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Oct 13
Adobe: people prefer mobile browsers over downloadable apps

Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) has published the results of its first quantitative mobile consumer study, conducted by its Omniture Business Unit including newly integrated Adobe Scene7.

The study of 1,200 U.S. consumers measured mobile user preferences, characteristics, satisfaction levels and other experiential factors across four key consumer categories: consumer products & shopping, financial services, media & entertainment, and travel. The study revealed that when it comes to the mobile user experience, respondents generally favor mobile browser experiences over downloadable mobile app experiences across all four categories, and prefer mobile apps when interacting with social media and music and self-contained experiences such as games and maps. Overall, consumers report equal satisfaction levels with their browser and app experiences and spend about the same amount of time interacting with each....

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Oct 13
'MacNotables' looks at the Macworld Insider, more

he latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

"Macworld" Senior Editor Christopher Breen discusses the changes to the Macworld Podcast, the new Macworld Insider, premium service, and becoming a published artist on iTunes. As a moderator in the Macworld forums, Breen knows all about the challenges of keeping the trolls out, and covers why the new Insider program is already helping with that problem. He also talks about what he posts to his Twitter feed and names some of his favorite iPad apps.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly. Not all panelists can...

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Oct 12
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 12

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/).

Bome Software has announced the US$1.99 iPhone application After the Beep!, which applies Bome’s powerful audio processing techniques to a consumer mobile application.  The app allows users to record a message, mix their message with highly customizable themes, then entertain their friends and fans with their new message via Facebook, Twitter, email or VoiceText.

Avallon Alliance has released a new version of The Stone of Destiny HD. It´s a hidden object game for the iPad allowing you to share your adventure with your friends on Facebook. You can join forces to overcome the most challenging levels. The Stone of Destiny HD is 75% off for three days, so is $0.99 for a limited time.

Chris Steinmetz has introduced SoundBoard Me 1.0, a free...

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Oct 12
Study: iPhone 4 glass breaking 82% more than iPhone 3GS

SquareTrade (http://www.squaretrade.com) has analyzed iPhone accidents for over 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by SquareTrade Care Plans and found a 82% increase in reported broken screens compared to the iPhone 3GS. According to the independent warranty provider:

° iPhone 4 owners reported 82% more damaged screens in the first four months compared to iPhone 3GS owners.

° Overall, the reported accident rate for iPhone 4s was 68% higher than for the iPhone 3GS.

° An estimated 15.5% of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone.

SquareTrade examined the accident claim rate reported by their customers to supply some concrete data to the discussion. The warranty provider looked at the accident claim rate for over 20,000 SquareTrade iPhone 4 warranty owners and compared this to the iPhone 3GS claim rate.

Their data shows that iPhone 4 owners are...

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Oct 12
Ottowa Hospital goes with the iPad

The Ottawa Hospital will deploy "several hundred" iPads to its doctors and nurses next month. By the end of the year the institution should have deployed 1,000 or more of the Apple tablets for mobile access to health records "and the number will go up from there," reports "CIO Canada" (http://www.itworldcanada.com/news/the-electronic-health-record-meets-the...).

Dale Potter, chief information officer at Ottawa Hospital, says doctors, nurses and administrators will mainly use iPads for mobile access to health information within the hospital. However, they won’t carry iPads all the time, especially outside the hospital, so there are plans to support iPhones starting late this year., he adds. Potter even has plans to support the iPod touch for some purposes, says "CIO Canada."

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Oct 12
iPad is top-selling tech gadget ever

With an estimated 8.5 million units sold to date, the iPad is now the best-selling tech gadget in history, according to Colin McGranahan of Bernstein Research. In a note to clients -- as reported by "InformationWeek" (http://www.informationweek.com/news/storage/portable/showArticle.jhtml?a...) -- he called the Apple tablet "a runaway success of unprecedented proportion."

Apple sold three million units of the iPad in its first 80 days on the market. Third quarter sales were in the range of 4.5 million units, and overall it's estimated that Apple has shipped about 8.5 million iPads to date worldwide.

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Oct 12
Griffin releases new iPad accessories

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has unveiled new accessories for iPad: the Standle, AirStrap, Cabinet Mount, Elan Folio and WaveStand.

The US$49.99 Standle (pictured) is a hard-shell case that incorporates a stand for portrait and landscape viewing, a carrying handle, and a typing stand. The portrait stand swings out to position your iPad for presentations or portrait viewing, then swings back into the case when you're done. Flip open the two-position landscape stand/handle to carry your iPad, then fold it back to create a stand for viewing in landscape orientation. When you're done, the stand/handle folds back into the body of the case.

