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Aug 16
South Korean pre-orders for the iPhone 4 to start this week

Apple's South Korean distributor will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4 this week before its official launch next month, reports "AFP" (

KT Corp. says its stores and online shops would be available to receive orders for the popular smartphone from Wednesday. Apple has sold more than 850,000 iPhones in South Korea since the smartphone hit the local market nine months ago.

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Aug 16
iAds off to a bumpy start?

Apple is facing some early challenges in its iAd mobile advertising foray, with some ad campaigns experiencing delays as agencies attempt to learn the new system amid Apple's tight control over the creative process, ad executives have told the "Wall Street Journal" (

Since launching its iAd mobile advertising service on July 1, Apple has been slow to roll it out, the article adds. Of the 17 launch partners Apple named for iAds, only Unilever PLC and Nissan Co. had iAd campaigns for much of July. Of the remaining 17, Citigroup Inc., Walt Disney Co. and J.C. Penney have since launched iAd campaigns and other companies are planning iAd efforts.
The "Journal" says that part of the reason some marketers are experiencing delays in getting their iAds to market is that Apple has kept tight control on the creative aspects of ad-making, something advertisers aren't used to, according to...

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Aug 16
Apple hires near field communication expert

for mobile commerce, reports "Near Field Communications" ( Benjamin Vigier has been working on NFC technology since 2004 and has been responsible for NFC activities at both French mobile network operator Bouygues Telecom and flash memory manufacturer Sandisk, the article adds.

Most recently Vigier was product manager for mobile wallet, payment and NFC at US mobile payments specialist mFoundry. There he conceived and managed both the PayPal Mobile service and Starbucks' barcode-based mobile payments service and was also responsible for the development of mobile wallet applications for two top US mobile network operators and an NFC wallet application for a top three US bank, says "Near Field Communications."

Near Field Communication, or NFC, is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology which enables the exchange of data between devices over about four-inch...

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Aug 16
Best Buy to launch location-based retail experiment in 257 U.S....

Best Buy ( plans to bring a location-based retail experiment, using the “shopkick” mobile application rewards system, to 257 U.S. stores by Oct. 1. The retail chain will examine the ways in-store shoppers value and redeem offers and rewards through their smart phones.

Under the current plans, the “shopkick” system will be functional by Aug. 17 in 187 Best Buy stores in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, New York City, Chicago markets, with an additional 70 stores in Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Miami markets launched by Oct. 1.

“We think consumers have more opportunities than ever to bridge their digital and physical shopping experiences, particularly through smart phones and mobile technology,” says Matthew Smith, vice president, marketing services, Best Buy. “We intend to explore ways we can use the power of location-based technology to personalize a Best Buy shopping...

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Aug 16
Alauras releases CRM+ 7.0 with iPad compatibility

Media software publisher, Alauras Software ( has released version 7.0 of its Yellow Page CRM+, extending SFA functionality and providing online compatibility with the iPad.

CRM+ Version 7.0 is the latest update to the Alauras' suite of media software products and extends the range of functionality and compatible devices. The new version offers enhanced eContract automation, new Customer Service functionality, increased reporting and now accommodates use of Apple's new tablet. These new features are designed to help Yellow Page publishers create new operating efficiencies and assist in establishing a fully paperless environment.

The iPad module enables the use of Apple's inexpensive and successful touch screen device to complete presentations, monitor customer service requests and execute contracts. Use of video presentations for clients is more easily...

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Aug 16
Keyboard Maestro update improves the look of disabled actions,...

Stairways Software ( has released Keyboard Maestro 4.3.2, the new version of its productivity enhancer for Mac OS X. The update improves the look of disabled actions, adds a short delay before saving to coalesce saving and improves performance, especially when typing.

It removes the trailing line feed from Execute AppleScript when inserting text, removes the sorting characters "xx" from KeyCue's display, adds a configurable command for osascript (specifically to allow executing osascript and, hence, AppleScript plug-ins as 32-bit), fixes a crash in Execute Workflow/Execute AppleScript when the file has disappeared and ensures changes to the file/text popup menu in the Execute Script editor sets the modified flag.

