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Dec 28
iPhone 4 makes eBay's 'Top Shopped' List

eBay has announced its annual “Top Shopped” report, revealing the top pop culture moments and fashion trends that captivated shoppers’ curiosity -- and cash -- in 2010. Apple's iPhone 4 topped the list.

eBay analyzed sales and search data across categories in the marketplace to identify the year’s major moments and movements, says Karen Bard Sayah, eBay’s trend expert. From tech and toys to sports memorabilia and fashion, eBay tracked trends that turned the ordinary into prized possessions, she adds.

eBay's picks for America's "Top Shopped" and pop culture obsessions for 2010 are: the iPhone 4, Barbie, military jackets, Hot Wheels, the iPad, World Cup, The Beatles, Silly Bandz, Alice in Wonderland, New Orleans Saints, Marc Jacobs and LeBron James.

One company produced two of the year’s most coveted new devices: Apple’s iPhone 4 (1,634,674 related items sold) and iPad (621,399 related items sold). Apple’s flagship products conquered the tech scene as well as...

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Dec 28
Analyst: iPad, other Apple goodies in hot demand for the...

Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair said recent retail checks point to significant end demand for the iPad (and other Apple products) reports "All Things D" (

“Even with a handful of tablet competitors hitting the market, the iPad remained the only game in town in our holiday checks largely because many of the tablets hitting the market are junk for lack of a better word,” he told clients. “They are underpowered, poorly constructed and largely not ready for prime time.”

The holiday season is always particularly kind to Apple, but this year it may have been even kinder than usual, notes "All Things D." In addition to the iPad’s continued momentum at market, Blair observed stronger than expected holiday sales of iMacs, MacBook Pros and the new 11-inch MacBook Air.

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Dec 28
Apple sued for transmitting personal data to ad networks

Another day, another lawsuit. A lawsuit accuses Apple of enabling some of its products to transmit users' personal data to advertising networks without the users' permission, "Bloomberg News" ( reports.

The lawsuit was filed Dec. 23 in federal court in San Jose, California, on behalf of Jonathan Lalo of Los Angeles County, and seeks class-action status. The suit says iPhones and iPads are encoded with identifying devices that allow advertising networks to track what applications users download, how frequently they’re used and for how long. The transmission of such data violates computer-fraud and privacy laws.

iPhones and iPads are set with a Unique Device Identifier, or UDID, which can’t be blocked by users, according to the complaint. "Bloomberg News" notes that Apple says it reviews all applications on its App Store and doesn’t allow them to transmit user data without customer...

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Dec 28
Analyst: next iPad will be dual-core

The next iPad will adopt a dual-core chip, which would be a first for the company's consumer line of handheld products, Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, told clients in a note -- as reported by "CNET" (

"Apple is on track to refresh the iPad by March and iPhone by late summer," he says. "A key component upgrade across these platforms will be a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores."

Using a dual-core processor can result in computer-like multitasking, if the operating system is designed to fully take advantage of both cores, notes "CNET." Kumar also expects the iPhone to get a dual-core upgrade.

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Dec 28
Updated iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 28

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad updates. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Scott Singer has announced Golf Fix 1.24 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Golf Fix features over 100 game improvement drills that demonstrate proper full swing and short-game techniques, as well as on course process and coaching. Drills in the US$1.99 app are demonstrated by Nick Paez and Jimmy Hanlin, two of the nation's leading PGA instructors and promoters of golf.

SKnote has released HandSynth 1.0.4 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. It's a $5.99 synthesizer that gives users access to tools for creating sounds. HandSynth offers a variety of deep algorithms and filters, special sound techniques, iPod play along, lots of sound slots and a multitouch keyboard.

Vegas Media Group has introduced Vegas Mate 3.0, an update to their $4.99...

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Dec 28
'DigiTimes': Three versions of the iPad 2 are in the...

Apple will release three versions of the "iPad 2," supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January, according to a "DigiTimes" report (

Apple will ship about 500,000-530,000 units to channels in January with shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3, the article says, quoting "industry sources" and "upstream component makers." Apparently, Apple plans to work more closely with telecom carriers by offering more wireless solutions for iPad 2 to satisfy market demand.

