Sunday, October 31, 2010

Adium 1.4 Adds Twitter and IRC Support

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Adium, a free instant messaging client for Mac OS X, has been updated with support for Twitter and IRC.

What's New in This Version:
● Requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later
● Added Twitter
● Added IRC
● Greatly improved group chats and group chat bookmarks
● Updated to libpurple 2.6.6 with added fixes
● Mind-bogglingly large number of enhancements and bug fixes

You can download the update via the link below...




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iLounge 2011 iPod/iPhone/iPad Buyers' Guide

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iLounge has launched their 2011 Buyer's Guide to everything iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

There's a lot of great new stuff to discover inside. In Sneak Peeks, you’ll get a world-exclusive first look at the first video camera accessory for iPads and older iPod touches, Scosche’s iClops, the dedicated iPhone/iPod projector Neo-i from Optoma, a super-cool iPad stand-grip-case from Belkin called Grip 360, and one of the slickest battery pack designs we've seen for the iPhone, Digipower’s Jumpstand Flip. Two separate Top 100 sections provide "must-see" cheat sheets for the year’s best iOS games and apps. And of course, there are our massive Apple hardware and accessory guides, each 50 pages long and packed with enough details to keep you reading for days.

This is the biggest and best Buyers' Guide we have ever published—208 pages, no filler. Every section is either entirely rewritten from top to bottom, or significantly expanded with brand new, up-to-date developments. We’re very glad to be able to bring it to the iPod, iPhone, and iPad community at no charge. Download it now in your choice of three formats, explained below.

You can download the single page version here and the double page version here.







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Wi-Fi Direct Connects Devices Without a Hotspot

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Wi-Fi has made an important leap in connecting devices anywhere, anytime - with or without a traditional network available. The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced that it has begun certifying products capable of making device-to-device connections, designating those products Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct.

With portable content like photos, videos and music taking center stage in the digital consumer experience, Wi-Fi Direct devices meet an important consumer need: directly connecting devices for applications such as content sharing, synching, printing, and gaming anywhere with ease. Current trends demonstrating how people use digital devices highlight the need for this compelling solution:

"We designed Wi-Fi Direct to unleash a wide variety of applications which require device connections, but do not need the internet or even a traditional network," said Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "Wi-Fi Direct empowers users to connect devices - when, where and how they want to, and our certification program delivers products that work well together, regardless of the brand."

Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices can connect with older Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices, enabling a vast range of devices already in use to connect with products implementing Wi-Fi Direct from the certification program's inception. Wi-Fi Direct devices include a push-button set up mechanism, employ the latest WPA2TM security protections, and bring typical Wi-Fi throughput and range. Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices can support Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n technology as well as older forms of Wi-Fi.

The first products to be designated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct, and which form the test suite for the certification program are:
● Atheros XSPAN® Dual-band 802.11n PCIe Mini Card (AR928x)
● Broadcom BCM43224 Dual-Band 802.11n 2x2 MIMO PCIe Half Mini Card
● Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
● Ralink MIMObility 802.11n 2x2 PCIe Half Mini Card
● Realtek RTL8192CE-VA4 HM92C00 PCIe mini card



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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Apple Countersues Motorola Over Six Patent Infringements

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Apple has filed two lawsuits against Motorola over six different patents mainly focusing on Multi-Touch. This comes after Motorola filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple's iPhone, iPad, iTouch and certain Mac computers infringe Motorola patents and filed patent infringement complaints against Apple in the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Florida.

These are the patents covered by Apple's suit as outlined by Patently Apple.

In the First Case (0661)
● One: Apple, Inc patent titled: Ellipse Fitting for Multi-Touch Surfaces: Patent Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.

● Two: Apple, Inc patent titled: Multipoint Touchscreen: Patent Abstract: A touch panel having a transparent capacitive sensing medium configured to detect multiple touches or near touches that occur at the same time and at distinct locations in the plane of the touch panel and to produce distinct signals representative of the location of the touches on the plane of the touch panel for each of the multiple touches is disclosed.

