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Jun 16
Entertainment apps top downloads, but money's in...

News and entertainment smartphone apps are downloaded the most, but productivity smartphone applications generate the most revenues, reports In-Stat ( Productivity applications such as mapping, business and enterprise applications and phone tools and utilities generate 59% of all smartphone application revenue, according to the research group.

“The competitiveness of the smartphone app market will intensify over the next few years as developer ecosystems become more competitive with Apple’s app store,” says Frank Dickson, In-Stat analyst. “There are no less than eight notable smartphone OSs, and the number is more likely to grow rather than shrink. Google will exploit its Internet dominance, and Apple will leverage its development community and stable platform. Microsoft is placing its bet on Windows Mobile 7.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

° Games and...

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Jun 16
iPhone not likely to be used by the military

As the US military continues its search for the best battlefield smart phone, it’s looking more unlikely that the iPhone will be a contender, reports "Defense Systems" ( Apple’s proprietary technology and the price tag attached to implementing it across the Defense Department are the two biggest hurdles.

Comparatively, a mobile device driven by an open operating system -- one that is malleable to DOD needs, perhaps the Android -- could be a better fit for rapid design and deployment, says "Defense Systems." Testing is already under way on a variety of devices. However a Boeing official pegged the cost of a single, proprietary iPhone app at US$200.

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Jun 16
Plug-in Suite 5 adds support for Lightroom 3, Aperture 3

OnOne Software says that all of their commercially available Photoshop software plug-ins are compatible with the new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 and Apple Aperture 3 software.

Designed to help photographers save time so that they can get back to shooting, onOne Software’s Photoshop plug-ins listed here are now accessible from directly within Lightroom 3 and Aperture 3, according to Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software: Plug-In Suite 5.1, Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition 6.0.6, Genuine Fractals 6.0.6, PhotoTools 2.5.3 Professional Edition, PhotoTools 2.5.3 Standard Edition, PhotoFrame 4.5.1 Professional Edition, PhotoFrame 4.5.1 Standard Edition, Mask Pro 4.1.8, PhotoTune 3.0.2 and FocalPoint 2.0.1

onOne Software’s compatibility updates for Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3 and Aperture 3 are available now and are free of charge to registered owners of the current product titles listed above. These free software updates are available from within each application...

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Jun 16
Study: mobile downloads on the rise

According to new research by Research and Markets (, mobile applications (apps), both free and paid, have experienced exponential growth in recent years.

Pyramid Research is forecasting that this growth curve will continue through 2014, though the mobile apps market will evolve differently in different regions. A key driver of mobile app growth is the app store concept popularized by Apple and subsequently adopted by all the major mobile players, says Research and Markets. Key findings of their study include:

° The impact of application (app) stores on the mobile market should not be understated. We estimate that the total download volume (free and paid) will increase by a factor of seven between 2009 and 2014.

° Although paid apps have increased substantially in volume with the emergence of app stores, free apps have really boomed. In...

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Jun 16
Apple, AT&T issue statements on iPhone 4 pre-orders

Apple and AT&T have issued statements on the constrained availability of iPhone 4s and on shipping delays.

Here's Apple's statement: "Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple's new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock."

Here's AT&T's statement: "iPhone 4 pre-order sales yesterday were 10-times higher than the first day of pre-ordering for the iPhone 3G S last year. Consumers are clearly excited about iPhone 4, AT&T's more affordable data plans and our early upgrade pricing.

"Given this unprecedented demand and our current expectations...

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Jun 16
MacJury weighs in on iPhone 4 pre-orders, more

The MacJury ( has convened to examine some of the current issues in the Mac world, including the iPhone 4 pre-order meltdown, how a reservation is not a pre-order, and your best bets to get a new iPhone on the first day.

Discussions range from the popularity of the iPhone, AT&T and Apple's culpability for problems, and why the iPhone generates so much buzz and Android phones don't.Then, the new Mac mini is put on the stand for a discussion of key features, how it fits into the home theater market, and what it means for the future of the Apple TV.

Safari 5's new Reader feature also gets the third degree, eliciting strong feelings from the user, the content creator, and web publisher perspectives. The evidence on all these issues is weighed and discussed by the panel of Jeff Carlson, Bryan Chaffin, Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Michael T. Rose, Fraser Speirs, and host Chuck Joiner....