Using Keyboard Maestro's macros you can: control applications, windows, or menus; insert text; open documents, applications or URLs; execute scripts; control the...

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Aug 16
Adobe fixes glitch in Photoshop Express for the iPad

Adobe received reports that some users were having difficulty launching the new, free Photoshop Express application on an iPad (in landscape orientation) with certain productivity and printing applications installed.  

While investigating the reports, Adobe provided a work-around for users, recommending they launch the application in a portrait orientation on the iPad. Adobe submitted a fix to Apple; it's now approved and available in the Apple App Store.

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Aug 16
'MUG Event Calendar': two anniversary celebrations...

A MacNotable, an Apple Store Rep and two anniversary celebrations highlight this week’s this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

"Macworld" Senior Editor Christopher Breen (a "MacNotablle") will be the guest of honor at MacNexus in California. Just down the road, Derek Vanderby of the Apple Store will demo the iPad at the North Coast Mac Users Group.
MacGroup-Detroit will celebrate their 24th anniversary this week. However, the North Coast Mac User Group (Ohio) has them beat by a year, with a 25th anniversary picnic.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (, 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...

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Aug 16
MacFamilyTree grows to version 6.0.2

Synium Software has released version 6.0.2 of MacFamilyTree ( The new version supports Apple Aperture and improves the iPhone import sheet.

MacFamilyTree 6.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. For new users the cost is US$49. Upgrades from previous versions prior to 6.x are $25. Version 6.0.2 is a free download for registered users of version 6.x. A demo is available for download. MobileFamilyTree, the companion app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available in the App Store for $4.99.

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Aug 16
Booxter for Mac OS X updated to version 2.5.2

Deep Prose Software ( has released Booxter 2.5.2 for Mac OS X. With Booxter users can create multiple libraries and smart lists to organize books, music, movies and comic books. The latest version is a maintenance update.

Booxter supports both handheld and wireless barcode scanners and iSight video cameras to quickly add large numbers of items to a collection. Booxter supports both handheld and wireless barcode scanners and iSight video cameras to add large numbers of items to a collection.

Booxter requires Mac OS 10.4 or later and is ready for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"). A downloadable demo version has a limit of 30 items for each library. The full version costs US$49.99. Version 2.5.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Aug 16
iFuntastic iPhone tool ready for latest versions of iOS

BitSplit Enterprises has released iFuntastic 4.7.2 (, an update of the free tool for customizing your iPhone. The new version adds support for iOS 4.0.2 and 3.2.2.

The latest version also has support for iTunes 7.5. iFuntastic requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and iPhone OS 2.1 to 3.2 (iPhone) and/or 3.11 (iPod touch).

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Aug 16
VueScan for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.50

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.50, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (

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Aug 16
MoneyWell for Mac OS X rings up version 1.6.1

No Thirst Software has updated MoneyWell (ttp://, the personal financial application for Mac OS X, to version 1.6.1. The new version improves the description of changed information during sync conflict resolution and fixes some bugs.

The MoneyWell update also provides a new report that uses active filters to generate a hard copy of the selected transactions. There's also a duplicate transaction review, daily balance display and the ability to copy/past transactions.

MoneyWell offers flexible account transfers, a reconcile process, color-coded negative numbers, and a Transfers smart bucket. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

MoneyWell 1.6.1 is a free upgrade for all 1.x users and is available to new users at the introductory price of US$39.99. You can download a free trial limited to 200 transactions.

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Aug 14
Apple manager arrested, accused of accepting kickbacks

Paul Shin Devine, a global supply manager, was among two people arrested and accused of accepting more than US$1 million in kickbacks from half a dozen Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories, reports the "San Jose Mercury News" (

Devine and Andrew Ang of Singapore were named in a 23-count federal grand jury indictment for wire fraud, money laundering and kickbacks. The alleged scheme used an elaborate chain of U.S. and foreign bank accounts and one front company to receive payments, per the "Mercury News."

"Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business," Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said in a statement. "We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company."

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Aug 13
MacProVideo offers new studio, recording tutorials, a tutorial video site dedicated to Mac users, has released a new series of "Studio & Recording Techniques" videos for audio producers.

This new series focuses on the craft of music production, including instrument skills, recording techniques, and software-agnostic workflows like mixing music for depth and sonic dimension. There are four titles already available in this series. For details go to .

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Aug 13
Study: one-third of consumers interested in a Verizon iPhone

A recent Morpace ( study shows that if the iPhone does become available on the Verizon network, it would impact the phone and carrier intentions of many consumers. The study found that nearly a third of consumers are very likely or somewhat likely to purchase an iPhone if it is made available to Verizon.

The survey reveals that Verizon iPhone intenders come primarily from current Verizon customers. However, intenders are also drawn from current AT&T customers as well as from other carriers. Current AT&T iPhone customers are also interested in a Verizon iPhone.

Recent rumors of the iPhone availability on Verizon or another carrier may also be impacting the number of upgrades seen for the iPhone 4, according to Morpace, a market research and consulting firm. Nearly all 34% of AT&T iPhone owners who haven't yet upgraded to the iPhone 4 say they are waiting for the...

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Aug 13
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 13

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Eyedip has announced Pocket Devil HD -- Hell Yeah! for the iPad. The US$2.99 app allows players to summon hordes of devilish underlings. As their malevolent overseer, players then completely annihilate them, one by one, choosing from a variety of torture methods and a vast assortment of weaponry.

Mobz technologies has released the iSoundGrid product line, a family of theme based, sound effects players for the iPad. Designed especially for the Apple tablet, the $1.99 iSoundGrid player can play up to 32 sounds simultaneously. You can play multiple sound effects through the use of a well-designed user-interface.

Zentertain has introduced Pocket Karaoke 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. It's a $0.99 music app that allows you to play...

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Aug 13
VirnetX sues Apple, others for patent infringement

VirnetX Holding Corp., an Internet security software and technology company, is suing Apple, Aastra, Cisco and NEC for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, the patent lawsuit capital of the universe.

VirneX claims the companies violate five of its patents that involve virtual private networking (VPN) connectivity. The company received a US$200 million settlement from Microsoft in May on similar complaints.

One patent cited in both lawsuits, titled "Agile network protocol for secure communications with assured system availability," describes technologies for creating and managing a virtual private networking (VPN) connection, notes "Computerworld" ( VirnetX has asked for both unspecified damages and injunctive relief.

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Aug 13
Survey: iPads, computers beat TV as primary entertainment device

A survey by Cooper Murphy Webb (, a British copyrighting firm, shows that the iPad is the preferred method of reading newspapers and magazines among consumers already owning the device.

The poll of 1,034 UK iPad owners also found that a plurality of iPad owners prefer the device for reading books and gaming. Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed use the tablet device f20-20 hours per week.

However, the news is just as good -- perhaps better -- for Macs. In the Cooper Murphy Webb poll, 33% of those surveyed used a computer as their primary entertainment device. The iPad came in second with 24%, trailed by the TV (19%), mobile phone (22%) and "other" (2%).

-- Dennis Sellers

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Aug 13
News Corp. plans iPad compatible digital magazine

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is embarking on an ambitious plan for a new national digital newspaper to be distributed exclusively as paid content for tablet computers such as the iPad and mobile phones, reports the "Los Angeles Times" (

The initiative, which would directly compete with the "New York Times," "USA Today" and other national publications, is the latest attempt by a major media organization to harness new devices to reach readers who increasingly consume their news on the go, the article adds. The development underscores how the iPad is transforming the reading habits of consumers much like the iPod changed how people listen to music.

