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May 12
OWC: Apple further restricts new iMac upgrade options
In an online blog (, Other World Computing says Apple has made further restrictions on ways to upgrade the latest round of iMacs. Here's what OWC has to say: "For the main 3.5″ SATA hard drive bay in the new 2011 machines, Apple has altered the SATA power connector itself from a standard 4-pin power configuration to a 7-pin configuration. Hard drive temperature control is regulated by a combination of this cable and Apple proprietary firmware on the hard drive itself. "From our testing, we’ve found that removing this drive from the system, or even from that bay itself, causes the machine’s hard drive fans to spin at maximum speed and replacing the drive with any non-Apple original drive will result in the iMac failing the Apple Hardware Test (AHT). "In examining the 2011 27″ iMac’s viability for our Turnkey Upgrade Service, every workaround we’ve tried thus far to allow us to upgrade the main bay factory hard drive still resulted in spinning fans and an Apple...
May 12
Beatles on iTunes, resurgence of vinyl help beef up music sales
The arrival of the Beatles' catalog on iTunes, along with the resurgence of vinyl (yes, vinyl), are credited with a 1.6% increase in total music sales so far in the U.S. in 2011, according to the Nielsen research group -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( In a look at domestic music sales in 2011 through May 8, Nielsen found that digital album purchases were up 16.8%, while individual digital track sales were up 9.6%. Catalog album sales were also up 5.4 percent at the start of 2011, a boost credited to the arrival of the entire catalog of The Beatles on iTunes in late 2010. Digital music sales through services like iTunes accounted for more than half of all music transactions. In all, digital music sales have increased 12.4% over sales in 2010. Also, vinyl sales were up 37% at the start of 2011 over the same period a year prior. That represents the largest increase of any format. At the iTunes Store, you can download individual Beatles songs, the legendary...
May 12
Apple planning campus 'mini-stores'
On the heels of Apple’s plans to open a retail store in a campus building at Yale University, the University of Delaware Board of Trustees have announced that a new bookstore opening this fall will include an Apple store, reports "ifoAppleStore" ( The board provided no details, and it’s not clear if the store will be a full-size, full-service company store or a smaller campus-style, reseller store, the article says. Insiders say Apple had plans to locate several of its mini-stores on college campuses back in 2006, "but for some reason the entire mini-store concept went dormant," says "ifoAppleStore."
May 12
Foxconn problems could adversely affect iPhone, iPad shipments
Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing service provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is facing a shortage of both labor and materials at its plants in Chengdu, China, which is likely to affect shipments of iPad 2 and iPhone 4 orders in the second quarter, reports "DigiTimes" (, quoting "sources from upstream component makers." Apple sold 18.6 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2011. That's up 14.9% from 16.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. However, as Apple estimates sales of 20-22 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2011 with a sequential growth over 7%, its demand for more shipments has started to give its upstream assembly partners, Foxconn and Pegatron Technology stronger pressure, the article adds. As for Foxconn's plants in Chengdu, which are used mainly for iPad 2 manufacturing, although the company planned 52 production lines at the plants for manufacturing iPad with annual capacity already surpassing 40...
May 12
Apple posts iPhoto 9.1.3
Apple has released iPhoto 9.1.3 late on Wednesday. The update fixes a problem that could cause some events merged in iPhoto to be split back into multiple events on iOS devices after being synced. It's a 106.29MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
May 12
Trend Micro SafeSync for business is Mac, Windows compatible
Trend Micro (, which specializes in Internet content security, has released Trend Micro SafeSync for Business. The Mac and Windows compatible product is designed to help even the smallest companies securely save, manage and access their digital files from anywhere at any time, while increasing productivity by enabling file sharing between co-workers and clients, says Dan Conlon, engineering director and developer at Trend Micro. Using secure cloud-based technology, SafeSync for Business is designed to let users easily access and share all their data while ensuring that they are protected, saved and up to date across multiple computers and mobile devices via the innovative synchronization technology, he says. SafeSync also keeps an additional, up to date, copy in the cloud that can be accessed from any web enabled device or used in case of hardware failure or loss. Conlon says SafeSync eliminates the need to manually move files from one computer to another,...
