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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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Feb 10
Apple working on smaller, cheaper iPhones?

I'd take this one with a grain of salt, but "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/mo0eX) says Apple Inc. is working on new versions of the iPhone that are aimed at slowing the advance of competing handsets based on Google's Android software,

Quoting "people who have been briefed on the plans," the article says one of the iPhones would be cheaper and smaller than the most recent iPhone. Apple also is developing technology that makes it easier to use the iPhone on multiple wireless networks, "Bloomberg Businessweek" says.



The article adds that Apple has considered selling the new iPhone for about $200, without obligating users to sign a two-year service contract. Android phones for a range of prices at AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and other carriers, and typically are sold with agreements that include a fee for broken contracts, notes "Bloomberg Businessweek."

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Feb 10
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 10

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

Seagate's Seagate TV Remote application has been apProved and is now available for download from the Apple App Store. Use of the free app requires installation of the latest GoFlex TV HD media player or FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player firmware, which can be accessed and downloaded from the support site on http://www.seagate.com to either of the two HD media players as long as the device is located in the US.

The new Seagate TV Remote app enables control of a GoFlex TV or FreeAgent Theater+ Product from anywhere in the home using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via Wi-Fi. The app interface resembles the existing media player’s infrared remote controls. Additionally, because the app...

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Feb 10
Antec announces soundscience rockus speaker system

Antec (http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/) has released the US$249.99 soundscience rockus 3D/2.1 speaker system, which is "designed to create a personal theater experience, bringing the power and realism of 3D sound together with the clarity and accuracy of high-fidelity audio, making it an ideal solution for experiencing game and movie sound in 3D," says Scott Richards, senior vice president of Antec.



Soundscience’s 3D audio technology, 3Dsst, is a suite of DSP (digital sound processing) algorithms that creates a virtual surround sound experience from 2.1 stereo speakers. 3Dsst actively analyzes incoming stereo audio signals and intelligently places them into a 3D sound field, resulting in immersive 3D sound for your movies and games from 2.1 speakers, according to Richards. The soundscience rockus also boasts a dedicated music mode optimized for organic stereo sound reproduction,...

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Feb 10
iAds hitting a 'rough spot'?

Apple’s iAds are hitting a rough spot, Erik Schonfeld writes for "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/RRGTB). He says that, across the board, several developers he's spoken to confirm that “fill rates” for iAds dropped drastically after the New Year and have yet to recover.

The fill rate -- what percentage of the ad inventory is actually filled with an ad -- for two separate developers plummeted from 18% to 6%, Schonfeld writes. And in a few instances for some newer apps, none of the ad slots were getting filled, compared to nearly complete fill rates from other mobile ad networks, he adds. Others report better fill rates but as one developer says, “They have definitely come down.”

One reason for the dip could be just seasonal. The fill rates and advertising budgets across all ad networks in general take a hit after the holiday, Schonfeld notes. But there seems to be something else going on here as well, he...

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Feb 10
Germany researchers say they hacked a locked iPhone in six...

Researchers in Germany say they've been able to reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in just six minutes and they did it without cracking the phone's passcode, reports "PC World" (http://www.pcworld.com/article/219245/).

The attack requires possession of the phone and targets keychain, Apple's password management system. Passwords for networks and corporate information systems can be revealed if an iPhone or iPad is lost or stolen, according to the researchers at the state-sponsored Fraunhofer Institute Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT).

The attack is based on existing exploits that provide access to large parts of the iOS file system even if a device is locked, they add. Among passwords that could be revealed were those for Google Mail as an MS Exchange account, other MS Exchange accounts, LDAP accounts, voicemail, VPN passwords, WiFi passwords and...

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Feb 10
Former Apple exec to help HP with webOS

Richard Kerris, a former Apple exec, is joining HP as vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations to help with webOS.

At Apple he helped lead projects like Final Cut Pro, Logic, and iLife. He also served as the senior senior director for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Relations group. Additionally, Kerris spent three years as chief technical officer of Lucasfilm.

According to "MobileCrunch" (http://macte.ch/DvBNm), at HP, Kerris will help promote and develop webOS, HP's operating system (acquired from Palm) that's based on Linux. HP says it's going to ship WebOS not only in phones, tablets and printers, but in PC’s as well. In doing so, the world's largest PC supplier hints they'll be shipping PC’s without Windows.

(Photo courtesy of 'MobileCrunch')

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Feb 10
Apple on its way to becoming biggest firm in the world

Apple is on the way to becoming the most valuable firm in the world by 2012. Sales of its products, including the latest generation of iPads, iPods, iPhones and Mac laptops and computers, are expected to propel it even beyond the value of the current top company, Exxon, which is now worth approximately $358 billion, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/DOPKS).

Strong sales, particularly in the US, have led experts to predict a 32% rise in Apple's share price over the next year, which would take its value to $367 billion. Providing the shares of Exxon, an oil firm, do not rise beyond that, Apple's foretold success would make it the biggest in the world for the first time.

As "The Telegraph" notes, a technology firm at the top of the corporate tree would be a change from the norm. The list of the world's most valuable firms is traditionally dominated by those in the mining, banking or retail sectors....

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Feb 10
Verizon may sell nine million iPhones this year

Verizon Wireless, which will begin offering the iPhone today, may sell two million or more of the devices this quarter and draw subscribers. The company started sales at 7 a.m. (Eastern) today.

However, while online sales to existing Verizon users Feb. 3 ended within hours as the company exhausted its stock, there were few lines at stores that began selling the device today, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/Q9xhx). The carrier gaining the iPhone will intensify competition in the U.S. smartphone market and curb customer growth at AT&T, Craig Moffett, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., told the publication. The threat of losing users may encourage AT&T to increase subsidies on its devices, which would force other carriers to match the lower prices, benefiting consumers, he added

Verizon may sell two million iPhones this quarter, according to Rick Franklin, an analyst at Edward Jones...

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Feb 10
Belkin, Verizon Wireless partner to offer cases for iPhone 4

Belkin (http://www.belkin.com) has announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless to launch several cases for the new iPhone 4 on the Verizon network.

The partnership will include Belkin’s performance ProFit Armband for use during workouts. The rollout of the new compatible cases will accompany the launch of the Verizon iPhone today. These Belkin cases are available through VerizonWireless.com and in Verizon stores.

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