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Jul 16
'Silicon Alley Insider': Apple wanted to buy Palm

Apple was considering buying Palm recently, along with Google and Research in Motion, according to "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-rim-google-hp-palm-2010-7), quoting "an anonymous source familiar with the negotiations." However, the companies were outbid by HP, which acquired Palm for US$1.2 billion in April.

"Apple was mostly interested in Palm's huge library of intellectual property and patents," says "Silicon Alley Insider." "And unlike some other bidders, Apple even seemed committed to funding Palm's operations, perhaps to challenge RIM's dominance in the keyboarded segment of the smartphone industry, our source says. (There's a bunch of problems with this idea, such as the idea of Apple supporting two rival app platforms, but that's what this person says.) Ultimately, Apple didn't bid high...

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Jul 16
Caller ID and click-to-dial utility adds Bluetooth speakerphone

Sustainable Softworks has released Phone Amego 1.1.14 (http://www.sustworks.com/site/prod_phoneAmego_help/PhoneAmegoHelp.html), an update of the Mac OS X (10.5 and later) tool designed to make using your phone easier when you're near your computer by providing on-screen caller ID, letting you click to dial a phone number from your Address Book or on your screen, and optionally dialing through Google Voice. This release adds Bluetooth speakerphone capability so you can answer a call from your Mac without touching your phone.

It costs US$20, though version 1.1.13 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available for download.

In addition to Mac OS X 10.5 or later Phone Amego requires: a Google Voice account or a compatible Bluetooth cell phone or a landline phone connected through a compatible USB...

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Jul 16
Survey looks at digital reading experience, satisfaction

In its fifth annual Profile of the Digital Edition Reader, conducted with BPA Worldwide certified results, digital publishing provider, Texterity confirms the increasing enthusiasm for and reliance on digital and mobile formats.

With results culled from more than 31,000 respondents, this year’s findings are split into two separate reports for consumer and B2B [business-to-business] sectors. Created as digital magazines, these reports not only present the data but analyze it in the context of the fast-changing reading environment.

This research is available free of charge at www.texterity.com/info-request . In general, trends show more engagement with digital editions, more web site use, more interaction with social media, and increased interest in mobile delivery. Highlights, averaged from consumer and B2B responses, support publishing goals:

° 86% are satisfied or highly...

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Jul 15
Apple Releases iOS 4.0.1, iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad

Apple has released iOS 4.0.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch and iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad. The former and includes a new signal bar algorithm that is purportedly more accurate.

Earlier this month, Apple said it has been using a “totally wrong” formula for calculating signal strength. iOS 4.0.1also sports redesigned bar graphics intended to make it easier for users to see. The update is available for free via Apple’s iTunes application on the Mac and Windows.

Apple says iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad offers better overall Wi-Fi connectivity along with video out reliability when using the iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter. The update also adds Bing as a supported search engine and fixes some issues. The update is also free and is also available via Apple’s iTunes application on the Mac and Windows.

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Jul 15
Polls, charts offer predictions for tomorrow's Apple...

With Apple slated to hold a press conference tomorrow, the most likely topic seems to be how to correct the iPhone 4 signal issues cited by users and proven in a recent Consumer Reports’ study.  As such, Predicto Mobile (http://www.predicto.com/), a premium mobile service content provider, has turned to consumers for their input, polling its pool of 2 million subscribers to see what they think Apple will do. 

According to results so far, it seems likely they will be pulled from shelves. When asked "With Consumer Reports declining to recommend the iPhone 4 due to flaws, will Apple recall the phones?" 61% of those surveyed said "yes," and 39% said "no."

Meanwhile, Retrevo's has posted a tongue-in-cheek flowchart/guide that "predicts" how people may feel after the announcement. You can find it at http://www.retrevo.com/content/blog/2010/07/retrevos-guide-how-youll-feel-about-apples-solution-iphone4...

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Jul 15
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 15

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/).

THQ Wireless has announced Star Wars: The Battle for Hoth for the iPhone and iPod touch is now available for download on iTunes for US$2.99. In the game, players assume the role of the commander of the Rebel forces as they defend the shield generators from the Imperial ground troops. With 15 levels, two game modes and two difficulty settings, plus a help and unit guide, the strategy game challenges players to properly place defensive units in order to stop waves of enemy units from destroying the generators. Star Wars: The Battle for Hoth was developed by Fluffy Logic.

