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Aug 31
Cheap mobile phones aren't the whole story in emerging...

In depth interviews with low-income first-time mobile phone owners in Manila show that basic no-frills phones will meet the needs of some emerging market consumers, but others want more features -- and will pay for them, according to the Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com) research firm

“Voices of the Next Billion: Mobile Adoption at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” a new report from the Strategy Analytics Emerging Markets Communications Strategies service (EMCS), introduces a set of consumers for whom the ultra low cost handset (ULCH) is not necessarily the only viable offering, despite limited spending power. With household incomes of $ 200 a month or less, these consumers fall well below the median for metropolitan Manila.

“They obviously do not have a lot of money to spare,” notes Tom Elliott, dDirector of EMCS and author of the study. “But if they want an...

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Aug 31
MacLogger DX updated to version 5.29

Dog Park Software (http://www.dogparksoftware.com/MacLoggerDX.html) has updated MacLogger DX, ham radio logging software, to version 5.29. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.

MacLoggerDX logs into your favorite Telnet DXCluster and as DX Spots are received, tunes your radio to the spot, looks up the call and displays the station on the real time grey line 2D and 3D Maps with distance and bearing from your station and real-time propagation by band. If you decide to work the station, MacLoggerDX is ready to instantly add the QSO and your Radio's VFO information to your log and can swing your beam around to work the station Direct or Long Path. MacLoggerDX supports ADIF Import/Export and is fully compatible with eQSL.cc and the ARRL LOTW.

MacLoggerDX 5.29 works with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. A single user license is US$95, though version 5.29...

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Aug 30
Apple sued for patent infringement regarding iAds

Another day, another lawsuit. StreetSpace, a company headquartered in Malaysia, is suing several companies, including Apple, for infringing a patent related to location-based ads such as Apple's iAds, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

StreetSpace makes a remote Internet terminal known as the Web Station. The lawsuit -- filed last week in a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California -- alleges that iAds is in violation of StreetSpace patent 6,847,969 because it delivers personalized advertisements based on a user's location, profile and usage history. The delivery of ads on the iPhone, iPod touch and (eventually) the iPad is infringing on the '969 patent owned by StreetSpace, the company claims.

The StreetSpace patent -- published in 2005 -- is for: "A method and system for providing, personalized and integrated online services for communications and...

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Aug 30
Apple cuts Nvidia rating, foreseeing more Apple distancing

Standard & Poor’s analyst Clyde Montevirgen has cut his rating on Nvidia to Strong Sell from Hold, while keeping his $9 price target on the stock, reports "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/08/30/nvidia-sp-downgrades...).

“Considering our concern about weakening consumer PC demand and anticipated market share loss as Apple shifts vendors, we are more confident in our forecast for sub-industry growth over the next few quarters, and believe the shares will under perform,” he writes in a research note to clients. "“Although its Tegra line provides growth opportunities, we are cautious of sales following customers’ initial product ramps. Meanwhile, the share price implies a forward P/E multiple that is currently...

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Aug 30
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 30

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/).

MiniMonos has announced MiniMonos Flight 1.0 for iOS, an iPhone adaptation of the US$1.99 game in MiniMonos, the children's virtual world. Players of the game become flying monkeys, and have to tilt their iPhones left and right to swoop through the sky, collecting wind clouds and avoiding energy-sapping pollution clouds. Trampolines on the ground provide bouncing rescues to monkeys that get too low.

Scivone LLC. and Japan Animation Creators Association has released JAniCA Stopwatch 1.0 for iOS, their new 1/24&1/30 frame stopwatch developed specifically for Japanese animation production. The $2.99 app is a digital recreation of the original analog version created by Murata Kazuya. The frame rate for Japanese animation is 24 frames per second,...

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Aug 30
'Bizarre' QT flaw discovered

A security researcher has unearthed a “bizarre” flaw in Apple's QuickTime Player that can be exploited to remotely execute malicious code on Windows-based PCs, even those running the most recent versions of operating system, says "The Register" (http://macosg.me/2/t4).

