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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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Jul 14
Apple to hold iPhone 4 press conference Friday

Apple has sent out invitations to the media for a press conference on Friday, July 16, at 10 am (Pacific) at the company's Cupertino campus. Details haven't been divulged, but it will almost certainly deal with the reported antenna/reception problems with the iPhone 4.

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Jul 14
Gartner, no, Apple has 9.8% of US market share

The IDC research group's latest data says Apple had 8.8% of the US computer market in the second quarter of 2010. But the Gartner research group has the number at 9.8%.

Gartner says Apple shipped 1.79 million Macs during the quarter, compared to 14 million in the second quarter of 2009. In the year-ago period, Apple had, per Gartner, 9.1% of the computer market, so has seen annual growth of 24.7%.

Gartner, like IDC, lists Apple as fourth among US computer vendors. Ahead of it, by market share, are HP (25.7%), Dell (23.7%) and Acer (11.3%).

Worldwide computer shipments reached 82.9 million units in the second quarter of 2010, a 20.7% increase from the second quarter of 2009, according to preliminary results by Gartner. These second quarter results were slightly above the research group's earlier market outlook. Gartner had expected second quarter computer shipments to grow 19.3%.

"The preliminary second quarter results indicate ongoing improvement of...

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Jul 14
IDC: Apple has 8.8% of US computer market

Despite rising worries over sovereign debt and the pace of economic recovery, the global computer market grew 22.4% in the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10), in-line with forecasted growth of 22.9%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

Apple now has 8.8% of the US market, up from 8.6% in the second quarter of 2009, according to IDC. That's 15.4% year-over-year growth.

Apple is number four among US computer vendors. Ahead of it -- and their market shares -- are HP (25.7%) and Dell (24%).

On a worldwide basis, desktop computer shipments exceeded expectations, helping to confirm signs that businesses are moving ahead with replacements, while portable sales trailed forecast estimates, reflecting the effects of a thus-far jobless recovery on consumer spending.

"The personal computer market remains robust, and in a recovery phase, despite challenges to a broader economic recovery, such as slow job growth and a...

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Jul 14
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 14

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/).

Minijuegos has announced Spiderly 1.0, a new US$0.99 game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In the game you have to defeat the evil spiders with the help of four birds.

Playees has released Balloon Heaven, a free, ethereal balloon flying game for iOS devices. The object of the game is to carefully inflate a colored balloon to its full size and then guide it through the matching color ring in the sky. Gameplay ramps up slowly, preparing the player for higher levels where the tempo, number of balloons, evil clouds, and devil balloons all add difficulty.

Riptide Games has introduced iLookFunny 1.0, a $0.99 photo app for iPhone devices. It lets users take funny photos of themselves and their friends with the iPhone camera, or front camera...

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Jul 14
Apple releases iOS SDK and iOS 4.1 beta

Apple has released iOS SDK and iOS 4.1 beta for its developers. They're available from the iPhone Dev Center. Apps built with iOS SDK 4.1 beta should only be tested on devices running iOS 4.1.

Apple says to make sure to read the Xcode 3.2.4 Readme  (http://macosg.me/2/j8) and the iOS SDK 4.1 beta Release Notes  (http://macosg.me/2/j9) before installing and downloading these new releases. iOS is the operating system formerly known as the iPhone OS.

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Jul 14
Microsoft paying developers to build mobile apps

Microsoft is paying developers to build mobile applications for its Windows Phone 7 system to help it narrow a lead by rival products from Apple and Google, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/j7).

The company is providing financial incentives ranging from free tools and test handsets to funds for software development and marketing, said Todd Brix, a senior director at Microsoft who works with app developers. In some cases, Microsoft is providing revenue guarantees, and will make up the difference if apps don’t sell as well as expected, he told "Bloomberg."

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Jul 14
Apple's Scott Forstall is all a-Twitter

Apple's Senior Vice President of iPhone Software Scott Forstall has created a Twitter account at http://twitter.com/forstall, reports "TechCrunch" (http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/13/scott-forstall-twitter/. The account has been labeled as "Verified" which means that Twitter has authenticated the identity of the user.

"It’s certainly possible that Forstall wants to save his vanity Twitter handle (@forstall) just in case someone else tries to use it to impersonate him -- or if he thinks he may want to use the service in the future (like when he no longer works at Apple)," surmises "TechCrunch." "But the more interesting scenario will be if he intends to actually use the account sometime soon."

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Jul 14
Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 coming later this summer

Kanex XD has announced the Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 (http://kanexlive.com/products/iAdaptV2.html), an US$34.95Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter that supports audio for the newer Macs.
 
The iAdapt HDMI V2 has been engineered to support full 1080p HD video output and audio to a single HDMI cable. Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 will allow you to connect a Mini DisplayPort equipped Apple computer to any HDMI enabled external display such as an HD projector, monitor, or HDTV.  

