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Jul 28
New Mac Pro line offers up to 12 processing cores

Apple has unveiled a new Mac Pro line with up to 12 processing cores and purportedly up to 50% greater performance than the previous generation. It features the latest quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors, all-new ATI graphics and the option for up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD).

“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press announcement. “With up to 12 cores, the new Mac Pro outperforms our previous top-of-the-line system by up to 50% , and with over a billion possible configurations, our customers can create exactly the system they want.”

At the heart of the new Mac Pro’s performance are next generation quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33 GHz. These multi-core processors use a single die design so each core can share up to 12MB L3 cache to improve efficiency while increasing processing...

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Jul 28
Apple introduces new 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Apple has unveiled a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60% more screen real estate than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. Featuring a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, powered USB 2.0 hub, and universal MagSafe connector, the new LED Cinema Display is designed as a companion for the MacBook family or a Mac desktop, and is available for US$999.

The new, larger 27-inch LED Cinema Display features a16:9 edge-to-edge glass display on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge for tilting the display almost effortless. The LED Cinema Display has vivid colors and exceptionally high contrast and uses a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS) to provide a brilliant image across an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle, according to Apple.

Its three-port USB 2.0 hub allows users to charge their iPhone or iPod even when they take their MacBook with them. The new LED Cinema Display now includes a new ambient...

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Jul 28
Apple updates iMac line -- but not with the expected tweaks

Starting at US$1,199, the new iMac line is the fastest ever with dual-core processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz, quad-core speeds up to 2.93GHz and discrete graphics including the ATI Radeon HD 5750. Offered as an $69 option is a new Magic Trackpad, with a smooth glass and aluminum design, which gives iMac users the same intuitive Multi-Touch gestures that Mac notebook customers enjoy -- and is available separately for $69. 

“We took the world’s best all-in-one and made it even better,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press release. “With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminum and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”

He says dual-core Intel Core i3 and Core i5, and quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 processors set a new benchmark for iMac performance. The processors feature an integrated memory controller to access the system memory directly, allowing the new iMac to...

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Jul 27
Retrospect 8.2 for Mac offers faster Performance, streamlined...

Roxio has released Roxio Retrospect 8.2 for Mac, a key update to the company’s backup and recovery software that allows small and midsize businesses to protect critical data stored on Mac, Windows, and Linux servers, desktops, and notebooks.

Retrospect 8.2, the first release since Roxio took over the product line in May, delivers as much as three times faster network backup performance, adds 64-bit addressing to enable the backup of volumes containing tens of millions of files, and includes user interface enhancements that workflow and management tasks.
 
Another major feature included in Roxio Retrospect 8.2 for Mac is the ability to restore from backups created with Retrospect 6. This feature addresses a key request from users who wanted to upgrade to the Retrospect 8 platform, but didn’t want to manage and maintain a version 6 install in order to perform restores of older archived backups.
 
First introduced in 2009, Retrospect version 8 was...

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Jul 27
GarageSale for Mac OS X now runs in 64-bit mode

iwascoding has released version 6.0 of GarageSale (http://www.iwascoding.com/GarageSale/Features.html), the US$39.99 eBay auction software for Mac OS. The application has been rewritten to use Apple's CoreData technology and run in 64-bit mode on supported Macs for improved performance.

What's more, requested features as inventory tracking, improved batch editing, and
more controls for auction designs have been added. GarageSale is a client application for the eBay online auction system that lets you compose auctions with a Mac-like interface. GarageSale integrates perfectly with iPhoto, offers WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) text editing and comes with over 70 free design templates.

Garage Sale is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher.

GarageSale 6 is a...

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Jul 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 26

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

The Louisiana Office of Tourism has produced a free iPhone app for Louisiana's African American Heritage Trail at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. This is the first app of its kind for tourism in Louisiana, and visitors attending the festival were the first to experience its features.

iGameGuides has announced Guide for FrontierVille 1.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The US$1.99 guide includes a 12,000 word guide written by Chris Jensen, author of over 30 books for Prima, Sybex and Brady. The guide includes such topics as Leveling Tricks & Tips, Mastering the Frontierville Interface, Crop Listing, Reputation Rating Guide, Energy Tips & Tricks, Getting Started in Frontierville and many more.