May 12
Walden University debuts on iTunes U
Walden University has expanded MobileLearn with its new site on Apple's iTunes U, an exclusive community of colleges and universities from around the world that shares its content for free. First launched in 2009, MobileLearn gives Walden students the flexibility to decide where and when they learn, and choose how they learn to match their preferred learning style. Visitors to Walden's new iTunes U site can find course content, experiential videos, highlights of the achievements of Walden students, faculty and graduates and other resources all available for download in the same way that individuals access music and movies using iTunes. "For Walden students, learning doesn't stop when they're away from their computer because they can take their course materials wherever they go," says David L. Clinefelter, Ph.D., Walden's chief academic officer. "This increased access is part of our commitment to make it more convenient for our students, especially busy working professionals, to...
May 12
Carousel lets you experience Instagram on your Mac
Mobelux has introduced Carousel 1.0, a third party Instagram app that allows Mac users to view their feed, popular photos, photos they posted, photos taken at a location and save their photos and more. Carousel features a vintage presentation aesthetic in a minimal desktop footprint, according to Jeff Rock, co-founder of Mobelux. Users can see likes and comments on photos with the ability to moderate comments, see who you follow and who's following you, and more. Carousel 1.0 lets you save photos to your Mac. It supports full view resolution photos, even in full screen. Carousel is being offering at an introductory price of US$4.99, half off its retail price. A15-day demo is available at the product web site (
May 12
PDF Image Extract available on Mac App Store
iFunia says PDF Image Extract 2.0 -- a Mac OS X PDF utility for the export of images from Adobe PDF documents and saving to JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image files -- is now available at the Mac App Store for US$6.99 for a limited time. That's 75% off the regular price. PDF Image Extract is a standalone solution and doesn't require Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader. It can also extract images from batches of PDF files at high speed. Users have a choice of converting the whole PDF documents or select the page rage to decide which page to be converted. PDF Image Extract for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. More info can be found at the iFunia web site (
May 12
Better Finder Rename for Mac OS X revved to version 8.81 ( has released A Better Finder Rename 8.81, the latest version of its contextual menu plug-in that allows users to rename multiple files. The new version sports a renaming engine capable of handling very large renaming jobs. The renaming engine leverages all the latest Mac OS X technologies by using a 64-bit multi-threaded garbage collected architecture based around Leopard's Core Data database system. A Better Finder Rename sports an instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other features. A Better Finder Rename is US$19.95 shareware for a single user license. Family, business and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. A Better Finder Rename requires...
May 12
Maintain serves up Cocktail 4.9.2 (Snow Leopard Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.9.2 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail ( for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and higher. The new version improves the clear potentially harmful files procedure, adds clearing of the latest variants of the MAC Defender (Mac Protector, Mac Security) trojan and adds the "Purge Inactive Memory" Automator action. The update is highly recommended for all users of Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition). Cocktail 4.9.2 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7 Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95
May 12
Flash Decompiler Trillix 5.0 with XFL files support released
Eltima Software has released an updated version (5.0) of Flash Decompiler Trillix for Mac. The app is a SWF to FLA converter that also allows decompiling SWF files and exporting SWF file elements to various file formats. Enhancements in version 5.0 include: SWF files conversion to XFL, binary tag support in SWF elements tree, and data binding support for Flex applications. Also, SWF to FLA conversion process is even faster now. Flash Decompiler Trillix is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$79.95. Registered customers are entitled to free upgrades within one major version and in case of buying within the grace period. Volume discounts and discounts when buying other products by Eltima Software ( are available too.
May 12
Blizzard releases StarCraft II patch
Blizzard Entertainment has released version 1.3.3 of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The patch features adjustments to race balance and several bug fixes. You can obtain it at .
May 11
Apple updates Apple TV software to version 4.2.2
Apple has released a software update (4.2.2) for the latest generation Apple TV. It involves bug fixes and performance improvements. For example, it resolves issues where audio and video are occasionally missing when playing back certain content. Also, a new audio output setting allows you to switch to 16-bit audio, for increased compatibility with some TVs and AV receivers. You can install the update on your Apple TV by going to to Settings -> General -> Update Software and following the directions there.