It supports audio and video passthrough for April 2010 MacBooks and MacBook Pros and all 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac desktop computers. The iAdapt HDMI V2 will be released later this summer.

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Jul 14
ChronoSync and ChronoAgent for Mac updated

Econ Technologies (http://www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.1 and updated ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.1. New scheduling options have been added to both.

Additionally the new versions include several other features and bug fixes. ChronoSync is the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X and ChronoAgent for Mac is a utility that runs on the destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync, giving you full root access to the destination Mac. C

Both run natively on both Power PC and Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. Demos are available for download. For new users ChronoSync costs US$40, and ChronoAgent is $10. As always, all existing ChronoSync users can update for free.

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Jul 14
BatchOutput Server for InDesign gets support for commercial...

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.5. The new version adds support for commercial printer workflows, book processing and more.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.5 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.

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Jul 14
The iPod is still alive and doing well

Don't write the iPod off just yet. While some have predicted its demise due to the rising popularity of the iPhone and iPad, the iPod is alive and thriving.

In the US in May, the iPod line-up accounted for 73% of the MP3 player market, according to new research by the NDP Group (http://www.npdgroup.com). That's pretty much the percentage the line has had for, well, years.

If you want to predict a product's demise, begin planning the funeral service of Microsoft's Zune. According to NPD, it held just 1% of the US market share in May.

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Jul 14
Analyst says 'Consumer Reports' test of the iPhone 4...

Bob Egan, a technology blogger and global head of research/chief analyst at the TowerGroup, says the "Consumer Reports" on the antenna/reception problems of the iPhone 4 -- which left the publication unable to recommend the smartphone -- is flawed and "can barely be counted as scientific."

Egan says "Consumer Reports" replicated the same uncontrolled, unscientific experiments that other sites have done. He also wonders if the issue is even entirely Apple's, supposing that AT&T could share some of the blame for the signal variance and call dropping problems.

On his own web site, "Viewpoints by Bob Egan," (http://macosg.me/2/j5) he had this to say: "Let me start off by saying that for much of my career, I worked as an electromagnetic engineer on exactly the kind of issues that now face Apple on the iPhone4. But this isn’t about me. It is about Consumer Reports and its not so scientific testing on the...

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Jul 14
Research group: the iPad will put the smackdown on netbooks

The Goldman Sachs research group says the iPad is going to put the hurt -- big time -- on netbooks. Their new report -- as noted by the "Financial Times" (http://ftalphaville.ft.com/blog/2010/07/13/285006/goldman-really-likes-i...) -- lists five reasons for this:

° Consumption -- the iPad is focused squarely on information consumption versus information production;

° Content -- the iPad relies on tight integration with content sources;

°  Connected -- multiple options ensure the iPad is connected to the Internet;

° Constant operation -- the iPad is an “instant on” device with all-day battery life;

° Commerce --Apple’s ecosystem ensures that users are always "ready to buy."

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Jul 14
NPD: music consumers interested in taking music to the '...

The NPD Group (http://www.npdgroup.com), a market research company, recently surveyed iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPod Touch users to explore their reactions to various music subscription-model concepts. According to NPD’s “iTunes Usage Report,” more than a quarter of respondents expressed strong interest in a free cloud-based music option, and many were willing to pay a subscription fee to access their own music libraries from multiple devices and platforms.

NPD’s “iTunes Usage Report” asked consumers to report on their reactions to a music service offering free and unlimited streaming of content from the consumer’s own iTunes music library, and several paid options for music subscriptions offering combinations of music streaming, music downloads, and universal Web access to the consumer’s iTunes music library.

Between seven million and eight million iTunes users in the U.S. would have strong...

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Jul 14
ChangeWave survey shows 'major leap' for Apple, iPhone

ChangeWave’s latest smart phone survey of 4,028 consumers shows an explosive transformation occurring in consumer demand -- resulting in some major new winners and losers for second half 2010. At the individual manufacturers’ level, going forward the survey findings show a major leap for Apple and HTC at the expense of RIM and Motorola.

The survey -- completed June 24 -- took a close-up look at consumer demand for the new Apple iPhone 4 and the HTC Droid Incredible, along with the impact these and other offerings are having on the rest of the smart phone industry. Consumer smart phone planned buying going forward is at an all-time high for a ChangeWave survey – with 16.4% of respondents in our latest survey saying they plan on buying a smart phone in the next 90 days.

The iPhone 4 is driving much of the industry’s growth, with more than one-in-two (52%) respondents who plan to buy a smart phone in the next 90 days saying they’ll get an Apple iPhone. That's an...

