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Feb 17
iPhone 4 named Best Mobile Device

The iPhone 4 was named the Best Mobile Device at this week's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, even though Apple wasn't participating.

Here's what the judges had to say about the iPhone 4: "Great screen, sharp design, fantastic materials, and phenomenal ecosystem for app developers. In a tight race, the iPhone 4 built on the success of its predecessors to set the pace for smart phones."

The winners of the 16th Annual Global Mobile Awards were announced at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Hosted by British TV and radio star Jonathan Ross, the winners were recognized in a two-part afternoon awards ceremony and evening Congress Party and Awards Celebration.

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Feb 17
Steve Jobs to meet with President Obama

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who recently took a medical leave of absence from his company, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt will be among the attendees of President Obama's event with business leaders in San Francisco Thursday evening, reports "ABC News" (http://macte.ch/iGfup), quoting an unnamed source "familiar with the event."

They'll be among many business leaders in technology and innovation the president will sit down and talk to, as he continues to sell his State of the Union message, the article adds. “The president and the business leaders will discuss our shared goal of promoting American innovation, and discuss his commitment to new investments in research and development, education and clean energy,” a White House official said.

Jobs' reported attendance may be a surprise for some, as a flurry of Internet rumors have put the CEO on death's door. Such sources as the "National Inquirer" and celebrity...

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Feb 17
Apple reportedly secures 60% of global touch capacity

In order to achieve its internal goal of shipping 40 million iPad products in 2011, Apple has occupied close to 60% of the global touch panel capacity causing tight supply among Apple's competitors, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/vWEql), quoting unnamed "sources from upstream component makers."

Sources from tablet makers told "DigiTimes" that the component shortage is causing their shipment volumes to be unable to catch up with their orders, especially for second-tier players. Touch panels are currently suffering the most serious shortage due to Apple holding control over the capacity of major touch panel makers such as Wintek and TPK, and with US-based RIM, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard (HP) also competing for related components, second-tier players are already out of the game, the article adds.

Sources from iPad distributors told "DigiTimes" that in 2010, Apple's order forecasts to its original...

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Feb 17
Apple releases Camera RAW update

Apple has released Camera RAW 3.6 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1357). It adds RAW image compatibility for new Canon, Olympus and Pentax cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11.

It also addresses processing problems for some cameras. Camera RAW 3.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and is a 6.45MB download.

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Feb 17
Wondershare launches PDF converter on Mac App Store

AnyBizSoft PDF Converter, is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$69.99.

AnyBizSoft PDF Converter lets you convert PDF to six formats including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, HTML and Text on Mac OS X. By converting PDF to the Office formats, users can edit, reuse, present PDF files. Also, converting PDF to EPUB can improve the eBook reading experience on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Sony Reader, and more.

PDF Converter preserves all the elements of original PDF files, such as text, hyperlinks, images, layouts, tables, columns, and graphics. It supports batch-conversion and partial-conversion modes. Batch-conversion allows Mac users to convert maximum 50 PDF files at one time. Partial-Conversion helps users specify page ranges (e.g. page 1-15) or select specific pages (e.g. page 5, 7, 14…).

PDF Converter also converts encrypted PDF files. If the PDF file has copying, printing and editing restrictions, Mac users can convert it with this app directly...

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Feb 17
Windows Phone 7 Connector app available

The Windows Phone 7 Connector app for Mac computers is ready and lets you transfer data between a WP7 smartphone and a Mac. It's free and is available at the Mac App Store.

The app is designed to sync your media files from your Mac, with your Windows Phone 7 or Zune HD. You can also sync photos and videos you captured on your phone with your Mac, and, when needed, update your Windows Phone 7 software.

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Feb 17
Trine game available at Macgamestore.com

Frozenbytes's Trine is now available at Macgamestore.com and requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or higher. The game is normally priced at US$19.95, but is available for a limited time for $9.95.