Mobickus has released...

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Jul 26
Canalys: Apple now among top five PC vendors worldwide

Counting the iPad as a computer (and why not? it runs a specialized version of Mac OS X) Canalys (http://www.canalys.com) says Apple is now among the top five global personal computer vendors.

According to a new report by the research group, Apple rates in the top five, following the iPad’s capture of approximately 6% of the portable computer segment during the second quarter of 2010. Yep, Canalys counts the iPad as a portable computer.

“Apart from the ‘Apple effect,’ the iPad owes its success to a lack of advancement in other portable computing segments, such as netbooks,” Chris Jones, a Canalys principal analyst, said in a statement to "eWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/lm). "To capture share moving forward, PC makers will have to take the netbook to the next level or go after new customer segments with their own pads.”

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Jul 26
Apple told to deal with mis-priced online items in Taiwan

Apple was threatened Monday with a fine if it didn't act on a dispute in which thousands of visitors to its online store in Taiwan tried to buy computers that were wrongly priced at massive discounts, reports "AFP" (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100726/ts_alt_afp/taiwanuscomputercompanya...).

The Taipei city government said Apple had mis-priced two models Friday afternoon, with one on sale for a little over 40% of what it should have been. Apple corrected the prices hours later but by that time more than 200,000 units had been ordered.

"AFP" says Apple hasn't said if it would deliver the products on the misquoted prices. After an initial investigation, the city government's Law and Regulation Commission issued an ultimatum to the company, the article adds.

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Jul 26
New government rules okays iPhone jailbreaking

Owners of the iPhone will be able to legally unlock their devices so they can run software applications that haven't been approved by Apple, according to new government rules announced Monday.

The "Associated Press" reports (http://macosg.me/2/lk) that the decision to allow the practice commonly known as "jailbreaking" is one of a handful of new exemptions from a 1998 federal law that prohibits people from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorized uses. The Library of Congress, which oversees the Copyright Office, reviews and authorizes exemptions every three years to ensure that the law does not prevent certain non-infringing uses of copyright-protected material.

The new government rules, however, won't stop Apple from continuing its practice of disabling jailbroken phones with software upgrades, notes the "AP." That means owners of such phones might not...

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Jul 26
AT&T working on glitch that caused slower download speeds

AT&T (http://www.att.com) has reportedly begun a fix for a glitch in software supplied by Alcatel-Lucent SA that was causing slower download speeds in some areas of the U.S. for customers using the iPhone 4 and other devices, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/l).

Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman, said in an e-mail the company expected the issue to be resolved within two to three weeks. AT&T said earlier this month that fewer than 2% of its wireless customers were affected. Customers were experiencing slow responses when sending data such as photos or e-mail from their devices, Alcatel-Lucent said earlier this month.

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Jul 26
Marware releases the C.E.O. Premiere for the iPhone 4

Marware is shipping the C.E.O. Premiere for the iPhone 4 (http://www.marware.com/products/iPhone-4/C-E-O-Premiere-for-iPhone-4). The US$34.99 holster case sports a black leather with white accent design and an attached belt clip so you can slip the case into a pocket, purse, or briefcase if the clip isn't needed.

A push-through opening at the bottom of the case helps with removing the iPhone quickly. A Velcro closure keeps your iPhone securely in the case, and purportedly won't cause antenna or GPS interference like magnet cases. The leather used is RoHS compliant (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and better for the environment.

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Jul 26
Khronos Group releases OpenGL 4.1 spec

The Khronos Group has released the OpenGL 4.1 spec, bringing the latest graphics functionality to the cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API (application programming interface). It's the sixth update to OpenGL specification in two years.