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Jul 14
USB Fever releases new iPad, iPhone, iPod products

USB Fever has released six new products for the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

The US$17.99 Wooden Desktop Cradle for iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1927) lets you use your Apple tablet as a digital photo frame or showcase. The $13.99 Custom Made Bike/Bicycle Handlebar Mount & Holder for the Apple iPhone 4 (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1925) is suitable for handlebars 3/4 inch to one inch in diameter and comes with two cushioned reducing inserts.

The $15.99 Stereo In-ear Earphone for iPhone/iPod (...

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Jul 14
WaterField Designs announces two new iPhone cases

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has announced the iPhone 4 Smart Case and iPhone 4 Suede Jacket in new "Bumper-Fit" sizes to fit the iPhone 4 within the Apple Bumper Case. To avoid the widely reported reception issues associated with the smartphone, more users are utilizing the Apple Bumper or similarly thin rubberized cases.

The Smart Case and Suede Jacket further protect the screen and device from bumps and scratches and are now available to fit over the popular iPhone 4 skins, according to the folks at Waterfield Design. The iPhone 4 Smart Case (pictured) offers a multi-layered padding system with a high-impact, rigid insert to protect the screen. It's available in three functional style variations offer carrying options: slip style (US$39), for stashing in a pocket or bag; flap style ($45): for attaching to a bag or backpack strap for quick access; and clip style ($45) for clipping to a belt...

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Jul 14
Canon introduces VIXIA HF M32 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder

Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon.com) introduces the new VIXIA HF M32 Dual Flash Memory camcorder. Equipped with 64GB of internal flash memory, the new camcorder can record up to 24 hours of HD video and also includes an SD memory card slot that's compatible with latest generation SDXC memory cards.

The new SDXC memory card specification increases storage capacity from 32GB up to 2TB and enhances data transfer speeds. Like it’s predecessors in the VIXIA HF M-series, the VIXIA HF M32 sports a compact and lightweight body. It retains Canon’s proprietary imaging technologies -- a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens, HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor -- and like other VIXIA HF M-series camcorders, features a Touch Panel LCD and such features as Smarat Auto, Touch & Track, Relay Recoding, Powered IS, HD-to-SD Downconversion and Advanced Video Snapsho.

The VIXIA HF M32 is compatible...

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Jul 14
Apple buys Poly9, which makes web mapping technology

Apple has bought Poly9 (http://www.poly9.com), a Quebec company, for its web mapping technology, according to a "LeSoleil" report (http://macosg.me/2/iu). The article gives no purchase price or acquisition date, but says that most Poly9 employees have moved to Apple's California headquarters.

Poly9 -- whose web site is down -- is best known for developing web-based mapping programs and application programming interfaces for a variety of clients. Among its products is Poly9 Globe, a "cross-browser, cross-platform 3D globe which does not require any download." The interactive software allows users to spin a three-dimensional rendering of the Earth, while providing real-time statistics on the user's virtual location, including altitude.

Last year Apple acquired Placebase, another online mapping company. Placebase's Pushpin provides a...

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Jul 14
Analyst: iPhone 4 recall would cost Apple $1.5 billion

If -- and it's not going to happen, in my humble opinion -- Apple did recall the iPhone due to its reported antenna/reception issues, it would cost the company US$1.5 billion, according to Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi.

That's 3.5% of the company's total, on-hand cash. However, even Saccogaghi says such a recall is highly unlikely.

"CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20010443-260.html) says that what would be more likely -- and cheaper -- is that Apple could issue a free rubber bumper case with each smartphone. That would prevent a person's hand from coming into contact with the phone's antenna, which is built into its exterior metal strip. Although Apple charges $29 at retail for the rubber cases, Bernstein estimates that giving them away to iPhone 4 customers would cost the company $1 per unit.

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Jul 14
iPhone 4 now odds-on to be recalled

I don't think it will happen, but betting company Paddy Power (http://www.paddypowerplc.com) has slashed the odds on Apple recalling its iPhone 4 from 2/1 to 4/6 making it odds-on that the smartphone be recalled. 



Complaints about poor reception and a bad report by "Consumer Reports" have sparked a betting frenzy over the past 24 hours with hundreds of punters backing a potential recall with Paddy Power before the bookie had a chance to react.



"It looks like Apple may have been a little too fast out of the traps with the iPhone 4 launch," says the betting company "If current betting trends are to be believed it now seems certain that a recall is on the cards."

-- Dennis Sellers

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Jul 14
'MacNotables' looks at iPhone reception, Apple TV...

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Mac guru Ted Landau has been holding out on us. He has been maintaining a secret blog that few knew about, and now reveals his slanted perspective on a variety of topics, tech and otherwise. Landau talks about the current state of the iPhone 4 reception controversy and where it is going, how Apple's design of the iPhone 4 bumper can cost you the price of new cables, and why it is so annoying.

He also talks about an Apple TV problem that he is working through, as well as his thoughts on why moving to a cloud-computing presents new challenges and opportunities, but is definitely not comfortable.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan...

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