Here's how Trine is described: "Trine is a fantasy action game where the player can create and use physics-based objects to beat hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies. Set in a world of great castles and strange machinery, three heroes are bound to a mysterious device called the Trine in a quest to save the kingdom from evil.

"The gameplay is based on fully interactive physics - each character's different abilities help the player battle an army of undead and defeat hazardous contraptions. The player can at any time freely choose whoever is best suited for the upcoming challenge or puzzle: The Wizard is able to summon objects to help solve puzzles and create new ways to overcome obstacles, the Thief uses her agility and dead-on accuracy to swiftly surprise the monsters, and the...

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Feb 17
Mac version of Regnum Online released

GD Studios has released a Mac version of Regnum Online (http://www.regnumonlinegame.com/), its online fantasy MMO. The Mac OS X client is considered an experimental version but is fully playable, says "Inside Mac Games" (http://www.insidemacgames.com).

Regnum features three realms from which to choose, nine customizable characters, and dynamic player driven battlefields. It offers an expanding number of quests, the ability to capture forts and castles and expansive lands to explore.

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Feb 17
TARMAC now supports creation of App Catalogs

Equinux has updated TARMAC (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/tarmac/demo.html), a provisioning tool tailored specifically for the Apple platform, to version 1.5. With TARMAC medium to large enterprises can securely set up and manage their iPhones and iPads  over-the-air, says equinux CEO till Schadde.

TARMAC now supports the creation of App Catalogs -- a way to provide employees with pre-defined groups of applications through the TARMAC web interface. With the App Catalog, TARMAC 1.5 can host internally developed apps and link those apps to specific workgroups. Using TARMAC, companies can provide employees with an app to access internal sales figures or earnings predictions from internal databases – all without going through the App Store. Using the Admin-interface an administrator can upload, delete or update new apps.

Administrators in...

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Feb 17
FoldersSynchronizer updated to version 4.1

SoftoBe (http://www.softobe.com has updated FoldersSynchronizer, its Mac OS X tool for backing up and synchronizing files, folders and disks, to version 4.0.1. A free update for registered users of version 4.0, it's a maintenance release with some bug fixes.

FoldersSynchronizer is an US$40 app for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. The user can choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks and then they will be synchronized or backed-up.

FoldersSynchronizer lets you organize your sync and backup in several sessions to save to a file for a later reuse. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, launch your own AppleScripts, set how to resolve conflicts, execute an incremental or an exact copy, and include locked files.


FoldersSynchronizer lets you...

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Feb 17
SugoiSoft brings Jisho to the Mac App Store

SugoiSoft has made its debut on the Mac App Store with the release of its flagship Japanese English dictionary, Jisho 4.1. This is purportedly the first Japanese English dictionary available on the Mac App Store not designed for native speakers of Japanese.

Jisho supports searching in multiple languages including: Japanese, English, German, Russian, and French. It also has the ability to convert the Japanese phonetic script hiragana, and Katakana to Roman letters making it easier for beginners to pronounce and read Japanese. Lists of words can also be made within the application so users can track forgotten words or any other vocabulary they choose.

Jisho 4.1 requires a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs US$20. A full trial and direct purchase version of Jisho is also available for direct download from the Sugoi Software web site (http://www.sugoisoft.com).

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Feb 17
Class on Demand offers Pinnacle Studio training

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has announced "Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15."

Developed in conjunction with Avid, the new course instructs users how to leverage both Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15 to create HD movies and video with effects, transitions, and more. Class on Demand founder and instructor Paul Holtz spearheads the training release, offering instruction on its integrated tools and his own tips-and-tricks.

The new Class on Demand Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15 is priced at $49.99 and is available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery formats from Class on Demand (http://www.classondemand.net/media/pinnacle-training/studio14and15.aspx).