Technically, the inclusion of an unused parameter known as “_Marshaled_pUnk” is a backdoor because it is the work of an Apple developer who added it to to the QuickTime code base and then, most likely, forgot to remove it when it was no longer needed, the article adds. So it apparently remained undetected for at least nine years until Ruben Santamarta of Spain-based security firm Wintercore discovered it and realized it could be exploited to take full control of machines running Windows 7, Microsoft's most secure operating system to date.

“The bug is is pretty bizarre,” H D Moore, CSO of Rapid7 and chief architect of the Metasploit...

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Aug 30
Predicto members think Apple will announce a new Apple TV...

The members of Predicto (http://www.predicto.com), a web site that offers regular polls, think Apple will announce a new version of the Apple TV at its special event tomorrow.

Of those who have voted so far, 76% are expecting a new Apple TV, and 24% are not expecting such an announcement.

Apple's special event will be held at 1 pm (Pacific) at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The invitation shows a guitar with an Apple logo/cut-out indicating that the event will focus on music instead. Or perhaps in addition to Apple TV Take Three.

The event will be held at 1 pm (Pacific) at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Doubtless, new iPods will be introduced. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess.

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Aug 30
'MUG Event Calendar': Andy Ihnatko, HDR Eflex Pro,...

September starts with some special guests on this week's "MUG Event Calendar."

"Chicago Sun-Times" columnist and "MacNotable" Andy Ihnatko will present to a Chicago user group, Ben Kerosky of Apple will be the guest to show off iTunes in Alaska, and nik Software will talk about HDR Eflex Pro at a California group. Other topics up for discussion this week include computer security, favorite apps, screencasting, GarageBand and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (http://www.mugcenter.com), 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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Aug 30
AMD dropping the ATI brand nam

AMD will do away with the ATI name as it plans to introduce a range of new products incorporating both AMD microprocessor technology and a Radeon graphics tech on the same chip, according to "The Tech Report" (http://techreport.com/discussions.x/19547)

The plan is to replace "ATI Radeon" and "ATI FirePro" with "Radeon" and "FirePro", along with a "sprinkling" of AMD corporate identity, the article adds. Existing products, including the Radeon HD 5000 series, won't be renamed.  Instead, AMD says the first products to carry the "AMD Radeon" label will be introduced later this year.

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Aug 30
iPads now shipping within 24 hours

The Apple Store is now shipping all iPad models within 24 hours, indicating Apple now has plenty of its tablet to to satisfy pent-up demand. 



On the flip side, the iPhone 4 seems to actually be in shorter supply than before, notes "I4U News" (http://macosg.me/2/sy). The Apple Store states now that the 16GB and 32GB black iPhone 4 ship in 3 weeks. The white iPhone 4 is of course still not available at all.

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Aug 30
Apple seeks iBookstore marketing manager

A new Apple job posting (http://macosg.me/2/sx) shows that Apple is looking for a marketing manager for iBookstore. It will be the manager's responsibility to drive awareness and sales of iBooks through co-marketing programs with publishers and authors, strategic partnerships, and via online and direct marketing tactics.

iBooks is Apple's ebook/PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or downloaded a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. iBooks is a free download at the Apple App Store.

According to Apple, the iBookstore marketing manager will:

° Integrate iBookstore into all facets of marketing campaigns for key book releases (web, social networking, print, on-air, events, promotions, pr, grass roots, etc.);

° Identify new iBookstore...

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Aug 30
Clearwire introduces Rover 4G mobile broadband service

Clearwire Corp. (http://www.clearwire.com) has unveiled Rover. a pay-as-you-go 4G mobile broadband service Rover’s flagship device is the Rover Puck, an ergonomically designed portable Wi-Fi hotspot that lets you share broadband access, or “Puck”, with up to eight devices at home, out on the town or nearly anywhere you wish.

The Rover Puck can slip into a purse or backpack and serve as an on-the-go broadband access point for devices such as laptops, netbooks, the iPad, the iPod touch, smartphones, PSP systems, game consoles, and Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras, among others. Users have the option to connect up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.

The Rover Puck purportedly features mobile download speeds of three to six mbps, with bursts over 10 mbps (up to 4x faster than conventional 3G), using Clearwire’s 4G network. The Rover Puck is available today for US$149.99.

The Rover...

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Aug 30
New Sena Keyboard Folio case turns the iPad into a netbook

Sena Case has debuted the leather Folio Keyboard (http://www.senacases.com/apple/apple-ipad-cases/keyboard-folio/) case for the iPad. It sports an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and is made from European leather.