● Three: Taligent, Inc patent titled: Object-Oriented System Locator System: Patent Abstract: A method and system for adding system components (documents, tools, fonts, libraries, etc.) to a computer system without running an installation program. A location framework is employed to locate system components whose properties match those specified in search criteria. The framework receives notification from the system when system components whose properties match the search criteria are added to or removed from the system.

In the Second Case (0662)
● Four: Apple, Inc, patent titled: Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Determining Commands by Applying Heuristics: Apple's invention generally relates to electronic devices with touch screen displays, and more particularly, to electronic devices that apply heuristics to detected user gestures on a touch screen display to determine commands.

● Five: Apple Computer, Inc. patent titled: Method and Apparatus for Displaying and Accessing Control and Status Information in a Computer System: Apple's invention generally relates to the field of computer systems; particularly, the present invention relates to displaying a status and control function bar or window to enable access of user selected indicia to a computer system user.

● Six: Apple Computer, Inc. patent titled: Support for Custom User-Interaction Elements in a Graphical, Event-Driven Computer System: Apple's invention relates to graphical, event-driven computer systems, more particularly to custom interactive user-interaction elements in a computer system having a window-based graphical user interface.


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Google Founders Wanted Steve Jobs As Their First CEO

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The first person Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wanted to hire as their CEO was Steve Jobs, according to Bloomberg's Game Changers series.

Yahoo news reports that after interviewing 12 or 13 candidates they didn't like, Page and Brin happened to make something of a social visit to Apple and Jobs.

After the visit, the Google cofounders met with investor John Doerr and asked him: why can't we hire that guy?

No mention of Doerr's response but we can guess at what it might have been.
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How to Enable FaceTime on Your Middle Eastern iPhone 4

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These are instructions on how to enable FaceTime on iPhone 4s sold in the Middle East or other areas which have the feature disabled.


You must have a jailbroken iPhone to follow these instructions.

Step One
Press to launch Cydia from your Springboard.







Step Two
Press to select the Sections tab at the bottom of the screen.






Step Three
Press to choose Tweaks from the list of Sections






Step Four
Tap to select MiddleWhat from the list of Tweaks






Step Five
Press the Install button at the top right of the screen.







Step Six
Press the Confirm button to begin installation.







Step Seven
Press the Restart Springboard button once installation has completed successfully.


Step Eight
Tap the Settings icon on your Springboard once it has restarted.







Step Nine
Choose Phone from the Settings menu to continue






Step Ten
Ensure that FaceTime is turned on!







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VLC May Be Pulled From the App Store

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Apple has been sent a formal notification of copyright infringement regarding the way VLC for iOS is distributed in the App Store.

RĂ©mi Denis-Courmont, one of the primary developers of VLC, explained to MacStories that Apple’s iTunes Terms and Conditions don't allow users to install both free and paid apps on more than 5 devices. This goes against the original GNU license VLC's code is based on.

"In any case, while the rules for distribution of open-source or "free" (as in speech) software are extremely relaxed, they do exist and have to be abode by. VLC and open-source software in general would not have reached their current quality and success if it had not been for their license. Therefore, blatant license violation cannot be tolerated at any rate. Concerned users are advised to look for application on more open mobile platforms for the time being."

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Apple Updates iPhoto to Fix Data Loss Issues

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Apple has released an updated version of iPhoto to address data loss issues when upgrading.

This update addresses issues that, in extremely rare cases, could result in data loss when upgrading a library from an earlier version of iPhoto.

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4431


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Steve Jobs Says No USB 3 'At This Time'

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Steve Jobs has replied to a customer's question about USB 3.0 saying that Apple doesn't see USB 3 taking off just yet.

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We don’t see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example.

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This leaves the possibility of Macs with USB 3.0 open for the future.




