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Aug 24
Apple in 'advanced talks' with News Corps regarding TV...

Apple is in "advanced talks" with News Corp. to let iTunes users rent TV shows for US$0.99 cents and is in discussions with other media companies about similar deals, three people "familiar with the plan" told "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/rj).

Purportedly, viewers would be able to rent programs from News Corp.’s Fox for 48 hours, said the people ("who declined to be identified because discussions aren’t public"), the article adds. CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co., where Apple CEO Steve Jobs is a board member and the largest shareholder, also are in talks about joining the effort, says "Bloomberg."

The article says Apple is counting on video content to increase the appeal of the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The a la carte rental plan follows an abandoned effort to create a subscription television service and goes along with the rumored Apple TV revamp. Media companies didn’t want to endanger revenue from...

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Aug 24
WD rolls out HomePlug AV compatible solution

Western Digital (http://www.wd.com) has introduced its new WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit, a HomePlug AV compatible solution that enables consumers to use their existing electrical outlets to extend high-speed Internet connections throughout the home.

Complementing the WD TV line of media players, the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit enables consumers to deliver HD video streams to the home theater, transfer large files or play multi-player online games, all without running network cables around the home. With four ports on each of two adapters included in the kit, the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit offers users the ability to connect their router and up to seven additional devices to their high-speed network.

Featuring HomePlug AV technology, the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit purportedly provides users with data transfer speeds up to 200 megabits per second (Mbps), enabling glitch-free...

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Aug 24
GEAR4 announces SoundOrb Aurora Home Doc

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com) has announced its SoundOrb Aurora docking station. The first "made-for-iPod and works-with-iPhone" speaker system to feature a separate wireless sub-woofer and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349.99.
 
The polar white SoundBar incorporates advanced DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology that has two psychoacoustic sound algorithms, allowing you to enjoy your music and movies in Virtual Wide Stereo or Virtual Surround Sound modes, says Tom Dudderidge, owner of GEAR4. The subwoofer component is made from translucent plastic and features EveryColor ambient light.

Simultaneously producing sound and light from within the Sub-Woofer, it contains LED technology that provides ambient light remaining on the same color or light cycling through more than 16,000 different shades. It uses a five-inch, down-firing driver for bass t.

 
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Aug 24
The MacJury convenes on technology in education

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to look at technology and education.

It is that time of year again. Schools and universities around the globe welcome students back to their studies, but what tech is going with them? How are those institutions embracing (or not) laptops, iPhones, iPods and iPads? Are they keeping up with the pace of change in the
outside world, or is education establishment stuck in the past?

The MacJury examines these questions from a variety of standpoints, including hardware access and availability, textbooks vs. tech, the wisdom of funding allocations, the U.S. education market compared to other places in the world, and more. Recommendations for hardware, software and services for students and educators alike are provided by the panel of Erik Bernskiold, Pat Fauquet, Jeff Gamet, Keith Lang, Julio Ojeda-Zapata, and host Chuck Joiner.

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Aug 24
USB Fever releases new iPhone 4 accessories

USB Fever has released two new iPhone 4 accessories.

The US$149.95 Mili Power Spring (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1993) is described as "the thinnest external battery" for the Apple smartphone. The $21.99 Game Handle for iPhone 4/iPod 3G/ iPod 2G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1994) is made of a hard plastic module inside and outside it comes with silicone plastic covers to let you have better hand feel during game time.

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Aug 24
MarsEdit for Mac OS X updated to version 3.0.5

Red Sweater Software has updated MarsEdit (http://www.red-sweater.com/marsedit), weblog publishing software, to version 3.0.5. It's a maintenance update with some performance tweaks and bug fixes.

MarsEdit costs US$29.95; upgrades from previous versions are $9.95 (though version 3.0.5 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x). A 30-day demo copy is available from Red Sweater Software. MarsEdit 2 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher; it's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Aug 24
 App4mac updates Giddy Up for Mac OS X

App4mac has introduced Giddy Up 1.0.3 (http://www.app4mac.com/giddyup.html), an update of the web browser designed for kids. Mostly used by schools, it can also be used at home for all children of a family. The new version tweaks the interface and fixes some bugs.

Giddy Up -- built with the Apple Safari Engine also named WebKit -- allows you to restrict access to some web sites, the operating system, system settings, the downloading of files and applications. It was developed with the intention to add maximum security and protection for kids, according to the folks at App4Mac.

