Thursday, January 28, 2010

Apple iPad's 'Micro SIM' explained

While the news of Apple's iPad having 3G wasn't exactly a surprise, the move to a new format for the SIM certainly was. The SIM -- that tiny card that holds your contact info and account information that you find in your GSM handset -- is a 15 x 25mm plastic card whereas the new Micro SIM (also known as a 3FF SIM) is a diminutive 12 x 15mm, about 52% smaller.
 
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple's U.S. Carrier Arrangements for iPhone and Tablet Remain Muddled

With Apple's major media event scheduled for tomorrow, the company's plans for wireless carrier arrangements in the U.S. for the iPhone and tablet device remain unclear, with reports coming down on all sides of the issue.

Regarding the... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

LogMeIn updates Pro2 beta with PowerPC support

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/logmeinpro2.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />LogMeIn has launched an important update to Pro2 for Mac, the company's high-level remote networking service. Users can access Mac or Windows PCs, for the purposes of remote printing, transferring files or sharing a desktop. The update primarily brings PowerPC compatibility, allowing older Macs to connect....

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IDC: Android to overtake iPhone, BlackBerry by 2013

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/htcnexusone-review.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Android will rise to be the second most used mobile OS in the world by 2013, according to a new IDC estimate. Analysts still expect Symbian to hold on to its lead but that Google's OS will have grown 100 times larger since starting off in 2008, reaching 68 million phones three years from today. The prediction doesn't immediately gauge the position of BlackBerry, iPhone or Windows Mobile but expects all three to be eclipsed....

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Belkin finally ships TuneCast with iPhone app

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/belkintunecastautolive-2.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />After revealing the add-on months earlier, Belkin today at last began shipping the TuneCast Auto Live. It remains the first FM transmitter to carry its own iPhone app (free, App Store) and uses this to extend the functionality beyond just the simple in-line remote. It can both expand the controls as well as connect to the Internet to provide feedback on the clearest stations. iPhone owners can also use their GPS to automatically set the transmitter based on location....

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Second patch for 27-inch iMacs in development?

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/imac2009.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />A second fix is in the works for video glitches on 27-inch iMacs, AppleCare technicians are said to be claiming. The initial firmware update was released in December, meant to correct trouble with flickering displays. Some owners have complained of persistent problems however, and called AppleCare to see if any solutions are available....

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Google Chrome with extensions out of beta, Mac still coming

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/googlechrome-extensions.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Google today updated the stable, public version of Chrome for Windows with features previously only available in a December beta. The Chrome 4 upgrade primarily brings extensions and gives users features such as Gmail checking, web clips or other official and unofficial add-ons. Bookmark sync is also present and lets those with Google accounts push new bookmarks to more than one computer....

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T-Mobile to use doubleTwist as 'iTunes for Android'

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/t-mobilemytouch3g-sm.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />T-Mobile today confirmed early talk and said that it will make doubleTwist the official sync app for all its Android phones. The G1, Motorola Cliq and Samsung Behold II, as well as both the Fender LE and regular myTouch 3G handsets, will all use the software to find and load media from a Mac or a Windows PC. It can automatically recognize any unprotected content and playlists in iTunes, and it will automatically convert files into the most common formats Android will recognize....

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ITC to investigate Nokia's claims against Apple

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/nokian97mini-sm.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />The US International Trade Commission today said it would start investigating Nokia's complaint against Apple. The gesture marks a formal start to challenging Apple's patents and means the ITC won't dismiss the claims out of hand. No timetable has yet been set for the investigation, though most finish within a year and a half....

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Tap Tap dev claims high revenue from pirates

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/0912/tapsml.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Piracy may actually be aiding a minority of iPhone developers, the business development head of Tapulous suggests. Speaking at the MIDEM music conference in Cannes, Tim O'Brien notes that of the 2.5 million downloads of Tap Tap Revenge made in the game's first two months, roughly a million were pirate copies. Because gamers can now buy add-on songs, however, the extra users are helping Tapulous' profits....

