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Jul 01
Logitech introduces two new headsets

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has announced two new headsets. The Logitech USB Headset H530 and the Logitech Laptop Headset H555 feature support for super wideband audio.

The lightweight Laptop Headset H555 folds flat and fits into the included case. The USB Headset H530 offers laser-tuned drivers. Both headsets are compatible with Logitech Vid HD, Skype 4.0 for Window® or later, and Skype 2.8 for Mac or later.

The Logitech Laptop Headset H555 is expected to be available later this month for US$59.99. The Logitech USB Headset H530 is also expected to be available in July for $49.99.

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Jul 01
Apple sued over iPhone 4 antenna problems

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is being sued over the antenna problems of the iPhone 4. The widely publicized problem is that some users see a degradation in the cell signal when they cover the lower left corner of the iPhone 4 with their left hand.

As reported by "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20100701/apple-att-sued-over-iphone-4...), the lawsuit was filed in federal court in Maryland Wednesday on behalf of a pair of Maryland residents who purchased two iPhone 4s each "only to find they suffered significantly reduced reception and performance when handled the way any reasonable person would handle a cell phone." The class action accuses Apple and AT&T (T) of knowingly selling phones with a defective antenna design.

"Plaintiffs were sold...

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Jul 01
School district implements Mac terminal services thin client lab

Aqua Connect (http://www.AquaConnect.net), provider of an enterprise grade Mac terminal server, and 10ZiG Technology (http://www.10zig.com), which specializes in the development of thin clients and network appliances, have collaborated with Campbell Union School District in San Jose, California, to create new energy efficient Mac terminal services thin client labs.

Campbell Union School District's goal was to deliver green desktops for the Mac platform. To accomplish this, a central lab was implemented in the library for students to use throughout the day. The lab consisted of 10ZiG RBT thin clients that were deployed Mac OS X desktops through the Aqua Connect Terminal Server.

Previously, the students had been using legacy Macs in the library that had been in production for years. The student reaction to the new thin clients was...

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Jun 30
QuickerTek releases carry handles for the MacBook, MacBook Pro

QuickerTek is shipping carry handles (http://www.quickertek.com/products/macbook_air_carry_handle.php) for all models of the Apple Unibody MacBook (aluminum and white) and MacBook Pro Unibody 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch laptops.

The carry handles are made from non-flex aircraft quality aluminum for strength and are priced at US$79.95. The handle is built with captive screws and attaches with a bracket mount that uses the existing screw holes on the back of the computer.

The design lays the handle out and the bracket elevates the MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air to allow better airflow underneath the laptop.

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Jun 30
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 30

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/).

Apple has released an updated version of its free MobileMe Gallery for the iPhone. Users can browse personal MobileMe photo and video galleries, or those belonging to friends and family. Passwords can be entered to gain access to protected collections, and links to individual albums can be shared with others.

Oceanside Interactive has debuted their iPhone and iPod touch titles, World Soccer Go! and MyDinos Go! World Soccer Go! is a fantasy soccer experience that lets users build up their dream football franchise. MyDinos Go! is a social game that lets kids of all ages travel through time to rescue hundreds of endangered "Dynamals." Both titles are free to download.

Bitween S.R.L. has released Journey 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad...

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Jun 30
AdMob says Android catching up to the iPhone

According to a new report from AdMob -- which stores and analyzes handset and operator data from every ad request in its network of more than 15,000 mobile web sites and applications -- Apple's iOS (the operating system formerly known as iPhone OS) fell to 40%, while Google's Android is headed towards 30%.

The latest analytics reports done by the company show that Android continues to draw market share from the iOS.  A year ago, the iPhone owned almost 50% of the smartphone market by web traffic while Android had only 5%, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/30/admob-android-continues-to-take-m...).

By the way, AdMob is now a subsidiary of Google, which makes the Android operating system for mobile devices. I'm just sayin', is all.

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Jun 30
IDAPT i4 now compatible with the iPad, iPhone 4

IDAPT has released the new IDAPT i4, which charges up to four different mobile electronics simultaneously which helps eliminate cord clutter.  It's compatible with the iPad and iPhone 4 as well as 4,000 different mobile electronic devices including BlackBerry, Nintendo DS, PSP, digital cameras, GPS systems, and Bluetooth products.

The IDAPT i4 has three charging ports and an additional USB charging port. It features an interchangeable tip system making it completely customizable. The “quick release” button allows for safe and easy ejection of the interchangeable tips, according to Jeremy Patay of IDAPT. Additional features include an LED display light indicating charge status and an on/off switch allowing users to economize energy use.