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Feb 17
'YML' looks at iPhone rumors, digital subscriptions

This week's episode of "Your Mac Life" looks at the latest iPhone rumors and Apple's digital magazine subscription policy.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Feb 16
Apple, others looking for international tax amnesty

A group of tech, pharmaceutical and energy giants -- including Apple -- is readying a major lobbying blitz for a tax holiday that would allow them to bring home the estimated $1 trillion they've got parked overseas at a steeply discounted rate, according to "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/kY9Zo).

Quoting "sources close to the effort," the article says Apple, Oracle, Cisco, Duke Energy and Pfizer are among the major players looking to bankroll a coordinated, sustained pitch to sell policymakers on the idea. Their goal: win a one-year tax amnesty on their foreign earnings, allowing them to repatriate that money at a tax rate of about 5%, instead of the 35% they face now.

The push is timed to coincide with the start of a debate on an overhaul of the corporate tax code, and the companies are hoping to include the holiday in any reform package that moves forward, says "Fortune." However, if the broader reform...

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Feb 16
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 16

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

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution has announced “App Editions” of feature films “Inception” and “The Dark Knight,” giving consumers a new way to own special edition movies with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  The “Inception: App Edition” and “The Dark Knight: App Edition” are now available on the App Store. 

The free App Editions provide a fully-loaded, connected viewing experience that gives consumers the first five minutes of a feature film and a portion of bonus content that can include games, trivia, soundtracks and soundboards.  The entire feature film can be unlocked via an in-app purchase, which enables downloading and unlimited streaming, as well as access to the entire array of bonus content available within the app. 

Neon Play has...

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Feb 16
Quark holding special online event Feb. 23


On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Quark is hosting a special online event to make a "significant, product-related announcement."

Members of the press are receiving instructions on how to register for the event. No other details have been offered.

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Feb 16
MobileMe to get live video streaming, location-based check-in,...

According to an exclusive report (http://macte.ch/YtK8H) by "Cult of Mac," Apple's MobileMe is in for bigger changes than anyone has anticipated. MobileMe is Apple's US$99-per-year, subscription suite of Internet services.


Rumors have abounded this week that Apple would be soon offer the service for free, perhaps in conjunction with a "streaming only" iPhone that would lack internal storage of any sort. (I'm dubious; see http://www.macnews.com/2011/02/16/cloud-not-entirely-not-ever). Now "Cult of Mac," quoting an unnamed source, says that, among the chances planned for MobileMe, are:

° A live video-streaming service like Ustream;

° A location-based check-in system like Gowalla or Foursquare;

° A geo-tagging system codenamed “Tokens” that tags...

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Feb 16
iPads propel Apple past HP to top mobile computer position

Surging iPad shipments propelled Apple to a 17.2% share of worldwide mobile pesonal computer shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 (Q4’10), placing Apple at the top of the DisplaySearch market share ranking.

According to preliminary results from the "DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report," Apple shipped more than 10.2 million notebook and tablet computers combined, nearly a million more units than HP in Q4’10. While Apple’s iPad is benefiting from a first-mover advantage, particularly in mature markets, its notebook computer shipment growth rate continues to exceed the industry average.

“While we anticipate increased competition in the tablet PC market later this year with the introduction of Android Honeycomb-based tablets, Apple’s iPad business is complementing a notebook line whose shipments widely exceed the industry average growth rate,” says Richard Shim, Senior Analyst at the DisplaySearch (...

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Feb 16
Apple's notebook shipments should remain strong

Apple is expected to see its notebook shipments remain strong in the first quarter of 2011 since Intel's defective chip incident didn't impact the company, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/7nEbB), quoting unnamed "sources from retail channel vendors."

Those sources says that because Apple's products have high ASPs [average selling prices], even if the company is slow in upgrading its products to the latest platform, it won't see a significant impact on its pricing or gross margins. Apple's shipments in January reached the company's expectations, and the company is reportedly planning to increase its orders for the first quarter, says "DigiTimes."

According to the IDC research group, Apple shipped approximately 2.86 million laptops in the fourth quarter of 2010. That's up 34.2% year-over-year.

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Feb 16
Android market outpacing Apple App Store in growth?

