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Sep 30
Rep blasts Apple for 'discriminatory practice' against...

A former National Assembly representative has launched a one-man campaign protesting Apple's "discriminatory practice" of denying Taiwanese buyers of iPhone 4 protective sleeves, reports "Asia NewsNet" (http://www.asianewsnet.net/news.php?id=14666&sec=2).

Kao Chia-yu launched the campaign because buyers of the iPhone 4 haven't received protective sleeves for the latest model of the smartphone as promised by CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs said earlier that those who purchased iPhone 4 by the end of September would get a free protective sleeve from the company to help with the antenna reception problem experienced when you hold the phone a certain way.

Taiwan's top three telecom carriers, namely Chunghua Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, and FarEastone Telecom started to sell the iPhone 4 on Sept. 17. However, none have protective sleeves for the iPhone 4...

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Sep 30
Study: GPS, Accelerometers, gyroscopes coming to more...

ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) anticipates that the sensor-driven user interface (UI) will be an emergent theme in the next wave of mobile UI innovation -- turning objects, locations, and people into networked, interactive elements.

By 2013, 85% of smartphones will ship with GPS, over 50% will ship with accelerometers, and almost 50% will have gyroscopes, says the research group.

“The growth of sensors in smartphones will be driven by applications such as gaming, location awareness, and augmented reality, as well as the expansion of motion-based commands,” says senior analyst Victoria Fodale. “The high-level operating system of a smartphone, which provides open application programming interfaces (APIs), has facilitated the use of data from cameras, sensors, and GPS receivers.”

When an accelerometer is combined with a gyroscope, developers are able to create applications that...

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Sep 30
Ascender offers fonts from the Hallmark Design Collection

Ascender Corp., a provider of font products, has entered into an agreement with Hallmark Cards to distribute fonts from the Hallmark Design Collection, a set of script and lettering-style typefaces.

The Ascender type development team collaborated with Hallmark to produce the fonts in TrueType and OpenType formats, and is making the fonts available for licensing and instant download from Ascender’s font web sites. For more information or to view the fonts visit: http://www.ascenderfonts.com/foundry/hallmark/ .

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Sep 30
WebsitePainter gets improved HTML code editor, more

Ambiera has announced WebsitePainter 1.2 (http://www.ambiera.com/websitepainter/index.html) for Mac OS X and Windows systems. It's an update of the web editor for creating web site without HTML knowledge and programming.

WebsitePainter includes a variety of templates and supports web standards such as HTML, CSS, PHP and ASP. Version 1.2 sports: an improved HTML code editor; a new browser window for selecting specific elements in a page; the ability to select files as hyperlink targets; improved scrolling and faster image rendering; and enhanced Unicode file support

On the Mac WebsitePainter requires Mac OS X 10.4.1 or later. It costs approximately US$54 for a single-user license and $135 for a company-wide license.

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Sep 29
Dutch Skies 360 Volume 3 DVD released

Bob Groothuis (http://www.bobgroothuis.com/) has released a DVD called Dutch Skies 360 Volume 3, with royalty free HDRI images of Dutch Skies 360. The images, with the famous Dutch Light, can be used for visual effects, 3D, architecture, game development, etc.

The Dutch Light is famous all over the world. The great painters captured the Dutch light in their paintings. Today there is a online shop that will bring the future version of the Dutch Light in the form of Dutch Skies 360 to the customers.

Also with the launch of the Dutch Skies 360 Volume 3 DVD there is a free Dutch Skies 360: The annual Free Dutch Skies 360 2010 Edition. That free version is available for everyone and may be used for commercial work without charge.

The DVD contains 36 plus three bonus sIBL 2.0 sets. The DVD costs US$124.99. The licenses are royalty free. After online payment the DVD will be sent by...

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Sep 29
Troi File Plug-in gets maintenance update

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 5.0.1 for FileMaker Pro an update of the tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 5.0.1 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/fileplugin.html). Troi File Plug-in 5.0works with FileMaker Pro 9.x, 10.x and 11.The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9 x and 10.sx. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and Windows Vista. QuickTime 7 or later is needed for some image related functions.

Licenses cost US$89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site.