In addition to wireless functions, Apple is also working on strengthening the iPad 2's anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments in order to compete against Kindle and attract more consumers, the sources noted. As for iPad 2, "DigiTimes" estimates that the device's shipments in 2011 will reach 40 million units,...

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Dec 28
Wondershare releases Data Recovery for Mac

Wondershare Software has Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac 1.0.0, which can recover lost data including documents, archives, photos, videos, and audio files quickly, safely and thoroughly on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

The US$89.95 (on sale for $69.96 for a limited time) software is designed to recover Mac data from accidental deleting, formatting, virus infection, improper operation, unexpected power failure, and other unknown reasons. It can recover Mac data from lost, deleted, logical corrupted and formatted Mac hard drives, iPod, USB drive, SD card, digital camera, mobile phone, and MP3/MP4 player.

Compatible with HFS+, FAT16/32, and NTFS file system volumes, this non-destructive Mac file recovery software ensures safe Mac file recovery without modifying the original data saved on your Mac machine or any other storage media. Versatile preview function lets you enjoy Mac data recovery in advance, says Robert Lee, the manager of Wondershare Data Security Software...

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Dec 28
iPad, tablets put the squeeze on netbook prices

Strong tablet computer demand for gadgets such as the iPad continues to impact netbook market and several brand vendors in Taiwan have dropped their netbook price further to attract consumers, according to "DigiTimes" (

Quoting sources from channel vendors, the article says the current channel demand for netbooks is very low and the only advantages that the devices have now are low-price and capability of bundling with telecom carriers. However, since telecom carriers are turning their focus to smartphones and tablet computers, netbook shipments in 2011 are expected to see an obvious drop. On the other hand, tablet PC shipments are expected to reach more than 20 million units in 2010 and over 40 million units in 2011, notes "DigiTimes."

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Dec 28
Woz to keynote at ACU’s 2011 Connected Summit

Registration to attend Abilene Christian University’s (ACU) two-day Connected Summit conference Feb. 28 through March 1, 2011, is available at . The cost is $585. Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak is slated for a live keynote address.

The 2011 Connected Summit offers a forum for educators, administrators, government policymakers and technologists to explore the opportunities and challenges facing education today, especially in mobile learning and the emerging role of digital books. The theme will be “Turning the Page: The Next Chapter in Education.”

Track sessions include Research; Media & Mobility; The Future of Books; Infrastructure & Logistics; Student & Campus Services; Teaching & Learning; K-12 Education; and Leadership. The conference will include three sessions of Connected Talks -- fashioned after the TED talks -- each with a specific focus: Learning;...

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Dec 28
McAfee Labs: Apple, geolocation, mobile devices to top emerging...

McAfee ( has unveiled its "2011 Threat Predictions" report, outlining the top threats that researchers at McAfee Labs foresee for the coming year. The list comprises 2010’s most buzzed about platforms and services, including the iPhone, Mac OS X, Google’s Android, foursquare, and Google TV.

Per the report, all are expected to become major targets for cybercriminals. McAfee Labs also predicts that politically motivated attacks will be on the rise, as more groups are expected to repeat the WikiLeaks paradigm.

“We’ve seen significant advancements in device and social network adoption, placing a bulls-eye on the platforms and services users are embracing the most,” says Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “These platforms and services have become very popular in a short amount of time, and we’re already seeing a significant increase in vulnerabilities, attacks and...

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Dec 28
Sears, Kmart team with Sonic to launch movie download service

Sonic Solutions ( says that RoxioNow platform licensee, Sears, has officially launched its online movie download service, Alphaline Entertainment (

The new service enables Sears and Kmart customers to download entertainment online, including new movies on the same day they are released on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Sonic is working with Sears on a multi-phase rollout that includes making the service available from a broad range of connected devices and ensuring compatibility with studio-supported digital programs.

