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Jun 23
SPEC Releases SPECviewperf 11

SPEC’s Graphics Performance Characterization (SPECgpc) project group has released SPECviewperf 11, a new version of its graphics benchmarking software that includes a new GUI [graphical user interface] and fully updated viewsets based on traces from professional applications. SPECgpc members involved in the development of SPECviewperf 11 include Apple, AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, and NVIDIA.

"This is one of the most significant releases of SPECviewperf in recent years," says Ian Williams, SPECgpc chair. "It delivers a much better user experience and the major workload updates better align graphics performance results with what users experience in their day-to-day work with professional applications."

The new SPECviewperf 11 GUI makes it easier for novice or infrequent users to set up multiple benchmark runs, access results, and receive help for common issues, he says. Test files in SPECviewperf 11, called viewsets, are traced from newer versions of eight...

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Jun 23
ProactiveWatch offers agent support for Mac OS X

ProactiveWatch (http://www.proactivewatch.com) -- a provider of remote monitoring and management software for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), VARs, and other IT support companies -- has announced the immediate availability of new agents to monitor Mac OS X in response to the increased popularity of Mac OS X in the SMB market and demand from it’s partners.

“We were getting feedback from our customers that the Mac Mini Server is becoming more important as an inexpensive stand-alone server platform to provide basic workgroup services like file-sharing, web server and more,” says Michael Mittel, president of ProactiveWatch. “Providing proactive monitoring and trend reporting for the server, as well as for workstations, was important for them to grow their business and support their clients.”

Service Providers using ProactiveWatch can monitor clients with heterogeneous environments that...

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Jun 23
Apple expands lawsuit against HTC

Apple has expanded its lawsuit against HTC. In a complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, Apple accuses HTC of infringing two additional patents and re-asserts its allegations of infringement of two others, reports "All Things Digital" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20100623/apple-sues-htc-over-two-more...).

Apple filed in March against HTC for infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. The lawsuit was filed concurrently with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in U.S. District Court in Delaware.

As many as 10 of those violations involve the Nexus One, Apple said in a complaint submitted to the ITC. The Delaware lawsuit, however, didn't specify the HTC-made phones...

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Jun 23
Analyst: Average selling price of Apple App Store app is $1.49

The Apple Appe Store isn't highly profitable for Apple, as paid-for applications carry an average selling price of $1.49, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Gene Munster, Wall Street analyst with Piper Jaffray, told clients in a note today that app pricing data suggests that 81%of downloaded applications (totaling four billion) are free, while the top 50 paid applications have an average selling price of $1.49. Applications on the iPad are a bit more expensive, with the average selling price of the top 30 amounting to $4.66. Munster said he expects the cost of Apple App Store software to skew higher as the mix shifts slightly toward the tablet device.

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Jun 23
iPhone has big impact in Europe; latest version goes on sale...

comScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has outlined the impact the first three generations of Apple’s iPhone have had on the European mobile market, in light of record pre-sales and extraordinary consumer demand for the iPhone 4, which launches today.

And reports say that crowds have lined up globally to get their hands on one. In fact, over 1,000 people, many queuing through the night, besieged a store in downtown Tokyo on Friday as the iPhone went on sale in Japan for the first time. The iPhone 3G went on sale at 7:00 a.m. at the flagship store of Softbank Mobile in downtown Tokyo. More than 500 people queued outside Apple's store in the Ginza district.

The iPhone currently represents just 4% of the EU5 (U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy) mobile market, but 18% of the overall EU5 smartphone market. However, the iPhone has facilitated fundamental change...

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Jun 23
Blue Crowbar Software releases AppControls 1.0 for Mac OS X

Blue Crowbar Software has announced AppControls 1.0 (http://bluecrowbar.com/software/appcontrols/) for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It's an US$29.99 tool for creating custom controls for use in iPhone, iPad or Mac applications and for use on the web.

It combines ease-of-use with high-quality output of images and CSS code. AppControls renders its text and images using Apple's Quartz technology, which means that the results perfectly match the look of Mac, iPhone, and iPad apps and at the same time look great in the modern web browsers, says Steven Vandeweghe, founder of Blue Crowbar Software.

"Designing custom buttons and other controls for applications can take a lot of time and the currently available tools often produce images that are difficult to tweak and that don't match the rendering quality of the platforms that they're created for," he adds. "...

