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Jul 06
'Consumer Reports': iPhone 4 signal issues aren't...

A new "Electronics Blog" at "Consumer Reports" (http://macosg.me/2/h6) says the iPhone 4's supposed reception problems aren't unique and that all phones are subject to interference from the human who is using them.

"And even if the alleged signal loss is real, there's an absence of hard evidence that iPhone 4 reception is problematic compared to past iPhones; indeed, there's evidence of just the opposite," Mike Gikas writes in the article. "... From my day of testing, I've determined that the iPhone 4 performs much better than the 3GS in situations where signal is very low, at -113 dBm (1 bar). Previously, dropping this low all but guaranteed that calls would drop, fail to be placed, and data would no longer be transacted at all. I can honestly say that I've never held onto so many calls and data simultaneously on 1 bar at -113 dBm as I have with the iPhone 4, so it's readily apparent that the new baseband...

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Jul 06
Apple fourth on Experian Hitwise Hot 100 E-Retailer list

Apple ranks fourth in the latest UK Experian Hitwise Hot 100 E-Retailer list (http://www.hitwise.com/uk). Hitwise provides insights on how eight million UK Internet users interact with more than one million web sites, across 165+ industries.

Apple.com is listed above the retail sites of Windows manufacturers such as HP (ranked 24th), Dell (36th). iTunes ranks 66th. The top three on the list are Amazon, Argos and Play.com.

Experian Hitwise measures the largest sample of Internet users -- 25 million worldwide, including eight million in the UK. The company has developed proprietary software that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use to analyze web site logs created on their network. This anonymous data is aggregated and provided to Hitwise, where it's analyzed to provide a range of industry standard metrics relating to the viewing of web sites including page requests, visits, average visit length...

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Jul 06
Lenova exec: thank goodness Apple doesn't care about China

Apple is missing a huge opportunity in the Chinese market, according to Liu Chuanzhi, the head of Lenovo, the country’s leading computer maker. The company holds about 30% of its home market, which is one of the fastest growing globally and which is expected to become the world’s largest within a year.

Speaking of Apple’s chief executive, Lenovo’s founder and chairman, told the "Financial Times" (http://macosg.me/2/h7): “We are lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn’t care about China. If Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble.”

Apple’s products are proving to be as desirable for Chinese consumers as for their international peers, but official channels for their sale are extremely limited, the article adds. The company has only a handful of flagship stores and authorized resellers in the country’s largest cities.

However, as...

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Jul 05
Some Apple App Store accounts reportedly compromised

Compromised Apple App Store accounts have been abused by rogue developers to boost their ranking and increase their sales, according to a report at "The Register" (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/05/itunes_app_store_manipulation/).

Hijacked accounts were reportedly used to buy multiple copies of previously obscure Vietnamese-language eBooks, in an apparent bid to game the iTunes ranking system. The eBooks concerned have been pulled from Apple's store and the account of seller Thuat Nguyen of mycompany has been suspended.

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Jul 05
EU legislation could force Apple to change software policies

Neelie Kroes may also launch a probe into interoperability between various smartphone platforms, including iPhone, reports "Rethink Wireless" (http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2010/07/05/apple-face-eu-probe-new-antit...).

Kroes has already fined Microsoft $1.4bn for lack of software openness, and is now focusing on whether smartphone vendors comply with new European interoperability rules. Kroes specifically named Apple's App Store as an example of a closed environment.

"We need to make sure that significant market players cannot just choose to deny interoperability with their product," he says. "This is particularly important in cases where standards don't exist ... This is not just about Microsoft or any big company like Apple, IBM or Intel. The main challenge is that...

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Jul 05
'MUG Event Calendar': MacSpeech, Wi-Fi picnic, more

"The MUG Event Calendar" roars back to life this week, with a wide variety of speakers, topics and presentations.

Jay Gonzales of MacSpeech will present to a California group, a Mac dealer will show off the iPad in Kansas, “free stuff” will be identified at a Florida group, an annual “Wi-Fi picnic” will be held in New Jersey, and Time Machine and iPhoto backups will be the focus at at group in Australia.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups, Mac User Groups are starting to officially celebrate the holiday season.

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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Jul 02
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 2

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/).

