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Jun 14
Apple sued over iAd name

Another day, another lawsuit. Online ad firm Innovate Media Group of Costa Mesa, California, has filed suit in the US District Court of the Central District of California, charging that Apple has knowingly usurped their rights to the term iAds, reports "The Register" (

"It appears that Apple's strategy with respect to Innovate Media and the 'iAds' mark is just another sequence in a pattern of conduct by Apple, of ignoring and trampling the intellectual property rights of others," the suit reads.

"As a result of Apple's refusal to acknowledge Innovate Media's 'iAds' marks, and blatant and willful infringement of those marks," the suit reads, "Innovate Media has been left with little choice but to file this lawsuit seeking injuntive relief, damages...

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Jun 14
Samsung introduces new drives, BD Combo, DVD writer

Samsung Electronics ( has rolled out a new drive series, a BD Combo and an external DVD writer.

Samsung is now shipping the Spinpoint F4, the newest model of its Spinpoint F series drives. It's engineered for high-end computing in Macs, PCs high-end workstations and server applications. The one-head platform of the new 7200rpm Spinpoint F4 packs up to 320GB of storage capacity per one head in half platter.

With a one-head platform design and fewer mechanical parts, the reliability and acoustic features of the Spinpoint F4 have been improved, says In-Chul Park, vice president of sales, storage systems division, Samsung Electronics. The drive delivers 10% increased read/write performance and 7% lower power consumption than the Spinpoint F1, he adds.

The Spinpoint F4 features 7200rpm speed rotation, advanced areal density technology and a SATA 3.0 Gbps interface. The drive...

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Jun 14
Starbucks to offer free Wi-Fi starting July 1

Starbucks ( says that, on July 1, there will be a better Wi-Fi offering at all U.S. company owned stores. Better, as in free.

That’s right, free Wi-Fi with just one click. No Starbucks Card will be required. No username or password will be required. And there will be no time restrictions.

Also announced today, to launch later this fall, is a new digital content offering called the Starbucks Digital Network. Customers will have access to an array of premium and exclusive content -- available, naturally, only when connected to Wi-Fi at Starbucks.

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Jun 14
Media 100 Suite ready for After Effects CS5

Media 100 ( a provider of editing systems for the corporate, broadcast, postproduction, and new media industries -- has released Media 100 Suite 1.6 is now available. The new version offers enhanced support for tapeless digital formats and new support for Adobe After Effects CS5.

Version 1.6 supports Calibrated Software’s Calibrated{Q} MXF Import, AVC-Intra Decode, and DVCProHD Decode products, allowing Media 100 Suite editors to directly open MXF files, import and playback AVC-Intra media, and playback media created in the DVCProHD codec. In addition, it includes Boris XML Transfer Version 2 for Media 100 Suite, giving users the ability to export Media 100 Suite timelines to Adobe After Effects CS5.

Media 100 Suite supports AJA’s KONA 3X/3, KONA LH/LHe, KONA LHi, and KONA LS/LSe video I/O hardware; the Matrox MXO2 family of I/O devices; Blackmagic Design’s Intensity Pro,...

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Jun 14
T.C. Gou may open 100 stores in China to sell Apple products

T.C. Gou, whose brother is is chief at Apple supplier, Foxconn Technology Group, plans to open 100 stores to sell Mac computers and iPod music players in China, reports "Bloomberg" (

Gou’s Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co. jumped its 6.9% limit in Taipei trading after the company confirmed plans to open its first Apple retail outlet in Shanghai by the end of 2010. Taipei-based Cheng Uei aims for 100 stores in China within three years, investor relations spokesman T.P. Liu told "Bloomberg."

The component-maker’s plan may help Apple add market share in China, where retail sales jumped 18.7% in May and which is forecast to be the biggest computer market by...

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Jun 14
Khronos releases OpenCL 1.1. spec

The Khronos Group ( -- an industry consortium (of which Apple is a member) creating open standards to enable the authoring and acceleration of graphics and dynamic media on a variety of platforms and devices -- has announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 1.1 specification.

It's the latest version of the open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors. According to Neil Trevett, chair of the OpenCL working group, president of the Khronos Group and vice president at Nvidia, OpenCL 1.1 adds significant functionality for enhanced parallel programming flexibility, functionality and performance including:

° New data types including 3-component vectors and additional image formats;

° Handling commands from multiple hosts and processing buffers across multiple devices;

°  Operations on regions of a buffer...