May 11
Apple sued (again) for privacy violations
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, Pandora Media and The Weather Channel have been named in a lawsuit alleging that the companies didn't disclose the fact that personal data -- specifically location -- was being shared with third-party advertising networks, reports "CNET" ( The suit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico by Lymaris Rivera Diaz. "Because the UDID is unique to each iPhone and iPad, it is an attractive feature for third-party advertisers looking for a means of reliably tracking a mobile device users' online activities," the new suit says. "Because the UDID is not alterable or deletable by a iPhone or iPad user, some have referred to the UDID as a 'supercookie.' This description aptly summarizes the desirability of access to the UDID from an advertising perspective." The tracking is possible because Apple assigns a UDID (Unique Device Identifier) to each iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and apps can access that number. Advertising...
May 11
Microsoft: no patch yet for PowerPoint bug on the Mac
Microsoft tells Mac Office users it doesn't yet have a fix for a PowerPoint bug that it patched for Windows customers, notes "Computerworld" ( "Security updates for Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, and Open XML File Format Converter for Mac are unavailable at this time," the company's MS11-036 security bulletin said. "Microsoft will issue updates for these software when testing is complete, to ensure a high degree of quality for their release." MS11-036 was part of May's two-update Patch Tuesday, and closed a pair of holes rated "important" in PowerPoint 2002, 2003 and 2007 on Windows. Only one of the two bugs affects Office for Mac 2004 and Office for Mac 2008, says "Computerworld." Office for Mac 2011 doesn't contain the vulnerabilities.
May 11
Senator wants Apple, Google to remove DUI checkpoint apps
Apple and Apple are under pressure from Senator Charles Schumer to remove smartphone apps that alert users to the locations of nearby police DUI checkpoints, according to "PC World" ( These apps typically use your device's GPS capabilities to alert you to nearby speed traps, red light traffic cameras, and DUI checkpoints from a database of user-generated locations. Schumer asked Apple and Google to consider whether these apps violate the companies' respective terms of service by facilitating illegal activity, notes "PC World." These apps "endanger public safety by allowing drunk drivers to avoid police checkpoints," Schumer said during a hearing for the new Senate Judiciary subcommittee on privacy and technology. During his remarks, Schumer specifically called out two iOS apps, Buzzed and Fuzz Alert, as examples of applications that in his view should be pulled from smartphone application stores.
May 11
University of Kentucky students, faculty evaluating the iPad
For the past few months, 50 students and faculty at the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce have been participating in a trial to assess the viability of Apple's iPad as a tool to support them in their graduate program. Among the hardware and software products the students are evaluating is the PressReader iPad app ( from NewspaperDirect. PressReader gives students and faculty members instant access to more than 1,800 full-content digital replicas of newspapers and magazines from 94 countries, often before they hit the newsstands in their local markets. 
Over the next few weeks, the students will fan out to various countries (including Belgium, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, France, Macedonia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, South Africa and Switzerland) to embark on summer internships that will challenge them to apply and hone the skill of statecraft. First, though, they must immerse themselves in the politics, culture and...
May 11
Corel Painter 12 released for Mac OS X, Windows
Corel Painter 12, the newest version of the art studio software, is available starting today for Mac OS X and Windows systems. Among other enhancements, it sports a new, customizable interface. Corel Painter 12 also comes with new real brushes, progressive art tools, customizable workspaces and faster performance. New features include Real Watercolor, Real Wet Oil, Mirror Painting and the Kaleidoscope tool. These brushes recreate the liquidity and viscosity of flowing and blending paint, water or solvent and textures with a new and astounding level of realism, says Andy Church, product manager for Corel Painter. Corel Painter 12 offers new progressive art tools for creating designs. New Kaleidoscope or Mandala Painting enables artists to transform brushstrokes into a balanced spectrum of colorful shapes or blends from three to 12 planes. New Mirror Painting lets artists create automatic symmetry by mirroring the plane vertically and horizontally. Mirror placement can also be moved or...
May 11
'Apple Barometer' shows Apple sales up 113% in April
Using the "Apple Barometer," Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White told clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( -- that sales within Apple's overseas supply chain show the iPhone maker continuing its tremendous growth in the month of April, with sales increasing 113% year-over-year. The "Apple Barometer" tracks monthly sales trends in the Taiwan tech supply chain. Apple's presumed 113 percent year over year growth remains strong, though it is less than the 141% that White tracked in March. The Apple Barometer shows that sales in April over the last six years have, on average, increased 0.4% month-over-month, and in 2010 they rose by 4.4%. However, in 2011, sales decreased by 7.5% month-over-month.
