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Jul 07
SwitchEasy wants your iPhone 4 to go NUDE

SwitchEasy ( has released its US$19.99 NUDE case for the iPhone 4. It sports an "ultra thin" design and is made of GE Lexan polycarbonate. All access points to buttons are open.

The NUDE comes with two anti-static screen guards, one microfiber wipe, one squeegee screen guard applicator, two headphone jack protectors and two 30-pin connector protectors. It comes in eight colors: UltraBlack, UltraClear, White, Red, Fuchsia, Viola, Lime & Turquoise.

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Jul 07
AT&T blames software glitch on slow upload speeds for iPhone...

AT&T has made an official statement on an issue causing slow upload speeds for some iPhone 4 users. They say it's due to a software problem and that a fix is in the works.

"AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent jointly identified a software defect -- triggered under certain conditions - that impacted uplink performance for Laptop Connect and smartphone customers using 3G HSUPA-capable wireless devices in markets with Alcatel-Lucent equipment," the company said in a statement. "This impacts less than two percent of our wireless customer base. While Alcatel-Lucent develops the appropriate software fix, we are providing normal 3G uplink speeds and consistent performance for affected customers with HSUPA-capable devices."

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Jul 07
Apple to open three stores in Shanghai, more considered

Apple plans on opening three stores in Shanghai and is considering more locations in other first and second-tier Chinese cities as well, reports "CrunchGear" (

The first Chinese Apple Store opened in 2008 in Sanlitun, Beijing" but these new locations mark a strategy shift for Apple," the article adds. "The Oriental Morning Post" says Apple plans on having as many Chinese retail outlets as Louis Vuitton (which would be over two dozen).

In March Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty toldclients in a research note that China represents Apple’s next major geographic growth opportunity, and that Apple's plan to open 25 retail stores in China, announced during its shareholders meeting in February, could help drive Apple's share price  — in her "bull case" scenario -- as high as US$435 within a year.

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Jul 07
Cardiac surgeon sues Apple over iPhone 4 antenna issues

Another day, another lawsuit. A California cardiac surgeon has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Apple and service provider AT&T Corp. over an alleged defective antenna in the new iPhone 4, according to the "Boston Herald" (

Dr. Thomas Gionis claims a design or manufacturing flaw has produced a phone that drops calls and consistently loses service, forcing him to carry two cell phones to stay in contact with the hospital emergency room that he oversees, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston.

“His phone is a lifeline,” said Robert Karp, Gionis’ Newton attorney. “He’s in charge of other cardiac surgeons. When he’s needed, there can’t be any lag in finding him - and there can’t be any lag in him helping - because moments are obviously crucial. We’re asking Apple to make it right for consumers -- to take back the phones, cancel any contracts,...

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Jul 07
VueScan 8.6.43 for Mac OS X resolves issues with some scanners

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.43, 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. The new version resolves issues with some scanners.

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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Jul 07
Extensis Web Font Service WebINK enters public beta

Extensis, a division of Celartem, has announced a public beta for their new web font service, WebINK ( Built using patented and patent-pending font management technologies that have been extended as a cloud-based service, WebINK gives designers the benefit of using custom fonts on their site without worrying about supported font formats or font licensing issues., says Celartem CEO, Osamu Ikeda.
He says that thousands of quality fonts are available as part of the public beta. It includes multiple ways for users to manage their WebINK font collections -- from an online interface or through new WebINK features integrated into an upcoming update to Suitcase Fusion.

W3C standards compliant implementation of the @font-face tag, and includes support for a wide variety of web browsers, such as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer

WebINK font collections can be...

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Jul 07
IK Multimedia AmpliTube iRig shipping

IK Multimedia is pleased to announce that the US$39.99 iRig guitar and bass interface adapter ( for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is now shipping worldwide.  

The new iRig interface allows guitar and bass players to plug their instruments directly into the headphone/microphone input jack on their mobile Apple device and access AmpliTube for iPhone. Combined with the AmpliTube for iPhone app range -- available in free, LE and full versions at the Apple App Store -- the iRig interface adapter allows everyone to plug their instrument into their iOS mobile device and play anywhere with real effects and amplifier tones.

