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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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Feb 16
Study: iPhone app users have a higher value than Android app...

According to data collected in January from Mobclix (http://www.mobclix.com), a mobile ad exchange network, iPhone app users have a higher value than Android app users. And utility app users have a higher value than game and entertainment app users.

Mobclix found that advertising on iOS devices were more effective than advertising on Android devices, sometimes yielding double the revenue or more. This makes iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users more "valuable" to developers and advertisers.

According to Moblclix, average revenue is defined as monthly revenue/unique users per month. Apps with 500k+ downloads and/or 75k+ daily active users were used for calculation purposes. Apps spent an average of two weeks in their categories' "Top 10" listing and are free apps

Value is based only on advertising revenues. An active user is defined as a usage of three times a week for a minimum of five minutes.

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Feb 16
Sales of Verizon iPhones below expectations?

Initial sales of the Verizon iPhone 4 have failed to meet the expectations of both Apple and Verizon, says the "Boy Genius Report web site (http://macte.ch/eruFX), quoting unnamed sources.

The article says data from five Apple stores show that Verizon iPhone 4 sales for its first five days of availability were significantly lower than for the debut of the AT&T iPhone 4 over the same period of time.

"Additionally, we have been told that online pre-orders between Verizon and Apple amounted to around 550,000 units," says "BGR." "We also have some statistics on who’s buying Verizon iPhones to share with you: 30% of people buying Verizon iPhones were Android users, just over 25% of people buying iPhone 4 were BlackBerry users, and only 14% of people buying the Verizon iPhone were AT&T iPhone owners. The remaining percent didn’t want to say, didn’t have a smartphone, or didn’t have a phone prior to...

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Feb 16
Crimsonworld game released for Mac OS X

Crimsonworld is a new Mac OS X game available exclusively in the Mac App Store. It costs US$1.99.

Here's how the game is described: "CrimsonWorld is an intense shooter with loads of beasts and loads of weaponry to fight them. Watch the action from an overhead perspective as you fight off teeming alien hordes on various desolate landscapes. Progressively upgrade weapons to do away with your foes more effectively, splattering blood, bones, and innards in your wake."

Crimsonworld has 25 unique locations, 12 types of weapons and lots of monsters. A demo is available at http://www.gamepro.com .

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Feb 16
foxLTMv2 is wireless, portable speaker for the iPad

Soundmatters (http://www.soundmatters.com) is delivering foxLv2 Bluetooth, a wireless, portable speaker for the iPad. The US$199 speaker measures 5.6 x 2.2 x 1.5 inches.


The foxLv2 boasts eight hours of rechargeable battery-time, and features a full range of audio output from 80Hz-20kHz. It features patented dual 1-inch Linear Magnetic Drive “Twoofers," patented “BassBattery” technology that turns the battery into a woofer for deeper bass, and a “DomeForward”driver alignment and high-transparency acoustic grill .

The foxLv2 has a built-in, noise canceling microphone and supports Bluetooth music streaming. It even shows up in the iPad’s AirPlay menu.

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Feb 16
Noise Industries releases free barcode generation plug-in

Noise Industries says their development partner, Yanobox, has released Barcode, a free barcode plug-in powered by the FxFactory platform.

The new Barcode generator boasts adjustable parameters that allow users to replicate the EAN-13 encoding of the universal barcode, as well as take the symbol to a whole new level with custom color modes, random digitization options, and more. Barcode supports the latest versions of Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects.

Barcode is offered as a free plug-in via the Noise Industries and Yanobox web sites. To download the Barcode freebie, go to http://www.yanobox.com/Barcode .  

FxFactory Pro is available for US$399. Additional plug-ins are available for free or commercially starting at a price point of $29. FxFactory products can be purchased via the Noise Industries website (...

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Feb 16
CopyPaste Pro 3.0 adds search-through clips feature, more

Plum Amazing has updated CopyPaste Pro (http://plumamazing.com/mac/copypaste/), a multiple clipboard utility for Mac OS X, to version 3.0. 

Macs come with only one clipboard; every time you make a new copy all previous clip info is lost. CopyPaste Pro changes that because it works in the background and remembers all copies and cuts creating a "Clip History." The "Clip Archive" is the place in CopyPaste Pro where permanent clips are kept. 

CopyPaste Pro 3 adds a search-through clips feature for the History and Archives, so you can find anything in any clip. Also new is a Clip Revolver feature. Actually, this feature existed in a much older version of CopyPaste. Users requested it so Plum Amazing has brought it back.