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Apple doubles iPhones in record quarter, "major new product"

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/0908/Apple-ChromeLogo.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple has released the results of its first fiscal quarter for 2010, which ended on December 26th. The company is claiming $15.68 billion in revenue, with a net profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share; the figures represent a sizable growth over Q1 2009, which generated $11.88 billion in revenue, $2.26 billion in profit, and an EPS of $2.50. Gross margin has also increased from 37.9 percent to an unusually high 40.9 percent....

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Apple arguing to have iTunes TV show prices cut?

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/madmen.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple is pressuring American TV networks to accept lower episode prices at the iTunes Store, sources for the Financial Times say. In particular the company is said to be bringing the topic in up in meetings with media executives, which have allegedly taken place over the course of recent months. Apple's ideal price cut is said to be from $1.99 down to $1, making TV about as expensive as music....

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New Google Voice site bypasses App Store limitations

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/0912/gvoice.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Google has updated the mobile web version of Voice, its special telephony service. Users can make cheaper long-distance calls, and have conventional phones linked to a single Google Voice number. iPhone owners can now place calls from within Safari, where they can also check voicemail. One limitation is that unlike some other phones, the iPhone must use Google Contacts info instead of a native address book....

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DealNN: deals on notebooks, TVs and more

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/gallery/sep2009/DNN.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Today's deals at DealNN include a wide selection of items from notebooks to HDTVs. Our most notable deal today is on the 2.26GHz 13.3-inch MacBook Pro which is available for $1108.38 after a $90 price cut from Amazon.com. The MacBook Pro features a SD card slot, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. The same MBP model is also available in refurbished condition at Apple's online store for $999....

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Apple patents proximity-based touch interface

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/proxsml.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple has been awarded a patent, No. 7,653,883, relating to a proximity-based touch interface for various devices. The patent claims cover methods for sensing an object, such as a finger, as it approaches a touchscreen or other components of an electronic device. The proximity data is then used to perform actions in the device, such as presenting user-interface elements....

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LiveQuartz 1.9 adds shadows, flip transforms

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/livequartz.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Developer Romain Piveteau has released v1.9 of LiveQuartz, a Mac image editor. The program uses a non-destructive, layer-based interface, with a number of common features such as filters. Distinguishing the app is support for multi-touch controls, and the merging of all interface elements into a single window....

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Rocketbox 1.0 attempts to improve Mail search

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/rocketbox.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Central Atomics has released the first version of Rocketbox, a supplemental tool for Apple's Mail software. It attempts to make Mail search more efficient, for instance by using its own faster engine, and adding the ability to search by person. Important people are identified through a scan of earlier messages....

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Briefly: Playrix Platinum Pack, iPhone web browsing study

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/briefly2601.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Playrix has launched Playrix Platinum Pack, a software package that includes seven different games for the Mac. The bundle offers 4 Elements, The Rise of Atlantis, Call of Atlantis, Fishdom, Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey, Around the World in 80 Days, and Fishdom: Frosty Splash. The games represent a variety of genres, although each has been designed with the casual gamer in mind. Purchased separately these seven games would cost $140, however the bundle reduces the price by 75 percent down to $35....

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iPresentee debuts Keynote Motion Themes 9.0

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/theme1.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />iPresentee has released Keynote Motion Themes 9.0, an upgrade to its graphics collection for AppleĆ­s Keynote software. The new version adds five additional themes including Blue Illusion, Red Illusion, Green Illusion, Black Illusion, and Yellow Illusion, which brings the total collection of themes up to 52. Each theme is available in both standard or HD formats and features animated backgrounds with up to 22 different layouts....

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Apple tablet spotted, to be joined by iLife '10?

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/appletablet-leak.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple's tablet may have finally been spotted in a leak of what appears to be a prototype within the company. The hardware, which isn't in final casing, is clearly running iPhone OS but at a much higher resolution; it's shown running Google Maps but with a navigation bar that hasn't been seen before. The contact also shows Engadget that it will have cellular service as it has a "no service" label and that the device will have a home button sized like an iPhone's....