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Sep 29
Apple making inroads into enterprise area

Small businesses and large corporations alike are beginning to embrace Apple by supporting and purchasing iPhones, iPads and Macs for their employees and by creating applications for their customers' Apple devices, according to "CNN Money" (http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/29/technology/apple_enterprise/index.htm?so...).

In July Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said that 50% of Fortune 100 companies are already deploying or thinking about using the iPad for corporate use and 80% were supporting the iPhone.

Adoption from the so-called enterprise market is far lower for Macs, but also growing, notes "CNN Money." Although 75% of businesses have a Mac on the premises, only 25% of companies have a "significant" number of Macs (30 or more), according to a survey conducted by...

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Sep 29
'iFixiIt' tears down new Apple TV

The "iFixIt" site has torn down the new Apple TV. You can see the entire thing at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple-TV-2nd-Generation-Teardown/3625/1, but here are some of the highlights:

° The Apple TV is the least expensive iOS device Apple has ever shipped. The set-top box continues the trend of cost-cutting that we saw in the iPad, even sharing several parts with its tablet cousin.

° The big news: "iFixIt" uncovered a Samsung NAND flash chip and found it has a whopping 8GB of flash storage! The A4 processor has 256MB of integrated RAM, the same as the iPad.

° Apple's current HD movies generally run less than 4GB, but Apple needs around 512MB for the OS and likely wants to leave room for video quality improvements over time.

° This is the easiest to service new Apple product "iFixIt"...

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Sep 29
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 29

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/).

Quantum Clockwork has announced Morris 1.0.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Developers of the US$2.99 have taken a collection of three medieval board games, revamped them for modern usage and are now releasing them in a new product under the name, Morris.

Dot Next has released ABC - Magnetic Alphabet 1.0, a digital version of $1.99 magnetic board game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's a tool to help preschool age children become familiar with letters and numbers.

Chimani has debuted a $4.99 resource for exploring Yosemite National Park on iOS devices. The Yosemite app delivers constantly updated content, including shuttle bus schedules, ranger led activities and more.

Jambasoft has introduced Camera Duo 1.0, a $0.99 app...

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Sep 29
Two MacBook Pro models included in class-action lawsuit against...

A newly announced settlement in a class-action lawsuit against graphics maker Nvidia has entitled owners of a number of notebook computers, including two of Apple's MacBook Pro models, to repairs or monetary compensation, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com)

Case No. 08-cv-04312-JW relates to Nvidia chips found in some Dell, HP and Apple notebooks sold between 2005 and 2010. For Mac owners, the suit relates to 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models sold between May 2007 and September 2008.

Owners of an affected Mac system could experience distorted or scrambled video on the screen, or the display may not work when the notebook is turned on, notes "AppleInsider." Some Dell and HP systems also reportedly have additional issues, such as random characters, lines or garbled images appearing on the screen.

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Sep 29
Apple looking to spur HTLM5 web site development

An Apple job posting (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=63051...) shows that the company is looking to spur the development of HTLM5 web sites. Apple -- or at least CEO Steve Jobs -- prefers HTML5 over Flash.

Here's part of the job listing: "Apple’s Worldwide Marketing Communications group is seeking a manager to lead digital innovation with a newly-formed creative technology team. This individual will be responsible for driving web-standard (HTML5) innovation that enhances and redefines the marketing of Apple’s products and services to millions of consumers. Work will also include exploring opportunities with apple.com, email, and mobile/multi-touch experiences on iPhone and iPad. This role requires working closely...

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Sep 29
My AppleTV arrived today

"Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/09/29/apple-tv-has-2-3-week-shipping-de...) is reporting that the Apple TV has a 2-3 week shipping. It's "not clear whether it's high demand or a production hiccup that's causing it," the article adds.

However, I beg to differ. My AppleTV arrived today. Look for a review in the very near future.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Sep 29
Wireless USB 1.1 spec released

The Wireless USB Promoter Group today announced the completion of the Wireless USB 1.1 specification, the technical map for product developers to bring the next generation of Wireless USB products to the market.

