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Jan 21
Verizon iPhone's Personal Hotspot will pause web data when...

Verizon tells "The LA Times" (http://macte.ch/WuCA1) the Verizon iPhone 4's Personal Hotspot feature will pause web data when a call is taken on the handset.



Ken Muche, a Verizon spokesman, said that the company has a policy of pausing any web data on any phone with Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities when a call comes in and is answered, so as to maintain the call's quality.

"If you do two things at once and you do both of them poorly, what's the point?," Muche told the "Times." "That's part of the reason we don't have the same dropped call issues that other carriers do. We really do believe that a phone is only as good as the network it's on and this is the way we have always looked at it and that's why we aren't willing to sacrifice call quality."

While using the Personal Hotspot on the Verizon iPhone, or any other phone with the feature if a call isn't answered web data will go on uninterrupted, he said....

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Jan 21
Belgium competition minister eyeing 'unfair' Apple...

Apple wrote to European publishers earlier this month outlawing the private exchange when a reader downloads a mag or newspaper from within an app. Apple says subscriptions must use the company's own billing mechanism with Apple getting a 30% cut.

However, Belgium competition minister Vincent van Quickborne doesn't think this is fair and has launched a "rapid" competition investigation into the issue, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/DDN5v). On the other hand, Apple doesn't have a monopoly share of the digital reader market, so "it might be hard to make that one stick," the article says.

News Corp's Project Alesia was created with the intention of offering a licensing system to all comers on equitable terms. However, "the print industry didn't have the brains to join in" and the 100-man project was dismantled last autumn, says "The Register."

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Jan 21
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 21

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

Bostorm has announced Archies Memory 1.0, an iPad game. The US$3.99 app is a turn-based pairs game with additional language learning features. The aim of the game is both entertainment and training the brain for remembering both images and also textual associations. TArchies Memory supports one and two player modes, as well as features a computer opponent with three difficulty levels.

Nexscience has released Alarm Security System 1.0, the deluxe version of their $1.99 alarm security app for iPhone and iPod touch. It's designed to provide security for your iDevice and protect your valuable private data. While running, the alarm system detects any movement. When the alarm is triggered, a glass breaking sound is played, followed by loud police alarm with...

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Jan 21
Analyst: Apple invests in 'tens of millions' of iOS...

The most likely use of Apple's secret US$3.9 billion long-term supply investment is for tens of millions of displays for the iPhones and iPads the company plans to sell in the near future, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said in a note to investors, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).


She estimated that Apple's $3.9 billion investment could purchase about 136 million iPhone displays, or approximately 60 million iPad displays. If those displays were coupled with touch panels, the money could buy Apple 100 million iPhone panels, or 40 million for the iPad, Huberty adds.

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Jan 21
AG cases are Verizon iPhone compatible

AG Findings (http://www.att.com/wirelessaccessories) is offering Verizon customers some of its most popular cases for the upcoming Verizon iPhone 4. 

The Vandelay Cases (US$34.99) come in multiple color and pattern choices. The two-piece design provides the ability to dock the device without removing it from the case, as well as impact protection, and access to the camera and all controls. The Vandelay Cases also sport an included holster with kickstand.

The Beetle Cases ($34.99) are crafted to be slim and light-weight and are also available in a range of colors. The design allows access to the device’s camera and controls. Each case is engineered with a shock absorbing liner.

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Jan 21
DataMind Srl announces Jade Plugin 3.0 for Apple's Aperture...

DataMind Srl has announced Jade Plugin 3.0, an update of the digital image processing plug-in for Aperture, Apple's professional photographer application.

Based on DataMind's digital image processing applications, Jade and Beryl, Jade Plugin implements algorithms to enhance color, contrast and dynamic range, remove red-eye effect and remove noise. Jade Plugin is an image enhancement tool that will automatically improve digital images directly in Aperture.

Jade will use its proprietary algorithms to enhance color, contrast and dynamics, automatically detect and remove red-eye effect and to reduce noise. In addition, it provides manual controls to fine-tune the intensity value, increase the contrast and apply the color correction for unbalanced images. The red-eye removal can be tuned by setting the threshold level, the intensity of correction and by directly selecting the eye or image area to be corrected.

