep 29
Battlestations: Pacific steams towards the Mac

You can battle your way to victory on land, sea and air as Feral Interactive announces the release of Battlestations: Pacific for the Mac on Friday, Oct. 8. Developed by Square Enix London Studios, the game takes the action/strategy game play of Battlestations: Midway to the next level with two campaigns.

One campaign is based on the actual events of the War in the Pacific, and the other a ‘what-if?’ scenario based on the premise of Japanese victory. The historically accurate U.S. campaign invites players to relive some of the key naval battles of World War II, by leading the U.S. forces from the battle of Midway all the way to Okinawa. The Japanese campaign lets players take command of the Imperial forces and change the outcome of the war by defeating the US forces in the Pacific and expanding the Empire of the Sun all the way to Hawaii.

Both campaigns comprise 14 separate missions, with players in command and control of over 100 different types of planes, warships...

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Sep 29
IMVU launches first-ever Mac version

IMVU (http://www.imvu.com/signup/index.php) -- an online community and social entertainment network where members use 3D avatars to meet new people, chat, create and play games -- has released their first Mac client. In addition, the company is also introducing its first iPhone App, IMVU 2Go, for iPhone and iPod touch devices. Both are free.

IMVU’s new Mac client delivers social entertainment experiences that have been available on the PC since the company first launched IMVU in 2004. Users new to the IMVU platform can create a free account and select an avatar of their choice. Members can then immediately begin exploring IMVU to meet new people, chat, create and play games with their friends. They can also check out IMVU’s virtual goods catalog of more than four million items in order to begin creating online personas as unique as they are, says IMVU CEO Cary Rosenzweig.

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Sep 29
iPhone to be offered in Finland without separate phone plan

You can now buy the iPhone in Finland can now do so without committing to a separate phone plan, reports "YLE" (http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2010/09/iphone_now_available_without_phon...). Teleoperator Elisa will begin selling the Apple phones without a tie-in sale on Thursday.

Up until now, consumers have had to purchase a fixed airtime contract together with the handset from telecommunications operator TeliaSonera. Elisa is making the phone available to all customers regardless of their operator, says "YLE."

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Sep 29
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.2.6

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has released Tidy Up! 2.2.6, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.2.6 adds automatic installation of the new version when available and fixes some bugs.

Tidy Up 2.2.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free. For new users the cost is US$30 for a limited time.

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Sep 29
Invoices 2.7 for Mac OS X adds two new custom fields

Tension Software has updated Invoices (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.7. The upgrade adds two new custom fields usable for Order Number and Shipment Track or other references uses. there's also an internal change on how the invoice form view is managed.

Invoices (US$40) allows you to create a new invoices with all data without using the keyboard, only with the mouse and all from a single panel view. You can make two different type of invoices, Plain and Table, where description of sold goods and services can be managed in a different way.

Invoices automatically calculates totals and taxes, in accordance with the set-up the user specified using his own country's rules. Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.4. It's Universal Binary so runs...

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Sep 29
MacX iPod DVD Video Converter Pack sports iPod touch 4 support

MacXDVD Software has announced the MacX iPod Video Converter Pack (http://www.macxdvd.com/mac-ipod-dvd-video-converter-pack/), which offers support for the fourth gen iPod touch 4 and iOS 4.0/4.1. Iy'd designed with the purpose of ripping DVD movies to iPod touch 640x480 MP4 videos, and converting among all popular SD and HD video formats on Mac OS.

MacX iPod DVD Video Converter Pack comes with several presets. It enables you to convert almost any video and audio formas of your choice from Blu-ray videos, HD camcorder videos and all mainstream videos, including MKV, M2TS, AVCHD, MOD, TOD, AVI, MPEG, WMV, WebM, Google TV, VOB, ASF, etc to MP4, H.264, MPEG-4, MOV and more.

MacX iPod DVD Video Converter Pack is priced at US$29.95. A demo is available for download.

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Sep 29
EarthDesk for Mac OS X rotates to version 5.5

Xeric Design has released version 5.4 of EarthDesk (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), the real-time dynamic desktop map for Mac OS X. The new version adds a new "Fit To Screen" projection and now fully supports dual GPUs on newer i5 and i7 Macs.

EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with a photo-realistic image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination as well as real-time global cloud coverage (hurricanes, storms, and worldwide weather systems) on your desktop. It operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. Unlike a screen saver, which only appears when your system is idle, EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background (and optionally as a screen saver).

EarthDesk requires Mac OS X 10.5 or newer. Single user copies may be purchased online for US$24.95. Upgrades are...

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Sep 29
PDF Studio beefs up handling of multiple documents

Qoppa Software, which specializes in PDF tools, has updated PDF Studio (http://www.qoppa.com/psindex.html), a PDF editor, to version 6.5.The update improves the way users work with multiple documents.

Qoppa adds to PDF Studio's batch document handling capabilities with a new function to Set Initial View. Users may also now transfer data across documents with drag and drop of entire pages or Copy and Paste of images and text.

PDF Studio is entirely based on Qoppa Software's proprietary PDF technology. The software has features such as the ability to edit PDF files, fill forms, review and comment, create digital signatures, assemble documents.

PDF Studio is cross platform software that runs on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. It's available in two editions: PDF Studio Standard at US$60 and PDF Studio Pro at $95.

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