Hypnovisualization has released AIRelaxation 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The $2.99 app is designed to help those suffering from flight phobias to reach a state of deep...

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Jul 15
Millennial Media: Apple OS ad requests up 35% in June

Mobile ad network Millennial Media says that, globally, Apple OS requests are up by 36% in June, after dropping 33% in May, as reported by "TechCrunch" (http://macosg.me/2/jj).

iPad requests are also increasing at a fast rate, growing 206%t in June, after rising 160 % in May. In terms of ad impressions, Apple’s OS remained the leading smartphone OS on Millennial’s network in June with a 56% share of impressions and an 8% growth month-over-month.

When splitting ad impressions by device manufacturer, Apple had the largest share increase of 4% with approximately 30% share of impressions in June.

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Jul 15
AFPU sues Apple, others for 'false patent marketing'

Another day, another lawsuit. The Americans for Fair Patent Use (AFPU) has filed suit against Apple, Sprint Nextel, Verizon and Samsung Telecomms and accused the companies of false patent marking, reports "TechEye" (http://macosg.me/2/ji).

The case was filed in a district court in Texas on Wednesday and alleges that the companies accused have falsely market numerous products with expired patents or patents that don't cover the market products with the intent to deceive the public. The AFPU wants monetary damages of $500 for each of the alleged violations of the statue, half of which will be paid to the US.

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Jul 15
Senator writes Jobs about iPhone 4 problems

Democratic New York Senator Charles Schumer has written an open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs about the iPhone 4 antenna issues. He says the company's current solutions are "insufficient" and wants Apple to provide a free fix for consumers, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The U.S. senator said he wants Apple to explain in writing to consumers the true cause of poor reception with the iPhone 4 with regards to its antenna/reception problems. Schumer isn't happy with Apple's solutions so far, including an in-the-works software fix that will provide a cosmetic change on how signal bars are reported to the suggestion to buy a case to cover the handset's external metal antennas.

He may be right. But it seems the senator is jumping on a controversial tech issue for a little free publicity.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Jul 15
Analyst says iPhone 4 design fix already in the works

Apple has “instituted a design fix” for the iPhone 4 that better insulates the phone’s transceiver module, according to Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar. "Barron's (http://macosg.me/2/jh) adds that the analyst is likely to offer free bumpers “as an intermediary solution.”

Kumar says he's unclear if Apple will have a recall of the iPhone 4. The Sellers Research Firm (that's me) says no, it won't.

In other matters, Kumar told clients that he expects shipments of 3.2 million iPads this fiscal quarter. He thinks sales of the Apple tablet are starting to eat into iPod sales, a trend will accelerate over time.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Jul 15
'Bloomberg': Apple antenna expert warned Jobs of...

Apple's senior antenna expert voiced concern to CEO Steve Jobs in the early design phase of the iPhone 4 that the antenna design could lead to dropped calls, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/jg), quoting a "person familiar with the matter."

Last year, Ruben Caballero, a senior engineer and antenna expert, informed Apple’s management the device’s design may hurt reception, the article says. A carrier partner also raised concerns about the antenna before the device’s June 24 release, "Bloomberg" adds, quoting "another person familiar with the situation."

Apple is holding a press event tomorrow at at its Cupertino, California, headquarters. It's expected the company will address the reported antenna/reception problems with the iPhone 4.

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Jul 15
Computer Admin Pro 5.0 released for Mac OS X, Windows

CG Software has released Computer Admin Pro 5.0 (http://www.computeradminpro.com), an update of the integrated asset management and help desk tracking software for Mac OS X or Windows.

Based on the latest version (11) of the FileMaker Pro database engine, the application offers a solution to storing and searching any data relating to computer hardware, software, maintenance, and repairs. Technicians can use a web browser to manage the ticket process, including creating, editing, and closing.

Computer Admin Pro is designed for computer consultants, IT managers, system administrators, help desk system managers, or anyone who needs to record and organize computer related information. Its asset manager feature lets the user consolidate their computer hardware and software information: computer name, location, OS, peripherals, serial and asset ID numbers. All data is fully searchable...

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Jul 15
OWC Mercury Pro SSD line is now available in capacities up to...

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) says its OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line has begun shipping in the largest capacity model available of any SandForce-based processor SSD on the market -- up to 480GB --- by being the first SSD on the market to use the new SandForce SF 1232 processor that'soptimized for the higher flash density required by these drives.