The $49.99 AirStrap is a a case with a built-in safety strap for one-handed use of your iPad. A molded frame with thick, comfortable, contoured grips surrounds your iPad, protecting the edges. You slip your hand under the wide...

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Oct 12
Public beta of PluralEyes for Promiere Pro CS 4/5 launched

Singular Software has launched the PluralEyes for Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Suite (CS) versions 4 and 5 for Mac OS X public beta program. Designed with video professionals in mind, PluralEyes provides valuable workflow automation features for editing multi-camera, multi-take, and dual-system audio projects.

Designed for time-conscious video professionals, PluralEyes offers workflow automation tools for analyzing media content and synchronizing audio and video clips, including DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera images, says Bruce Sharpe, CEO, Singular Software. The PluralEyes application accelerates the workflow for multi-camera, multi-take and dual-system audio productions, he adds.

PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro costs US$149. A fully functional, 30-day trial version is available for download. To download the PluralEyes beta for Adobe Premiere Pro Mac OS X, go to...

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Oct 12
BookMacster offers cross-browser bookmarks syncer, manager

Sheep Systems says BookMacster (http://sheepsystems.com/bookmacster/) has passed final testing with the release of version 1.2. This version supports automatic cross-browser bookmarks synchronization via the user's choice of file-syncing services in the cloud.

It also rounds out BookMacster's web-browser support by adding iCab and Pinboard. The app supports tags, comments, and shortcuts. BookMacster users can add bookmarks directly from within browsers, and access all bookmarks while in any app from the menu bar.

It merges and manages bookmarks in Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Camino, iCab, Opera and OmniWeb, and on the web with Delicious, Pinboard, and Google Bookmarks. When used with a file-syncing service in the cloud such as Dropbox or Jungle Disk, BookMacster takes cross-browser bookmark syncing on the road to any Mac.

BookMacster keeps bookmarks alphabetized (...

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Oct 12
Peirce College rolls out iPhone apps for students, faculty,...

In what is described as the first of future steps in the institution’s continual development of mobile communications, Peirce College (http://www.peirce.edu) in Philadelphia has introduced its iPhone and Android phone applications for students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as friends of Peirce and other visitors who want mobile access to resources at the college.

The new apps, which are free, can be run on iPhones and iPads, as well as Droid-powered phones, says Christopher Duffy, chief information officer for Peirce. The genesis of Peirce’s app was the popularity of smartphones and mobile phones among Peirce students, as well as feedback gained from a recent student survey, he adds.

The apps have a number of features that allow users to access: student course lists; faculty and staff directories; campus data; the Peirce College blog. In addition to the College’s blog Peirce Connections, campus...

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Oct 12
Five dollar iPad stand raises money for charitable causes

Tim Piazza's iPad stand is a simple easel that holds the iPad upright on a flat surface. He created this inexpensive iPad stand from corrugated plastic to raise money for charities.

Available in black, silver and white, the stands are sold through his Ezzyl web site (http://ezzyl.com/) and the customer can choose a charity for 20% of the proceeds to be donated to. Piazza selected charities based on their strong ratings and global reach. Selling for under five dollars --- US$4.95, to be exact -- the iPad stand is stain-resistant, durable, rigid, and weighs less than an ounce.

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Oct 12
Class on Demand offers Premiere Pro CS5 training

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative and IT markets, has announced "Complete Training for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5," the second of four Class on Demand titles centered around the Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) family.

Available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery format through the Class on Demand Online Learning Platform, "Complete Training for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5" offers new and advanced users an in-depth training experience in the new CS5 workflow. Instructed by Emmy-winning Adobe expert, Tim Kolb, the 8.5-hour training is broken down into 10 logical segments, covering CS5 features ranging from editing, to audio, creating titles, new features, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore and Adobe Bridge.

"Complete Training for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5" is sponsored by a variety of design and production giants, including Borix FX, Nvidia, Tiffen, and Suite Imagery. The course is available via the Class on Demand website (...

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Oct 12
Waterfield designs iPad Wallet

WaterField Designs has announced the USS$79 iPad Wallet (http://sfbags.com/products/ipad-cases/wallet-ipad.php), a compact solution for carrying and protecting the Apple iPad and Wireless Keyboard.