In the app, your signal chain can consist of up to three simultaneous stompbox effects plus amplifier, cabinet and microphone, all reconfigurable. Additional Tuner, Metronome and Backing-Track player with loop-points allow for play and practice...

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Jul 07
Heckler Design announces @Rest for iPad

Heckler Design ( has announced @Rest for the iPad. Built from cut steel with a powdercoat finish, @Rest for iPad supports your iPad in portrait or landscape orientation at angles designed for the side table or countertop.

@Rest costs US$59. It's available now for pre-order and will ship in August.

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Jul 07
3D Eye Solutions's 3D conversion technology is iPad...

3D Eye Solutions ( says its 2D to 3D content conversion technology is now compatible and can integrate its proprietary conversion process and file formats with the iPad.

The company says it continues to implement its licensing strategy with the signing of five licenses over the last several weeks.  3D Eye Solutions has signed license agreements with companies that cover a variety of vertical markets such as film, broadcast television, video game, digital signage, and the communications industries in both North America and Europe.

The company's licensees are able to market and sell 3D Eye's proprietary 2D to 3D conversion technology to their existing contact network and customer base within their respective industries. 3D Eyes strategy is to generate additional revenue through the sale of licenses and the exclusive 2D to 3D content conversion that is...

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Jul 07
IvySkin introduces iPhone 4 Reception case

IvySkin ( has released first in line of protective covers for the iPhone 4. The US$14.99 IvySkin Reception Case is described as "a reception friendly way to guard and enhance" the smartphone.

The folks at IvySkin say that, measuring in at a tiny 0.6mm thin, it' the world's thinnest iPhone 4 case. It utilizes a polycarbonate material that's 0.8mm on the sides to clear contact with iPhone 4's new antenna system and 0.6mm on the back for protection.

The Reception Case conceals the new iPhone 4's built-in antenna that captures more of the available wireless signal and purportedly clears the internal antenna of your new iPhone 4 in a crystal clear case. It comes with both front and back scratch free body armors in addition to the polycarbonate shell that snaps on the back of the iPhone.

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Jul 07
iPhone 4 release increases global, mobile handset sales

Handset sales in the first quarter of 2010 were higher than expected, due to a strong growth in global smartphone sales and also the continuing uptake of unbranded low cost mobile devices in emerging markets, according to Research and Markets (

The handset sector also saw the release of Apple's iPhone 4 and it is predicted that iPhone sales in 2010 will be much higher than in previous years, according to the research group. The rise of the smartphone is at the expense of the more traditional players, however, which are now beginning to feel the impact from the competitive threats from iPhone and Google Android

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Jul 07
Rome: Total War patch adds PowerPC support

Feral Interactive has released an 1.1 patch for Rome: Total War Gold Edition for the Mac. The update fixes some bugs and includes support for PowerPC gamers with G5 Macs.

Here's how the game is described: "Rome: Total War is one of the all-time top-rated strategy games where players take charge of one of three Roman families with the goal of increasing their family's power in Rome through diplomacy, economic skill, and of course, war!

"Running from the late Roman Republic to early Roman Empire with campaigns ranging across Europe and North Africa, Rome: Total War offers a seamless integration of strategy and tactics that allows players to fight epic historical or fictitious battles, while plotting their path to ultimate victory."

The Gold Edition includes the official expansion pack, Barbarian Invasion. Set some 300 years later, in it players must decide whether they will save Rome from its enemies or, at the head of a Barbarian horde, fight to bring the once...

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Jul 07
OfficeTime update offers iCal syncing

Transcena Design has announced that its OfficeTime ( time tracking software for Mac and PC, has been updated to version 1.5.2. The upgrade offers a bi-directional sync with iCa.

With OfficeTime, you can track your time and expenses in just about any language. Start the timer and add notes on your activity in the language of your choice. OfficeTime offers full support for a wide range of character sets, including multi-byte characters. The software's growing global community is tracking, invoicing and reporting their time in French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese and many other languages.

The internationalization functionality offers proper formatting of date and time for reporting and invoicing. It adjusts to either a 24-hour clock or AM and PM, as well as date structure preferences.