Jade Plugin requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher and...

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Jan 21
iFunia releases 3DGallery for Mac OS X

iFunia has announced 3DGallery for Macintosh. It's a 3D photo gallery maker that can turn digital photos into a flash image presentation.

Users can view their photos in 3D and upload the 3D flash photo gallery to liven up web sites or blogs. You can add photos and music and choose from a variety of preset 3D flash gallery templates to create personalized flash galleries for sharing.

iFunia 3DGallery for Mac is priced at US$39.95 for a personal license. A commercial license is also available. For more info or a demo go to the iFunia web site (http://www.ifunia.com).

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Jan 21
Report: 65% of Apple's sales came from iOS devices

The iPhone and iPad generated US$15 billion of revenue for Apple last quarter. In addition, the iPod touch generated about $2.3 billion, implying that iOS based devices were responsible for sales of $17.3 billion -- or 65% of Apple's revenue, says the asymco research group (http://macte.ch/J7SsG).

Mac OS X powered hardware generated 20% of sales. The sale of Mac OS X software (both the operating system and applications for it) accounted for another $786 million or 3% of total. In addition, asymco suggests the proportion of sales due to apps in the Apple App Store is nearly half, or another $600 million (a bit more than 2%).

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Jan 21
Apple adds suppliers for iPhone 5

Apple has added Foxconn Electronics, Foxlink, Gold Circuit Electronics and Epistar as component suppliers for the upcoming iPhone 5, scheduled for launch during the summer (or perhaps the fall), says Chinese-language "Economic Daily News " -- as reported by "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/9Ph5X).

Foxconn will become the iPhone 5's new earphone supplier, the article says. With a shortage of HDI boards, Apple has also purportedly added GCE as a supplier, but will continue to source from Compeq Manufacturing and Unimicron Technology. And ED chipmaker Epistar could break into Apple's supply chain after forming a strategic alliance with Japan's Toyoda Gosei, which also provides Epistar access to Toyoda technologies, says "DigiTimes."

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Jan 21
FontDoctor 8 is in the house

FontGear has released FontDoctor 8 for Macintosh. It's an update of the font problem diagnosis and repair utility for graphic designers and the publishing industry.

The new version can identify and fix common font related problems that often interrupt creative workflow and production, according to the folks at FontGear. FontDoctor can also optimize workflow by creating a library of manageable font files and folders organized by font foundry name, family name, and more.

Version 8 introduces an updated interface, faster diagnosis and repair, enhanced reporting with charts, updated font cache cleaning, and a new font comparison tool used to contrast the unique properties of separate font files side-by-side.

FontDoctor 8 is available for US$69.99 for a single user license, and $350 for a site license. Version 7.x users can upgrade to version 8 for $19.99.

FontDoctor 8 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. Purchases, upgrades and a demo version are...

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Jan 21
Apple updates 'Purchase Policies' web page

Apple has updated its “Purchase Policies” web page (http://macte.ch/Ui8ZC) to reflect the end of re-stocking fees on opened Apple products, reports "ifoAppleStore" (http://www.infoapplestore.com).

As previously reported, the change was sparked by the addition of Personal Set-Up services to each purchase of a Mac or iPod, which includes the unboxing of the product. Previously, product returns were accepted within 14 days without a re-stocking fee, but only if the product box was un-opened. Now, since the Specialist or customer opens the product within the store, a re-stocking fee on opened products is no longer appropriate, says "ifoAppleStore."

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Jan 21
Apple restates pledge for safe working conditions

Apple restated its pledge to provide safe working conditions for workers assembling of its products after environmental groups in China released a report criticizing the tech company for failing to be transparent about its suppliers, reports "IDG News" (http://macte.ch/JcG1Z).

"Apple is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility throughout our supply base," Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said in a statement. The company requires all suppliers to sign up to Apple's code of conduct before the contracts are made. Compliance is then monitored through factory audits and measures to correct violations, says IDG.