Paragon Software Group has released a mobile version of the UEFA Football Dictionary for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The US$15.99 reference source provides trilingual translations or monolingual word definitions in three official UEFA languages -- German, English and French -- of all terms related to football. 

EmirBytes has announced Splash Factory 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch platform, utilizing the touch interface. It's $2.99 level app for splashing colors on your photos. It boasts a color/object selection method whereby users can mix either selection by shades of color and/or by area definition.

The official website of the state of Rhode Island (http://www.RI.gov) has...

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Jul 02
Macsimum Poll: iPhone 4 owners, are you having reception...

In this week's poll, we're asking iPhone 4 owners whether they're having reception problems. The poll can be found at the right hand side of our home page, below the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if you planned to buy an iPhone 4. Fifty-percent said "yes, but not during launch week," 22% said "no, not until it's freed from AT&T," 21% said "yes, and I gotta have it now," and 7% said "no, never."

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Jul 02
'NY Times': Apple working on Apple TV overhaul

Quoting "several people familiar with Apple’s television-related efforts," "The New York Times" (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/apple-hopes-to-re-enter-the-liv...) says the company is working on an update to its Apple TV and software, and will offer a completely redesigned interface for it.

Said folks told the "Times" it's not clear whether Apple will create an entirely new product as well as update the software. They also said Apple might base a new television design on its iOS operating system, which is on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

"Another person, who recently left Apple and was involved with the company’s television group, said some of the more advanced work on the next version of the TV is not taking place within the Apple TV group, but within another design...

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Jul 02
LapWorks releases multi-adjustable notebook stand

LapWorks has released the Mantis Notebook Arm (http://www.laptopdesk.net/mantis-notebook-arm.html), a configurable support stand for any notebook computer. It's supported by a single pedestal that's broken into three sections with adjustable locking hinge joints.

This design allows it to be configured as tall as a standing lectern or as low as floor height or anywhere in between. The Mantis also can be cantilevered over a bed to support a notebook.

It has rubber tipped supports to grip any laptop so that it stays secure while in use. The Mantis Notebook Arm is available now at LapWorks. It retails for US$209.95, but is on sale for $189.95 with free shipping.

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Jul 02
imToo offers iPhone Transfer Plus for Macs, PCs, iPhones

ImTOO (http://www.imtoo.com) has released iPhone Transfer Plus (iPhone 4 compatible) for the Mac and PC, an upgraded version of its previous iPhone Transfer. The US$39.95 app allows users to transfer media from iPhone to a computer and computer to an iPhone.

According to the folks at imToo, the main purpose of iPhone Transfer Plus is to help users better manage their media. It will also allow transfer of media from iPhone directly to iTunes. In case a computer crashes and loses all the music in one’s iTunes library, iPhone Transfer Plus can recover iTunes’ library by transferring iPhone/iPod music directly to computer or iTunes.

It has a built-in DVD, audio, and video converter. iPhone Transfer Plus will convert and transfer DVDs and videos for any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPod. The iPhone Transfer Plus’ built-in DVD ripper lets one rip DVDs directly to iPhone. The program will automatically adjust video...

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Jul 02
DriveSavers data recovery ready for iPhone 4

DriveSavers, which specializes in data recovery services, has announced that the company’s data recovery services are available for iPhone 4 users and its iOS operating system.

"Apple consistently innovates how consumers interact with technology and the iPhone 4 is no exception," says Scott Gaidano, president of DriveSavers Data Recovery. "Since the launch of the first iPhone, consumers have grown to depend on these smartphones daily -- storing precious videos, photos, and contact information. Our 25 years of experience recovering data from Apple have positioned us as the logical choice for expert data recovery."

DriveSavers Data Recovery Advisors are available 24/7 to help users recover files from an iPhone 4, should data loss occur. DriveSavers iPhone 4 data recovery services are now available to consumers worldwide. To learn more about DriveSavers and our iPhone data recovery services, to to...

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Jul 02
The MacJury looks at Hulu Plus

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to look at Hulu, which recently announced their new monthly subscription model, Hulu Plus, that includes current TV show episodes from the major networks, HD formats and iPhone and iPad compatibility.