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Friday, October 29, 2010

Boonana Trojan Horse Analysis And Removal Tool

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SecureMac has released an initial analysis of the Boonana Trojan Horse and has created a free removal tool as well as administrative instructions to manually remove the affected machines. All of the information including the analysis of the malware is available at the Boonana Trojan Horse security bulletin page.

The initial infection vector of the Boonana trojan is through a message on social networking sites similar to "Is this you in this video?" which includes a link to an external site. Upon clicking the link, a java applet will attempt to load in the user's web browser.

During our testing, the malicious Java applet communicated with a Command & Control server, and presented an installer window at a random time after accessing the malicious site. This installer did not indicate that it had been downloaded from the web which indicates it is avoiding the quarantine flag typically set by programs such as Safari ...

Threat level discussed:
Due to the fact that the Command and Control servers for the malware are still active, gathering information such as IP addresses (most likely for control purposes), as well as the modification of the sudoers file to allow passwordless access, we maintain a threat level rating of critical for trojan.osx.boonana.a. In many cases, especially with botnets, the malware might not initially exhibit malicious behavior, but can become active at any time as the command and control servers are updated. Detailed procedures and instructions are also listed in the report.




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Help Babies and Toddlers with Vocabulary

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Swag Soft has released Katakune Super Flash Cards 1.0, a new iPhone app featuring a set of more than 170 beautifully rendered 3D graphics baby flash cards on the Apple iTunes store, designed to help babies and toddlers learn new words.

Featuring cartoon characters from the award-winning preschooler cartoon series Katakune, Katakune Super Flash Cards teaches babies and young kids more than 170 everyday commonly used words from different categories such as animals, clothing, colors, food, fruits, gadgets, nature, numbers, sports, space, vehicles and more through 3D rendered graphics.

Using more than 4 months for production, award-winning animation studio MediaFreaks designed the graphics featured on this app. Parents and kids will be delighted by the colourful and detailed artwork. An early tester had this to say about the flash cards - "This is definitely the most comprehensive and beautiful set of Flash Cards ever made! Most other flash card apps simply pale in comparison!"

A reviewer from Apps Playground said, "What I like about this app is the graphics, which are beautiful in comparison to some of the low-budget rivals."

Besides the large number of words being taught, every flash card also comes with a voiceover to let young kids learn how to pronounce the corresponding featured item. Categories can be toggled on and off to design a child's learning curriculum and an inbuilt testing feature allows kids to be tested on what they have learned.

Aldric Chang - Executive Producer for Swag Soft and Creator of the award-winning Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World - says, "Like all the products my colleagues and I have created, we have put in a great deal of effort to make Katakune Super Flash Cards the best product of its kind. I am certain parents will find great pleasure in seeing their young ones learn so many new words through such an enjoyable and fun app."

Pricing and Availability:
For a limited time, Katakune Super Flash Cards 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Katakune Super Flash Cards is a steal for the exceptional educational value and high quality graphics it provides. The iPad version will also be available soon in the iTunes store.


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DEVONthink To Go 1.0 Released

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DEVONthink To Go has been released to the App Store and is now available for US $14.99.

DEVONthink To Go lets users bi-directionally synchronize their DEVONthink or DEVONnote databases with their iPads, iPhones, or iPod touches, and so take all their important documents, email messages, and bookmarks with them. Once synchronized the groups and documents can be browsed, viewed, and searched.

DEVONthink To Go works with as many desktop document formats as possible on iOS, lets the users view them, share them by email, or open them in third-party apps such as iAnnotate PDF. Documents annotated or changed in other apps can then be 'opened back' in DEVONthink To Go to update them in its database. Plain text documents are editable right on the device (with TextExpander support when installed on the device), and so are comments, labels, flags, and unread statuses.

Both names and the full text of documents can be searched in an instant. Special lists for recently used and unread items as well as filters that, e.g., show only flagged items within a group make working even with large collections comfortable. Document lists can be sorted after a variety of fields, and an info screen shows all relevant metadata about databases, groups, and documents.