The Folio Keyboard offers a book style, side folding design with cutouts for play-through functionality. This allows the device to be fully functional within the case and features an integrated recessed collapsible back stand that folds flush to act as a stand while holding the iPad at an angle to watch videos, surf the web, view slideshows, photos, and presentation.

This leather portfolio book design is comprised of premium leather providing a soft layer to gently protect your iPad, says Sena Cases CEO, Ramsey Oten. The integrated Bluetooth keyboard allows you to work and type faster ergonomically.

The...

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Aug 30
Marketcircle releases Billings Pro for Mac OS X

Marketcircle has released Billings Pro (http://www.marketcircle.com/billingspro), an update to its time billing and invoicing solution for Mac OS X and the iPhone. It's a multi-user time tracking and invoicing application for for multi-user businesses, with a web interface for workers to track time.

Billings Pro uses Marketcircle's Apple Design Award Winning desktop interface from Billings 3, as well as an iPhone application based heavily off of their Billings Touch app. The synchronization technology is derived from Marketcircle's Daylite software.

New in Billings Pro is the addition of a web interface called Timecard. Timecard allows staff members to track time, mileage, and expenses from any modern browser. This includes Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and mobile browsers for the iPhone, iPad Android, and Blackberry. Billings Pro includes over 30...

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Aug 30
'MacVoices' looks at how one school users iPads

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Fraser Speirs of Connected Flow guests.

He's not just a software and app developer, but also teaches computing in a local school. For this school year, the school decided to give every student an iPad, and to integrate Apple's latest device into the teaching methodology in a big way. Speirs explains how the decision came about, the cost of funding the project, and why it was viewed as a favorable investment in the future.

He covers training, app picks and management, iPad acceptable use issues both at school and at home, and some of the issues they are having with current Apple App Store policies. Hoping that other schools around the world will undertake similar projects, Speirs provides some recommendations on the process, how to plan, and some of the decisions that have to be made with regard to many of the online educational resources.

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Aug 30
DockView is new Dock extender app

Kapeli has released DockView (http://kapeli.com/dockview/), a new Mac OS X app that extends the Dock and makes it aware of the windows that applications have open. With the app, whenever a user points the mouse at an application's icon, thumbnail images of the windows are displayed.

DockView helps Mac OS X users visualize the windows they currently have open and find the window they're looking for. It's also able to display the previews in the default Mac CMD Tab application switcher. Users can identify the application they are looking for and reduce the time it takes to switch between applications.

DockView is a 3.8 MB download that requires Mac OS X 10.6. ("Snow Leopard"). It may be purchased for US$7.99. The free version displays an alert every now and then and is otherwise fully unrestricted.

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Aug 30
Contactizer gets Snow Leopard compatibility

Objective Decision (http://www.objective-decision.com) has updated Contactizer Pro, a collaborative personal information manager for Mac OS X, to version 3.8.8. The upgrade sports full Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") compatibility and more.

Contactizer 3.8 is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's an Universal Binary product so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel based Macs.

This upgrade is free for all registered 3.5 and Contactizer users. Version 3.1.x and previous license owners can upgrade for US$69. Contactizer Pro retails for $119 and Contactizer Express for $54.90. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 30
Before Dawn Solutions announces Mac mini hosting, colocation

Before Dawn Solutions (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com) has announced Mac mini colocation at their hosting facility located in Denver Colorado. They're adding Mac mini hosting to our other hosting offerings, shared hosting, colocation, virtual private servers and dedicated servers.

Mac mini hosting starts at US$35. It's available immediately from the Before Dawn Solutions online.

Features include: 100 GB of transfer; one power connection (remote restart/start/stop is available); one IP Address (more are available); multi-homed tier 1 network, with an aggregate 5GB into the facility; SAS70 - type II audited; PCI compliant; physical security, secure card, video, and bio scan; temperature and power conditioned.

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Aug 30
Today for iCal offers new default calendar feature

Second Gear (http://secondgearllc.com) has released Today 2.5, an update of the US$15 Mac OS X application for managing iCal events and tasks. The new version adds the ability to set a default calendar for new events and tasks you create inside Today.