The IDAPT i4 is available in black, white or silver at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$59.99. The packaging includes these tips: miniUSB, microUSB, iPod/iPhone, Samsung 4, Nokia 2, and Sony Ericsson 2.  Additional tips can...

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Jun 30
VinylStudio for the Mac spins to version 7.5

AlpineSoft has updated their vinyl-and-tape-to-CD-and-MP3 software, VinylStudio for the Mac, to version 7.5. The latest version can handle a much wider range of file formats including AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless, CAF, AAC, WAV, MP3, OGG and WMA. 

It also includes many detailed user interface improvements, including the ability to import album cover art directly from a web browser via drag and drop and a number of new features (such as playing at reduced speed to pin down those hard-to-find clicks) requested by users.

VinylStudio is a software solution for digitizing vinyl LPs and tapes. It records your records and tapes, splits those recordings into tracks, removes scratches, tape hiss and more and burns both audio and MP3 CDs and DVDs. You can also play your recordings on your computer. VinylStudio can look up track listings over the Internet and copy tracks to your iPod or MP3 player.

VinylStudio comes with audio cleanup filters to remove clicks, crackles,...

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Jun 30
'YML' looks at the 'good, bad, ugly' of the...

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the iPhone 4 -- the good, bad and the ugly -- and what it's like to have had an iPad these past three months.

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 http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

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 irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Jun 30
Winter Wolves releases Vera Blanc: Full Moon game for the Mac

Winter Wolves (http://www.winterwolves.com) has released Vera Blanc: Full Moon, the first installment in the Vera Blanc game series. It costs US$19.99 and is available for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. A demo is available for download.

Here's how the game is described: "Take on the role of Vera Blanc, a young and beautiful woman with an extraordinary power: the ability to read other people's minds! Daughter of Emmanuel Blanc, one of the richest people on Earth, she left her life of luxury to use her powers to work alongside paranormal detective Brandon Mackey. In this first episode, our heroine travels to a mysterious town in Germany deep in the Black Forest. A serial killer is on the loose, and all leads point to a werewolf as the culprit!

"The game plays like an adventure game or visual novel, but you'll have to make frequent choices and play several minigames that will influence the...

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Jun 30
AccountEdge 2010 for the Mac released in Canada

Acclivity (http://accountedge.com/mac/) has released AccountEdge 2010, the latest version of their small business accounting software for the Mac, and AccountEdge Network Edition in Canada. Among the new features are integration with Sofa's web store Enstore, more detailed tracking of item information, profitability of a sale analysis, and bank deposit slip printing.

"AccountEdge 2010 comes with several considerable updates this year," says Tom Nash, Acclivity Managing Partner. "One of the new additions that we're excited to talk about is the integration with EnStore, the new web store developed by our Checkout partners, Sofa. This feature is appealing for anyone that wants to offer their customers a simple, elegant online shopping experience."

EnStore is a pay-as-you-go web store that integrates with AccountEdge. Products, images, pricing and other details are managed in AccountEdge and...

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Jun 30
ToonIt! updated for Photoshop CS5

Digital Anarchy has announced a free update to their ToonIt! Photo cartooning plug-in (http://www.digitalanarchy.com/toonPS/main.html). Version 2.6 adds compatibility for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and 64-bit operation on Mac systems.

The update also adds many behind-the-scenes improvements, like background rendering, to make ToonIt faster and more responsive. ToonIt! Photo is used by photographers and digital artists to create a variety of cartoon styles, painted effects, and illustrated looks.

ToonIt! Photo for Photoshop is regularly priced at US$159, but is on sale for $89 until July 15. The plug-in works in Adobe Photoshop CS–CS5 and Photoshop Elements 6.0–9.0 and runs on Mac OS X10.3.9–10.6, Windows XP–7.0 and Vista systems.

A separate version for use in Apple’s Aperture is on sale for $79 (normally it's $129_. ToonIt! Aperture is also updated to...

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Jun 30
FileMyFiles for Mac OS X adds uninstall/remove app features

Pubblog has updated FileMyFiles (http://filemyfiles.com), a file organizing utility for Mac OS X, to version 2.3. The upgrade adds the capability to uninstall and remove applications, along with all of their associated files and folders.

According to the folks at Pubblog, with one click, FileMyFiles will: clean up your Desktop; copy your important files and folders to your laptop when you go on the road; and copy them back to your desktop computer when you return. You can even schedule FileMyFiles to automatically organize all the files in a list of all of your important folders.