Apple has recently beenranked last out of 29 global technology companies in terms of responsiveness and transparency to health and environmental concerns in China, according to a Beijing-based nonprofit group -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (...

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Jan 21
Apple releases new Brother printer, scanner drivers

Apple has released new Brother printer and scanner drivers for Mac OS X 10.6.

Both require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. You can find the drivers here (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669#brother). Or you can obtain 'em via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Jan 21
Christofle, LaCie reveal Galet USB Key

Christofle and LaCie have introduced Galet, an USB key with design by Christofle, a French luxury brand. It costs US$139 and comes with 4GB of storage.
 
Here's how it's described: "Hand-crafted in France, each piece is individually plated with precious silver through Christofle’s 150 year-old silvering process. Then it is carefully inspected for a smooth finish and radiant polish, which guarantees its excellence. The Galet is assembled and hand packed in a charming gift box at LaCie’s factory in Paris, ensuring each Galet represents the finest presentation and quality. Once the process is complete, the result is a timeless gift that will bring convenience and luxury to one’s daily life."

The Galet includes LaCie’s Private-Public software with password protection. The Galet is available in Christofle boutiques worldwide, as well as the LaCie Online Store (http://www.lacie.com).

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Jan 21
TimeTag is new time sheet app for Mac OS X

Capparsa has debuted TimeTag (http://www.capparsa.com) at the Mac App Store. It's a personal time sheet application that allows you to create and use descriptive tags to track the time spent on your day's activities.

Time Tag avoids the long list of time records and instead automatically and intelligently groups together hours by activity. This allows the user to know where his day went without the need for a calculator and spreadsheet app.

TimeTag, originally an iOS-only app, was completely re-designed for the Mac. You can categorize tags, so a group of tags can be "Being Productive" or "Leisure Time."

TimeTag also features a filter that allows the user to pull up a specific subset of records. There can be combined with the export feature, which lets you export all or some of your records for use in other apps.

Time Tag requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. It costs US$4.99 and is available...

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Jan 21
Akvis NatureArt adds Frost effect

Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has upgraded Akvis NatureArt -- a tool for "imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos" -- to version 2.0.

In addition to the six nature effects previously offered by NatureArt (Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire), version 2.0 offers a new nature effect: Frost. The Frost effect allows you to adorn an image with an openwork of frost crystals. Also in the new version is the possibility to save/load selections.

What's more, version 2.0 of NatureArt introduces the ability to create new images. The New Image dialog provides a choice of default presets for creating your own postcards, posters, and other projects. You can create nature scenes from scratch, such as converting a blank background into a sea view or a night sky with scattered, glistening stars. You can even draw a unique picture with the help of NatureArt's effects.

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Jan 21
iSkin unveils new fashion line for tablets, notebooks

iSkin (http://www.iskin.com) has unveiled a new fashion line for tablets and notebooks. The Q.West Collection features 16 gadget carriers.

The collection melds new influences from fashion runways and hip elements previously seen in iSkin products. Although designed with Apple products in mind, the Q.West Collection fits similar-sized mobile, camera, tablet and notebook computer models. See the complete line at the iSkin web site.

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Jan 21
TinyBooks Pro now a native Mac OS X app

Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates (http://www.winograd.com) has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 7.0.5. It's now a native Mac application and requires an Intel-based Mac running OSX. (Rosetta is no longer required.)

The new TinyBooks Pro also includes Quarterly Bottom Line Reports, TypeAhead Comments, support for keyboard navigation, mouse scroll wheels, easier backups, resizable windows, and more.

TinyBooks Pro is a single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. To use you enter your expenses and income, and TinyBooks Pro does the rest. Current and year-to-date on-the-fly totals are continually displayed. Fully automatic bar-charting of all expense and income accounts make the determination of monthly trends intuitively obvious, according to the folks at Space-...

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Jan 21
Sync iTunes across devices and user libraries with SuperSync 4.0

SuperSync 4.0 (http://www.supersync.com) has been rebuilt from the ground up to let users sync iTunes libraries across multiple computers and accounts. Now you can access and merge music and video with another SuperSync library, computer, hard drive, network volume, iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

SuperSync eliminates duplication by allowing merging across user accounts and libraries. Users now have an "all access pass" to their iTunes content, says SuperSync President Brad Lowe.