May 11
US lawmakers 'scold' Apple, Google
U.S. lawmakers considering new privacy laws "scolded" Apple and Google Tuesday for not doing enough to guard mobile device users' location data, despite executives' assertions that they don't abuse the information, reports "Reuters" ( "I have serious doubts about whether those rights are being respected in law or in practice," Democratic Senator Al Franken said at a hearing of a new subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law. Senators accused the tech industry of exploiting location data for marketing purposes without getting proper consent from millions of Americans, notes "Reuters." However, lawmakers said they would be cautious about drafting privacy rules that could stifle innovation in the space. Mobile device users' personal information helps companies tailor coupons, advertisements and weather information, among many other things.
May 11
BeamItDown shutting down; blames Apple's in-app payments...
BeamItDown Software -- which developed the iFlowReader app for the iPhone, iPod and iPad -- says in an open letter on its site that Apple’s in-app purchasing policy -- in which Apple takes a 30% cut of all in-app purchases -- has all but obliterated its margins on books, reports "" ( Sot eh company is ceasing operations as of May 31. Here's a segment from the open letter from BeamItDown: "The crux of the matter is that Apple is now requiring us, as well as all other ebook sellers, to give them 30% of the selling price of any ebook that we sell from our iOS app.  Unfortunately, because of the “agency model” that has been adopted by the largest publishers, our gross margin on ebooks after paying the wholesaler is less than 30%, which means that we would have to take a loss on all ebooks sold. This is not a sustainable business model. "Where did the agency model come from and what is it? The agency model was created by Apple who made it a requirement...
May 11
Apple nixes iAds targeted to kids
Apple has temporarily ceased filling ad slots in iPad apps for children with advertisements from advertisers that participate in iAd, reports "Macstories" ( Mike Zornek, developer of the free Dex app for iPhone and iPod touch (a Pokèmon browser application), tells "Macstories" that he received an email from the iAd Network Support team. The letter says iAds may not be displayed anymore in apps targeted to “young children” because of the advertisers’ preference to not show ads to this particular audience. "We periodically review the apps in the iAd Network to ensure that all apps receiving ads are aligned with the needs of our advertisers," the letter reads. "Currently, our advertisers prefer that their advertising not appear in applications that are targeted for users that are young children, since their products are not targeted at that audience." iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO...
May 11
NPD: Computer market may be weak, but don't blame the iPad
The consumer computer market isn't floundering because of the iPad; in fact, the rate of cannibalization is actually declining among more recent purchasers, according to market research company The NPD Group's ( "Apple iPad Owner Study II report." According to the report only 14% of early iPad adopters (iPad owners of six months or more) abandoned a computer purchase for an iPad, and that dropped to just 12% of iPad owners who purchased over the past holiday season. In fact, cannibalization of netbooks is actually down by 50% among more recent iPad buyers, when compared to early adopter buyers. "The explosion of computer sales when Windows 7 launched, as well as the huge increase in netbook sales at that time, are much more to blame for weak consumer computer sales growth than the iPad," says Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. "Overall it appears that the vast majority of iPad purchases to-date have been incremental to the consumer technology...
May 11
Apple sued for violating fraud, anti-hacking laws
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple and other companies are being sued for US$5 million in a class action lawsuit filed last week. Jarret Ammer, an Orange County, New York, resident and the lead plaintiff in the case, is suing Apple, Pandora and Backflip Studios, the designer of the time killing game, Paper Toss, saying the app developers passed along his location information using his "Unique Device ID" -- a numerical codes specific to his phone -- to advertisers without his permission, reports "AdWeek" ( If that's true, it's a violation of federal computer fraud laws and New York state anti-hacking laws, Ammer's attorneys say. 
 "From the perspective of advertisers engaged in surreptitious tracking, this is a perfect means of tracking mobile device users’ interests and likes on the Internet,” Ammer’s lawyers charge in the suit.
 Apple isn't accused of selling the info itself, but of not properly policing app developers who pass the information along to ad...