You can schedule FileMyFiles to automatically organize all the files in a list of all of your important folders. All of your files are put away according to the type of the file. Files are sorted and put into folders according to eight categories of file types: Words, Images, Audio, Compressed, Data, Layout, Video, and Web....

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Jun 30
QNAP releases version 3.3 of NAS Management Software

QNAP Systems has announced an update to the NAS management software embedded in their Turbo NAS products as firmware. Version 3.3 update provides new features and enhancements for consumer and business users of both current and legacy Turbo NAS server models.

Support for the QMobile app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users allows music, photos, and videos stored on QNAP Turbo NAS servers to be remotely streamed and played directly on the Apple devices anywhere there is access to a WiFi or 3G network, eliminating the need to store the content physically on the device. Also, a new Firmware Live Update feature allows QNAP Turbo NAS servers to automatically check for and download new NAS management software updates.

Version 3.3 has other new features and enhancements, as well. The firmware is available for download free of charge at http://www.qnap.com .

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Jun 30
Chronos announces iClipboard 3.0 for Mac OS X

Chronos LC (http://www.chronosnet.com) has released iClipboard 2.0, an update of the clipboard manager for Mac OS X. According to Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos, there's a new Paste Blaster that fundamentally changes the way users can paste clippings from their history.

It works just like the application switcher built into Mac OS X where you press Command-Tab to switch applications. Instead of selecting an application, the Paste Blaster lets you select the clipping you want to paste. iClipboard 3.0 also lets you copy clippings to projects, in addition to moving them. You can now turn the Shelf on and off.

iClipboard 3.0 is immediately available for US$29.99. Registered iClipboard 1.x and 3.x users can upgrade to version 3.0 for $14.99. A 30-day demo is available for download. iClipboard requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.

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Jun 30
SecretBox for Mac OS X adds Import Assistant

app4mac has released SecretBox 2.1 (http://www.app4mac.com/secretbox.html) for Mac OS X, an update of the app that allows you to keep your secrets in a safe place and uses 256-bit AES encryption to protect your data.

Version 2.1 offers a new Import Assistant. Now you can import data from the 1Password Interchange format. There's also an improved user interface and enhanced search function.

SecretBox for the Mac requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It costs US$35, though version 2.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0. SecretBox for the Mac can also sync with the $4.99 iPhone/iPad version.

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Jun 30
'MacNotables' looks at the iPhone, iOS 4

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.

Like more than 1.7 million people, Mac guru Ted Landau got an iPhone 4 last week. Unlike the rest of us, however, he's been busy testing, evaluating and digging through the new phone as well as iOS 4.

Landau addresses the three problems that have been making the news, why none of them should affect your buying decision, and what some of the solutions are or will be. He also talks about the feature set of iOS 4, including the different aspects and adequacy of multitasking. Landau also looks ahead to what he thinks will be Apple's next product update, and discusses the future of the iPod.

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

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Jun 30
'iFixIt' offers teardown of iPhone 4 gyroscope

The "iFixIt" site has torn down the iPhone 4's gyroscope. You can see it at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone-4-Gyroscope-Teardown/3156/1 .

Apple first announced the iPhone 4's gyroscope at WWDC 2010, but it was largely overshadowed by other big players inside the phone -- the A4 processor, Retina display, and external antennas. A lot of technology gets stuffed into vibrational gyroscopes (the type found in the iPhone 4), yet a casual observer may barely notice the chip itself, let alone the phenomenal contents within it. "iFixit" and Chipworks have partnered to show you exactly what's inside these little gems.

"Vibrational gyroscopes have a ton of practical uses, including automotive yaw sensors, game controllers, and image stabilization in cameras," says the "iFixIt" gang. "Now, iPhone 4 applications and games...

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Jun 30
Apple looking for iPhone/iPad antenna engineers

Apple is looking to hire iPhone and iPod antenna engineers, according to an "Engadget" report (http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/30/apple-hiring-iphone-antenna-engineers...). This is almost certainly in regard to an antenna issue causing poor reception and dropped calls."

Apple has gotten mounting complaints that holding the new iPhone in a certain way can impede signal strength, making it difficult or even impossible to make and maintain calls. The problems seems to be more prone to left-handed iPhone owners.

There are three Apple job postings for iPhone/iPad antenna engineers to "define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices." All three were posted on June 23.