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iPhone dev agreement accidentally mentions Jan. 27 event

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/deviphoneleak.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple has let slip a reference to an important iPhone OS announcement, multiple sources confirm. People signing up for the iPhone Developer Program in the past day have noticed an oddity in the service's licensing agreement. Rather than showing a proper set of legal disclaimers, the agreement containts the text "Place holder Agreement - Need to update this for the 27th launch," followed by "Rev. 01-27-10."...

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iPhone App Store developers find ways to profit from pirates

Faced with a large number of users stealing their applications, iPhone developers have found ways to earn money even from those who pirate App Store software. [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple profits soar 50% on record sales of 3.36M Macs, 8.7M iPhones

Apple said Monday that first-quarter profits shot up more than 50 percent to $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share, on record sales of $15.68 billion for the three-month period ended December 26, 2009. [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Notes of interest from Apple's Q1 2010 conference call

The first quarter of Apple's 2010 fiscal year was another record breaking three-month frame for the company, which sold more Macs and iPhones than ever before. Monday, the company conducted a financial conference call with analysts and the press, and notes of interest follow. [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple's earnings impress, but analysts hold breath for 'latest creation'

Apple beat most Wall Street analysts' expectations Monday when it reported its most profitable quarter ever, but the impending product announcement scheduled for Wednesday is what everyone is really waiting for. [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Tablet rumors: TV subscription talks stall, Verizon preps for 'big day'

With just a day to go until Apple's much anticipated media event, tablet rumors continue to swell, with reports of TV networks balking at Apple's proposed subscription plan, and claims of Verizon employees preparing for a "big day" Wednesday. [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple targets Google's mobile ads market with Quattro acquisition

Apple has signaled a clear intent to muscle its way into the mobile ad market using its recent acquisition of Quattro, a direct challenge to Google's Android-related ventures. [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

iPhone developer agreement hints at new version of iPhone OS

An unintended update to the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement went live Tuesday with a placeholder referencing a Jan. 27 launch, suggesting an updated iPhone OS could be presented at Apple's product unveiling Wednesday. [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Anticipation for Apple's tablet is at a high point

Apple Inc. will host an event Wednesday to supposedly unveil its new tablet device - and the buzz is intense. [ Full story from MarketWatch.com - Top Stories ]

Apple. Tablet. Live.

Apple will announce a new tablet computer Wednesday. We'll be there. [ Full story from Forbes.com News ]

Apple's Beat

Analyst says the iPhone maker is a cash generator. [ Full story from Forbes.com Business Technology News ]

Keep Buying Apple

Apple blew by earnings estimates and remains an attractive stock for every investment style. [ Full story from Forbes.com Business Technology News ]

Apple Ascends On Accounting

Investors look ahead to Apple's new gadget, set to be released on Wednesday. [ Full story from Forbes.com Business Technology News ]

Best-Selling iPhone Game, iShoot Now Available on Mobile Phones Everywhere

iShoot, one of the most successful apps ever on iTunes, which made headlines for its developer’s Cinderella story, is making its way onto mobile phones everywhere. Originally created

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Google Voice app finally comes to the iPhone

Apple had rejected last year an iPhone app built by Google, leading to a spat between the companies. Now the Web-based app is coming to iPhone and Palm Pre devices [ Full story from IT World Canada: Daily IT NewsWire ]

Acer Preparing E-Reader, App Store, Google Chrome Netbook

Acer has a busy year ahead of it, as an executive has told Bloomberg that the PC maker plans to launch a mobile application store, its own e-reader and a netbook running Googles Chrome. Acer is reportedly looking to boost its income by 3 percent during the next two years.
- Acer is looking to grab a portion of markets currently dominated by Apple, Sony and Amazon.com in its efforts to overtake Hewlett-Packard and become the worlds largest PC maker by 2013, Bloomberg reported Jan. 25. The means to these ends will include launching its own application store and an e-... [ Full story from eWEEK Desktops & Notebooks ]