May 11
Websites built in Sandvox 2.0 are HTML5 compatible
Karelia Software has updated Sandvox (, their web creation software for Mac OS X, to version 2.0. The upgrade has more than 60 new features and improvements. For one, websites built in Sandvox 2.0 are compatible with the HTML5 web standard. The upgrade also introduces a completely new architecture and new editing engine, which allows customers to mix and match web page content "objects" in a much more naturally expressive and creative way, according to Dan Wood, president of Karelia Software. For example, photography and video can now both reside on the same page, along with text, custom HTML and various other "objects." Sandvox 2.0 also introduces a completely new design chooser and a more powerful Inspector that makes it easier to selectively adjust page layout, modify objects, and apply modern page features. Sandvox features drag and drop web site assembly, live editing without a preview mode, 50 designs, 11 page types, and 19 different...
May 11
LogMeIn debuts iPad and iPhone VoIP options
LogMeIn’s free screen-sharing service, (, has added new iPad and iPhone capabilities to simplify collaboration with mobile colleagues and customers.  The updated mobile viewer iOS app debuts a new VoIP option that lets users listen in and converse during an online meeting or screen-sharing session. Like the web service, the iPad and iPhone viewer app is free and doesn't require registration. The iPad/iPhone app is available as a free download or update from the Apple App Store .   Launched in October 2010, is a screen sharing product designed for informal online meetings and ad hoc "show-and-tell" collaboration. The service offers free screen sharing and online meetings for both personal and commercial use for up to 250 participants. A pro version of the service with extended functionality is available for a monthly or annual subscription.   
May 11
Updated Zulu syncs FileMaker to Google Contacts
SeedCode says the new version of Zulu now syncs FileMaker contacts with your Google Contacts. Zulu is an extension for FileMaker Server that syncs Calendars and Contacts automatically. Users can see and edit FileMaker data from iCal or Google Calendar and from the calendars on their iPhones or iPads. Now Zulu offers the same thing for contacts so you can work with them online in Google, in the iPhone's address book, and in the Mac Address Book app. Zulu requires FileMaker Server 9 or higher and works with any FileMaker table containing dates or contacts. Pricing starts at US$299 for a workgroup license. A demo, more info, and a video of Zulu in action is available at the SeedCode web site (
May 11
Graphic Node releases 10 new Keynote themes
Graphic Node ( -- a graphic design company that specializes in creating themes, templates, and illustrations for Mac OS X -- has announced addition to its range of themes for Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite. The Still Themes pack includes 10 themes, including Cherry Blossom, Purple Hint, and the Clean Space. It's intended for Keynote users looking for diverse ways to save time on a presentation layout and be able to focus on the content instead.

 The themes include up to 21 master slides -- a mix of bullet text and photo-oriented layouts. Users can view samples of the themes and purchase Still Themes on the Graphic Node website. After the product is downloaded and installed on a computer, the new themes will automatically appear in Themes Chooser of Keynote.

 The Still Themes pack requires Apple iWork '08 or later. It costs US$19.
May 11
Typinator 4.4 sports 35 enhancements
Ergonis Software ( has released Typinator 4.4, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos system-wide across all Mac OS X applications. It comes with a list of 35 enhancements, including a new preference setting to control the volume of the expansion sounds, several fine-tuned enhancements of Typinator's Quick Search and Quick Define feature and more. Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Mac OS X 10.6 or higher is recommended. Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for $19.99 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $29.99. The upgrade to Typinator 4.4 is free for anyone who purchased Typinator in the last two years.
May 11
HOARD for Mac OS X comes to Macgamestore
Big Sandwich Games' HOARD is now available at the Macgamestore ( It costs US$9.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. Here's how the game is described: "Every action you take will have an effect on your score in this 'stratecade' game that 1UP observes “hides a surprising layer of complexity and strategy.” To be the best, you'll need to fly deftly, upgrade smartly, and use power-ups to your advantage. Most of all, you’ll need to control the kingdom around you: Burn the crops to the ground or let them grow? Keep towns in ruins or let them flourish? In HOARD, the dragon is in charge." HOARD has four game modes: Treasure Collect, Princess Rush, Survival and Co-oP. There are over 35 unique kingdoms, support for 1-4 players and upgradeable dragons.
May 11
Boinx announces Home Improvement promo
Boinx Software ( has announced a special Home Improvement promotion. All Home products -- including FotoMagico Home, BoinxTV Home and iStopMotion Home -- are now available now through May 15 for US$9.99 each at the Mac App Store. FotoMagico Home lets you compose a moving slideshow from photos and movies, then add titles and music. BoinxTV Home is a video editor/producer with tools such as lower thirds, to adding text and titles, tickers, green screen backgrounds, and more on video captured live by a camera, such as the one built right into your Mac, at a resolution of up to 960x540. StopMotion Home allows you to create your own movie using traditional stop motion animation (also sometimes called claymation). A tilt shift filter allows you to make a time-lapse movie where real life people look like miniature toys.