The RoxioNow platform serves a broad range of premium content, including new movies and next-day TV programs, to a growing, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of home and mobile electronics, according to Mark Ely, president of Strategy, Sonic Solutions RoxioNow enables...

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Dec 28
New AppleUsers Spotlight mag available for free download

The December 2010/January 2011 "AppleUsers Spotlight" magazine is now available as a free download ( in PDF format.

The AppleUsers Spotlight offers 101 pages of news and articles for Apple users worldwide. Featured articles include "Desktop art for the holidays," "Touch the exhibit-museum, "Victoria's world first iPad app," "Personal email certificates: why digitally sign email messages," "How to get a certificate for free," "Pages templates: Why you should use them and more.

Regular columns include: "Nicholas' Dashboard," "Take Control of: Your Paperless Office," "iPad Magic, "What's New -- Mac," "What's New -- iPad," "What's New -- iPhone," book reviews, "Mac911" and more.

Readers can subscribe to the Spotlight-Announce mailing list, for free, so they can find out when the next issue of the "AppleUsers Spotlight" is released. There will be subscriber-only specials and...

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Dec 28
Creastoric introduces Log Leech for Mac OS X

Creastoric Software ( has introduced Log Leech for Mac OS X. The US$10 app allows you to view your system logs in an easy-to-understand format.

Log Leech allows you to search, sort, and filter log entries. Whenever an application on your system encounters something unexpected, it typically creates a log entry in a hidden file called the Console Log. While every Mac comes with a utility to view this file, it unhelpfully displays every log entry from every application in a big jumbled mess, according to the folks at Creastoric Software.

Using an innovative user interface, Log Leech makes it easy to find and view the information that each application is reporting, they add. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher. Log Leech is Universal Binary, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Dec 28
ZooGue iPad case gets brighter

ZooGue ( has announced additional colors for its iPad Case Genius case. The case is adjustable to just about any angle.

Inventor Tim Angel says by providing colors to the multi functional iPad case, it will give the customer a more personal choice of how they want their Apple tablet displayed. The case is now available for purchase in black, grey and pink for US$49.99.

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Dec 28
Redpark serial cables for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch shipping

Redpark serial cables for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and are now shipping. The cables make it possible to connect to serial devices such as point of sale devices, scientific instrumentation, industrial process control equipment, networking equipment, and devices used in home and office automation, says President Mike Ridenhour.

In order to comply with Made for iPod policies each cable will be engineered for a specific purpose, he adds. The first cable that was released is Southern Stars SkyWire. The cable is used in conjunction with the SkySafari app to turn an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a 21st century telescope controller.

Redpark is now available to work with iOS app developers that have a need for serial connectivity for a specific purpose. "We will need to work in conjunction with each app developer to get their app working with a cable and to complete the necessary approval processes," explains Ridenhour. More info about SkyWire is available at...

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Dec 28
LightFrame for Mac OS X gets new tools

Corner-A today has released LightFrame 2.3 (, an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version offers new tools (a text tool, sprite layers, crop & resize) and brings new resources and built-in presets.

LightFrame is a solution for framing digital photos with your Mac. It supports all image formats that are supported by Mac OS X, including RAW images.

LightFrame costs US$30. Version 2.3 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Dec 27
New iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 27

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Cool Bear Studios has announced Cosmic Top 1.0, its first application for iOS devices. Like a virtual toy, the US$1.99 app is an audiovisual physics-based simulation of a spinning, wobbling, and sometimes morphing top. The top can take on unlimited shapes and sounds which appear to glow and hum from within the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The player has full control of the top and can experience it from all angles in 3D simply by moving the device around in real space.

Hollingtech Software has released SpectaRuler 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. By using the shoe size of the user as a frame of reference for all measurements, the $2.99 app can measure the size of objects and determine the distance to those objects. SpectaRuler can measure...

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Dec 27
Apple leads tech sector among companies providing value to...

