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Apr 20
Apple warns against jailbreaking the iPhone

Apple has posted an article (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3743) warning against the jailbreaking of an iPhone. The article is about adverse issues experienced by customers who have made unauthorized modifications to the iPhone OS (this hacking process is often called "jailbreaking").

Apple says that issues that have been encountered include instability, disruption of services, and compromised security. "As designed by Apple, the iPhone OS ensures that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operate reliably. Some customers have not understood the risks of installing software that makes unauthorized modifications to the iPhone OS ('jailbreaking') on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch," Apple says. "Customers who have installed software that makes these modifications have encountered numerous problems in the operation of their hacked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch."

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Apr 20
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for April 20

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/).

Open Door Networks and Project A are shipping Earth Envi HD for US$1.99. The iPad-specific app, timed to arrive for the 40th Earth Day, provides access to thousands of web-based photos of planet Earth from outer space. It also includes access to month-by-month climate maps and over a decade's worth of photos and articles from NASA's Earth Observatory.

iStoryTime will be giving away select, full featured apps free for Earth Day. The stories that will be available for free this week on the Apple App Store "provide an educational way to inspire awareness and help adults and their children appreciate the environment."

Wondershare has released Wondershare DVD to iPad Converter and iPad Video Converter. The original price for DVD to iPad...

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Apr 20
Sorry, but the Apple TV is still a hobby

Apple TV units were up 34% year over year for Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2010 -- but, sorry Apple TV fans, it's still classified as a "hobby" by Apple.

In speaking with the press and analysts, Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said that the Apple TV's niche simply isn't comparable to the big computer, MP3 player and smartphone markets in which the Mac, iPod and iPhone compete. That said, it's still doing well relative to its size, he added.

On a brighter note, "a number of us love the Apple TV and use the product, and believe there's something there," Cook added.

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Apr 20
Apple's retail business sees revenue increase 38% year-over...

During the its fiscal 2010 second quarter that ended March 27, Apple saw its retail store chain increase revenue by 22%. That's up 38% year-over-year.

Apple had an average of 284 stores open during the quarter. The stores saw 47 million visitors in the second fiscal quarter of 2010 as compared to 39.1 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2009. The average revenue per store was $5.9 million, compared to $5.5 million in the 2009 quarter.

Apple will open 40-50 new retail stores before the end of the year. Half of them will be international stores, with locations including London, Paris and Shanghai. The latter will get two stores, and Apple plans on having 20 retail stores in China by the end of 2011.

The retail stores sold approximately 606,000 Macs. And, as always, in talking with analysts about the fiscal results, Apple Chief Financial Officer said that half of those sales are to folks who've never bought a Mac before.

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Apr 20
iPod unit sales flat, but iPod revenue up 12%

Analysts expected iPod sales to dip in the latest fiscal quarter, but they remained basically flat (down 1% year-over-year). Apple sold 10.89 million iPods during the quarter, generating revenue of US$1.7 billion (that's a total revenue increase of 12%).


The iTunes Store had its best quarter ever, bringing in sales of $1.1 billion. In talking with analysts on the latest financials, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said that the iPod's share of the US market remains at over 70% and that the Apple device continues to gain ground internationally in Australia, Canada, Japan and the UK, among other regions.

The iPod touch is still a best seller with with unit sales increasing 63% year-over-year. It's teh strongest iPod revenue growth rate in last two years, says Oppenheimer.

So did the iPad have any affect on iPod touch sales? Apple Chief Operating Officer said that the announcement of the tablet device has had no discernible affect on either iPod or Mac...

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Apr 20
Mac sales grow 33% year-over-year; desktops up 40%

In a press conference regarding its latest quarterly financials, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said Mac sales were up 20% in America alone, representing a 26% increase in revenue.

Apple sold 2.94 million Macs during the quarter, representing a 33% unit increase over the same quarter in 2009. Worldwide Mac sales were up 3%, increasing revenue by 49%. Asia Pacific was the biggest market; Macs sales there were up 67%, garnering a revenue increase of 184%.

Overall Macs brought in $5.4 billion in revenue -- $1.7 billion from desktop sales and $2.8 billion. Desktop sales grew 40% from the second quarter of 2009 -- a 45% increase in revenue. Laptop sales grew 28% year-over-year, seeing revenue rise 17%.