All changes that can be made on the device are synchronized back to the Mac counterpart. Synchronization uses WiFi and so requires both device and Mac to be on the same WiFi network. A future version will also support through-the-cloud synchronization with MobileMe and other services such as WebDAV or DropBox as well as audio and video notes. Users do not need to transfer their whole databases to the device, a 'Sync' group in every database allows to select the items to get synchronized on a group-by-group or even item-by-item level.

To protect the user's privacy DEVONthink To Go honors the user name and password settings set for a database on the desktop and asks for credentials when the database is used on the mobile device.

When used with DEVONthink Pro Office on the Mac, images taken on the device are, if desired, fed through the ABBYY text recognition engine on the Mac, which makes all recognized text in the image searchable. The created PDF is sent back to the device with the next sync.

We are really excited about DEVONthink To Go. It finally lets all our DEVONthink and DEVONnote users extend their workflow also to their iPads and iPhones making DEVONthink the number one document management solution not only for the Mac but also for all iOS devices. - And this is only the beginning," states Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, President of DEVONtechnologies.

Pricing and Availability:
DEVONthink To Go is a universal app that runs natively and with optimized user interfaces on both iPads and iPhones/iPod touches. DEVONthink To Go 1.0 is offered at the introductory price of $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. If you are interested in reviewing DEVONthink To Go for your magazine, web site, or blog, please email us to receive a promotion coupon for the US iTunes App Store.




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Apple Explores Use of Nitride Coating for Scratch-Proof Devices

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Apple is exploring the use of nitride coating to make stainless steel devices more durable and scratch resistant.

AppleInsider has discovered an Apple patent published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark office entitled "Nitriding Stainless Steel for Consumer Electronic Products." It describes a cost-effective system that would place a layer of nitride atop a stainless steel exterior.

"In addition to providing a durable, hard surface that is both scratch and impact resistant, the nitride layer allows for the natural surface color and texture of the underlying stainless steel to remain visible to the user," the application reads. "It is this natural surface color and texture of the stainless steel that adds to the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the consumer electronic product, thereby enhancing the user's overall experience."



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InvisibleSHIELD Now Available for New MacBook Airs

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ZAGG has begun selling their invisibleSHIELD and ZAGGskins protection for Apple's new Macbook Air laptop computers.

The invisibleSHIELD is ZAGG's patent-pending, military-grade, virtually invisible and indestructible film, available in over 5,000 designs for the most popular electronics. As the original thin film full-body protector, the invisibleSHIELD covers millions of devices all around the world from bumps, scratches, and dings, and includes a lifetime replacement warranty. ZAGGskins are customized high-quality images and designs fused with the invisibleSHIELD to provide personalized protection. The invisibleSHIELD designs for Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod lines are some of ZAGG's most popular products.

"Apple has built the new Macbook Air around technology advances from the iPad. So, not only is it amazingly thin and eye-catching, but it has the latest and greatest technology Apple has to offer," said Derek Smith, Vice President of Sales for ZAGG. "Both the original invisibleSHIELD and ZAGGskins give users the opportunity to protect and personalize their Macbook without fear of scratches, and without adding bulk to the design."

The invisibleSHIELDs and ZAGGskins for both Macbook Air models are available online at www.ZAGG.com, and ZAGG is shipping the invisibleSHIELD to select retail partners.

Both the 11-inch and 13-inch full coverage films cost $54.99.


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Vonage Mobile for Facebook Adds Multitasking

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Vonage Mobile for Facebook has been updated with multitasking support to let you run other apps while calling - without dropping the call.

Call all of your Facebook friends for FREE anywhere in the world with Vonage Mobile for Facebook. Now everyone’s favorite social network is a free calling network! To make calls, simply touch your friend’s Facebook ID from your Talk Free contact list. No need to dial a phone number.