This is how it works: turn Clip Revolver on in the preferences and then command-option-v pastes and empties the last clipboard. This can be set in the...

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Feb 16
LifeSize video center introduces mobile HD video streaming

LifeSize (http://www.lifesize.com) has announced HD video content streaming on mobile devices using LifeSize Video Center. Now organizations can use HD video streaming, recording and auto-publishing to make video content available to teams working remotely on mobile devices, such as iPads and iPhones.

The latest version of LifeSize Video Center helps organizations address the need for workers to have mobile access to live and on-demand video content such as executive updates, business presentations, sales meetings, training sessions, lectures and data, according to the folks at LifeSize. Users can access live and on-demand HD video content not only on a PC, but on a variety of devices, including an iPod, iPhone or iPad connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network. Videos are accessed through the native web browser, which requires no additional software installation.

LifeSize Video Center now features...

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Feb 16
SRS iWOW 3D audio adapter for iOS shipping

SRS Labs says the SRS iWOW 3D is now shipping and is available from SRS Labs’ online store and select online retailers. It's designed specifically for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and iPod nano to deliver an immersive, high fidelity audio experience, says Allen Gharapetian, vice president of Marketing for SRS Labs.

The SRS iWOW 3D is housed in a slim, sleek gloss black enclosure that features an extended line-out headphone jack at one end, while the other end is designed to connect to the standard 30-pin connector of an iPad, iPhone or iPod. The SRS iWOW 3D is available in two models: the premium iWOW-3DHF model and the base iWOW-3D model. Both models feature the new SRS iWOW 3D audio enhancement adaptor but in different package configurations.

Five interchangeable color faceplates create a personalized appeal (HF model only). Custom-designed in-ear earbuds are designed to further enhance the SRS iWOW 3D experience (HF model only), according to Gharapetian.

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Feb 16
AJA, Avid partner to deliver Full Video I/O in Avid Media...

AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) has added support for Io Express in Avid Media Composer 5.5 and Avid NewsCutter 9.5. AJA Io Express delivers a portable video I/O solution offering HD/SD capture, monitoring and output in Avid Media Composer 5.5.

AJA Io Express with Avid Media Composer 5.5 will be showcased at the AJA stand at the Broadcast Video Expo (D20) in London from Feb. 15-17. Paul Foeckler, vice president, Creative Professionals, Avid Technology, says key features of Avid Media Composer 5.5 workflow with AJA Io Express: HD/SD-SDI input/output; HDMI 1.3a input/output with Deep Color support at 30 bits per pixel; HD/SD Component video output; 10-bit HD to SD hardware downconvert; RS422 support, 2-channel RCA audio output; ExpressCard-34 and PCIe interfaces available for laptop or desktop use; small, portable design including standard 4-pin XLR power connector.

Media Composer 5.5 supports a variety...

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Feb 16
Jabra unveils new Bluetooth products

Jabra (http://www.jabra.com) will reveal its all-new Bluetooth range at this week's Mobile World Congress. For the first time, Jabra will publicly showcase the next generation Jabra Stone2 Bluetooth headset, plus the all-new Jabra Freeway.

The Jabra Stone2 features a new voice concept that allows for hands-free communication, boasting a voice system that tells users who is calling and allows them to simply say "answer" to take the call or "ignore" to reject it. The Jabra Freeway is all new speakerphone sports three speakers combined with Virtual Surround Sound.

Also on show at Mobile World Congress will be new Jabra VoIP-optimised headsets. Two new plug-and-play devices join the Jabra Extreme For PC, providing a range of multi-use headsets for mobile calls and VoIP calls through laptops, mobile devices, tablets and computers. The Jabra EasyGo for PC uses a pre-paired USB adaptor that will automatically...

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Feb 16
MacPractice apps certified as Complete EHRs

MacPractice (http://www.macpractice.com) -- an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software on Macs and iPhones for medical, dental, chiropractic and eye care offices, -- says MacPractice MD 4.1, MacPractice 20/20 4.1, MacPractice DC 4.1 and MacPractice DDS 4.1 are all 2011/2012 compliant and were certified as a Complete EHRs on Jan. 5 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
 
The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules...

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Feb 16
ArraySync updated to version 1.0.1

The National Software Laboratory has announced ArraySync 1.0.1, an update of the tool for synchronizing QuickTime playback on multiple displays attached to one computer, or across a local area network. It's a free maintenance update for registered users.