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Jun 23
Stellar Phoenix releases Entourage repair software

Stellar Information Systems has released what it says is the first Entourage repair application. Stellar Phoenix Entourage Repair 1.0 repairs and restores corrupted RGE files from Microsoft Entourage 2008 and Entourage 2004 applications.

Compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, Tiger, the all new Entourage repair software is designed as a data recovery solution for all cases of Microsoft Entourage corruptions. Entourage database corruption is a common scenario for most of the users, says Stellar Information CEO Sunil Chandna. With the launch of this Entourage repair software, Stellar has further enhanced its capabilities with the widest range of data recovery software tools, he adds.

The free demo version of the product is available to download at http://www.macintosh-data-recovery.com/entourage-recovery.php . Stellar...

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Jun 23
MoneyWorks releases free MYOB file converter

The maker of MoneyWorks, Cognito Software, has released a free utility (http://www.cognito.co.nz/myobgone.php) that solves the problem MYOB users experience when they want to change their accounting software, then struggle to extract the necessary financial data.

It's common for organizations to have outgrown their accounting package, but have concerns about the difficulty of moving to a new solution and the accuracy of the data that is transferred. This can form an impasse that traps users in an uncomfortable situation, where they're restricted by a system that no longer meets their needs and provides inadequate management information.

For MYOB users, exporting complete data is very difficult. For example, when they try to export their products/items list no stock on-hand information is included.

Previously, the only way to for MYOB users to change systems was by...

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Jun 23
Instaviz now supports iPhone 4, iOS 4

Pixelglow Software has updated Instaviz (http://instaviz.com), diagram sketching software for the iPhone and iPod touch, to version 1.9. The upgrade adds support for the iPhone and iOS 4.

Instaviz uses a new shape recognition engine based on advanced fuzzy logic and trained on over 2,500 sketches drawn by real users. It's the "sidekick" of Instaviz on the Mac OS X and Windows platforms. Users can extract their Instaviz diagrams by selecting them from their iPhone and iPod touch backups, then exporting or printing them.

Instaviz 1.9 costs US$9.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store in the Business category. The single download will work on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Existing users can upgrade for free.

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Jun 23
'iFixIt' tears down the iPhone 4

The gang at "iFixIt' have torn down the iPhone 4. They say Apple definitely spent time giving the phone a thorough makeover, meticulously changing every little facet.

You can find the complete teardown at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone-4-Teardown/3130/1 . However, here are some of the highlights:

° Like the iPhone 3G and 3GS, there are two silver Phillips screws at the bottom of the phone. But removing these screws releases the rear case instead of the front glass, giving you immediate access to the battery.

° Unfortunately, the LCD panel is very securely glued to the glass and digitizer. If you break the glass, you'll have to replace the glass, digitizer, and LCD as a single assembly.

° The 3.7V, 1420 mAh Li-Polymer battery is not soldered in place, and very easy to remove.

° The iPhone 4 sports two cameras...

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Jun 23
More than 55 million smartphones ship in first quarter of 2010

The world’s smartphone markets continued to build on their strong 4Q-2009 performance in the first three months of 2010. According to the latest ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) data, a little more than 55 million smartphones shipped during the quarter.

In fact that represents a drop of about one million compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, but seasonal sales cycles always produce lower results in the first quarter of any year compared to the previous quarter; according to senior analyst Michael Morgan, “Normally we would see a much greater decline in shipments in the first quarter," he says. "The fact that the drop was so relatively small highlights the continuing dynamic growth of the smartphone market."

Much of the fastest growth is being seen in markets previously little penetrated by expensive, cutting-edge smartphones, according to ABI Research. With new less expensive models...

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Jun 23
Mariner Software acquires Narrator

Dejal Systems and Mariner Software have announced the acquisition of Narrator (http://www.dejal.com/narrator/) by Minneapolis-based Mariner Software. Narrator is Mac OS X software that allows the user to read stories out loud using speech synthesis.

With no plans at this time to change the application's title, the software product will be rereleased under the Mariner brand in the near future. Current registered Narrator users will be able to upgrade to the Mariner-branded version for free.

The shipping version will be available in English, French and German. A selling price has not yet been established. Current registered Narrator users will be able to upgrade to the Mariner-branded version for free. Narrator requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Jun 23
Adobe Audition coming to the Mac platform

Adobe Audition, the all-in-one professional audio toolset for recording, mixing, editing and mastering, will be coming to the Mac in a future release. A shipping date, pricing or system requirements haven't been announced for the Mac version of the pro audio editing tool.