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Jun 30
Verizon iPhone rumors resurface

They're bacccck. Rumors of an impending Verizon iPhone. "Bloomberg Business" (http://macosg.me/2/gg) quotes "two people familiar with the plans" as saying Verizon Wireless will start carrying the iPhone in January.

Carrying the iPhone will give Verizon a boost in its competition for smartphone customers, UBS AG analyst John Hodulik told "Bloomberg Businessweek." Verizon customers, who numbered 92.8 million at the end of the first quarter, may buy three million iPhones a quarter, he estimates.

"Apple is going to dramatically increase the number of devices it sells in the U.S. when exclusivity at AT&T ends," says Hodulik. "It’s hard to ignore the quality issues that AT&T has faced."

If it happens, Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner told clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (...

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Jun 30
Worldwide mobile subscriptions to reach five billion by fourth...

ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) forecasts over five billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2010, with an approximate 4.8 billion connections having been reached by the end of the year’s first quarter. Much of this growth will be registered in developing markets in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

Africa remains the fastest growing mobile market with a year-over-year growth of over 22%. Mobile penetration in Asia-Pacific will rise significantly to 65% by the end of 2010.

"This unprecedented growth is driven by India and Indonesia, which have together added over 150 million subscriptions in the past four quarters," says ABI Research analyst Bhavya Khanna. "Falling monthly tariffs and ultra-low-cost mobile handsets have democratised the reach and use of the mobile phone, and aggressive rollouts by mobile operators in these countries will see the current rate of subscriber...

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Jun 30
ArchiOffice 2010 released for Mac, Windows systems

BQE Software (http://www.bqe.com), a provider of business management software, has released ArchiOffice 2010 for both Macs and PCs. The upgrade sports over 150 new and enhanced features designed to help architects and engineers better manage their businesses.

Among the new features are customizable dashboards, put-it-anywhere document management, intelligent folder synching, and enhanced integration with Microsoft Outlook, Entourage, Apple Mail, Address Book and iCal. ArchiOffice 2010 also added the ability for users to customize reports and invoices and drill-down into projects and costs.

Other enhancements include 128-bit SSL encryption and the option for a business to use its own SSL certificate. ArchiOffice utilizes Java Web Start technology to deliver capabilities with a small memory footprint, according to Steven Burns, FAIA, director of Product Strategy and Innovations at BQE Software.

This new...

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Jun 30
iRecord Pro now ready for the iPad, iPhone 4, iOS 4

Streaming Networks (http://www.iRecord.com) has announced a new version of the iRecord Pro (PMR-200) with integrated support for the iPad, iPhone 4, and iOS 4. Movies and music can be installed on these devices simply by pressing a single button.

The new iRecord Pro (US$269.99) is also backward compatible with all members of the iPod and iPhone family including the fifth gen iPod nano. Existing iRecord Pro customers can have this same functionality with a software upgrade. (For current owners, the latest firmware is downloadable for $9.99.)

To use iRecord Pro, connect it via standard audio/video (AV) connectors to any TV, set-top-box (STB), DVR, camcorder, VCR, DVD, cassette and LP players, computer or just about any audio and video source. With one touch, iRecord Pro records directly to your choice of portable media player, offering an alternative to drag and drop and iTunes procedures.

In the...

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Jun 30
Aero case for the iPad available in blue, pink

weight protective case for the iPad case. Its skin-tight, zero-flex polyurethane material enhances your grip when carrying and handling, and provides excellent impact protection from bumps and drops, according to the folks at RadTech.

The Aero is made from thermoplastic polyurethane. It features windowed access to display, buttons, switches, speakers and dock connector. The design also enhances the grip when carrying or handling the iPad.


The Aero is available in blue and pink. It's fully washable and autoclavable

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Jun 30
Virtual Programming ships new native version of X3: Reunion

Virtual Programming has gone back to the well and reissued the Mac OS X version of the best-selling intergalactic adventure game X3:Reunion in a version that eschews the translation layer technology known as Cider.

The latest version of the game, which is a free update for all players, is a Mac OS X native port. It is also cheaper than the original version.

"We weren't happy with X3: Reunion's performance when using Cider, and it turned out many of our customers weren't either," says Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton. "As a gesture of goodwill, we reengineered the game as a native port that's a free update for existing customers. Starting today, new X3: Reunion customers will receive the updated version of the game."

Here's how the game is described: "X3: Reunion takes place in a far-flung future where humans have long since lost contact with Earth, which is now considered nothing more than a myth. Players slip on the spacesuit of Julian Brennan, who travels...

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