May 11
Snapz Pro X updated to version 2.3.0
Ambrosia Software has updated their screen capture utility, Snapz Pro X (, to version 2.3.0.  This updated version, which is free to all registered users of Snapz Pro X 2.x, features the following changes/enhancements: ° Added support for additional audio formats; ° Better handling of multiple monitors.  Especially unplugging and plugging during record; ° Improved robustness of video capturing; ° Added Sparkle auto-update; ° Addressed audio lag in lengthy recordings; ° Numerous other fixes and enhancements. Snapz Pro X 2.3.0 is a Universal Binary, and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. For new users the cost is US$69.
May 10
Apple exec: we don't track users' locations
Apple Vice President of Software Technology Guy "Bud" Tribble spoke to members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, reiterating the company's position that it makes user privacy one of its highest priorities, reports "AppleInsider" ( He repeated points the company made in a public statement in late April that Apple doesn't track users' locations, and doesn't share personally identifiable information with third parties for marketing purposes without a user's consent. Tribble pointed out that Apple has a privacy policy available from a link on every page of Apple's website. He also said that Apple devices, like the iPhone, don't transmit to Apple any data that can be uniquely associated with the device or that customer, notes "AppleInsider." "Apple is strongly committed to giving our customers clear and transparent notice, choice and control over their information, and we believe our products do so in a simple and elegant way," Tribble said. "Apple was never...
May 10
Apple exec: we don't track users' locations
Apple Vice President of Software Technology Guy "Bud" Tribble spoke to members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, reiterating the company's position that it makes user privacy one of its highest priorities, reports "AppleInsider" ( He repeated points the company made in a public statement in late April that Apple doesn't track users' locations, and doesn't share personally identifiable information with third parties for marketing purposes without a user's consent. Tribble pointed out that Apple has a privacy policy available from a link on every page of Apple's website. He also said that Apple devices, like the iPhone, don't transmit to Apple any data that can be uniquely associated with the device or that customer, notes "AppleInsider." "Apple is strongly committed to giving our customers clear and transparent notice, choice and control over their information, and we believe our products do so in a simple and elegant way," Tribble said. "Apple was never...
May 10
NewerTech introduces replacement battery for MacBook Pros
Newer Technology has announced the US$99 NuPower 52 Watt-Hour High Capacity Replacement Battery for Late 2008/Early 2009 15-inch MacBook Pro "Unibody" laptops. The company says it offers up to 4% greater capacity over the factory original battery for longer runtimes. The battery is available immediately at NewerTech NuPower high capacity replacement batteries are available for nearly every Mac notebook computer model produced from 1998 to 2008 including G3 PowerBooks with up to 87% more capacity, G4 PowerBooks with up to 50% more capacity, and iBooks with up to 67% more capacity. A one year NewerTech Warranty is included with all NuPower replacement batteries. For more info on the complete NuPower battery line for Apple notebooks, go to .
May 10
In letter Apple defends customer-location data practices
Apple defended how it gathers and uses customer-location data in a letter to a House lawmaker Friday as it prepares to testify at a Senate hearing today on mobile privacy, according to the "SF Gate" ( "Consumers are increasingly demanding accurate location information from their handheld devices," including directions to the nearest coffee shop or gas station, Bruce Sewell, Apple's general counsel, wrote in a letter to Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs. The letter was released Monday by Bono's office. Apple and Google are scheduled to testify at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on mobile privacy today. The two companies have been at the center of a debate over whether the practice of collecting location data on mobile devices violates users' privacy.
May 10
Adobe releases CSS Regions on Adobe Labs
Adobe has released CSS Regions on Adobe Labs. CSS Regions are a prototype that allows designers to build sophisticated, magazine-style layouts on the Web. Previously, intricate print-style layouts seen in magazines, newspapers and textbooks could not be duplicated in website form, according to Paul Gubbay, vice president of Engineering, Design & Web at Adobe. CSS Regions are a proposed addition from Adobe to the CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) Web standard, which is at the core of website formatting. Adobe first proposed CSS Regions in March to the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) and the CSS Working Group. "Initially we are working to bring CSS Regions to Webkit, because we would like to see the open Web platform offer even more sophisticated document layout features than today," says Gubbay. "Adobe engineers have developed a prototype implementation of CSS Regions in a customized version of WebKit, now available on Adobe Labs for developers to experiment with. Also live are several...