ArraySync allows you to create video walls and multi-screen demonstrations without specialized hardware. It's scalable, and can run entirely on hardware you already own. You can synchronize two displays or a hundred.

With ArraySync, you can use a Mac server to control PC clients, or a PC server to control Mac clients, or mix and match Macs and PCs in any combination you can wish. ArraySync's underlying protocol is platform independent.

You can mirror one video across your network, or combine displays to build a video wall and span one video across it. The National Software Lab'scompanion utility, ArrayShaker, allow syou to break up your media into multiple segments and distribute them to ArraySync clients...

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Feb 15
Apple posts iWeb 3.0.3

Apple has released an update (version 3.0.3) to iWeb, the web site creation component of its iLife suite. This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:

° Addresses an issue when using the iSight Movie widget on certain Macs;

° Addresses an issue publishing iWeb sites using FTP;

° Improves compatibility with Mac OS X.

It's a 177.12MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Feb 15
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 15

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

FonYou, a global technology company based in Barcelona,has announced a free iPhone application that lets users download mobile numbers from the Apple App Store.
 
Once the application is installed customers can immediately activate and use their new “fonYou number” from their existing mobile phone. The fonYou application creates a virtual phone line that allows users to have two numbers on the same mobile phone, doesn’t require an extra SIM card and works with any Spanish mobile operator.

Appsequence has released SalaryBook 1.0 for iOS, their US$2.99 app that tracks earnings of those who charge hourly. They enter their hourly rate, working dates, start and end time, and unbillable time into the Template Settings. Moving to the Dashboard, users...

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Feb 15
SeaLife introduces 'adventureproof' digital camera

SeaLife (http://www.sealife-cameras.com), which specializes in underwater photographic equipment, has introduced its 9-megapixel "go-anywhere" Mini II Dive & Sport digital camera.

According to the folks at SeaLife, waterproof and shockproof, the Mini II has been tested and guaranteed to operate underwater at depths down to 130 feet -- without an external housing. In addition to ensuring a sure grip, rubber armoring has provided for operation after extensive 6-foot drop testing.

The Mini II boasts several modes. The Land Auto mode automatically controls exposure and internal flash. The Sea Mode brightens up the exposure while eliminating the "blue effect," and the Snorkel Mode controls exposure and color correction in shallow-water settings. An External Flash Mode allows for the integration of an external strobe to further enhance color and image brightness underwater.

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Feb 15
Apple eyeing 3G for future MacBook Airs?

Apple has began reaching out to select MacBook Air owners with a survey that could help define future versions of the teeny notebook, posing questions on 3G, data syncing, I/O usage, and the desire for models with more capable computing power, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The survey touches on a number of issues, including the use of USB ports and external disc drives, web-based file storage and syncing, and use of certain function keys on the keyboard, the article adds. It also includes a number of queries related to wireless 3G data connectivity, "suggesting Apple could be exploring integrated cellular radios in future notebooks," says "AppleInsider."

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Feb 15
iPhones with bigger screens? iPhones with slide-out keyboards?

Apple reportedly will change the screen size of the iPhone from 3.5 to four inches for its fifth generation iPhone to compete with the Google Android platform in the 4- to 7-inch smartphone market, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/pxwkh), quoting unnamed "upstream component suppliers."

The component suppliers noted that the production lines for Apple's next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interesting in expanding the screen size to four inches to support the tablet market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market, the article adds. Smartphones that adopt the Google Android platform are mainly four inches and larger. Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S and Google's Nexus S adopt 4-inch panels, Sharp adopts 5.5-inch panels for its smartphone, and Acer plans to launch a 4.8-inch smartphone.

In other iPhone rumors, "Engadget" (...

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Feb 15
Apple launches subscriptions on the App Store

Apple has announced a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the Apple App Store, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc. This is the same innovative digital subscription billing service that Apple recently launched with News Corp.’s “The Daily” app.

Subscriptions purchased from within the App Store will be sold using the same App Store billing system that has been used to buy apps and in-app purchases. Publishers set the price and length of subscription (weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-yearly or yearly). Then with one-click, customers pick the length of subscription and are automatically charged based on their chosen length of commitment (weekly, monthly, etc.).

Customers can review and manage all of their subscriptions from their personal account page, including canceling the automatic renewal of a subscription. Apple processes all payments, keeping the same 30%share that it does today for other In-App...

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