With the many other online video content options available, is another monthly bill worth it? The MacJury examines the evidence, including comparisons to Roku, TiVo, iTunes Store offerings and more. Where does Netflix fit into the picture? Can we finally unplug from cable?

Deliberations on the value of Hulu Plus, the controversy over the subscription-plus-advertisements model and more are conducted by the panel of Katie Floyd, Mark Fuccio, Maria Langer and host Chuck Joiner.

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Jul 02
Black Cat Systems releases Elmer version 8.0.0 for Mac OS X

Black Cat Systems says Elmer 8.0.0, has been released for Mac OS X. This version includes the new Technician Class question pool, which went into effect July 1.

Elmer creates sample tests to help you prepare for your amateur (ham) radio written examination. It contains all FCC question pools for each of the three written exams: Technician, General, and Extra Class.

Elmer will grade your sample test, showing you which questions were answered incorrectly. It will also indicate if you passed the exam. The app keeps track of quick questions give you difficulty, and custom tailors exams to emphasize these questions.

A demo copy of Elmer may be downloaded from the Black Cat Systems web site at http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/elmer.html for US$24.99; versions for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch are also available.

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Jul 02
Akvis updates five products

Akvis has released updates for five photo editing programs. Bugs have been fixed and 64-bit support has been added to the plug-in versions of these programs.

Akvis has updated Enhancer 11.5, Noise Buster 7.5, Coloriage 7.5, ArtSuite 6.5, and Magnifier 3.5. All are now compatible with Photoshop CS4-CS5 64-bit on Mac and Windows systems. For more info go to http://www.akvis.com .

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Jul 02
Apple to announce quarterly finances on July 20

Apple plans to announce the financial results of its third fiscal quarter on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific). The company will hold a live QuickTime stream of the event.

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Jul 02
Analyst: Apple to enter the connected TV market in 2-3 years

In a report to clients, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Apple is "well positioned" to enter the connected TV market in 2-4 years. According to "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/h0), he cites several reasons to believe Apple is working on such a project. Among them:

° The Apple TV set-top box, which Apple still calls a "hobby," hasn't had a hardware update since it was released more than three years ago. Munster thinks we may soon see an updated, low-cost Apple TV set-top-box with updated software and possibly an App Store,

° The release of the new Mac mini with a built-in HDMI output is a sign that the company is trying to simplify the process of making the Mac the center of a home theater. "We see this as a small, intermediate step towards a larger move into the living room with an all-in-one, connected TV," Munster writes.

Munster thinks Apple could create an all-in-one, connected TV that...

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Jul 02
Another lawsuit filed over iPhone 4 antenna problems

Another lawsuit has been filed regarding the iPhone 4's antenna problems. According to a "Boston Globe" report (http://macosg.me/2/gy), the law firm of Carp Law Offices LLC, has filed suit against Apple and AT&T.

The firm, representing an iPhone owner, is seeking an injunction to halt production of the iPhone 4 until Apple fixes defective phones it has already sold. Similar suits have been filed in California, Maryland, and New Jersey.

Apple says it sold over 1.7 million iPhone 4's so far. However, some folks are complaining that the phone has a defective built-in antenna that can’t receive cellular signals when the user’s hand covers the phone’s bottom left corner.

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Jul 02
Apple posts letter regarding the iPhone 4

Apple has posted a letter regarding the iPhone 4. Addressed to "Dear iPhone 4 Users," it reads:

"The iPhone 4 has been the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. It has been judged by reviewers around the world to be the best smartphone ever, and users have told us that they love it. So we were surprised when we read reports of reception problems, and we immediately began investigating them. Here is what we have learned.

"To start with, gripping almost any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by 1 or more bars. This is true of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as many Droid, Nokia and RIM phones. But some users have reported that iPhone 4 can drop 4 or 5 bars when tightly held in a way which covers the black strip in the lower left corner of the metal band. This is a far bigger drop than normal, and as a result some have accused the iPhone 4 of having a faulty antenna design.

"At the same time, we continue to read articles and receive...

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Jul 01
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 1

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/).

McAfee has announced its Trust Digital enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform (http://www.trustdigital.com/product/) for devices running iOS 4. It provides an upgrade path for existing Trust Digital EMM customers. McAfee also announced the Trust Digital platform will be delivering Mobile Device Management (MDM) capabilities. McAfee announced the close of its Trust Digital acquisition on June 3.

