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Jul 13
LaCie releases Xtremkey USB Flash drive

LaCie ( has announced the LaCie XtremKey, an USB Flash drive with capacities up to 64GB and an "impenetrable shell." Pricing starts at US$49.99 for an 8GB version.

LaCie shields the XtremKey’s premium flash memory modules inside a 2mm metal pipe casing. Sealed with wear-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring, it's watertight up to 100 meters. The LaCie XtremKey is also resistant to five-meter drops and extreme heat and cold temperatures (+200°C / -50°C).

The XtremKey is constructed with zamac, a metal alloy composed of zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper. It's less than three inches tall and sports a USB 2.0 interface.

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Jul 13
Smaato Metrics: Android crunches Apple in mobile advertising...

Smaato (, a mobile ad optimizer and mobile advertising company, has revealed its latest data looking at the global mobile advertising market in terms of click-through rates and ad network fill rates for June. The company says the report shows Android making large gains in global click through rates (CTR), as it climbed above rival Apple, to third place.

In the US, Symbian still dominates in terms of CTR, but Android has closed the gap with a CTR Index of 192 (118 in May), while Apple iOS drops down to fifth place in its home market with a CTR Index of 73.

In stark contrast to the global and US stages, Android has the lowest performance in terms of CTR Index (52) in Europe, with Windows Mobile achieving the best (205), almost quadruple Android’s Index. Smaato serves over eight million ad requests in its network of more than 6,000 registered mobile publishers and over...

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Jul 13
Developers encouraged to submit to Safari Extensions Gallery

Apple has emailed its registered developers encouraging them to submit Safari 5 extensions for consideration for inclusion in the company's Safari Extensions Gallery. Last month Apple released Safari 5, the latest version of their web browser.

Along with the updated browser, Apple rolled out a new, free Safari Developer Program that allows developers to customize and enhance Safari 5 with extensions based on standard web technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. The Extension Builder, new in Safari 5, simplifies the development, installation and packaging of extensions.

For enhanced security and stability, Safari Extensions are sandboxed, signed with a digital certificate from Apple and run solely in the browser. For more info, developers should go to

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Jul 13
Expo-only registration already underway for Macworld Expo 2011

IDG World Expo has opened up Expo-only registration ( for the 2011 Macworld Conference & Expo. The event will be held Jan. 26-29 in San Francisco.

The expo portion of MWSF will start Jan. 27. If you register before July 26, it's free. Macworld 2010 ended up with more than 20,000 attendees, over 250 exhibitors and more than 150 conference sessions, according to IDG World Expo, owner of Macworld 2010.

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Jul 13
Analyst looks at Apple's options in dealing with the iPhone...

The iPhone 4 antenna issue could impact Apple's operating income by 1%, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. However, he told clients that investors in Apple shouldn't overreact to the problem

"Ultimately we believe this PR black eye takes away from near-term upside potential to our iPhone estimates, but it does not change the long-term trajectory of the iPhone," Munster wrote -- and as reported by "AppleInsider" ( "While the issue has gained significant traction in the press, the reality is we estimate this problem periodically affects 25% of iPhone 4 users given the fix is easy (a case for the iPhone), and 75% of customer choose to use a case anyway."

The analyst said Apple could give away free US$29 bumper cases, do nothing (he believes only 25% of the iPhone 4 users are "periodically" affected) or do a recall. However, Munster feels the latter is...

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Jul 13
Apple responds to Psystar appeal

Apple has responded to the opening brief of clone maker, Psystar, in the ongoing legal battle.

Based on Apple’s responses to Psystar’s Opening Brief, it appears that the PC maker is hoping it can convince the court to change how copyright law is interpreted. “It seems that Psystar is pinning all its hopes in the 9th Circuit on getting the court to adopt a radical revision of the Copyright Misuse doctrine that would in effect destroy copyright and force all copyrighted works to be licensed,” an attorney familiar with this type of case told "The Mac Observer" (

“Because Psystar has no proof that Apple has inhibited competition or suppressed creativity, Psystar urges this Court to abandon...