OfficeTime costs US$47; a 21-day demo is available for download.

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Jul 07
Google Sitemap Automator update informs about broken links

RAGE Software has updated RAGE Google Sitemap Automator ( -- the software package that helps web-masters get their web site listed in Google, Yahoo and MSN search -- to version 2.3. The update will now inform users about any broken links on their website and which pages they occur on.

With Rage Google Sitemap Automator you can automate the process of creating Google Sitemaps by utilizing filters and preset conditions. You then upload your Google Sitemap to your web server and notify search engines so they know where to find your sitemap file.

RAGE Google Sitemap Automator works with Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A free trial version is available for download. The full version of RAGE Google Sitemap Automator which adds automatic submission to Google as well as the ability to generate an unlimited number of Google...

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Jul 07
Apple analyzing purchasing habits of iTunes users

Apple is analyzing the purchasing habits of its 150 million iTunes users in order to help serve up targeted adverts through its iAd platform, according to "those with a knowledge of the new mobile advertising scheme."
“Apple knows what you’ve downloaded, and how much time you spend interacting with applications,” Rachel Pasqua, director of mobile at iCrossing, a marketing company told the "Telegraph" ( “It even knows what you’ve downloaded, don’t like and deleted.”

She says that Information about shopping habits is never passed directly to advertisers, but being able to paint an overall picture of people's online behavior, likes and preferences could enable advertisers to target possible consumers more...

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Jul 07
Apple posts beta of revised MobileMe Calendar Web app

Apple has released a beta version of a tweaked the MobileMe Calendar Web app. MobileMe is the company's US$99-per-year suite of Internet tools.

The MobileMe Calendar beta is a preview of the new Calendar web application. It sports a new web interface with calendar sharing and event invitations, as well as new features designed to make it easier to use. Features include the ability to: share calendars with family and friends (though they must be MobileMe members in the beta); publish calendars for groups or teams; and offer event invitations with RSVPs. The beta works with the calendar applications on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Please note that all changes made after joining the Calendar beta will be lost if you leave (unless you manually export your calendar before leaving). You will revert back to the calendar data that you had prior to joining the beta. Also remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Jul 07
Apple updates iMovie for the iPhone 4

Apple released iMovie 1.0.1 for the iPhone 4 with fixes that address stability issues in the version of the movie editing app for the latest version of the smartphone.

The iMovie app for iPhone lets you combine movie clips, add dynamic transitions and themes and include photos and music, and users can buy it for US$4.99 through the App Store right on their phone. Version 1.0.1 improves reliability when exporting movies that contain photos was improved, and an issue with music playback in projects was fixed.

The update also includes additional performance and reliability improvements, according to Apple. It's a free update for registered users.

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Jul 07
Apple: only small percentage of iTunes accounts were compromised

Apple says that only a small percentage of iTunes accounts were compromised in a recent situation involving violation of developer terms. Approximately 400 of the 150 million iTunes users -- less than 0.003% -- were impacted, reports "Clayton Morris" (

"To the question of whether the iTunes servers themselves were ever in any danger of hackery Apple says that the iTunes servers were not compromised in any way," the article adds.

Hijacked accounts were reportedly used to buy multiple copies of previously obscure Vietnamese-language eBooks, in an apparent bid to game the iTunes ranking system. The eBooks concerned have been pulled from Apple's...

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Jul 07
UBS Fever releases new iPad, iPhone 4 products

USB Fever has released four new products for the iPad and iPhone 4.

The Wooden-look Hard Back Cover Case for iPad ( is an US$16.99 case with a wooden-look on the backside graphics. The Italiano Flag Hard Back Cover Case for iPad
( is a $16.99 case sports the Leopard Italy flag.

The Deutsche Flag Hard Back Cover Case for iPad (

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Jul 07
Monotype Imaging adds ITC New Esprit family to typeface...

Monotype Imaging Holdings has released the 16-font ITC New Esprit typeface family into the ITC typeface collection. Available in both text and display versions, ITC New Esprit can be viewed, licensed and downloaded from the company’s, and e-commerce sites.