SuperSync 4.0 is available for purchase online for as US$29 for a two-pack, $39 for a five-pack, and $49 for a 10-pack. SuperSync 4.0 is a free upgrade for all current SuperSync owners.

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Jan 21
Troi Automatisering releases URL Plug-in 2.5 for FileMaker Pro...

Troi Automatisering has announced the availability of Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 for FileMaker Pro 11.

Troi URL Plug-in can help you fill in forms on the Internet, all from FileMaker Pro. It also retrieves data or images from web sites. Version 2.5 adds compatibility with Windows 7 and with FileMaker Pro 11. It also adds new features like improved proxy support and image handling and more.

A fully functional demo version of Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 is available for downloading from Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/urlplugin.html).

Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition (SP 3), Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Licenses cost US$69 per...

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Jan 21
MultiMode update fixes text macro related bugs

Black Cat Systems has updated MultiMode (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/multimodeOSX.html), a Mac OS X application that lets your Mac decode several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave, to version 6.2.3. This version corrects some bugs related to text macros.

MultiMode is an US$89 application that lets your Mac decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio. It allows you to decode and display Morse Code, RTTY, FAX, SSTV, ACARS, PSK31 and many other modes on your Mac, without any extra hardware. MultiMode now also allows you to transmit in most of the modes of operation.

MultiMode Lite is also available, which offers reception of CW, RTTY, and FAX modes only. MultiMode Lite is ideal for sailors who need to be able to view weather...

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Jan 21
'MacVoices' looks at 'the teardown experts'...

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), the "Road to Macworld" continues with Kyle Wiens, co-founder and CEO of "iFixit" and the main man of the Macworld Expo feature presentation “iFixit live! The Teardown Experts Show Off Apple’s Hardware -- From the Inside Out.”

He discusses how he got started taking things apart and why being able to do so is an important part of evaluating the lifespan and viability of electronics. Apple’s design and manufacturing decisions have impacted consumers’ ability to maintain and repair their devices. Wiens talks about the trends he sees and what they mean, Apple’s affect on the industry and how they compare to others, and how he and his team will attempt live repairs on audience-provided devices at his Macworld session.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and...

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Jan 20
Apple releases iMovie 9.0.2

Apple has released iMovie 9.0.2. It's a 27.52MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later.

This update improves overall stability and fixes an issue that could cause audio playback to be out of sync. According to Apple, the update is recommended for all users of iMovie '11.

You can download it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Jan 20
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 20

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

Apple has posted Keynote, Pages and Numbers 1.3.1 for the iPad with a predictive text fix for Chinese and Japanese characters. The upgrade also fixes an issue where Numbers users lost data in new cells when the app was quit and restarted, as well as a problem where invalid region settings in iOS caused Numbers to quit.

Hunter Research and Technology have announced gyroCam 1.0.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The US$0.99 app automatically levels photos in real time, while shooting. GyroCam frames a level 4:3 sub-image from the scene.

MobileInfocenter has released deGeo 1.0 for iOS devices. It's a $0.99 photo sharing app for iOS that protects iPhone and iPad users locational privacy. The tool helps to guard personal privacy by removing the built- in...

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Jan 20
Cropmark numeric keypad offered for Bluetooth Macs

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the US$39.99 Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad for Apple wireless keyboard users. Cable/driver free and plug-and-play ready, it adds the numeric capability missing from Bluetooth-enabled Mac keyboards for the entering of figures, tables, and calculations.  

The 28-key Cropmark numeric keypad is designed for anyone who works with numbers, such as small business owners, accountants, restaurateurs, financial analysts, stock brokers, bookkeepers, and spreadsheet users. Designed with the same cylindrical base and brushed aluminum finish as the Apple keyboard, the Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad includes a custom linking connector that snaps in, integrating the keypad with the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

It features a full set of number keys, including forward delete, page up, page down and five additional function buttons. Scissor-type membrane keys...

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