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Jun 14
MMQuery plug-in gets maintenance update

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released MMQuery 1.1.1 (, an update of the plug-in for FileMaker Pro that lets you work with your data through the calculation engine. This is a maintenance update which imports core plug-in updates from other CNS Plug-ins. Version 1.1.1 also adds a preference to always use the new FileMaker Pro 11 SQL interface.  

MMQuery allows you to perform SQL queries on your own database or use the helper functions in the plug-in to do the same types of queries without actually having to know SQL. MMQuery requires FileMaker Pro 7.0v3 and above to function properly. The plug-in won't under previous versions of FileMaker Pro. If you have FileMaker Pro 7.0 but have not updated to 7.0v3, you can obtain a free update from FileMaker, Inc's web site.

A single-user license for the client version of MMQuery is US$35. To use the Server...

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Jun 14
iHub for Mac OS X 'coming soon'

Nova media has announced iHub for Mac OS X ( Coming soon, it will synchronize address books and calendars between Macs, iPads, iPhones and iPod touches wirelessly via WiFi without relying on cloud-based services.

The software runs as a background application on a Mac and synchronizes data automatically between different devices in the network. iHub features an user interface to set up permission controls. It's possible to completely deny access to iHub as well as to restrict access to certain address book groups and/or calendars. Read and write permission can be set on each calendar and address book group for each user separately.

iHub uses open standards like CalDAV and CardDAV, so it's not necessary to install any additional software on any client Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touches as they will use the built-in software...

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Jun 14
Scottish church converts to HTL5

A Scottish church has converted to HTML5, and is now streaming its services in a form that iPads and iPhones can understand, as well as to Flash-capable devices.

St Andrew’s Parish Church in Bo’ness, West Lothian, believes it is the first to stream its services in real time to iPhones and iPads, and more than doubled its normal Sunday attendance with online participants, reports "eWeek Europe" ( ). The church has had a Flash stream for a while, but added an iPhone-compatible stream for mobile devices for its service on June 13.

HTML5 is being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the web. It's touted as the next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and...

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Jun 14
Virgin may offer the iPhone 4

Virgin could be the next UK mobile phone provider to offer the iPhone 4 reports "Mobile News" ( It would be the sixth UK carrier to offer the latest iPhone.

"We are in ongoing talks with Apple," a Virgin Mobile spokesperson told "Mobile News." "There are no further developments at this point."

T-Mobile and Three are already confirmed as mobile network partners for the new iPhone. The iPhone 4 launches in the UK, US, France, Germany and Japan on Thursday, June 24.

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Jun 14
AT&T to work with law enforcement on iPad security breach

AT&T said on Sunday it would cooperate with law enforcement in any investigation of a security breach of Apple Inc's iPad that exposed personal information of the telephone company's customers, reports "Reuters" (

In a letter to customers, the company said it would "prosecute violators to the fullest extent of the law." Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a probe into the security breach.

The breach took place when a group calling itself...

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Jun 14
FTC to look into Apple's take on mobile advertising

Federal Trade Commission officials are preparing to review allegations that Apple "is trying to trammel rivalry in mobile advertising," people familiar tell "Bloomberg" ( Regulators were already weighing a probe of Apple’s treatment of Adobe Systems over Flash and the U.S. Justice Department has made preliminary inquiries into Apple’s behavior in the music market.

The heightened scrutiny may prompt the company to give programmers more leeway in how they build applications for Apple products, Andrew Gavil, who teaches antitrust law at Howard University in Washington told "Bloomberg." The inquiries indicate government concern that CEO Steve Jobs may be trying to exert too much control over industries as varied as digital music, software development...

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Jun 14
US trade commission to look into HTC's complaints against...

The US International Trade Commission will investigate HTC's allegations that Apple is infringing its patents. Its answer could see the iPhone banned from American stores, according to "The Register" ( -- although I personally can't see this happening.

The ITC's investigation is in response to HTC's complaint, filed on May 12, that Apple is in breach of various patents owned by HTC. The company TC Corp. filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the U.S. HTC says Apple is infringing on five of its patents.