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Jul 13
Study: Nokia lagging even further behind competitors

Nokia seems to have missed the smartphone boat, according to the latest YouGov’s Smartphone Mobile Internet Experience study revealing that the Finnish brand is now lagging even further behind its competitors than six months ago. YouGov ( is a UK measurer of public opinion and consumer behavior.

Of smartphone owners, only a third will consider getting a Nokia as their next handset, compared to 46% in December 2009, according to YouGov. On top of that, only 10% of smartphone owners expect to purchase a Nokia, a drop of nine percent over the last six months.

In contrast, Apple continues to hold onto the lion’s share of the market, with 56% of smartphone owners considering and 41% expecting to get an Apple handset next time round.

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Jul 13
Delegate 1.0 released for the Mac, iPhone, iPad

App4mac has introduced Delegate 1.0 (, a new to-do lists manager designed for the Mac, iPhone and iPad. It allows users to share a to-do list on the internet for remote access from any location.

Delegate has a built in tagging feature, which allows you to tag additional information to your tasks. This information can be anything you find necessary or helpful, such as due dates, priority levels, and contexts. Delegate is compliant to GTD method Getting Things Done.

The Mac version allows users to share a to-do list on the Internet with a free online service powered by app4mac Delegate Server solution. Using this feature requires a user license. As an option, Mac users can use their own Delegate Server. You can access a to-do list shared online from any Mac, iPhone or iPad running the Delegate application. The Mac version requires Mac OS...

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Jul 13
ExtremeZ-IP for the Mac now supports ShadowConnect

Group Logic ( has released ExtremeZ-IP 7.0, which boasts performance, reliability and usability enhancements.

It also sports a new feature called ShadowConnect. With this new feature, IT administrators can integrate Macs with Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) Service, so now Mac users can access previously saved versions of their critical data files from a Windows server.  
ExtremeZ-IP’s ShadowConnect option affords Mac users access to the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services Windows. So, Mac users now have self-serve access to prior versions of their Windows files, says Group Logic CEO Chris Broderick. With ShadowConnect, Mac users can: restore previous versions of files and folders; restore deleted files; and browse shadow copy files with Cover Flow and Quick Look previews.

A new license for ExtremeZ-IP 7.0 is US$395 for a three-client server and $1,495 for a...

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Jul 13
BMW supports iPod out feature in iOS 4

BMW is the first car manufacturer to announce support for the little-heralded iPod Out feature from the iOS 4, reports "The Guardian" (

The feature allows all devices running the latest version of iOS (the operating system formerly known as the iPhone OS) to output the iPod interface to an external screen. Compatible devices include the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 as well as the second and third generation of iPod touches.

"Despite using the BMW iDrive system, the interface is Apple's own and seems rather like a combination of Front Row and the traditional iPod interfaces of old," says "The Guardian." "Eschewing animated graphics of album art for a basic menu interface makes for easier navigation and less distraction from the road."

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Jul 13
Companies recommend safety measures for iTunes accounts

Following two recent hacks of its iTunes store. iTunes users should now change the password on their iTunes account as well as switching to a prepaid debit card for the service, according to Fortify (, a company that specializes in software security assurance.

Barmak Meftah, Fortify's chief products officer, told "Help Net Security" that, while Apple will almost certainly stomp on this iTunes hacking methodology, the modus operandi is similar to that used by trending malware coders, who continually check online search trends and pump out malware via a range of hastily-registered infected web sites. It boils down to raising the profile of an infected piece of code or Web site until a group of online users sees the code or web site and thinks "ooh -- that looks interesting," and then infects their computer with a trojan or malware, he added.

Meftah says that using a pre-paid...

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Jul 13
'MacNotables' looks at new books by 'Dr. Mac...

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (, a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has been hold up in his office authoring not one but two new books. He first discusses the upcoming, "iPhone for Dummies, 4th edition," which covers the iPhone and iOS 4. LeVitus talks about what the book will offer both new and veteran iPhone users, and highlights two of his favorite features: fast user switching and folders.

The second book is "Incredible iPad Apps for Dummies," a follow-up to his successful "Incredible iPhone Apps For Dummies." LeVitus celebrates by sharing some of his current iPad and iPhone app favorites, comments on Apple's iAds, developer support and more.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen,...