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Apr 20
Your next textbook could be an iPad

On March 30, Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania announced that all students will receive a 13″ MacBook laptop and an iPad. Seton Hill is not the only university embracing the iPad: George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon will offer incoming freshmen a choice of a new MacBook or the iPad.

Last fall, Princeton University conducted a pilot program, giving Amazon Kindles to 50 students. Early feedback indicated that many “were dissatisfied and uncomfortable with the devices.”
Complaints centered around the inability of the device to function in many of the same ways that students interact with textbooks, including bookmarking pages, highlighting text, affixing sticky notes or other marks. Many of these same complaints would certainly apply to Apple’s iPad. So, why is Seton Hill giving iPads to incoming students?

According to the university, it is “training students of all learning styles and abilities to be better researchers, better at compiling and...

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Apr 20
Prosoft releases Drive Genius 3

Prosoft Engineering (http://www.prosoftengineering.com) has announced Drive Genius 3. Improvements have been made to speed and overall performance as well as new features like DrivePulse, Enhanced Defrag, RAID Support, Enhanced Repartition and Email Notifications, says Greg Brewer, CEO of Prosoft Engineering.

Drive Genius 3 is a native 64-bit application that takes advantage of Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It costs US$99 for a personal license. Users of earlier versions can upgrade at a discount.

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Apr 20
Apple announces record March quarter revenue, profit


Ca-ching! Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 second quarter that ended March 27, 2010. The company posted revenue of US$13.50 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.07 billion, or $3.33 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $9.08 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.62 billion, or $1.79 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 41.7 percent, up from 39.9 % in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 58% of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple sold 2.94 million Macs during the quarter, representing a 33% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The company sold 8.75 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 131% unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 10.89 million iPods during the quarter, representing a 1% unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

“We’re thrilled to report our best non-holiday quarter ever, with revenues up 49 percent and profits up 90 percent,” says Apple CEO...

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Apr 20
Analyst: Apple might be eyeing AMD acquisition

There are rumors that Apple and AMD execs are talking about the former using the chips of the latter in upcoming products. Rob Enderle, principal analyst with the Enderle Group, even thinks there's a slim chance that something more could be in the works.

Even though there's a team within Intel is dedicated solely to Apple, if Apple did decide to switch, however, the AMD microprocessors might be more suitable for Apple since the chips favor graphics over central processing units, he told "MacNewsWorld" (http://www.macnewsworld.com/rsstory/69816.html?wlc=1271794909).

If Apple were to dump Intel, it might actually be in the market to buy AMD, Enderle suggested. Apple is already making its own processor for the iPad, he pointed out, and it might be looking for more vertical integration. "AMD is relatively cheap, and Apple could...

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Apr 20
Jobs gets credit for helping promote California donor bill

On Wednesday the California State Senate's health committee will review a bill that, if passed, will make California the first state in the nation to create a live donor registry for kidney transplants. The bill will also require California drivers to decide whether they want to be organ donors when they renew their drivers' licenses.

Despite California State Senate Bill 1395's near universal support, the ideas behind the bill had languished for years on the desk of Senator Elaine Alquist, according to the "SAI Business Insider" (http://www....

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Apr 20
Super Talent introduces value SSD product line

Super Talent (http://www.supertalent.com) has announced a new value solid state drive (SSD) product line dubbed Super Talent VSSD. The company says it offers shorter OS bootup time, faster application loading and less system power consumption.

VSSD purportedly takes full advantage of the 3Gbps SATA-II bandwidth and is capable of sequential read speeds up to 150 MB/second and sequential write speeds up to 100 MB/second. VSSDs are available now from Super Talent resellers worldwide at street prices ranging from about US$65 for the 8GB model to around $175 for the 64GB model.

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Apr 20
Native Instruments Releases Maschine 1.5

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has released Maschine 1.5, a free update of its computer-based music production system. The upgrade has more classic drum machine features, improved host integration, new sampling functions, an extended sound library, and a more efficient workflow.

Maschine 1.5 introduces two new "vintage sampler" modes designed to emulate the gritty sonic signatures of the popular MPC-60 and SP-1200 models through omponent modeling. The 1.5 version also loads the programs of nearly all MPC models ever built, opening up a vast resource of existing sound and sample material within Maschine.

Maschine 1.5 also enables a new level of DAW integration with host automation through new macro controls, MIDI pattern drag and drop export, direct DAW recording of Maschine events, MIDI pitch bend and CC support, and more. The real-time sampling features...