Giddy Up has a wide range of additional functions that allow users to customize their web browser to suit their parental needs and requirements. No programming skills are necessary.

Giddy Up 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs around US$48, though version 1.0.3 is a free update for...

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Aug 24
China Unicom to offer iPhone 4 on Sept. 16

China Unicom is set to launch Apple's iPhone 4 on the mainland September 16, a source from China Unicom told "Caixin Online" (http://macosg.me/2/rf).

According to the source, customers that want to buy the iPhone4 from China Unicom will need to order the phone online ahead of the launch date. China Unicom, the exclusive provider of iPhone in China, launched the 8G version of the iPhone 3GS on Aug. 9.

"Caixin Online" says the iPhone 4 is expected to suffer from the same issues related to signal reception in China. However, China Unicom will be offering iPhone cases to customers as a free gift.

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Aug 24
Sumo wrestlers getting iPads

In an effort to improve communication among its sumo wrestlers, the Sumo Association is distributing iPads to its 51 sumo stables, reports "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/re).

The Apple tablet was chosen, according to the Jiji news agency, because many stablemasters don't use computers and sumo wrestlers aren't good at punching. The association has already purchased 60 iPads, which start in Japan at 48,800 yen ($570), notes "Fortune."

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Aug 24
iPads, Kindles better than books for the environment

According to the environmental consulting firm Cleantech, which aggregated a series of studies, devices such as the iPad and Kindle are better for the environment than printed books, reports the "Washington Post" (http://macosg.me/2/rd).

How so? Cleantech says a single book generates about 7.5 kilograms (almost 17 pounds) of carbon dioxide equivalents. That's the value of all its greenhouse gas emissions expressed in terms of the impact of carbon dioxide. This figure includes production, transport and either recycling or disposal.

According to Cleantech, the iPad generates 130 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents during its lifetime, according to company estimates. Amazon has not released numbers for the Kindle, but Cleantech and other analysts put it at 168 kilograms. Those analyses don't indicate how much additional carbon is generated per book read (as a result of the energy required to host the e...

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Aug 24
Apple exec hid $150,000 in shoe boxes

Federal agents found more than US$150,000 in cash when they searched the house of Apple manager Paul Devine earlier this month, prosecutors said in court Monday, according to the IDG News Service (http://macosg.me/2/r9). Devine, an Apple global supply manager, has been accused of trading confidential Apple information in return for more than $1 million in payments, bribes and kickbacks

"He had over $150,000 stored in shoe boxes," Department of Justice Attorney Michelle Kane said, as she argued with a defense lawyer over the possible terms of Devine's release. Devine had a further $20,000 worth of foreign currency in his possession, she said, arguing that it was possible that the Apple executive might have other hidden sources of cash.

"We have identified a significant number of accounts overseas and a significant amount of money," Kane said.

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Aug 24
Iomega offers eGo drives with USB 3.0

Iomega (http://www.iomega.com) is moving to the new USB 3.0 interface for all Iomega USB 2.0 portable hard drives, beginning with the line of Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drives. And they'll sell at the same prices as their USB 2.0 versions, says Iomega.

Iomega plans to move all eGo Portable Hard Drives in 500GB and 1TB capacities to the new USB 3.0 interface by early October. They'll be compatible with all USB 2.0 computers, which is good since Apple is dragging its feet in implementing USB 3.0.

In the first quarter of 2011, Iomega plans to move the Iomega Prestige Portable Hard Drive line to USB 3.0 on all models. Shortly thereafter, Iomega will move the rest of its portable external hard drive models to the USB 3.0 interface.

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Aug 24
JVC announces new pocket cameras

JVC (http://www.jvc.com) has announced two new pocket cameras for making and sharing videos and photos: the US$199.95 PICSIO pocket cameras, models GC-WP10 (US$199.95) and GC-FM2.

Both feature Full HD video, low-light performance, a three-inch touch screen and compatibility with Eye-Fi cards for Wi-Fi connectivity. And the PICSIO GC-WP10 is waterproof.