Wireless USB 1.1 delivers performance enhancements to Wireless USB technology, as well as added UWB upper band support for frequencies of 6GHz and above, and offers backward compatibility with Wireless USB products currently in use by consumers. Wireless USB is evolving with optimized power efficiency and ease of use, says Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF president and chairman.

Lower idle power requirements and improved battery life enhance Wireless USB power efficiency, and the new association model offers support for Near Field Communication (NFC) and proximity-based association, making Wireless USB even easier to install and use, he adds. To download the Wireless USB Revision 1.1 specification and adopter agreement, visit...

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Sep 29
Booq releases Boa folio case for the iPad

Booq (http://www.booqbags.com) has releaesd the US$89.95 Boa folio case for the iPad. It features a three-position design for typing, presentations, and desk work.

It can be carried on its own or slide into another backpack, bag, or purse. Booq’s three-position design lets you use the iPad flat across your lap, slightly elevated for comfortable typing, and near vertical for presentations and video viewing. The interior features a large document pocket and a molded bumper to protect the iPad and hold it securely in place.

The exterior comes equipped with an iPhone specific pocket located on the front flap. When the iPad is not in use, Boa folio features a closing strap to guard against unwanted opens and for screen protection during accidental drops. It's sewn from genuine Nappa leather and booq Twylon. iPad users can go with a 1680D ballistic nylon version of the Boa folio with the same...

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Sep 29
Pearson and Virginia launch iPad social studies curriculum

Pearson and the Commonwealth of Virginia has launched what they describe as the nation's first-ever complete social studies curriculum (http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZy64) for the iPad. Pearson has developed four new iPad Apps plus digital curriculum aligned to the Virginia editions of Pearson's U.S. History and World History programs for seventh and ninth graders. The new iPad program will be piloted in several schools for 12 weeks beginning November 1 as part of Virginia's Beyond Textbooks initiative.

"In exploring the instructional potential of digital content, it makes sense to partner with Pearson, whose technologies and traditional textbooks are widely used in Virginia schools," Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright says. "The experiences of students and teachers with the applications and digital history...

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Sep 29
Time Warner boss warns against deals with Apple, Amazon

Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes told British media execs at the Royal Television Conference in London that television is entering a second golden age of creativity and reward but warned against the danger of low-cost digital giveaways. Specifically, he cautioned against deals with the likes of Apple and Amazon "that undersold the value of blue-chip TV fare," reports "The Hollywood Reporter" (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i677c428c4dc1...).

"How can you justify renting your first-run TV shows individually for 99 cents an episode and thereby jeopardize the sale of the same shows as a series to branded networks that pay hundreds of millions of dollars and make those shows available to loyal viewers for free?" he said. "These new entrants must meet...

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Sep 29
Google broken, say app developers

A group of Tulsa investors have launched AskMeTellMe, a national iPhone application born out of frustrations with Google and other Internet search engines. The new app, which is driven by each user’s individual social network, brings the human element back to decision making in today’s internet-dominated world, according to its developers.

“Who are you going to trust to find a good babysitter -- Google or your friends?” says Toby Biolchini, who along with several other Tulsans created the iPhone app that’s free online at the Apple App Store.

To use the app, download AskMeTellMe for free. The app then prompts users to link to their Facebook and Twitter accounts and users can then simultaneously ask questions to both networks. AskMeTellMe pushes all answers directly to the app on the user’s iPhone, eliminating the need to check both profiles and wade through photos and status updates. You can now ask all of the people you know and trust for answers that Google doesn’t...

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Sep 29
Today’s medical students are the most tech savvy yet

Technology is a way of life for today’s medical students with the majority choosing clinical references on their iPhone device over teachers and peers to answer questions. The fifth annual Future Physicians of America survey conducted by Epocrates (http://www.epocrates.com/company/?CID=PRFPA10) revealed that medical students not only believe in the value of electronic health records (EHRs), but expect availability when they practice medicine.

More than 700 medical students, a third of whom dreamed of becoming a doctor since childhood, shared their opinions about a range of topics impacting the medical profession. Among the survey findings: medical students prefer the latest smartphone devices. Apple mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch have soared in popularity.

Seventy percent of students currently use one of the Apple devices. That's a 37%...