Lookout (http://www.mylookout.com), a company that specializes in smartphone security, has released the findings of its second App Genome Report, based on an analysis of over 500,000 mobile apps across different device platforms and app markets. Results indicate that the Android Market is maturing, with the rapid addition of apps and increased proportion of paid apps.

In addition, Lookout analyzed specific alternative app markets and found that while these markets increase users’ access to apps, some also have a higher number of apps that could be repackaged with malware or illegitimate ad code.

Results show that the Android Market is growing at a rate nearly three times faster than the Apple App Store. Lookout found that the number of apps available in the Android Market increased approximately 127% since August 2010, while the Apple App Store grew at a rate of 44% during the same period.

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Feb 16
AT&T head wants universal app store for smartphones

AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson says he's frustrated with the way applications are sold to smartphone users and thinks customers should be able to buy an application once and have it work across many different devices, reports "USA Today" (http://macte.ch/imDCY).

As an alternative to today's most popular application stores, such as the Apple App Store, Stephenson touted an emerging system that lets carriers like AT&T sells apps directly to users, the article adds. He likes a new standard for web software, HTML 5, which will allow applications to run on different devices, and the Wholesale Applications Community (or WAC), which launched Monday.

"You purchase an app for one operating system, and if you want it on another device or platform, you have to buy it again," Stephenson said in a keynote speech at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. "That's not how our customers expect to...

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Feb 16
MagicWand connects Magic Trackpad to Apple Wireless keyboard

Twelve South (http://www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced MagicWand, an US$29.99 accessory that connects the Apple Magic Trackpad to the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

With MagicWand in place, Mac users can fully utilize Apple’s multi-touch gesture technology with an iMac, MacBook or Mac home theater setup, says Andrew Green, creative director of Twelve South. The MagicWand has a special “H” beam to create a stable, portable input device you can use at a desk or on your lap, he adds.

To set up, you snap your keyboard into one end of MagicWand, and your Trackpad into the other. The Trackpad can be positioned on either side of the keyboard, for right or left-hand use.

No more balancing a keyboard on one knee and Trackpad on the other while working from the couch, something those who have a Mac home theater setup will really appreciate, says Green. For added control in the office, MagicWand can...

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Feb 16
VintageScene comes to the Mac App Store

JixiPix says VintageScene 1.0 (http://www.jixipix.com/vintage-scene/vintage-scene.html), a retro photography application, is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$7.99 and is available in the Graphics & Design category.

VintageScene is software for converting new photographs into retro, aged, and vintage style effects. With it you can take total control over the age, fade, distress, weathering, and tint of photos, assign paper age and color, choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo, add details, and more.

With VintageScene, you can emulate looks from the early 1800s all the way through current times. You can also: control the age and color of a photo; assign paper age and color; choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo and add details; save...

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Feb 16
Bubble Breaker is new puzzle game for your Mac

Mayan Software has leased Bubble Breaker (http://www.mayansoftware.com/bubblebreaker/) on the Mac App Store. The game requires an Intel Mac and Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$1.99 and is found in the Games category.

In the game the goal is to burst as many connected bubbles as you can, plan your moves wisely and push yourself to the top of the global leader board. Bubble Breaker comes with three game modes, and includes customizable features.

In casual mode, you play along and pass each level by scoring as much as you can. In classic mode, you test your skills on how much can you score with only one board of bubbles. In Zen mode, you're supposed to be calm, take your time and rule the leader board.

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Feb 16
Next MacBUS meeting looks back at Macworld 2011

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.macbus.org/) will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 pm.

This month's meeting will feature a presentation by MacBUS members Ben Romney, Linda McNeil, and Mark Bazrod, who will highlight the latest gadgets, deals, and tech trends from the 2011 Macworld Expo. In addition, Ben Romney will explain how to successfully implement a paperless workspace.

A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

This month's meeting will feature a demonstration of Dimdim, a virtual meeting hosting service.  A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

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