PICSIO’s CMOS image sensor captures stills at up to five-megapixel native resolution without interpolation. It also records up to 1920 x 1080p/30 fps Full HD video with image stabilization for enjoyment on an HDTV via the camera’s HDMI output. Users can select from four different recording resolutions: Full HD 1080 (1920 x 1080/30p), HD 720 (1280 x 720/60p), iFrame (960 x 540/30p) and Quarter High Definition (960 x 540/30p). The new PICSIO cameras also offer time-lapse recording.

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Aug 24
Bango: web browsing from Androids grow 400% at the iPhone's...

According to new statistics released by Bango (http://news.bango.com), a mobile analytics and payment specialist, the volume of mobile web browsing from Android phones in the U.S. grew by 400% between quarter one and quarter two of 2010. In comparison the volume of growth from Apple devices was just 13% over the same period, representing an actual percentage market share decline of 16%.

HTC and Sony Ericsson smartphones showed the largest volume growth of mobile web visits in the US during this period with an increase of 162% and 148% respectively, according to Bango. This represented a growth in market share between quarters of 94% and 84%. In the same period the percentage market share of LG, Motorola and Samsung grew by 48%, 45% and 26% respectively.

BlackBerry smartphones continued to retain the highest volume of mobile web visits during Q2 2010, accounting for 37% of visits to mobile websites in...

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Aug 24
Former Apple manager to join Next Jump

Next Jump (http://www.nextjump.com), a company that specializes in ecommerce and advertising technology, has announced the appointment of Sandeep Gupta as vice president of Mobile Engineering, effective Sept. 7. Gupta, 41, will be responsible for overseeing all of Next Jump's mobile engineering efforts, including iPhone, iPad and Android applications.

He will become a member of Next Jump’s Senior Engineering Leadership Team and report to Next Jump Chief of Engineering Tom Fuller. As part of the appointment, Gupta will be relocating from Silicon Valley to Next Jump’s New York City headquarters.

Gupta brings over 18 years of application software engineering and technical leadership experience to Next Jump. Most recently, he served as senior director of Application Development at Yahoo!, and was responsible for overseeing every aspect from conception to delivery of mobile and tablet applications. He...

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Aug 24
Ultimate Ears introduces new earphones

Ultimate Ears, a business unit of Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has unveiled a line of new earphones -- the Ultimate Ears 500 Noise-Isolating Earphones, the Ultimate Ears 350 Noise-Isolating Earphones and the Ultimate Ears 200 Noise-Isolating Earphones. They have a retail price of US$69.99, $49.99 and $29.99, respectively.

For mobile phone users, Ultimate Ears also introduced two headsets that are compatible with the iPhone, Blackberry and other phones with a 3.5mm headphone jack -- the Ultimate Ears 500vi Noise-Isolating Headset and Ultimate Ears 200vi Noise-Isolating Headset. They are $79.99 and $39.99, respectively.

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Aug 24
Apple to open retail store in Pittsburgh on Aug. 28

Apple is set to open a new retail store in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 10 am (Eastern). Apple Store Ross Park will be located at 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Apple Store Haywood Mall will be the company's 303rd retail store. Apple plans to open another 185 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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Aug 24
Virtual TimeClock update offers new payroll integration

Redcort Software has announced Virtual TimeClock '10 (http://www.redcort.com/timeclock/), the latest version of the time and attendance software for Mac and Windows computers. It brings payroll integration with payroll service providers, including SurePayroll, Paychex Online, Paychex Preview, PayChoice, AccountEdge, and CheckMark Payroll.

The new Virtual TimeClock Pro release also integrates employee time and attendance with desktop payroll software, including Acclivity Software's AccountEdge for Mac and Windows computers. A fully functional free trial of Virtual TimeClock software is available directly from the Redcort Software web site in Basic, Pro and Network Editions at Redcort Software online.

Pricing for Virtual TimeClock '10 starts at US$99. Discounted upgrade pricing is available for users of prior releases of Virtual TimeClock software. Full pricing details are...

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Aug 24
iTunes U downloads top 300 million

In just over three years, iTunes U downloads have topped 300 million and it has become one of the world’s most popular online educational catalogs, according to Apple. Over 800 universities throughout the world have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store.

New content has just been added from universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico and Singapore, and iTunes users now have access to over 350,000 audio and video files from educational institutions around the globe, according to Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Internet Services.