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Apr 20
Tension Software announces TS Calc 1.1.4

Tension Software has updated TS Calc (http://www.pomola.com/products_tscalc/tscalc.html), a Mac OS X app for solving mathematical models applied to technical problems of various types, to version 1.1.4. It's a maintenance release that fixes some bugs.

TS Calc is a document based application and its documents can be realized and used as calculation models for a specific mathematical technical problems. These documents can also be distributed as pre-made solutions for various type of technical problems with all the requested equations inside and all the variables pre-inserted with acceptable range already set.

A TS Calc document contains a series of equations and a list of variables and constants used by the equations. The user can insert different input and see the output generated by the TS Calc document using the equations solving the problem....

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Apr 20
Monkeybread Software releases version 1.2 of the MBS REALbasic...

Monkeybread Software has released version 1.2 of the MBS REALbasic Updater Kit, which is designed to help you in adding an automatic update feature to your application. Version 1.2 fixes a few bugs and improves the language handling.

The Updater Kit requires REALbasic 2008 or newer and a license of the MBS REALbasic Complete License. It's available for US$99. You can learn more and try the sample application at
http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/UpdaterKit/ .

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Apr 20
New Renderworks tutorial available from Daniel Jansenson

Nemetschek North America has announced the publication of a new training guide for users of Vectorworks software. Architect, author and experienced Vectorworks user Daniel Jansenson wrote the guide, "Remarkable Renderworks," to help users gain proficiency in the rendering tool designed to work with Vectorworks software.

This tutorial uses an exercise-based format to cover the basic tools and techniques that will enable designers to create renderings of Vectorworks projects. By reading the chapters and then experimenting with the included files, the reader will gain a clear understanding of the methods discussed in the book, says Janeenson. This practice-based format was developed to help the newcomer become familiar with the tools quickly and achieve productivity in a short amount of time. The manual is intended for the Renderworks user who already has some experience with the fundamentals of
Vectorworks programs.

"Remarkable Renderworks" is part of Nemetschek...

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Apr 20
Remo Software's Mac recovery line released

Remo Software has announced a series of data recovery software tools (http://recovermac.remosoftware.com) for the Mac. Remo Recover (Mac) is an exclusively designed application with all-round poise of simplified recovery tasks and sophisticated recovery technology, according to the company.


It's available in two different editions, Remo Recover (Mac) - Pro Edition & Remo Recover (Mac) Media Edition. The former provides a dual mode of recovery tasks, including photo recovery. Remo Recover - (Media Edition) is designed for regular users and for advanced photographers to recover photos, videos, music and RAW image files from portable storage devices and hard drives. The Advanced mode offers scan options to accomplish tasks such as deleted/lost file recovery, formatted/lost volume recovery, from storage devices having healthy or corrupt HFS or HFSX file system.

The Pro Edition...

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Apr 20
BOSS unveils ME-25 Multi-Effects for Guitar

BOSS (http://www.BossUS.com) has released the US$276 ME-25 Guitar Multiple Effects, a line of floor-based multi-effects. The ME-25 inherits its sounds from the company's flagship ME-70.

The ME-25 features a full compliment of COSM amplifier models. The onboard Sound Library comes loaded with 60 effects combinations suitable for a wide range of playing styles. The portable ME-25 runs on six AA batteries or AC power.

The ME-25 is stocked with BOSS effects -- distortions, overdrives, modulation effects, delay, reverb, harmonist, and more. The built-in expression pedal controls a number of pedal effects, including wah, octave up/down, and a freeze effect. Three heavy-duty footswitches allow the user to select sounds and perform other functions, such as accessing the built-in tuner, tapping in delay times, and enabling the SOLO feature.

The ME-25 includes BOSS’ COSM amp-modeling technology. There’s a...

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Apr 20
Best Buy calls on consumers to recycle old electronics,...

Best Buy has set a target to collect one billion pounds of old or obsolete electronics and appliances for recycling.

Starting April 22, the company is asking consumers nationwide to pledge online to “Recycle It On,” encouraging increased use of its comprehensive, convenient recycling and trade-in programs. The one billion pound goal is a significant increase over current levels and is intended to help increase responsible consumer action and capture a greater share of the current electronics waste stream, says Paula Prahl, senior vice president, communications, public affairs, and corporate responsibility, Best Buy.

She says the company's recycling programs collected 120 million pounds of electronic goods in 2009 from U.S. consumers, including 60 million pounds of electronics and 60 million pounds of appliances. The company anticipates meeting the new goal in several years. Starting Earth Day, April 22, consumers can take the pledge to recycle, and encourage others...