"We'll have young people reading newspapers," the 79-year-old Murdoch said during the company's Aug. 4 earnings call. "It's a real game changer in the presentation of news."

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Aug 13
MYStuff update for Mac OS X adds Dropbox/iDisk support, more

Minder Softworks has updated MYStuff (, a "stuff manager" for Mac OS X, to version 1.4. The upgrade adds support for saving the database to Dropbox, iDisk, or other location, and also adds an "All Records" category.

Combining features of PDF managers and home inventory programs, MYStuff adds additional features, and gives users a way of filing and finding their information. It makes it easy to file and find information about the things you own, according to the folks at Minder Softworks. You make a new record, and key in what you bought, where you bought it, how much you paid and how you paid for it, warranty information, and other key data. Then you can add an unlimited number of files to the record: a scan of the receipt, photos of the item, a PDF of the manual, and anything else you'd like to add. What's more...

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Aug 13
TickerMenu for Mac OS X ticks to version 2.0

The Highly Technical Doohickey Company has released TickerMenu 2.0 (, an update of the Mac OS X-only application that lets you keep an eye on current stock prices by displaying them in the your menu bar. Now a single click reveals current, color-coded price information for all stocks in the user's tracking list.

In TickerMenu 2.0, the user can specify that the information appearing in the menubar rotate through all of the symbols in the tracking list, changing at an interval selected by the user, from once a second to once a minute. Also, the user can now specify that any stock with significant price movement is highlighted.

With TickerMenu, clicking on a quote reveals more information about the stock and its trading activity, including the day's high and low prices and trading volume. A click of a menu item leads directly to full information about a stock available...

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Aug 13
Gertrudis Graphics releases GMX-PhotoPainter for Mac OS X

Gertrudis Graphics has released GMX-PhotoPainter ( for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), a US$59 standalone software solution that transforms an image (generally a photo) into an original artwork. With GMX-PhotoPainter, artists can start with an existing picture such as from a digital camera or scanner, a 3D rendering or painting from another program or imaging application.

GMX-PhotoPainter first performs a topological analysis of the image's content and builds a matrix of flow direction vectors. Users can then paint a few quick strokes across the desired features of their image. GMX-PhotoPainter uses this information to generate something that looks more like hand-drawn masterpieces.

While one of the main goals of GMX-PhotoPainter is enabling users to create their own...

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Aug 13
Credit Card Reader rolls out for the iPhone, iPod touch

PhoneTransact has introduced Credit Card Reader for iPhone and iPod touch (, their plug-in hardware accessory that allows the user to swipe credit cards. Its sleeve design purportedly fits snugly and plugs in to the 30-pin charging connector of the iPhone or iPod touch, providing bi-directional card reading meeting ANSI/ISO standards.

When used with PhoneTransact's iMerchant Pro app, the system works with any merchant account. To receive swipe discount rates the merchant account must be set up for "Card Present" transactions.

Credit Card Reader for iPhone and iPod touch sports an one-piece design with no parts or cables to lose or damage. It's constructed of reinforced plastic and features magnetic fingerprint technology to confirm the credit card's...

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Aug 13
Photoshop Express available for the iPad, iPhone

Adobe today announced the immediate availability of Photoshop Express for iPad and iPhone. Formerly known as Mobile, the newly-branded application now brings photo editing, organizing and sharing technology to the iPad.

Photoshop Express for iPad delivers all of the photo-editing features iPhone users have enjoyed, such as crop, rotate and flip, as well as effects like Vibrant, Pop, Border, and Vignette. There are one touch adjustments to exposure, saturation, tint and black & white.

Photoshop Express also offers features specific for iPad users, such as the ability to change screen orientation from landscape to portrait views of photos, as well as redesigned workflows for organizing, editing, and uploading photos. For example, you can now edit multiple images in sequence, and then simultaneously upload each photo to and Facebook. The new Organizer also simplifies album sharing.

Adobe Photoshop Express for iPad and iPhone is...

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