Foam padding and scratch-free padded lining protect these items along with accessories. The iPad Wallet is available in six colors, with the option of adding a shoulder strap. This new iPad case now allows mobile professionals to travel easily with both iPad and a wireless keyboard plus necessities, says WaterField Designs owner Gary Waterfield.

Scratch-free pockets, foam lining, and impact-resistant plastic inserts separate the two devices, and a soft, scratch-free internal pocket plus a stretchy outside back pocket stow cables, cell phone and other small necessities. Each iPad Wallet is flanked by eco-friendly, distressed leather trim. The...

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Oct 12
O'Reilly Books, Microsoft Press books on sale at iBookstore...

Nearly 800 O'Reilly Media and Microsoft Press titles are available for sale on Apple's iBookstore starting today. The iBookstore is included in the free iBooks app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

The more than 600 titles in the iBookstore from O'Reilly include Jeff Potter's "Cooking for Geeks," David Pogue's "iPhone: The Missing Manual," J.D. Biersdorfer's "iPad: The Missing Manual," and Mark Pilgrim's "HTML5: Up and Running."

Almost 150 Microsoft Press titles are also available, including Steve McConnell's "Code Complete, Second Edition," Ed Bott's "Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out" and William R. Stanek's "Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant."

iBooks is Apple's ebook/PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or downloaded a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. iBooks is a...

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Oct 12
IntelliScanner Corp. releases barcode scanner for small...

IntelliScanner Corp. has launched the US$299 IntelliScanner SOHO 150 ( http://www.intelliscanner.com/products/soho/), which is designed to make it easy for small businesses to keep track of business inventory and assets with barcode technology.

By scanning the barcode, users can automatically create an inventory of what's in stock, where it is, and what they have invested. IntelliScanner's included software package provides reports, notifies when stock is running low, and totals the value of current inventory.

Built for Mac and PC users, IntelliScanner SOHO 150 also integrates with third-party applications like FileMaker Pro, Xsilva LightSpeed, and Microsoft Office with dual USB interface options and a 4000 barcode memory chip. It works tethered to any Mac or PC, or on-the-go with standard AAA batteries. When reconnected via USB, IntelliScanner automatically downloads scans captured while roaming, just like a digital camera.

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Oct 12
MegaSeg debuts new Wave Viewer with trackpad beat syncing

Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 5.5 (http://www.megaseg.com), an update of the Mac-based DJ and radio automation software. According to Fidelity Media Founder Jason Cox, the new version --- a free update for registered users of version 5.x -- contains over 100 improvements.

For example, it debuts a new Wave Viewer with trackpad beat syncing and scrubbing for visual beat mixing and cueing. The feature is compatible with MacBook trackpads as well as Apple's new wireless Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. In addition, MegaSeg 5.5 integrates album art displays within redesigned decks and track info popups.

The category browser has new audio and video filter options to help find specific media types fast. What's more, MegaSeg update 5.5 adds 3x gain controls for softer tracks, minimum title and album separation rules, and video icons in list view.

MegaSeg is a self-contained DJ music mixing and...

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Oct 12
PDFPen update for Mac OS X reduces memory footprint

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.0.2. The update reduces memory footprint for large PDF documents.

Smile also added an AppleScript document property, "needs OCR," to PDFpen. This addition makes it easier to write AppleScripts for paperless document workflows. Other minor fixes and improvements have also been made.

The changes in PDFpen 5.0.2 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.0.2, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.

PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $...

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Oct 12
Free Safari extension helps ensure privacy

Orbicule has introduced Incognito (http://www.orbicule.com/incognito/), their free Safari extension that helps ensure greater privacy by preventing Google and Facebook from tracking the user's movements and actions while online. It requires Safari 5 or later on Mac or Windows systems.

Incognito protects the user by blocking Google AdSense and Google Analytics on non-Google pages. In addition, it provides the option of blocking Facebook content and embedded YouTube Movies on non-Facebook and non-YouTube pages.

Although effectively blocking Google Adwords, Incognito is not a dedicated ad-blocker. It simply prevents the aforementioned companies from gathering information about the user from websites other than the company's own.

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Oct 12
Kanex expands connectivity solutions for Apple Cinema Displays

Apogee, makers of Kanex products (http://www.kanexlive.com/), has introduced the Kanex C Series, a line of products to help people who are looking for alternative connectivity solutions to connect an Apple Cinema Display.