ITC New Esprit was created by Jovica Veljović, who designed the ITC Esprit typeface more than 25 years ago. Veljović took the basic letterforms of his original typeface to create two variants of ITC New Esprit: one for improved text composition and the other for display typography.

ITC New Esprit comprises 16 typefaces that are available in four weights (from regular to black), each with an italic counterpart in the text and display variants. All ITC New Esprit fonts are available in the OpenType format, which supports both Mac and Windows platforms.

Selections are also offered as OpenType Pro fonts, which enable the ability to apply advanced typographic features and...

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Jul 06
Mac sales see 19-23% year-over-year growth

The NPD Group says that Mac sales increased 35% in May and expects that Apple will sell 3.1 to 3.2 million Macs in the June quarter. That's year-over-year unit growth of 19 to 23% -- better than Wall Street's consensus of 19% year-over-year.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says the NPD data shows little cannibalization of Mac sales from the hot iPad. However, iPod sales are down 13% year-over-year, which is a decrease greater than the 9% Munster had forecast. Still, considering that the iPad has an average selling price four times higher than the iPod, the analyst sees it as an overall positive for Apple.

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Jul 06
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 6

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

Photo-sharing service has announced a free iPhone app. It enables Jalbum users to browse, share and create stunning web photo albums from anywhere.

QNAP Systems has released the QMobile app for the Pad, iPhone, and iPod touch and the new V3.3 NAS management utility update. The free app, when used in conjunction with a QNAP Turbo NAS server and the V3.3 update, allows users to stream music, digital pictures, and videos from their home NAS server and play directly on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch from anywhere, using Wi-Fi or 3G networks.

Aquafadas has introduced It's a Girl and It's a Boy for the iPhone and iPod touch. The apps -- which cost US$0.99 each - are for accessing and showing your children's pictures in an innovative...

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Jul 06
Bria VoIP software for the Mac now supports multiple accounts

CounterPath Corp. (, a provider of desktop and mobile voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) software solutions, has updated Bria, its multimedia communications softphone, Bria, to version 3.1. One of the most significant additions to the update is support for multiple accounts.

With Bria 3.1, users now can select on the fly which account to use for voice, IM and HD video calling, whether it’s over a wired or wireless IP network, including 3G/4G and Wi-Fi. The new version also features an enhanced, streamlined user interface (UI) that enhances Bria’s expanded conferencing features, including additional multi-tasking options when multiple audio and/or video calls are in progress. Bria 3.1 also supports server-based conference calling using Bria’s built-in native contact list and call manager.

Available for Mac and Windows systems, Bria's new features include high-...

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Jul 06
Griffin Technology, Frontier Design Group present GuitarConnect...

Griffin Technology and Frontier Design Group have announced availability of Griffin's GuitarConnect cable and Frontier's iShred LIVE. With this combination of cable and app, your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad becomes a mobile guitar workstation.

The 1/4-inch cable connects easily into guitars, basses, or other instruments, and a stereo 1/8-inch mini-plug connects directly to the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad for use with audio applications such as iShred LIVE. The six-foot GuitarConnect cable also provides a stereo 1/8-inch mini-jack to connect headphones or audio cable for connection to a home stereo, amp, mixer, or other audio source.

iShred LIVE is a mobile app with amp modeling and stomp box effects for guitar, bass, and other instruments. Based on the virtual guitar app from Frontier Design Group, iShred LIVE gives musicians of all skill levels the ability to play a real instrument through their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

GuitarConnect, $29.99, is now...

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Jul 06
beaTunes update improves concurrency for large collections

Tagtrum has released version 2.1.10 of beaTunes (, the iTunes add-on for Mac and Windows. The new release offers improved concurrency for large collections.

beaTunes can detect various types of metadata, such as beats-per-minute and musical key, as well as find and fix typos and inconsistencies such as misspelled artists and rarely used genres.
BeaTunes analyzes the color and tempo (BPM) of your songs, intelligently creates playlists of matching songs, corrects your iTunes Music Library (typos, wrong genres, etc.), lets you blog about your playlists and more.

A seven-day demo version is available at the product web site. Registration is US$31.95. Upgrades to version 2.1.10 from 1.x are $11.95 and free for registered 2.x users. beaTunes requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

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