"iTunes U makes it easy for people to discover and learn with content from many of the world’s top institutions," he says. "With such a wide selection of educational material, we’re providing iTunes users with an incredible way to learn on their computer, iPhone, iPod or iPad.:

Created in collaboration with colleges and universities, iTunes U makes it...

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Aug 24
CheckUp 2.7 detects more common Mac problems

App4Mac (http://www.app4mac.com) has updated CheckUp, a Mac OS X tool for checking the health and monitoring the behavior of a Mac computer (even from a remote computer), to version 2.7. The upgrade can detect more common issues of Mac computer and display more details about how to fix them.

CheckUp 2.7 also offers improved alerts management on disks or memory issues, support of recent Macs (Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini Server), a new tool to send feedback directly from the help menu, auto update functionality an an updated user interface. There's also improved documentation.

A user license of CheckUp costs US$49 and can be installed on two computers. Version 2.7 is a free update for registered users. Discounts are available for education and volume licensing.

CheckUp Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. A trial version of CheckUp is available at app4mac.com. Some features are free and will stay free...

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Aug 24
iBank rings up version 4.0rc1

IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 4.0rc1 a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"). This update to the iBank 4 public beta fixes three import bugs pertaining to Quicken QIF files.

iBank costs USS$59.95. iBank for iPhone requires a MobileMe account. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard").

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Aug 24
GraphicConverter X update adds 'scale after crop'...

Lemke Software has updated Graphic Converter (http://www.lemkesoft.com/index.html), an image editing tool for Mac OS X, to version 6.7.4. The new version adds a "scale after crop" option, PDN preview and sepia batch.

GraphicConverter converts pictures to different formats and has tools for picture manipulation. With it you can import about 200 graphic file formats and export approximately 80 graphic file formats. It's a Universal Binary product, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

GraphicConverter costs US$30 for the downloadable version and $35 for the CD version. Site licenses are also available. It requires Mac OS 10.4.4 or later for Mactels and Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later for PowerPC Macs. Version 6.7.4 is a free update for registered users of version 6.x.


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Aug 24
File Courier update for Mac OS X offers new destinations

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated File Courier, a digital delivery solution for Mac OS X (10.4.2 and higher) with timesaving options, to version 2.0b2. The upgrade adds SFTP, WebDAV, Secure WebDAV, Amazon S3 and MobileMe destinations.

File Courier delivers files and folders to FTP and local destinations and sends automatic e-mail delivery notifications. The e-mail messages are based on variable templates and contain the detailed info about the item and its location. The software can also create a low-res version of a PDF file and attach it to e-mail, compress folders and protect deliveries with password.

File Courier is designed to automate and simplify the process of preparing, sending and confirming delivery to free up users from time consuming, tedious manual tasks which can also lead to mistakes and miscommunication between a sender and a recipient, according to the folks at...

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Aug 23
iPhones, iPads growing in popularity among doctors

Smartphones and tablets such as the iPad are poised to play a greater role in health care as doctors and patients embrace the mobile Internet, panelists at a mobile health technology conference in Boston said last month, as reported by "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/351320/Doctors_Warming_Up_to_Mobi...).

In a poll of 2,000 U.S. physicians by Manhattan Research LLC, 71% of the respondents said that a smartphone is essential to their practice, and 84% agreed that the Internet is critical to their jobs The iPhone is popular with many young doctors, and there are signs that the iPad tablet has a future in health care, the article adds.

Kaweah Delta Health Care District in Visalia, Calif., already has 25 company-owned iPads and...

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Aug 23
Higosoft releases Kodak Video Converter for the Mac

Higosoft has released Kodak Video Converter for the Mac (http://www.higosoft.com/for-mac.html). The US$35 software is specially designed for Kodak users who use Mac OS X to editing and playing on their computers.

Mac Kodak Video Converter offers a way to convert the Kodak HD mov video to other formats such as MP4, flv, swf, mkv, dv, rm/rmvb, wmv etc and convert Kodak video to mp3, ac3, mp2, flac etc and more audio formats. Besides, Kodak Video Converter Mac solves a problem for converting video to different video editing applications for further editing such as iMovie, iTunes and Final Cut PrP to create your personalized videos, according to the folks at Higosoft.

With Kodak Video Converter for Mac, after conversion, you can play kodak videos on portable devices like the iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, PSP, Apple TV, Blackberry etc. A...

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