May 10
Apple sued for wireless communications technology used in...
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, HP and three other companies have been sued by Linex Technologies for patent infringement involving wireless communications used in laptop computers. The May 6 complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, which has the power to block imports of products found to infringe patents, notes "Bloomberg" ( Linex also filed suit in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, the same day, seeking cash compensation, the article adds. Linex, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based licenser of technology, claims two of its patents cover inventions used in the standard for wireless communication, including a way to limit the fading of signal strength in buildings. The complaint cites Apple’s MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Airport Extreme and Time Capsule products.
May 10
Lock Desktop lets you lock your Mac
iZooLu has announced Lock Desktop for Mac OS X ( It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and is available for US$0.99 at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Once locked, the user can change user account or shutdown the computer. Applications and data continue to run safely in the background on the computer. Additionally, Lock Desktop allows the user to switch between user accounts from the log-in screen while applications and data continue to run on the other desktops. It's a single click solution.
May 10
Foxconn to build Brazil factory to manufacture iOS devices for...
Foxconn Technology Group will probably start manufacturing Apple iPads and iPhones in Brazil as early as July, according to the local Folha de São Paulo daily -- as reported by "Forbes" ( The newspaper reports that Foxconn executives from Taiwan are due into Brazil later this week to discuss an US$12 billion investment over the next five years to make Apple products at Foxconn’s facilities in Jundiai, São Paulo. Last week, the company sent a letter to Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff with a list of requests before committing fully to the investment, says "Forbes." Sources within the internal revenue service of Brazil told Folha that it will decide on taxation for the Apple smart phone and tablet in the next few days, the article says.. Taxation on the devices and its equipment were some of the questions Foxconn submitted to Rousseff last week.
May 10
Apple releases iOS 4.3 WebKit source code
After complaints about Apple's delayed compliance with open source licensing requirements for WebKit began, Apple released the iOS 4.3 WebKit source code on Monday, reports "AppleInsider" ( Last week, Harald Welte of GPL Violations criticized Apple ( for a delay in releasing the source code for WebKit in iOS 4.3. Apple is obligated to simultaneously release the binary and source code for WebKit because it uses code licensed under the Lesser GNU Public License. Here's what Welte had to say last week: "As some people may know, next to a plethora of BSD licensed code, Apple is using some LGPL licensed code in their iPhone products. So far, it seems they have always provided the respective source code in a timely manner for each and every release they have made on a website "However, in recent months it seems they have deviated from that policy for unknown reasons. As my friend and webkit...
May 10
Adobe announces Photoshop Touch apps for the iPad
Adobe has announced three Photoshop Touch apps -- Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav -- for the iPad. Adobe Color Lava (US$2.99) allows you to use your fingertips to mix colors on the iPad, creating custom color swatches and themes to transfer back into Photoshop. Adobe Eazel ($4.99) takes advantage of cutting-edge painting technology by letting digital artists create realistic paintings with their fingertips, and introduces a new kind of interaction between “wet” and “dry” paints. These paintings can then be sent directly to Photoshop CS5 for compositing or for taking the artwork further. Adobe Nav ($1.99) lets users select and control Photoshop tools using the iPad as the input surface, customize the toolbar, browse and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop files, or create new files. All three apps are available at the he Apple App Store (
May 10
Disk Alarm alerts Mac users before the hard drive is full has introduced Disk Alarm (, its first Mac OS X app. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and is available for US$3.99 at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Disk Alarm will let you know in advance how much free space is available for your Mac to run smoothly. The app optionally alerts you when you have reach a certain amount of disk space with a sound. Disk Alarm can run in your menu bar for fast access to available free space and more. You can check your disk space manually if you don't want to have the software do it automatically. Disk Alarm offers the ability to see set the checked space in percents instead of MB/GB.