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Jun 16
Nox Audio introduces Specialist headset

Nox Audio ( has introduced the US$79.99 Specialist, a portable and lightweight headset compatible with virtually all media devices, including computers, iPods, portable gaming systems and cell phones.

By attaching the Negotiator Universal Optical Gaming Adaptor, which will soon be available both as a standalone product and bundled with the Specialist, the headset can also be used with the PS3 and Xbox 360 gaming consoles. The Specialist offers four 26 mm Mylar drivers and innovative acoustic technology.

The  4.8-ounce headset sports fold-up hinges, memory foam ear pads and a four millimeter retractable microphone hidden in the left ear cup. It's available in electric green, vibrant red, classic black or sleek blue flavors.

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Jun 16
Opera Software introduces beta of Opera 10.60 browser

Opera Software ( has released a new beta version of Opera 10.60, which is purportedly more than 50% faster than its predecessor on selected JavaScript tests.

In addition, it incorporates new web-standard features, such as Geolocation and WebM support for HTML5 video, as well as a polished and easy-to-use user interface. Opera 10.60 beta also sports HTML5 Appcache and Web Worker. Appcache lets you use different applications, such as word processor, image editor, spreadsheets and much more, in your web browser even when offline. Web developers can now also use HTML5 Web Workers for doing heavy calculations without making the browsing slower for the user.

Opera 10.60 beta makes search more efficient, introducing search suggestions for selected partners in the Speed Dial and search box, according to says Chief Development Officer Christen Krogh....

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Jun 16
rubitrack update for Mac OS X adds athlete log

Toolsfactory software has released rubiTrack 2.3 (, an update of the GPS enabled activity tracking software for the Mac OS X. The upgrade adds an athlete log.

It also adds: support for speed and distance charts without GPS data; import of point-to-point distance data; import of speed and temperature sensor data; a temperature chart for activities with temperature track data; import of original device data readings; a date activity group for "Last Week"; and weight as property for equipment items.

Utilizing the latest Mac user interface technologies, rubiTrack lets you display, analyze and organize your outdoor activities. rubiTrack is for runners, bikers, walkers, hikers, skiers and everyone else who logs GPS data. rubiTrack reads tracks from GPS enabled fitness devices like the Garmin Forerunner, Garmin Edge and compatible devices.

rubiTrack is compatible with...

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Jun 16
NoteList for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Tension Software has updated NoteList (, a Mac OS X app that allows to store notes in a free form using text and images with full word processing capabilities, to version 2.8.1. The upgrade fixes some bugs and offers some stability improvements.

NoteList has a set of tools for formatting and working with text as in a word processor. You can drag and drop images directly inside the document and label categories to help organize all your notes, now with colors.

NoteList costs US$25. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 2.8.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Jun 16
Cheetah 3D 5.5 for Mac OS X adds particle system

Cheetah 3D ( -- software for modeling, animating and rendering 3D objects -- has been updated to version 5.5. The upgrade adds a particle system.

Now you can create not only fountains and waterfalls but also complex motion graphics and scene from nature, like swaying forests. Since the particle system supports instancing, it is now possible to render extremely complex scenes like jungles or hordes of aliens. Since the new particle system is also scriptable, you can even create your own custom particle systems via an easy-to-learn Javascript API.

Cheetah3D costs US$149 for a single user version; however, version 5.5 is a free update for all registered users of version 5.x and is a $69 for an upgrade from versions 1.x, 2.x, 3.x and 4.x.. It requires requires at least Mac OS X 10.4 and 16MB of VRAM. It's a Universal Binary product, which means it will run natively on both...

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Jun 16
TransGaming announces new Mac titles

TransGaming, has announced the redesign of its Mac digital distribution portal,, and the release of new Mac games. 

Announced at this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, also known as E3, features two new Disney Interactive titles, Toy Story 3 and Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey, both available immediately and only from as digital downloads. In addition, will release Her Interactive’s first award-winning Nancy Drew franchise title for Mac on June 29.

These new releases complement two new Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) games from Riot Games and LEGO, League of Legends and LEGO Universe, respectively. The Mac enablement and deployment of high quality franchises, such as LEGO’s first ever MMO title, clearly define TransGaming’s leadership position and adds to the company’s growing collection of award-winning titles that have been enabled for the Mac community using...