The US$129 Kanex C247m (pictured) is designed for previous generations of MacBook and Mac mini with mini-DVI video output. The C247m, due in November, combines audio and video to 24-inch and 27-inch Cinema Displays.

The $129 Kanex C247d, also due in November, is designed for Macs or PCs with DVI video output. It converts and combines audio and video to 24-inch and 27-inch Cinema Displays.

Designed for the 30-inch Apple Cinema Display 30-inch and other displays with Dual-Link DVI-D, the $99 Kanex C30 (available now) converts Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI-D at a max resolution 2560x1600. The 30-inch displays require larger resolutions due to the size of the screen,...

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Oct 12
Krypton Products introduces new iPad accessory line-up

Krypton Products (http://www.kryptonproducts.com) has released its iPad Screen Armor Line and Dreamcoat cases for the iPad.

The iPad Screen Armor line protects the iPad display from nicks and scratches and even helps prevent finger prints. It's made with three layers of scratch resistant materials and comes in US$19.99 "Ultra-Clear" and $24.99 "Anti-Finger Print" versions.

The Dreamcoat cases for iPad are sold in a variety of colors and provide an industrial design that allows the iPad to rest firmly on flat surfaces. They come in black, white, clear and cranberry and cost $29.99.

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Oct 12
Harman updates JBL On Stage, On Stage Micro docking stations

Harman (http://www.jbl.com) has released the JBL On Stage Micro IV and JBL On Stage Micro III iPod/iPhone docking stations. They boast a new industrial design dubbed the Weave.

Both of the new units are compact and will fit on your desk, in the kitchen or at the next tailgate party. The JBL On Stage IV -- which has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$179.95 -- uses four Odyssey transducers and includes an AC adapter or can be powered by six AA batteries that will provide up to 16 hours of normal play.

With a smaller footprint and a more portable size for a lifestyle on the go, the JBL On Stage Micro III ($119.95) is equipped with two Odyssey transducers and is powered by an AC adapter or four AAA batteries that will provide up to 24 hours of continuous play. Both units include an IR remote with fully functioning control from up to 15 feet away.

And both are compatible with most docking iPod...

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Oct 12
Indian telecom operators working to carry the iPhone

Two Indian telecom operators are in talks with Apple. to launch an iPhone in India based on the code division multiple access (CDMA) technology in a bid to tap the growing smartphone market in one of the world's fastest-growing mobile markets, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870344000457554767026127639...), quoting "people familiar with the matter."

The talks with Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices Ltd. --which offer mobile phone services based on CDMA technology -- come soon after rumors that Apple is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year in the U.S. Verizon Wireless offers mobile phone services based on CDMA technology.

If a CDMA iPhone actually happened, this would be the first time Apple...

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Oct 12
Apple cleans up at 2010 T3 Gadget Awards

Apple won five of 19 categories in the 2010 Gadget Awards by "T3" magazine (http://www.t3.com/news/apple-wins-big-at-t3-gadget-awards-2010?=49851).

The iPhone won the Commuter Gadget of the Year, The iPad was named Innovation of the Year and Gadget of the Year. The MacBook Pro was dubbed Computer of the Year (for the second time). Apple was named Retailer of the Year.

"With the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 expected to emerge from Apple’s compound in the next 12-months, expect the ever popular Apple to feature heavily again in next year’s T3 Gadget Awards," says "T3."

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Oct 12
Walmart reportedly to start carrying iPads this week

According to reports, Walmart will begin carrying the iPad on Oct. 15. The Apple tablet will initially appear in under 1,000 stores, but be available in approximately 2,000 Walmarts by -mid-November.

In May, "Bloomberg Businessweek" reported that Walmart was expecting to offer the iPad for sale at "some U.S. stores" before the end of 2010, a move that could re-double the iPads' retail presence. Amazon and Target are also carrying the Apple tablet.

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Oct 11
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 11

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/).

Clever Coding has released Mathlete 1.0 for iOS devices. The US$0.99 app lets you take math quizzes in either single player mode or by using Game Center. Players can compete with people around the world through the auto-match feature or against their friends in real time quizzes. In both single player and multi player games, the scores are posted to the Game Center Leader Boards so you can see where you you stand in your math skills with people around the world.

Rhine-o Enterprises has announced Team Shake 1.0 for iOS. The $9.99 provides a way to choose teams for board games, tournaments, school projects and any other application where groups are required. Instead of a hat and scraps of paper, the user enters his friends' names in his iPhone and...

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