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Apr 20
Bluetooth Core Spec 4.0 ready to roll

On Tuesday from its annual All Hands Meeting in Seattle, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) unveiled more information about its forthcoming Bluetooth Core Specification version 4.0, with the hallmark feature of low energy technology.

Bluetooth 4.0, expected to be brought to market by the end of the second quarter of the year will feature a powerful low energy mode designed to enable expansion of the technology in m-health, sports and fitness, security and home entertainment scenarios where button-cell battery devices proliferate, according to Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG (http://www.bluetooth.com).

He says Bluetooth 4.0 is like three specifications in one -- Classic Bluetooth technology, Bluetooth low energy technology, and Bluetooth high speed technology -- all which can be combined or used separately in different devices according to their functionality. For...

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Apr 20
iPad Wi-Fi + 3G Models available in US on April 30

Yesterday the 'Net was abuzz with reports that Apple would ship its 3G enabled iPad on May 7. Wrong. Today Apple announced that the Wi-Fi + 3G models of the device will be delivered to US customers who’ve pre-ordered on Friday, April 30, and will be available in Apple retail stores the same day starting at 5 p.m.

Apple retail stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them customize their new iPad by setting up their email, loading their favorite apps from the App Store, and more. US Apple retail stores are also hosting special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about this magical new product.

The iPad is available in Wi-Fi models in the US for a suggested retail price of US$499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB models. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available on April 30 in the US for $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB versions.

The iPad is sold in the US through the...

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Apr 20
Eco-Envy for iPad shipping

Marware (http://www.marware.com) is shipping the Eco-Envi carrying case for the iPad. It retails for US$49.99, is available in black and white and is made of "eco-leather."

You slide your iPad into the Eco-Envi, and the Velcro closure keeps it secure, while the soft protects it from scratches. The carrying case comes with Marware's lifetime warranty.

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Apr 20
Military version of RunWallet for the iPod shuffle available

Grantwood Technology has released an updated RunWallet (http://grantwoodtechnology.com/runwallet/), an $11.99 armband product designed to carry IDs, emergency contact information, bank cards, credit cards, car keys, car remotes, house keys, hotel keys, cash/coins during exercise, with the added ability to carry the iPod shuffle or anything else that can be clipped to it.

The RunWallet is a soft, neoprene arm wallet that can accommodate the above items in a secure Velcro closure. Each RunWallet consists of a flexible armband strap that can accommodate both large and small arms.

As a fitness wallet, the RunWallet can be attached to the supplied armband, or can be attached to your shoe, attached to a belt or placed in a pocket. New to the RunWallet is a lanyard to fold over to use as needed. It also has a clear front face which allows items to be clipped to it,...

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Apr 20
Napatech announces 10G PCI-Express Gen 2 capture, in-line...

Napatech (http://www.napatech.com) has announced what it says is the world’s first 2x10 Gbps Intelligent Real-time Network Analysis adapters based on PCI-Express Gen 2 with the introduction of the NT20E2 Capture adapter and NT20E2 In-line adapter products.

The NT20E2 In-line is designed for applications that require both capture and transmit in real-time, such as Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and Policy Enforcement applications operating at 10 Gbps line-speed. This is complemented by the NT20E2 Capture adapter, which provides full 20 Gbps packet capture throughput over the PCI-Express Gen 2 bus.
 
The NT20E2 Capture and In-line adapters provide a list of features for pre-processing, off-loading and accelerating network appliance performance. Both products are based on a low-profile form factor with SFP+ modules and PCI-Express Gen 2. Contact Napatech for pricing.

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Apr 20
EasyDraw update for Mac OS X adds iPad design support

Dekorra has updated EasyDraw (http://www.eazydraw.com/whatsNew.htm), its vector drawing app for Mac OS X, to version 3.4.1 The new version adds support for the required page size for iPad development.

It provides proper drawing size support for the main icon, Apple App Store icon, small icon and launch screens for the iPad and iPhone. EasyDraw 3.4.1 also provides a few new features and minor bug fixes for the recently released version 3.4.0, which introduced SVG support.

Version 3.4.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

EasyDraw 3.4.1 is a free upgrade for licensed owners of EazyDraw version 3.x license and a US$35 upgrade for owners of EazyDraw version 2.x. For new users the cost is $95 for the downloadable version.

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