Apple smashes Mac, iPhone sales records again

Apple reported record Mac and iPhone sales today, marking the second consecutive quarter the company has reset the bar for both product lines. [ Full story from Computerworld Macintosh News ]

Apple tablet unlikely to be B2B-ready, says vendor

Tablet computers preceding Apple's expected tablet may have been a dud with consumers, but they have actually made some inroads in industries such as health care, construction and field service. [ Full story from Computerworld Macintosh News ]

PDF2Office Professional 5 now available, supports Excel

Recosoft has announced the release of the latest edition of PDF2Office Professional. Version 5.0, which offers Snow Leopard support, converts PDFs to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets along with other Office formats.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Carbonite launches iPhone app for for mobile file access

Carbonite has announced the release of an iPhone application that allows users to browse, view and share backed up files on the move at anytime.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Intego releases report on Mac, iPhone security for 2009

Intego, creator of VirusBarrier, has released a very comprehensive report on malware and security vulnerabilities for the Mac that have been found in the year 2009.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple reports record sales, profits

Apple posted record revenue and profits for the 2009 holiday season, according to the fiscal first quarter numbers reported by the company on Monday.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Review: Gowalla for iPhone

This location-based social networking app encourages you to explore new places and try new things. But it's Gowalla's stellar design that really makes this app stand out.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple releases keyboard firmware update

Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.1 improves battery performance of Apple's aluminum wireless keyboard when it's used with another Bluetooth device and tackles an issue where a key might repeat unexpectedly.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Google Voice rolls out iPhone Web app

Google has improved the experience of interacting with its Voice telephony service via the iPhone's Web browser.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Office integration highlights MindManager 8

The latest Mac version of Mindjet's brainstorming application adds integration with Microsoft's Word, Entourage, and PowerPoint -- a heavily requested feature from Mac users. In addition, MindManager 8 adds integration with iCal, iChat, iWork, and Address Book, among other enhancements.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

'I'm With Cocoa' parodies late night, honors Jobs

A new t-shirt parodies the "I'm With Coco" movement that sprung up around Conan O'Brien, only this one pays tribute to Apple.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Review: Block Fall for iPhone

In Block Fall, you can connect as many blocks as you want -- but beware. The game screen fills with brightly colored blocks, which you tap away in groups. However, you start the game with three lives (you can increase the number through high scoring), and each time you tap a group of blocks smaller than three, you lose a life.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Review: BirdsEye for iPhone

This simple and useful birding application leverages the power of eBird, a centralized birdwatching site where The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society collect bird sitings from birdwatchers all over the world to help you find sightings in your area.

[ Full story from Macworld ]

Apple earnings jump 50 percent

The iPhone maker has reported profit up 50 percent and revenue up 32 percent from the same period a year ago

[ Full story from ZDNet UK News ]

Apple tablet: Reports of e-book pricing negotiations

The company is in secret talks with publishers over a new e-books pricing scheme for its highly anticipated tablet, the Wall Street Journal has reported

[ Full story from ZDNet UK News ]

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Games: Rome: Total War Gold Edition to Ship for Mac Feb. 5

Feral Interactive on Tuesday announced that it will ship the Mac version of the strategy game Rome: Total War Gold Edition on February 5. Released under the publisher’s Feral Legends label, which emphasizes classic titles and more modest pricing, the game includes the Barbarian Invasion expansion pack.

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Deal Brothers: Refurbished MacBook Air 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo $1099

The Deal Brothers found a deal on a 1.6GHz refurbished MacBook Air for $1099, with free delivery and one year of AppleCare.

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Rumor: More Tablet Glass Photos: Scale Backs Up 10” Speculation

We have received more photographs from a source claiming that they are of the glass that will be used for Apple's as-yet unannounced tablet. This time, however, we get a little scale in the image, and that scale shows the glass to be large enough for a 10" device.

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News: Boot Camp 3.1 Adds Windows 7 Support

Apple released Boot Camp 3.1 late on Tuesday with support for Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. Boot Camp is Apple's utility that lets users run Windows natively on Intel-based Macs.

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