Priority Health says it's the first in its industry to come out with a mobile ID card app for the iPhone. The free mobile app, Priority Health Member, provides members with access to an electronic version of their ID card.

Little Worlds Studio has...

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Jul 01
macProVideo.com offers new Logic & Final Cut Studio tutorials

macProVideo.com, a leading supplier of online software tutorial-videos, has announced two new training titles focused on Apple's video and audio editing applications, Final Cut Studio and Logic Studio.

The first tutorial is called "Final Cut Pro 105: Sound Editing in Final Cut Studio." This title is produced by Michael Wohl (one of the original designers of Final Cut Pro) and it shows you how to record and edit audio for your video productions.

The second tutorial is called "Logic 304: TNT3 -- Reloaded." This release marks the beginning of Volume 3 of macProVIdeo.com's monthly Logic "Tips 'N Tricks" (TNT) tutorial series by start Logic Pro trainer Steve H. By joining the TNT series you will get up to 30 minutes of Logic Pro tips, tricks, and workflow techniques tutorials delivered to your computer, iPhone, or iPad every month for an entire year.

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Jul 01
FileMaker classes coming to San Jose, California

FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell are teaching the new FileMaker Training Series (FTS) and the Philosophy of Scripting for FileMaker Pro 11 in San Jose, California..

The FileMaker Training Series, which will be held Jan. 17-21, is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. It offers a series of 12 training modules that cover a set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. This new series incorporates the many new features of the FileMaker 11 product line throughout the modules but stresses good programming skills for FileMaker 7, 8, 8.5, 9 and 10.

You can take the first three days or the last two days of the FileMaker Training Series. Or youcan take all five days and save US$500.

The Philosophy of Scripting, to be held Jan. 24-28, covers intermediate and advanced scripting and calculations over a five day period. Developed from the "Scriptology" book and CD ROM, these courses are...

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Jul 01
J.P. Morgan ups Apple price target to $390

Apple has been added to J.P. Morgan's Analyst Focus List, and the price target for the "overweight" stock increased to $390 by December of 2011. According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) Analyst Mark Moskowitz said it is the growth of the iPhone and iPad, "combined with untapped international opportunities for the Mac, that will send Apple's stock soaring to new heights."

The analyst is forecasting that:

° The iPhone 4 will finally push Apple past the 10-million-per-quarter threshold.

° Apple will sell 3.8 million iPads in the June quarter and 21.5 million in the company's 2011 fiscal year.

° Apple has great potential to grow the Mac market internationally.

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Jul 01
China Mobile wants customized iPhone?

China Mobile, the country's largest telecom operator, is trying to convince Apple into making a customized version of the iPhone that would work on a network based on homegrown TD-SCDMA technology, reports "InformationWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/gx).

However, most observers aren't holding their breath since Apple hasn't even released a CDMA version of the iPhone, "though it is likely this will happen," the article adds. CDMA (for "code division multiple access") refers to any of several protocols used in second-gen and third gen wireless communications devices.

CDMA and GSM are the names of competing cellular phone standards. They're about equal in the U.S. in terms of users, but overseas there's only GSM other than a few places like Japan, India, and Korea. Out of the four national carriers in the U.S., two -- Sprint and Verizon -- use CDMA, the other two--AT&T and T-Mobile -- use GSM.

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Jul 01
Rumor: Apple plans cloud capabilities for iTunes

"The Boy Genius Report" (http://macosg.me/2/gw) says that "one of our reliable Apple sources has just filled us in on some of the company’s iTunes plans, including cloud capability with capabilities broken down into three groups:

° Streaming music and movies from Apple’s servers to your computers, devices, etc.;

° Streaming music and movies from your home computers to your other computers, remote devices, etc.;

° Wireless iTunes syncing with devices.

If "Boy Genius" is right, this sounds like the much-rumored iTunes.com, aweb-based version of iTunes. The service -- if it is coming -- would likely be based on Apple's purchase of Lala six months ago. Lala -- which offered "the first and only free fully licensed service to instantly provide anywhere web access to an existing music library such as iTunes."

The goal is probably to allow Apple to implement a new iTunes feature that would...

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