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Jun 16
Analyst ups Apple stock target price due to higher iPhone...

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has raised his target price on Apple stock from US$330 to $348 due to higher expectations for iPhone unit sales in the June quarter, as reported by "Barron's" (

Munster has increased his forecast for iPhone sales in the quarter to 9.5 million, from 8.5 million, adding $610 million in revenue and 12 cents a share to his financial estimates. The analyst is forecasting $15.01 billion and $2.88 a share. He also lifted his unit forecast for the September quarter to 9.5 million units from 9 million.

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Jun 16
iPhone 4 orders through the roof, supplies constrained

Despite all the technical and server snafus, AT&T has sold out of the company’s allotment of iPhone 4 pre-order units and isn't taking any more orders. And Apple has bumped its shipping date for the iPhone 4 from June 24 to July 2.

AT&T said in a statement that June 15 “was the busiest online sales day in AT&T history.” That's when pre-orders for the iPhone 4 began. It also says that "pre-orders for iPhone are temporarily suspended."

As for Apple's online store, those buying the new phone is now told Apple will start shipping their examples by July 2. Only the 8GB iPhone 3GS is still due to ship on June 24.

The iPhone 4 is priced at US$199 for the 16GB model, and $299 for the 32GB model, based on a two-year contract. It's initially available in the U.S., France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K.

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Jun 16
Flock rolls out social web browser based on Chromium platform

Flock has announced a complete redesign of their pioneering product, making it the first and only social web browser built on the Chromium open source platform. Flock is intended for active social media users, and anyone who seeks to better manage the large volume of information and relationships they interact with online each day, according to Shawn Hardin, CEO of Flock.

The dramatically new Flock lets Internet users get more from their browser by allowing them to consume their social media and web content as it occurs, discover the best of the web through their friends, and better manage and nurture their valued relationships by staying connected with anyone at any time while they browse for work or fun, Hardin says. The company also announced that Google’s industry-leading web search is the new default in the Flock browser.

The new Flock browser for Microsoft Windows is accessible now and free to download and use at...

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Jun 16
GelaSkins releases College Humor, BustedTees designs

GelaSkins ( is releasing their new College Humor and BustedTees designs, providing a range images and artwork from the BustedTees online apparel catalogues for all device skins.

The BustedTees collection includes pieces from their extensive t-shirt collection of humorous sayings, drawings, and artwork including “Sad Rhino,” “The Second Amendment,” and “Helvetica.” Preset designs from each of these catalogs will initially be available specifically for laptops and iPhones.

The new images will also be available through the Do-It-Yourself service for all GelaSkins’ device templates including mobile phones, gaming devices and more.  Prices range between US$14.95 and $29.95 based on device.

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Jun 16
New app, interface turns iOS devices into amp, pedal studio

Peavey Electronics and Agile Partners are joining forces to launch AmpKit, a guitar amp and effects iPhone application, and AmpKit LiNK, a high fidelity audio interface for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The AmpKit LiNK is a high fidelity iPhone, iPod touch and iPad interface for electric guitar, bass, or any line level source, with an output that can be connected to headphones, powered speakers or a PA. AmpKit LiNK's CrossTalk Eliminator is designed to solve the feedback problem inherent in existing unpowered iPhone interfaces. The interface can be used with any recording, processing, or tuning application, including Agile Partners' GuitarToolkit.

The AmpKit application is a real-time amp and pedal studio for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's available for free from the Apple App Store.

The AmpKit LiNK guitar interface will be available for pre-order from the Peavey online store as well as from dealers, distributors and retail stores for US$39.99....

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Jun 16
'YML' looks at iPhone 4 pre-ordering, new Mac minis,...

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at iPhone 4 pre-ordering, new Mac minis and what else is coming, and whether or not he government should be investigating Apple.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Jun 15
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 15

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

Disney Interactive Media Group is offering Toy Story 3 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's free to download and lets fans play, personalize and stay connected to their favorite “Toy Story” characters, stories and happenings through both free and premium content that can be purchased within the app, ranging in price from US$0.99 to $3.99. 