How it works:
Just download the app, log in with your Facebook account username and password, invite friends and start talking to those who also have the app. It’s that simple!
• Vonage Mobile works anywhere using 3G or Wi-Fi coverage even overseas.
• There are no international calling fees or data roaming charges when on Wi-Fi, and you don’t use your cellular minutes.
• Don’t have an unlimited 3G data plan or Wi-Fi subscription? Please check with your mobile carrier, as charges may apply.
• When traveling abroad using the local 3G network, use your carrier’s international data roaming plan to avoid excess roaming charges.

What's New In This Version:
- Optimized for iOS4
- Minor bug fixes

You can download Vonage Mobile for Facebook – iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store for free.














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58-inch iPhone Table Prototype

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Table Connect for iPhone is a project to bring the iPhone's interface and multitouch capabilities to a 58-inch table.

We are about to put the final touches on the "iPhone Table" prototype. Table Connect for iPhone is what you have been waiting for, multitouch on steroids!

For now, we start with mock-ups as well. Currently, we are finishing up the work on the alpha release software for the table.

The iPhone is attached via the standard dock connector – immediately after it is attached, the magic starts to happen. The entire content of the iPhone’s screen will be projected onto the multitouch table, still giving full access to all the touch gestures using multitouch technology.







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But jokes aside, if they make the screen and icons as clear as you can see on these pics this will be amazing.

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Banned White iPhone 4 Promo

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The guys that created the iPhone 4 FaceTime and Antenna spoof have posted another video about the white iPhone 4.


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Apple Becomes Fourth Largest Manufacturer of Mobile Phones

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IDC has announced the results of its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker survey, which place Apple as the world's fourth largest manufacturer of not just of smartphones, but of all mobile phones.

"The entrance of Apple to the top 5 vendor ranking underscores the increased importance of smartphones to the overall market," said IDC's Kevin Restivo in a prepared statement. "Moreover, the mobile phone makers that are delivering popular smartphone models are among the fastest growing firms."




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OmniVision to Supply Front and Rear Cameras for Second Generation iPad?

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Barron's reports that OmniVision will supply both the rear and the front facing cameras for the second generation iPad rumored to launch in the first quarter of 2011. Reportedly, the iPad will ship with two cameras, a VGA and a 5 MP. The iPad will most likely support Apple's FaceTime video chat service. According to the source, Apple will build 2.5 million units of the next gen iPad in Q1, and 23 million iPhones in Q1 2011, with more than 6 million for Verizon Wireless. Apple will account for nearly a third of OVTI’s chip demand, and most of its shipments of 5 MP sensors.

OmniVision (OVTI) will supply CMOS image sensors for a second-generation Apple (AAPL) iPad that will launch in the calendar first quarter of 2011, according to a brief research note yesterday from investment firm Detweiler Fenton.

The research firm contends the new iPad will ship with two cameras, a 5 MP camera and a VGA camera, and likely will support Apple’s FaceTime video chat software. Detweiler says their early read is that Apple will build 2.5 million units of the next iPad in calendar Q1, providing an incremental 5 million units of demand from Apple for OVTI, which also supplies sensors for the iPhone. He says that if you assume 23 million iPhones will be built in Q1 2011 - which includes more than 6 million for Verizon Wireless - Apple will account for nearly a third of OVTI’s chip demand, and most of its shipments of 5 MP sensors.

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Hands On Description of the Google Nexus Two

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Gizmodo has obtained on a hands on description of the Google Nexus Two smartphone. The device is expected to be announced on November 8th.

It's black and shiny, built with glossy plastic. Up close, though, it's "got this curve to it." While the screen, which our source thinks is the same 4-inch AMOLED affair from the Galaxy series, is flat, the front is "sort of concave" with hard edges. And the back is curved. The tapering makes it feel thinner than Galaxy S, though it might be about the same thickness. "It feels really similar to the Galaxy S in a lot ways." (Note: Our mockup is very approximate.)

"When I first saw it from 10 feet away, I thought it was the Galaxy S," says our source, who got to handle one. "I was a little surprised it was the Nexus Two," because it's so different from the Nexus One.




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