May 10
PhatWare Releases WritePad SDK 2.0 for iOS
PhatWare Corp. ( has announced WritePad SDK 2.0, a new generation of the handwriting recognition Software Development Kit for iPad and iPhone developers. WritePad SDK for iOS enables handwriting recognition based text input in third party applications on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices. It's currently available in four languages, including English, German, French, and Spanish with more languages to be announced soon. WritePad SDK includes handwriting recognition engine static libraries and dictionaries for all supported languages, API header files, documentation, and useable sample code allowing integration with new or existing iOS applications. WritePad SDK evaluation is free, while commercial redistribution is royalty-based.
May 10
Box Shot 3D updated to version 3.3.2
Applications for Life Company has released Box Shot 3D 3.3.2, an update to their utility that makes "shots" of 3D shapes. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Using ray-tracing rendering technology, Box Shot 3D allows you to render software boxes, book covers, magazines, CD, DVD and Blu-Ray boxes, cans, bottles, mugs, bags and more. Version 3.3.2 fixes some batch-rendering issues and allows you to put several objects to a scene. Now it's possible to render a book and CD, a set of boxes, different books in a stack and more. The upgrade is free for current customers. For new customers, Box Shot 3D costs US$80. A demo is available at the Applications For Life web site (
May 10
Gefen releases new high-def 1080p scaler
Gefen has released the US$329 Gefen ToolBox HD 1080p Scaler (, which will automatically scale up or down any high definition signal to meet the maximum resolution supported by the connected HDTV display. When used in an installation with more than one display in the room, such as in digital signage or home theater, it allows 1080p resolutions to be viewed on displays with 1080p full HD capability, while scaling the lower resolution display to its maximum resolution. For example, when sending a hi-def signal to four displays, one display may support 720p maximum resolution, while the other three displays support 1080p full HD. Previously, installers would have to set the source to 720p, the lowest common resolution among all four displays, to ensure a seamless distribution. But when the HD 1080p Scaler is connected to the 720p display, it will accept a 1080p input and downscale it to 720p, while all other displays receive 1080p full HD. In a home entertainment...
May 10
Cookie Stumbler for Mac OS X now deletes 'persistent'...
WriteIt! Studios has updated Cookie Stumbler (, an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe, to version 1.2.1. The upgrade adds the ability to delete persistent cookies such as "Evercookies" by managing all the possible storage locations such as local HTML5 databases, caches. etc. Cookie Stumbler keeps track of all new visited sites by marking them with an "unread" flag. Additionally the support of Chrome 12 Developer Preview is improved. Cookie Stumbler includes tools to detect ad/tracking cookies. It features schedules, on-click filter and automator actions to make the process customizable. The app requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. With Cookie Stumbler you can scan and track cookies, then remove them with a single click. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, Chromium, Safari and Flash cookies, Cookie Stumbler comes with a one-year subscription to WriteIt's update service, which includes software and definition updates. Subscription extensions...
May 09
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for May 9
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store ( Paul Solt has announced Wallpaper Evolution for iOS, an US$0.99 app designed to showcase original abstract and psychedelic wallpapers in addition to personal photos. The app features a wooden coffee table where images slide onto the table for multi-touch interaction. Users can tap, flick, zoom, and rotate the images in any configuration. iGotIt Games has released Colorflys SD 1.0, a butterfly capture experience for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. The iPhone/iPod touch version is $0.99, while the iPad version costs $1.99. Pixite has introduced PhotoFresh, a $1.99 Facebook sharing app for the iPad. It offers a way to view, upload, and share Facebook photos and videos. PhotoFresh focuses on the users' photos and videos and includes features such as navigation, photo caching, and slideshow options. Felix Mo has unveiled Locational 1.0, a location-aware...
May 09
Apple's Bud Tribble to testify at Senate hearing Tuesday
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law announced May 6 that Guy L. "Bud" Tribble, vice president of software technology at Apple, will represent Cupertino at a May 10 hearing titled "Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy." At issue is the location-based data collected by smartphones. Last month, researchers said that iOS 4 location information was stored in an insecure manner and accessible to anyone who stumbled upon your iPhone, iPad, or the computer with which you synced your iOS device. That prompted concerns that Apple, and anyone who looked at that data, could track your whereabouts. Tribble has testified on behalf of Apple before. He appeared at a July 2010 Senate Commerce Committee hearing about online privacy, during which he was also questioned about location services, notes "PC Mag" (,2817,2385038,00.asp). Google has also been asked to testify about the location...

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