AveComics is partnering with Markosia to publish their comic books and graphic novels catalogue. All the Markosia titles will be available on the AveComics iPhone or iPad applications, but also from the website or from the Android AveComics' application.

BOOM! Studios has announced BOOM! Studios Comics 1.0 for the iPad and iPhone. Built on comiXology's digital comic platform, the BOOM!...

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Jun 15
SRS sues Apple others for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. Software Restore Solutions (SRS) have filed a lawsuit ( in the Illinois Northern District Court claiming that Apple and 26 other companies have infringed on one of its patents. The lawsuit was filed on Friday, June 11.

Besides Apple, the other companies being sued are: Activision Blizzard, Adobe Systems, Autodesk, Capcom, Citrix, Corel Corp. and Corel, Inc., Dassault, Delcam, Square Enix, Electronic Arts, Frontrange Solutions, International Business Machines, Intuit, Konami, Maximizer Software, Nuance Communications, Parametric Technology, Sage Software, SEGA of America, Skype, SPSS, Teradata, THQ, and Legacy Interactive.

The patent in question (number 5,832,511) is for a "workgroup network manager for controlling the operation of workstations within the computer network."...

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Jun 15
Analyst: Apple needs an attitude adjustment

In a note to clients, Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes says that Apple -- or at least its executive team -- needs an attitude adjustment, according to "Fortune" (

"We are watching these developments carefully, and believe that Apple has to be more careful about how its comments and actions are portrayed --rightly or wrongly by regulators -- now that it is the largest tech company by market cap in the world," he writes. "Apple still seems to have an 'underdog' attitude and it was only a few years ago that investors were calling for it to adopt the strategies of tech laggards like Microsoft and Dell. While the underdog attitude keeps the company driving for growth and over-achieving -- we believe the world no longer thinks of the company as an underdog at all."

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Jun 15
iPhone pre-ordering problems related to botched 'major...

Apple's iPhone 4 pre-ordering has been plagued by all kinds of snafus, but now an AT&T insider claims the problems may be related to "a major fraud update that went wrong" that's exposing AT&T users' private information.

So far there have been at least three accounted cases of mistaken identities sent by readers of "" ( The site says it happens this way:

"A customer tries to log into their AT&T account to order a new iPhone 4 upgrade. Despite entering their username and password, the AT&T system would take them to another user account. This gives access to all kinds of private information about the mistaken customer: Addresses, phone calls, and bills, along with...

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Jun 15
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.4

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.4. It's a 315.5MB download. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X System Preferences app.

According to Apple's release notes, Mac OS X 10.6.4 includes Safari 5 and general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

° Resolve an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive;

° Resolve an issue that may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from opening;

° Address issues copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers;

° Improve reliability of VPN connections;

° Resolve a playback issue in DVD Player when using Good Quality deinterlacing;

° Resolve an issue editing photos with iPhoto or Aperture in full screen view;

° Improve compatibility with some braille displays.

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Jun 15
Several airlines offers in-flight Wi-Fi, iPads

CheapOair (, an online travel agency, says several of their airline partners now offer in-flight Wi-Fi and the iPad.

CheapOair is partnered with the airlines listed in the in-flight Wi-Fi category: Gogo In-flight Internet from Aircell LLC, an airline wireless internet provider. Some airplanes within the following fleets offer wireless: US Airways, AirTran Airways, Virgin America, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines. Other airlines expected to provide Wi-Fi include Continental and Frontier.

Another one of CheapOair's partners, Qantas Airways, is offering passengers the iPad to use during their flights.

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Jun 15
PopChar 5.0 for Mac OS X adds 'Favorites' group, more

Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 5.0 (, an update of the tool for finding and typing special characters. The upgrade lets users collect frequently used characters in a custom "Favorites" group and a new hotkey feature.

PopChar X 5.0 also contains lots of improvements "under the hood" that lead to much faster display and scrolling of the character table, faster and more reliable reaction after changes to the installed fonts, and improved dynamic updates of special cases for specific applications, according to the folks at Ergonis. There's also a simpler technique and an improved visual representation for the menu attached to the status item.

PopChar X costs US$46 for a single-user license; however, version 5.0 is a free update for for anyone who purchased PopChar in the last two years. For info about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade...

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