However, a beta of the Mac version of Adobe Audition is expected to be available on Adobe Labs this winter. Customers can sign up today to be notified when the beta is available at: http://www.adobe.com/go/audition_labs .

Adobe Audition 3 is available for Windows today for an estimated street price of US $349 for the full version, with upgrades available from an estimated street price of US$99.

Adobe Audition 3 is available for Windows today for an estimated street price of US $349 for the full version, with upgrades available from an estimated street price of US$99.

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Jun 23
Wi-Ex shipping zBoost-Metro cell phone signal booster

Wi-Ex (http://www.wi-ex.com), a provider of consumer cell phone signal boosters, is now shipping the dual-band zBoost-Metro, a consumer-based cell phone signal booster designed to meet the needs of the urban dwellers, including condos, apartments and other single-story living areas.

It's an US$299 single room, cell phone signal booster that requires no external access for the receiving antenna and no vertical separation. The zBoost-Metro is dual band (800MHz and 1900MHz) and is designed to allow consumers to take full advantage of voice, data and Internet services on their mobile phones including 3G high-speed data and video, instant messaging, pictures and more - at home or in their personal workspace.

In addition and important to the many smart phone, iPhone and Blackberry users in metro areas, a "zBoost State of the Signal" survey revealed that 67% of cell phone owners use data functions on their cell...

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Jun 23
AV360 Mini DisplayPort Converter released for 27-inch iMac

Belkin (http://www.belkin.com) has announced the AV360 Mini DisplayPort Converter for the 27-inch iMac. The US$149.99 converter adapts the signal from an HDMI audio video source, such as a Blu-ray player, Xbox, PS3 or cable box, to a DisplayPort-compatible signal.

The new converter supports high-resolution video and audio, allowing customers to display HD content from external devices on the 27-inch iMac. It arrives later this month.

Belkin’s AV360 Mini DisplayPort Converter accepts full 1080p signal and provides 720p to iMac. It delivers stereo audio and is HDCP-compliant. It icludes a four-foot Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Cable and a four-foot USB cable (powered by the USB connection).

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Jun 23
Onset announces expanded measurement options for HOBO data...

Onset (http://www.onsetcomp.com), a supplier of data loggers, has broadened its offerings for energy and environmental monitoring by expanding the range of measurement options for its line of HOBO U12 data loggers.

Specifically, multi-channel versions of HOBO U12 data loggers can now measure and record kilowatts, air velocity, gauge pressure, differential pressure, DC current and other energy and environmental parameters. The expanded measurements are possible through the introduction of a new, compact power adapter.

The adapter enables energy and building management professionals to power external sensors that require 12 volt A/C excitation power. This augments the company’s existing line of measurement options, which includes air temperature, relative humidity, light intensity, AC current, and AC voltage. The adapter can also power any user-supplied external sensor that requires up to 400 mA...

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Jun 23
Default Folder for Mac OS X updated to version 4.3.8

St. Clair Software has updated Default Folder (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X, to version 4.3.8. You can now see the width and height of an image in Default Folder X's popular preview pane.

This release also corrects an odd problem: new MacBook Pros with automatic GPU switching would think that Default Folder X needed the high-powered NVIDIA graphics card, resulting in poor battery life.  This misunderstanding has been fixed.

Additional features and corrections have also been added. If you use Google Chrome, OpenMeta tags, AppleScript, Path Finder, Automatic Duck, iTunes FS, rely on certain Default Folder X features or have a big keyboard with more than 15 function keys, this update has something for you.

Default Folder X 4.3.8 is a free update for...

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Jun 23
Jedit X text editor for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Artman21 (http://www.artman21.com/en/jedit_x/) has updated Jedit X, the Cocoa-based text editor for Mac OS X, to version 2.2.4. It's a maintenance update with four improvements and two bug fixes.

Jedit X is an Universal Binary app so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The cost is US$28 for a single-user license, though version 2.2.4 is a free update for registered users.

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Jun 23
Do e-Readers have a chance against the iPad?

By Andrew Eisner

(Eisner is director of Community and Content for Retrevo.com, a site that does research on electronic shopping). Amazon claims they sell more Kindles on their site than any other product but just to cover the bases they also offer a very popular iPhone and iPad app. Barnes and Noble also offers an app.