The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line is available for immediate ordering in eight configurations from 50GB to 480GB starting at US$194.99. All models are Mac and PC compatible and installs into notebooks, as well as into desktops/towers with an OWC Multi-Mount adapter kit sold separately.

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Jul 15
REAL Studio to include Cocoa framework beta in upcoming release

REAL Software says their rapid application development tool, REAL Studio, will include the option to compile a Cocoa application in the upcoming 2010 Release 3. 

REAL Software has been working on the development of the Cocoa framework for a long time and though it is not yet complete, it is far enough along that it will be made available as a beta to all REAL Studio users, according to Geoff Perlman, REAL Software Founder and CEO.

On Mac OS X there are two ways for applications to communicate with the operating system: Carbon and Cocoa. Carbon was designed to allow applications from Classic Mac OS, like REAL Studio, to run natively on Mac OS X. Cocoa is the method that has been part of Mac OS X since its introduction and all applications must move to Cocoa to continue to be modern.

"Unlike when other companies have gone through the conversion, REAL Software is trying to minimize the impact on their users," says Perlman. "One of the many benefits of using REAL...

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Jul 15
Boris FX announces new Boris Continuum Unit: Lens Blur

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) says a new Boris Continuum Unit, Lens Blur, is now available. The Boris Continuum Lens Blur Unit delivers Lens Blur, Lens Shape, and Lens Transition filters to Adobe and Apple video editing and compositing software.

Each filter is mutli-processor accelerated for fast performance on modern computing platforms, says Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder of Boris FX. The Boris Continuum Lens Blur Unit supports Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Final Cut Express, Apple Motion, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro.

The Lens Blur filters are also included with the Boris Continuum Complete 7 visual effects plug-in collection. Boris Continuum Lens Blur Unit is immediately available through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX web site at www.borisfx.com for a manufacturer's...

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Jul 15
'MacVoices' looks at disconnecting from cable

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com) Katie Floyd talks about her research into the costs, benefits and compromises of disconnecting from cable, and shares her findings.

She covers the options for over-the-air video acquisition, what is and isn't available on Hulu Plus and Netflix, and the costs of download options like the iTunes Store. On the hardware side, Apple TV, TiVo, HD antennas, dedicated streaming media boxes are covered, along with a dedicated Mac mini, remote control options and more.

"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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Jul 15
'DigiTimes': New, slimmer MacBook Air coming later...

"DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100715PD208.html) says Apple is working on botha new MacBook Air and a new iPod touch. The article says the next MacBook Air will sport an 11.6-inch display and Intel Core ULV CPU.

The machine will be released in the second half of this year and be built by Quanta computer, according to "DigiTimes." It will purportedly be even slimmer and lighter than the previous gen MacBook Air.

As to the next iPod touch, "DigiTimes" says will feature a 3-megapixel camera, capable of both photo and video recording, and will adopt Apple's latest A4 processor, which is also used in the iPhone 4.

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Jul 15
Video looks at Xcode projects for publishing a book on the Apple...

Independent developer Chris Mayer has announced a step-by-step video demo to accompany his range of complete Xcode projects for eBook authors. Entitled "It's That Easy", the video lasts just two minutes, but covers every step in creating a book app for iPad or iPhone.

Specifically designed to help authors publish their books on iPhone and iPad devices, these projects are ready-made apps, just waiting for content to be loaded in a choice of either HTML format files or PNG image files. Anyone who can edit a HTML document, or create an image in PNG format can publish a book on iPhone or iPad, sys Mayer.

Pages can be created in any HTML editor such as Dreamweaver, and may use a variety of fonts and styles, as well as images within the pages, or even be image based pages -- with a single PNG file loaded for each page. Three complete Xcode Projects (http://...

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Jul 15
ShareTool update for Mac OS X offers more reliable VPN detection

Yazsoft has updated ShareTool (http://www.yazsoft.com/st/) for Mac OS X, which lets you access all of your Bonjour services from anywhere in the world, to version 2.03. The update offers more reliable VPN detection and support and improved Bonjour service discovery.

Formerly known as Rendezvous, Bonjour lets you create an instant network of computers and smart devices by getting them connected to each other. ShareTool automatically configures routers supporting NAT-PMP or UPnP. Remote services automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, and other applications.