This new version continues to maintain full backwards compatibility to enable developers to begin using new features whenever they choose, while portably accessing state-of-the-art GPU functionality across diverse operating systems and platforms, according to Barthold Lichtenbelt, OpenGL ARB working group chair and senior manager Core OpenGL at Nvidia.

The OpenGL 4.1 specification has been defined by the OpenGL ARB (Architecture Review Board) working group at Khronos, and includes the GLSL 4.10 update to the OpenGL Shading language and is accompanied by a number of extensions introducing cutting-edge functionality to the OpenGL standard. The full specification is available for immediate download at...

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Jul 26
CNS Audit gets speed improvements, more

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Audit 1.5 (http://cnsaudit.cnsplug-ins.com), an update of the audit trail plug-in for FileMaker Pro to add to your databases. This version brings speed improvements all around, especially for FileMaker Pro 11.

It also adds support for multi-file database solutions, including solutions based on the Data Separation Model. CNS Audit includes full Roll Back support for undoing field changes and record deletions. CNS Audit is available for both Mac OS X and Windows systems. immediately at for both Mac OS X and Windows.

Whether you just want peace of mind about being able to get a record back that you have accidentally deleted or if you have to comply to regulatory mandates like HIPAA, you can use CNS Audit to create an Audit Trail of your data within minutes, according to the folks at Comm-Unity.

You can download a demo copy of the...

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Jul 26
Tickets on sale for third annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet

The FCPUG Network, including Final Cut Pro and digital video user groups from within the US, Europe and the world over will gather together once again in Amsterdam, Netherlands during IBC 2010 for the Third Annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

This SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid users and gurus and digital filmmakers in Europe during 2010, says Michael Horton, SuperMeet co-producer and head of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group (lafcpug). The Hotel Krasnapolsky is located in the heart of Amsterdam just a short tram ride away from the RAI center that will host IBC 2010. "

SuperMeets provide the post production and broadcast community an opportunity to not only learn about the latest technology trends, but to connect with each other to discuss experiences and opportunities within the industry in a social setting that is both educational and fun, Horton says. The...

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Jul 26
MifiClub starts free next day delivery on mobile WiFi UK service

Visitors can now access internet anywhere in the UK without roaming costs or needing to find wifi hotspots. Through MifiClub (http://mificlub.com/tour), international travelers with iPhones, iPads, and laptops can go online anywhere in the UK without roaming costs or WiFi hotspots.

MifiClub offers mifi device rentals online and sends it to the visitor's UK address such as their hotel. It purportedly only takes three minutes to order mobile WiFi and have it waiting for you in the UK.

The mifi is a small device with a button on it. You push it and get WiFi. MiFiClub says they'll make sure your mifi is charged, loaded, and waiting for you at your hotel or friend's address. You'll get the small device and USB charger, along with a pre-paid return envelope. Drop it off at a postbox or hand it to a member of staff at the hotel on or before your last day.

Visitors can have their own portable...

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Jul 26
Creamy RapidWeaver theme reborn as Creami3

RapidWeaver theme developer seyDoggy (http://www.seydesign.com) has reinvented their Creamy theme as Creami3, which includes six ExtraContent areas, a built-in slide show with 20 customizable banners, variable size rounded corners, many widths to choose from, sidebar width and positioning, and a selection of typographical control.

Creami3 uses seyDoggy's new smart navigation method to distribute the sub-navigation components to their designated areas. The end result is a multi-tiered navigation system that is produced with 50% to 66% less markup for cleaner, more semantic code, according to the folks at seyDoggy. The company has also employed the new HTML5 and CSS3 working drafts, and is fast-tracking their upcoming modern browser support policy by a few months as a result.

Creami3 officially supports IE8 , Safari 4 , Firefox 3.5 , Opera 10.5 , and Chrome 5 . Creami3 can be used with IE7 but user...

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Jul 26
Syncro SVN Client for Mac OS X updated to version 6.0

Syncro Soft has released version 6.0 of its Mac compatible SVN client (http://www.syncrosvnclient.com). The new version sports a redesigned application layout, configurable working copy view, synchronized history view and guiding hints.