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Jul 13
BannerZest for Mac OS X gets jQuery compatibility

Aquafadas has updated BannerZest (, a flash presentation tool for professional and amateur web designers, to version 2.2.2. The upgrade adds jQuery compatibility for the alternate slideshow (javascript).

With BannerZest you can turn your pictures into a flash slideshow. BannerZest doesn't require you to know or even possess Flash, according to the folks at Aquafadas. It uses the concept of themes, which work like templates.

BannerZest comes in two versions: a standard edition (US$49) and a pro version ($129). The Pro version has all the features of the standard version, plus some advanced editing options, workflow enhancements and specific pro templates. Version 2.2.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

BannerZest requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

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Jul 13
Apple to open retail store in Hong Kong

Apple will open a retail store in Hong Kong sometime in 2011, reports "CrunchGear" (

The first Shanghai store opened last week, and Apple plans on opening 25 new retail outlets in the country. "CrunchGear" notes that the The retail expansion is a huge strategy shift for Apple. Up until last week’s opening, there was only one Apple Store in all of China -- Beijing, which opened in 2008.

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Jul 13
Toshiba releases Canvio for Mac portable hard drive line-up

Toshiba has introduced the Canvio for Mac Portable Hard Drive lineup. It provides Mac owners 500GB, 750G, or 1TB of storage space, with pre-loaded Mac-customized backup software.

According to Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division the Canvio for Mac line makes data backup simple for everyone, from novice users to the most tech-savvy consumers. The included NTI Shadow 5 for Mac software allows for fully customized backup and synchronization, including the backup of specific folders, certain file types, or even a complete system backup and recovery of everything saved on the Mac.

Selected folders on the Canvio for Mac and the Mac computer can be merged and synchronized, while the frequency of backups can be adjusted to different periods (from weekly to continuously). Complete password-protection with up to 256-bit data encryption prevents unauthorized access to data and a special Drive Space Alert monitor sends an...

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Jul 13
Bookends for Mac OS X updated to version 11.0.6

Sonny Software has released Bookends 11.0.6, a Mac-only full-featured bibliography/reference and information management application for professionals and students. You can now attach multiple files to the same reference with one drag and drop.

You can also import multiple text files with one drag and drop. Witih Bookends 11.0.6, you can automatically rename attachments by title. It sports improved author "ignore list" for sorting, drag and drop import of references to a specific group and an attachment indicator displayed in red if a reference has more than one attachment.

A free evaluation copy of Bookends 11.0.6 can be downloaded from the Sonny Software web site ( All features are enabled in the evaluation copy except that databases are limited to a maximum of 50 references. Once purchased, Sonny Software will supply a registration number that will "unlock...

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Jul 13
VueScan 8.6.44 removes 'Input/Scan from Preview' option

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.44, 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 removes the "'Input/Scan from Preview' option. This is now controlled by preview and scan resolution.

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 12
Restore lost, deleted files with ReclaiMe

RecialMe ( has released ReclaiMe, a data recovery application that lets computer users to restore folders and files that they've accidentally deleted, or that have become lost.

It runs on Windows, but it can recover files from your Windows, Mac, or UNIX/Linux drives, as well as USB and eSATA drives, and the memory cards used in digital cameras, mobile phones, PDAs, MP3 players, and video recorders. ReclaiMe comes in four editions.

ReclaiMe Multimedia costs US$29.95 and lets you recover more than 50 types of photo, music, and video files. ReclaiMe Windows costs $79.95. In addition to restoring multimedia files, it also recovers all files from Windows disks (FAT, exFAT, and NTFS).

ReclaiMe Universal costs $139.95, processes the multimedia and Windows files described above, and also restores Apple Mac files. Simply attach your Mac storage device to your Windows system,...

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Jul 12
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 12

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

Viaden Mobile has released All-in Fitness, an A to Z fitness app for iPhone and iPod touch. The $2.99 app helps you organize your workouts and training.

Reactor has announced SimplyNoise 2.0 for iPhone and iPod touch. It's a $0.99 white, pink, and brown noise generator designed to help people from all age groups and professions block distractions, enhance privacy, aid sleep, soothe Tinnitus, and melt away stress.