As the iPad continues to build momentum as a multi-purpose media player and e-Reader, consumers also have more and more e-Readers to choose from. This Retrevo Pulse study looks at e-Readers and iPads: who's planning to buy one and what could help sell more of them.

Although an overwhelming majority of respondents (64%) said they have no plans to buy an e-Reader, we were surprised to see almost 20% say they were planning to buy an e-Reader, and that doesn't include iPads. Although, it appears consumers still want Kindles and other e-Readers, it looks like the iPad could grab a substantial share of the market. The study revealed...

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Jun 23
1Password update for Mac OS X offers improved support for non-...

Agile Web Solutions has updated 1Password (http://1password.com), a password manager for Mac OS X, to version 3.2.3. The upgrade offers improved support for non-English languages in 1PasswordAnywhere, an all-purpose mobile solution provided by 1Password that allows you to keep your passwords and data securely available when you're away from your computer

1Password 3.2.3 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. It's a free upgrade for users of version 3.x. For new users the cost is US$39.95 for a single-user license and $69.95 for a family license (five users).

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Jun 22
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 22

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/).

Alexander Repty has announcedFolio Case 1.0, an US$5.99 PDF document reader for the iPad. It offers a way to import, organize and read their PDF collections.

Fairlady Media has released Take Wing 1.0, a $1.99 game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's a memory and pattern-recognition game.

The Byte Factory has introduced Sleep Blaster 1.0, a $1.99 alarm clock app for the iPhone/iPod touch that can wake the user at either a geographical location or at a point in time. Users need only draw a line on the built-in map, and the GPS-activated alarm will sound when they cross it. An additional feature unique to Sleep Blaster is the ability to stop the alarm by yelling at it. If waking up still proves difficult, the app's "Dynamite Mode" is...

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Jun 22
AT&T offers update on iPhone 4 availability

AT&T says it's on-track to deliver the iPhone 4 to customers who pre-ordered the device on June 15.  And it says it will offer the smartphone to all other customers beginning Tuesday, June 29, when it goes on sale in all AT&T sales channels.

AT&T will send an email when each order has shipped. The company's retail representatives will begin calling customers this week to let them know their iPhone 4 is available for pick up in store.

AT&T plans to have iPhone 4 inventory -- available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last -- on June 29 in its retail locations, at its web site (http://www.att.com), and in business sales channels.  As inventory sells out, AT&T will offer the option of purchasing iPhone 4 and having it delivered to a home or business or an AT&T store.  As always, customers will receive an email once their order is placed, and again when it ships.

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Jun 22
Apple sells three million iPads in 80 days

Stand back, folks, there's no telling how big this thing is going to get. Apple has announced that it sold its three millionth iPad on Monday, just 80 days after its introduction in the US.

"People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a press release. "We're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month."

Apple says developers have created over 11,000 new apps for the iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. Plus, the device will run almost all of the more than 225,000 apps on the Apple App Store, including apps already purchased for an iPhone or iPod touch.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Jun 22
Study: iPhone 3GS 20% more reliable than 3G

SquareTrade, an independent warranty provider, has completed their second annual study on failure rates for Apple iPhones. Based on data compiled from over 25,000 3G and 3GS iPhones covered by SquareTrade since 2008, the study found that 25.6% of the devices experienced a failure in the first two years, compared to 33% in 2009.  
 
The improvement in iPhone reliability was driven largely by the 3GS model’s substantially fewer touchscreen failures than the 3G. Of the total failures, 18% encountered damage due to accidents and another 7.5% were hardware malfunctions. When the data is projected out three years, up to 40 percent of 3GS iPhones are expected to experience some type of failure.
 
Other findings from the iPhone study:
 
° The two-year malfunction rate (non-accident) decreased from 10% in June 2009 to 7.5 %.

° The two-year accidental damage rate decreased from 21% in June 2009 to 18%.

° More than two-thirds of accidental...

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Jun 22
iWeb Themes Park presents updated iWeb Themes Package with 37...

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com/Home.html) has introduced five new iWeb Themes for Apple's web site building application, iWeb. The new themes are Beginning, Consulting, eShop, Music and Progressive.

To use iWeb Themes from iWeb Themes Park requires a Mac with iLife '08 (iWeb 2.0) or later. The package of 37 themes is priced at US$32.99; each template is available for $10.99. Three iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained for $21.98.

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