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Sep 29
Study: 5.8 billion Internet users expected by 2016

A new study by Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/1e1e00/future_of_the_inte) says there will be 5.8 billion Internet users, amounting to four-fifth of the global population, by 2016.

The report finds that currently only one fifth of the global population uses the Internet. With a six-fold increase, the growth of

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Sep 29
GoPro releases HD Hero 960 wearable camera

GoPro (http://www.GoPro.com), a wearable HD camera company, has released the HD HERO 960, an entry level, US $179 version of the HD Hero camera. It shares the same video and audio capture technology but with resolutions on the HD Hero 960 limited to 960p (1280 x 960) and 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second, and WVGA (848 x 480) at 60 frames per second.

Also removed from the HD Hero 960 is the Hero Bus expansion port present on the 1080p HD Hero. The Bus allows for LCD, secondary battery and additional expansion BacPacs to be attached to the original 1080p HD HERO camera, but not the HD HERO 960.

Also featured in the HD Hero 960 is GoPro’s 5-megapixel timelapse photo mode. A new feature on the Hero 960 is “One Button Mode,” which locks the camera into video or photo mode and automatically starts recording once the camera is turned on.

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Sep 29
New 'MacVoices' looks at ScanMyPhotos service

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), ScanMyPhotos President and CEO Mitch Goldstone talks about his photo scanning service, which is being used to digitize old photos.

He outlines the process and options, including shipping, scanning and the value-add services they offer. Your photos can be reoriented, enhanced, archived and even printed and bound if you desire.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Sep 29
Survey: most iOS app developers making more cash than first...

Developers are making more money than they'd initially expected they could by selling apps on the Apple App Store, according to an Open-First's survey of coders, reports "The Register" (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/29/apple_app_store_satisfaction/).

Forty-eight percent told an Open-First survey conducted between Aug, 30 and Sept. 10 that the amount of money they're making on the App Store was more than they'd expected. Open-First gathered data from 110 developers using an online questionnaire and a phone follow-up.

However, 28% expressed dissatisfaction with Apple's market, saying they are making less than they first thought possible.

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Sep 29
China Unicom sells 100,000 iPhone 4s in four days

China Unicom sold 100,000 iPhone 4s in the first four days the Apple smartphone was on sale in China, reports the IDG News Service (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9188599/China_Unicom_sells_100_00...).

Earlier in the week, the mobile carrier reported that 200,000 users had pre-ordered the product. China Unicom has already stopped online reservations for iPhone 4, and is instead asking users to come directly to retail stores to sign up for the device, says IDG.

The iPhone 4 was officially launched in China last Saturday. Apple has said more iPhone 4s will be made available in China soon and that customers should check back with their local store for updates. China Unicom expects the second shipment of the...

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Sep 29
Apple planning second Barcelona store

A long-time rumor about a potential Apple store location in Barcelona, Spain, seems to have been confirmed by a newspaper story that points to 1 Passeig de Gràcia in city center. 

"LaVanguardia.es" -- as noted by "ifoAppleStore" (http://www.ifoapplestore.com/db/2010/09/29/second-barcelona-store-locati...) reports that Apple will open a store along the street, famous for its unusual architecture by Antoni Gaudi and many international retailers. The seven-level building at #1 dates to the late 1800s and features retail-appropriate space on the ground floor, and apartments on the upper levels, the article adds.

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Sep 29
Battlestations: Pacific steams towards the Mac

You can battle your way to victory on land, sea and air as Feral Interactive announces the release of Battlestations: Pacific for the Mac on Friday, Oct. 8. Developed by Square Enix London Studios, the game takes the action/strategy game play of Battlestations: Midway to the next level with two campaigns.

One campaign is based on the actual events of the War in the Pacific, and the other a ‘what-if?’ scenario based on the premise of Japanese victory. The historically accurate U.S. campaign invites players to relive some of the key naval battles of World War II, by leading the U.S. forces from the battle of Midway all the way to Okinawa. The Japanese campaign lets players take command of the Imperial forces and change the outcome of the war by defeating the US forces in the Pacific and expanding the Empire of the Sun all the way to Hawaii.

Both campaigns comprise 14 separate missions, with players in command and control of over 100 different types of planes, warships...

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