Version 2.5 also adds support for creating daily, weekly, monthly or yearly recurring events. What's more, the update should also be a better MobileMe syncing citizen by remembering your calendar preferences more reliably between machines.

Today distinguishes between different events based on the calendar color you define in iCal. Assign a keyboard shortcut, and you can toggle Today's visibility in a split second. Adding new events and tasks can be accomplished in the same way. You can also schedule next week's meeting or a quick task in Today. No iCal required.

It synchronizes calendar information from an iPhone and iPod touch and...

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Aug 30
Times for Red releases public beta of Red Pill 1.0 for Mac OS X

Times for Fun has announced a public beta release of Red Pill, a new image editor for Mac. A final version is scheduled for release in the near future. Red Pill offers 10 useful tools and handles big image.


Features include: tools like magic wand, brush, paint bucket and clone stamp; transform and adjust filters; a paste into command; float/anchor selection; unlimited undo; the ability to resize, rotate and flip an image; a quick save command; file manager and batch processing

The public beta version is available for download at http://www.timesforfun.de/Red_Pill.html . Just remember : beta software is unfinished software, so use with care.

Red Pill is build for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Aug 30
Intel to acquire Infineon's Wireless Solutions business

Infineon Technologies and Intel Corp. (http://www.intel.com) have entered into a definitive agreement to transfer Infineon's Wireless Solutions (WLS) business to Intel in a cash transaction valued at approximately US$1.4 billion.

WLS, a provider of cellular platforms to top tier global phone makers, will operate as a standalone business serving its existing customers. WLS will also contribute to Intel's strategy to make connected computing ubiquitous from smartphones to laptops to embedded computing, says Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO.

Intel's goal is to expand its mobile and embedded product offerings to support additional customers and market segments, including smartphones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks and embedded computing devices, he adds. Through this effort, Otellini says Intel will pair WLS' cellular technology with its core strengths to enable the delivery of low-power, Intel-based...

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Aug 30
Next MacBUS meeting will look at using Dimdim

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.macbus.org/) will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 7 pm.

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.

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:

CBS Auditorium
Dorrance Hamilton Hall
University of the Arts
320...

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Aug 30
Mail Act-On beefs up support for Act-On, Outbox rules

Indev Software has released Mail Act-On 2.17 (http://www.indev.ca/MailActOn.html), an update of the enhancement to Apple's Mail application that lets you create rules to perform actions on messages by responding to simple keystrokes. The upgrade adds preliminary support for saving /reading Act-On and Outbox rules to/from a drop box folder or shared network folder.

To use an alternate folder, use the following terminal command. defaults write ca.indev.MailActOn ruleSavePath "Path/to/dropbox" Note: This won't work with inbox rules because of potential sync problems with MobileMe.

Other new features include the use of preferred mailboxes when moving messages, and the ability for organizational rules to activate other rules to enable sophisticated workflows such as automatically filing messages that you have replied to, and using combined And/Or logic in your rules. There are also...

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Aug 30
OverSite 4.0 update for Mac OS X adds new widgets, more

Independent software developer Dave Taubler has released OverSite 4.0 (http://www.taubler.com/oversite), an update to his wireframing and interaction design application for Mac OS X.

The new version adds: new widgets, the ability to colorize the page background. and the ability to colorize individual spreadsheet cells. Also, wireframe canvases can now autosize to fit components.

The registration cost for new users is US$65; existing users can upgrade for $30. OverSite is compatible with PowerPC and Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.3 or later.

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Aug 30
MiniMail for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.3

Indev software has released MiniMail 2.0.3 (http://www.indev.ca/MiniMail.html). It provides compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6.5.

MiniMail 2.0.1 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and OS X 10.6, up to version 10.6.2. As maintenance releases for OS X 10.6 are released, MiniMail will need free updates for continued compatibility.

MiniMail keeps the single mini window mode that's familiar to version 1.X users, while introducing a new multiple window mode. In this new mode, the zoom button will miniaturize each message viewer, showing just the selected mailboxes, letting you maintain different mini windows for a focused view on different mailboxes.

MiniMail now uses Sparkle for updating so that the update process should be the familiar and the same as numerous other applications that use Sparkle. The app is now localized into French, German, Danish, and Norwegian.

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