ShareTool 2.0.3 costs US$15 for a single-user license, $25 for a two-user license and $45 for a family pack (five licenses). Users that purchased ShareTool 1.x from April 13 to May 13, 2010 are entitled to a free 2.x upgrade.

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Jul 15
Registration opens for 2011 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) says registration is open for the 2011 International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, scheduled for Jan. 6-9, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Registration for the 2011 International CES is free to industry professionals through Sept. 30. A registration fee of US$100 will go into effect starting Oct. 1, and the fee will be $200 effective 5:01 p.m. (Eastern) Dec. 31. Hotel room rates in Las Vegas, currently at some of the lowest rates in years, are available through a special block set aside for CES registrants. Attendees, exhibitors and media can register at http://www.CESweb.org .

The International CES attracts more than 120,000 executives, retail buyers, content providers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists, engineers, government officials and media from more than 130 countries.

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Jul 15
Power Manager for Mac OS X now lets you automate tasks

DssW has updated Power Manager (http://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/), a Mac OS X utility designed to help users save energy by automating Macs, to version 4.0. The upgrade provides the ability to automate tasks and perform sequences of actions.

With Power Manager, users can schedule their Macs to start up or wake, shut down, restart, log out, switch to the log-in window, and sleep. A 30-day demo is available for download. Power Manager costs approximately US$52 for a single-user license and $387 for Power Manager Professinal. Volume discounts for 100-plus Macs are available.

Version 4.0 is free for registered users of all previous versions. System requirements are Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Jul 15
e-Node announces CalendarSet 3.6

e-Node has announced CalendarSet 3.6 (http://www.e-node.net/cs), an update of the tool for implementing calendars on 4th Dimension forms. The new versioin fixes various bugs, simplifies the license system and brings an overall better stability. 


Version 3.5 licenses can be upgraded to 3.6 for free (except original equipment licenses subscribed with a third party). Contact e-Node with a valid proof of purchase if your license was purchased from a third party. 


CalendarSet 3.6 requires 4D 2004 or higher, including 4D 11 SQL. Only one registration key is required. The key is either linked to the 4D or4D Server serial number, or to the name of the company/developer. 


Like all e-Node plug-ins, CalendarSet offers six different license types. There are no such things as MacOS vs Windows or Development vs Deployment.

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Jul 15
Turbo.264 HD SE lets you convert video for the iPad, iPhone

Elgato (http://www.elgato.com) has released a software edition of Turbo.264 HD, a video converter for the Mac. It gives users the ability to instantly edit HD camcorder clips without converting them first, and supports nearly any kind of video source format.

It uses advanced encoding technology to convert any video file to a high-quality iPhone- and iPad-compatible format. The interface offers pre-installed output formats for iPad, iPhone, YouTube and more. The software edition of Turbo.264 HD is available for download immediately in the Elgato Online Store at a price of US$49.95 USD. A hardware-accelerated version of Turbo.264 HD is also available.

Turbo.264 HD automatically detects USB camcorders and enables users to preview and edit video clips before importing them. Turbo.264 HD Software Edition does not require a lengthy conversion into an intermediate format, according to the folks at Elgato....

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Jul 15
iWeb Themes Park announces five new iWeb themes

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com/Home.html) has announced five new themes for iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite. They are Double Power, Family, Natural, Radio and Surrounding.

The original and updated iWeb themes bundle has 42 iWeb themes all in all. The package of forty themes is priced at US$39.99. Each template is available for $10.99. Three iWeb themes of your choice can be obtained for $21.98.

Every visitor of a gifts page at the iWeb Themes Park web site can download two iWeb Theme samples for free. To use the themes you'll need a Mac with iLife '08 (iWeb 2.0) or later.

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Jul 15
Registration underway for 2010 MacTech Conference

Registration is now underway for the 2010 MacTech Conference. It's a three-day technical conference designed to raise the level of knowledge for the entire Apple/Mac community.

MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Apple developers will be held Nov. 3-5, 2010, in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City. The information-packed event will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening giving attendees the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but also to get to know others in the industry.

"The whole idea of the MacTech Conference is to allow members of the Apple community to meet and exchange ideas," says Edward Marczak, conference chair and Executive Editor of "MacTech Magazine." "This will be spurred on by presentations from some of the best and well-known experts in the community."

The MacTech Conference will have two separate tracks: one focused on IT, and one focused on programming/development. Sessions will focus on both...

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