"As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and...

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Jun 14
Native Instruments introduces Session Strings

Native Instruments has introduced Session Strings (, a virtual string ensemble for Kontakt 4 and the free Kontakt Player. It provides acoustic string sounds for pop, soul, R&B, disco, house and other contemporary music styles.

Session Strings recreates a string ensemble comprising four violins, three violas, two celli and two double basses, captured and produced in one of Germany's most renowned recording studios by sampling expert Thomas Koritke's new sound design house e-instruments. All recordings were taken from exclusive instruments from the 18th and 19th century, played by top musicians from some of the finest European orchestra.

Session Strings' Animator function can be engaged...

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Jun 14
'MacVoices' looks at the Mac Roundtable

On the new "MacVoices" (, the founders of The Mac Roundtable discuss the group's origins and evolution.

The Mac Roundtable is a collaboration by 14 independent Mac content creators. It wasn't always that way, however. The four founding members of The Mac Roundtable -- Adam Christianson, Joseph Nilo, Steve Stanger, and Tim Verporten -- talk about how and why it got started and who created the group's assets.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Jun 14
Best Buy launches pre-sale offer for iPhone 4

Beginning June 15, Best Buy Mobile, the mobile specialty retail unit of Best Buy, launches its pre-sale of iPhone 4 from Apple. Pre-sale orders can be placed at any Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile standalone store nationwide. The iPhone 4 will land in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores June 24.

“Offering the iPhone 4 to consumers is just the latest example of how Best Buy Mobile has become the place to go for the best smartphones. It’s exciting to have an opportunity to launch this iconic device with this pre-sale,” says Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile. “Adding the iPhone 4 to our stores alongside other great smartphones like the HTC EVO from Sprint and HTC Incredible on Verizon, gives customers a great opportunity to view each side-by-side and get the mobile phone that works best for them.”

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Jun 14
Application Wizard for Mac OS X conjures up version 2.5.1

MaBaSoft has updated Application Wizard (, a Mac OS X tool that provides access to your applications, document and pictures, to version 2.5.1. The Switch to Finder and Switch to Finder and hide other applications keyboard shortcuts have been added.

To define and enable the new shortcuts, open the Application Wizard pane in System Preferences and click the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. Check for updates has been fully revised and lets you now check for updates both manually and automatically.

Application Wizard lets you open, quit, show and hide applications, open them automatically at startup and force them to open using Rosetta, turn single application mode on and quit background-only applications and the Finder. With the software you can also navigate volumes and frequently used folders to...

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Jun 14
Warrantech to offer extended warranties on the iPad

Warrantech ( -- a provider of service contracts and after-market warranties for the appliance, consumer electronics, computer, furniture, home and automotive industries -- announced today that it's rolling out new extended multi-year service plans especially designed to protect iPads, 3D TVs, e-readers and tablet PCs.

In addition to the company’s service contract coverage, Warrantech is also offering Accidental Damage from Handling (ADH) protection on the iPad and other portable electronic products such as e-readers, tablet PCs, MP3 players, cameras, laptop computers, and other small electronic devices. For a fee, consumers are protected from damage caused by unexpected mishaps including unintentional spills, drops, falls and impacts. Screen damage such as a cracked lens resulting from accidental breakage is also covered.

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Jun 14
iSkysoft releases DVD Creator for Mac, Windows systems

iSkysoft Studio (http://www.iskysoft.com_ has released DVD Creator for Mac OS X and Windows systems. iSkysoft DVD Creator helps users design their personal DVD menus and burn DVDs out of various video formats.

DVD Creator for Mac helps to burn downloaded movies, self-made videos, and slideshows into a DVD disc, DVD Folder, ISO or DVD media file that can be played with the Apple DVD Player directly. It offers editing functions, slideshow building techniques, and lots of animated DVD menu templates.

DVD Creator for Mac costs US$49 for a single user license. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 or higher running on an Intel-based Mac.

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Jun 14
'MUG Event Calendar': MacSpeech, photo-realistic art,...

This week's "MUG Event Calendar" is filled with names you know -- or at least should know.

Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra is on the list twice, once in Pennsylvania and once in Ohio, and his colleague, Systems Engineer Dreux Ste. Marie, will present to a Texas Group. Another individual making two MUG presentations this week is Rob Griffiths of Many Tricks Software, who will present to a group in Oregon, hop on a plane, and present to a California group the very next day.

Jay Gonzales of MacSpeech will introduce one California group to their products while digital artist Burt Monroy will discuss his digital photo-realistic art at another. Other topics up for discussion this week include the WWDC keynote, Steam, running more than one OS on your Mac, iPhoto, Topaz Adjust, GarageBand and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (, an...

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Jun 14
QuickerTek offers improved Apple Juicz battery for MacBook Air

QuickerTek ( is offering the third generation of its Apple Juicz external battery (US$399.95) for the Apple MacBook Air. This product design now exclusively uses the standard MagSafe power adapter (that comes with the MacBook Air) to recharge the external battery.

This is the very first and only external battery for the MacBook Air with two female USB ports, according to the folks at QuickerTek. These ports can simultaneously charge any
USB device that can gets power via USB. The Apple Juicz External Battery also features proprietary circuitry for the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad or any 30-pin iPod, while chargiing and power all models of the MacBook Air laptop.

It also sports circuitry for fail-safe protection. Additional features include temperature control and charge/discharge rates monitoring, cell balancing and a fuel gauge indicator that when pushed tells how much "Juicz" is left in the battery.

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Jun 11
Konnet unveils Apple-certified ReflexDock Pro

Konnet Technology ( has announced the US$59.99 ReflexDock Pro, charging dock with audio and video connectivity for the iPod/iPhone and compatible with the new iPhone 4.

With it users can charge, sync, and transmit any audio/video content from their iPhone 3G, 3GS or 4 to their big screen TV -- all without needing to remove the protective case. Designed for those who want to watch downloaded movies, videos, and shows on a larger screen, the ReflexDock Pro allows you to view a mirrored image of your iPod app content on your TV via the AV Out connection cable (included in the package).

The ReflexDock Pro features Advanced Sound Reflection Design, which enhances speaker quality when the iPhone is docked, according to Christine Custodio of Konnet.  The curved panel design also improves mic reception, she adds.

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Jun 10
TRENDnet 450MBps router available

TRENDnet ( has released a 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router, the US$199 TEW-691GR. Three external antennas broadcast on the 2.4GHz spectrum.

Three spatial streams per antenna produce a record 450Mbps theoretical wireless throughput. Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology boosts wireless coverage, signal strength, and throughput speed. One Gigabit Wide Area Network port and four Gigabit Local Area Network ports offer wired throughput performance.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. The router is compatible with IEEE 802.11n and backward compatible with IEEE 802.11g/b/a compliant devices.

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Jun 10
Mobile Edge unveils EVO Backpacks for computers

Mobile Edge ( has unveiled the EVO Backpacks for computers. They're available for laptops up to 17-inches, such as the super-sized MacBook Pro.
The EVO features 16 interior and exterior pockets for travel accessories and personal items. An interior workstation holds memory cards, flash drives, business cards, pens and pencils, plus a there's a media pocket for your iPod or MP3 player.

 Another Mobile Edge exclusive feature is their Cool-Mesh padded back-panel and shoulder straps designed for user comfort over prolonged use, says “We are very excited to add the new EVO Backpack to our growing product assortment,” said G. David Cartwright, president & CEO, Mobile Edge. A ruggedized bottom panel was added to protect the backpack from moisture, dirt and grime and for overall durability. 
The EVO also features a zip-open water bottle carrier that...

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Jun 10
Live Interior 3D update adds new attic improvements

BeLight Software ( has released Live Interior 3D 2.3, an update to its interior design software for Mac OS X that lets users create house, office and apartment interiors with 3D walk-throughs.

The new version lets you turn attic space into more than just storage space for dusty boxes of forgotten belongings. Now any attic can be transformed into a full-fledged, habitable loft thanks to the addition of loft walls.

Navigating around multi-level projects has become more realistic in the Consider Collisions mode. When turned on, you can climb staircases and cannot walk through objects or walls. Also, the import of Google SketchUp files has been improved.

Live Interior 3D is normally available in Standard (US$49.95) and Pro ($129.95) editions. Version 2.4 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

Live Interior 3D is Universal Binary so runs...

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