Tech, media, and telecom companies in emerging markets and those considered "digital innovators" are among the world's tops in providing value to their investors -- and that includes, of course, Apple, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group (

The report "Swimming Against the Tide: How Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Companies Can Prosper in the New Economic Reality" found that seven of the top 10 telecom performers, five of the top 10 media performers, and four of the top 10 technology performers are in India, Taiwan, Mexico, China, and other emerging markets. But global companies tuned into the digital revolution, such as Apple and Google, are also tops in rewarding their investors, notes "CNET" (

Covering the period from 2005 through 2009, the report examined the total...

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Dec 27
TimePreserver lets you archive Time Machine backups

Dalamser has released TimePreserver (, an US $35 app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that lets you make archives of your Time Machine backups stored on a Time Capsule. A demo is available for download.

To user you attach an external disk to your Mac, run TimePreserver, and then store the disk away from your Mac and Time Capsule. Re-attach the disk and run TimePreserver to update the archive. You can use multiple external discs in rotation to provide extra protection. A minimum of two is good, always keeping one in a different location.

According to the folks at Dalamser, the advantages of using TimePreserver are:

° Complete archive of the Time Capsule without it being unusable for hours;

° Integrity of the Time Machine backups is protected;

° TimePreserver understands Time Machine...

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Dec 27
Apple to announce latest financial results Jan. 18

Apple will a conference call for the press and analysts to discuss the financial results of its first fiscal quarter on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 2 pm (Pacific).

A link to the conference call webcast will be provided at a later date. Sales of Apple's entire product line (Macs, iPhones, iPod, iPads and Apple TVs, as well as software) are expected to be good to excellent.

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Dec 27
New Apple TV sales top one million

It's official: sales of the Apple TV has topped one million units, reports "All Things D" ( Apple had said this would happen before the end of the Christmas weekend.

With the latest rev of the Apple TV (US$99), you can watch HD movies and TV shows, stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, all on your HD TV. iTunes users are now renting and purchasing over 400,000 TV episodes and over 150,000 movies per day, according to Apple.

Now with AirPlay, recently available in iOS 4.2, users can wirelessly stream their music, video and photos from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to their new Apple TV. Users can also control Apple TV with their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the Remote app, available as a free app on the App Store.

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Dec 27
'MUG Event Calendar': Bay Area MUG holds holiday party

"The MUG Event Calendar" goes all but silent this week, as the holiday season goes into a lull between Christmas and New Year’s. The lone event we are aware of in the Mac User Group world is a holiday party meeting by the Bay Area Macintosh Users Group.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (, an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, improving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (

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Dec 27
Folx 2.0 beta available for Mac OS X

Eltima Software has released a beta of Folx 2.0 (, their download manager for Mac OS X. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

Folx can download not only common files, but also torrent content. The version 2.9 beta includes innovations in torrent client as well as in Internet download manager functionality. One of the novelties added to Folx is iTunes integration. The beta version is free and available for testing.

Those who buy Folx 1.0 since the release of Folx 2.0 beta and the until the official Folx 2.0 release will receive guaranteed free upgrade to new innovated version. Folx Pro is available for US$19.95 and offers such features as: splitting downloads in up to 10 threads, scheduling the download tasks at the most convenient time, automatic smart speed control, built-in torrent search on...

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Dec 27
Invoices 2.8 for Mac OS X improves print support

Tension Software has updated Invoices (, a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.8. It's a bug fix release that also offers improved support for printing using European A4 and USA Letter paper format with custom invoice layout for each one

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

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

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Dec 27
Monterey College of Law expands iPad program

In August, the Monterey College of Law in Santa Cruz, California became the first in the country to integrate iPads into its bar-review curriculum, which helps students prepare for the California State Bar. When classes resume next month, the 20 faculty members who teach courses the bar exam covers at the four-year law school, will receive iPads, reports the "Santa Cruz Sentinel" (

This year, the devices were included in the cost the students pay for the bar-review curriculum, or BARBRI, Mitchel Winick, the college's dean, told the "Sentinel." Almost all the students participated, but starting next year, the entire program -- including the iPads -- will be included in the cost of tuition, about $15,000 per year.

Winick acknowledged that students can access the same information from...

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