New Wave Industries has debuted iOS and Android versions of its freeBoston Freedom Trail App.The mobile device application takes users on an interactive, self-guided tour of the historical sites along Boston's famous Freedom Trail.

David Palmerio has introduced Blues'n Jazz 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The free app is...

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Jul 12
Graphic Inspector for Mac OS X updated to version 1.7.6

Zevrix Solutions ( has updated Graphic Inspector, which checks entire folders of graphic files for potential problems, to version 1.7.6. In the new version the metadata drawer now remembers its state after relaunching. Also, selecting a photo creating with iPhone doesn't doesn't produce an error anymore.

Graphic Inspector lets graphic professionals et crucial info on multiple graphic files instead of checking them manually. Users automatically get information on multiple raster and vector files. Graphic Inspector will display the file kind, color mode, resolution, compression, color profile, spot colors, fonts, metadata and other attributes.

With its checkup presets, Graphic Inspector lets users create custom control settings and locate files with unwanted attributes. For example, users can make Graphic Inspector warn them about all files whose color mode is RGB, format -- JPEG,...

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Jul 12
Apple posts new iPhone 4/FaceTime ads

Apple has posted four new iPhone 4 television ads that promote the smartphone's FaceTime feature. In case you're not familiar with it, FaceTime is video calling that uses Wi-Fi.

Apple says that using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice call, with no set-up required. On the iPhone 4, you can instantly switch to the rear camera to show others what you are seeing with just a tap.

FaceTime works right out of the box. You don't have to up a special account or screen name.If you want to start a video call with your best friend, find her entry in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button. Or maybe you’re already on a voice call with her and you want to switch to video. Just tap the FaceTime button on the Phone screen. Either way, an invitation pops up on her iPhone 4 screen asking if she wants to join you. When she accepts, the video call begins.

The ads -- "Meet Her," "Haircut," "Smile" and "Big News" -- are 30 seconds each. They can be found at...

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Jul 12
Samsung plans to regain number one spot in the French mobile...

Samsung Electronics says it plans on regaining its number one spot by value in the French mobile phone handset market from Apple by September this year

Samsung remains first in terms of volume, taking 39% of the market with 4.5 million phones sold, David Eberle, the head of Samsung's French operations, told "AFP" ( However, the iPhone has helped Apple to the top spot in terms of value, with 26% to Samsung's 25%, the article adds.

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Jul 12
NoteList for Mac OS X gets some interface changes

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 2.8.2. The upgrade allows the search field to be selected at startup and makes some small interface changes.

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 2.8.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Jul 12
MacCleanse for Mac OS X scrubs up to version 2.0.5

Koingo Software has updated Mac Cleanse (, a small Mac OS X application geared towards purifying your system, to version 2.0.5. The upgrade fixes a bug that would prevent you from using the Quit on Cleanse option.

MacCleanse can perform over 50 tasks that would take nearly an hour to perform manually. It erases caches, logs, cookies, histories, and more. You can purify junk from your system, clear personal information, and recover hard drive space. Mac Cleanse is available for US$19.95. Version 2.0.5 is a paid upgrade ($9.99) for customers owning a 1.x license that's more than six months old. However, it's a free upgrade for registered users of version 2.x.

Mac Cleanse also contains enhanced features for specific applications like FireFox (including beta 3), Mozilla, iCab, Adium, AIM, aMSN, Colloquy, Fire...

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Jul 12
AT&T offering some customers a free 3G MicroCell?

Hey, I want one. Want a what? A free 3G MicroCell from AT&T. According to "AppleInsider" ( the telecom is sending out certificates to some customers for the device, which is designed to offer improved reception at home.

AT&T's 3G MicroCell is used to patch dead zones with the carrier's service. Users can plug the device into a broadband Internet connection, and provide local signal for both voice and data. Nationwide rollout of the hardware started in mid-April.

Individual or FamilyTalk subscribers can pay an extra l US$19.99 per month to make unlimited calls through the special femtocell hardware device. The hardware costs $149.99, but comes with a $100 mail-in rebate for customers who select a MicroCell calling plan. Also,, customers who purchase a new line of broadband service with AT&T are also eligible for a $50 mail-in rebate.

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