Syncro SVN client license with a one year maintenance pack costs US$59. A Syncro SVN client site license with a one-year maintenance pack is $2,970. Volume discount rates are available starting with five licenses. Syncro SVN Client can be run on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Solaris systems.

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Jul 26
CDFinder update can now catalog GeoTags in iPhone movies

Norbert M. Doerner has updated CDFinder (http://www.cdfinder.de), software for organizing your disk and data archive and keeping track of digital media assets, to version 5.7.1. The upgrade can now catalog GeoTags in iPhone movies, and import native DiskLibrary databases.

Since CDFinder now supports Elgato EyeTV recordings (.eyetv), it will show the thumbnail for the recording, and also extensive metadata as well, such as the EPG description, director, actors, and much more. All that is cataloged, displayed, and can be searched as well.

The GeoFinder inside CDFinder now uses the street-level OpenStreetMap for the GPS search (this requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher). That's much nicer than the built-in map, but since it requires Internet access, the old map is still available, says Doerner.

CDFinder requires Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. As a Universal Binary, it runs natively on both PowerPC and...

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Jul 26
The iPhone is the 'coolest thing on the planet'

Apple's iPhone has been named the "Coolest Thing on the Planet" in an UK poll of 3,000 Brits by Costs Coffe To take top slot in the poll, the must-have phone beat off competition from things like the Aston Martin DB9, the internet and Johnny Depp, reports "Newslite" (http://macosg.me/2/le). Apple placed number two on the list, and the iPad came in at number 17.

"It's been interesting seeing what the nation deems to be cool," says a spokesperson for Costa Coffee. "I's no surprise gadgets like the iPhone and supercars like the Aston Martin DB9 feature highly."

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Jul 26
Jedit X text editor for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Artman21 (http://www.artman21.com/en/jedit_x/) has updated Jedit X, the Cocoa-based text editor for Mac OS X, to version 2.2.5. It's a maintenance update with three improvements and five bug fixes.

Jedit X is an Universal Binary app so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The cost is US$28 for a single-user license, though version 2.2.5 is a free update for registered users.

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Jul 26
iPhone arrives in 17 more countries Friday

Apple’s iPhone 4 will be available in 17 more countries this Friday, July 30. On this date customers can purchase iPhone 4 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The iPhone 4 will be available for purchase through Apple’s retail and online stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. It's currently available in France, Germany, Japan, the UK and the US for a suggested retail price of US$199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model.

iPhone 4 will roll out to many more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.

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Jul 26
'MUG Event Calendar': Final Cut plug-ins, iDVD, more

"The MUG Event Calendar" for July closes out with a Final Cut Pro user group meeting and a variety of topic presentations.

Boris will demonstrate their Final Cut plug-ins in California, while one Florida group will discuss iDVD videos from iPhoto, and another will discuss the LogMeIn Remote Access program. The future of technology and the Mac will be the topic at a Connecticut group, creating a multimedia presentation is on the agenda in Ohio, and social networking will be the feature presentation in New Zealand.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups, Mac User Groups are starting to officially celebrate the holiday season.

MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used...

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Jul 26
CleanApp for Mac OS X revved to version 3.4

Synium Software has released CleanApp 3.4 (http://synium.de/products/cleanapp/index.html), a new version of the uninstaller and system management tool for Mac OS X. Files that have been deleted while using Path Finder are now detected, and you can now search for duplicate files.

CleanApp requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

CleanApp can be purchased for US$15. CleanApp 3.4 is a free update for existing users. Registration codes of these prior versions will automatically work with CleanApp 3. For new users the cost is US$15.

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Jul 24
News Corp. exec: iPad, other tablets great for the news industry

Tablet computers such as the iPad may allow the news industry a "re-set" and to start charging for content after years of giving it away for free, News Corp. chief digital officer Jon Miller said Friday,

He added that it was too early to make any judgements about the experiment of News Corp.'s The Times with a paid website but charging online readers was "an idea whose time has come," according to an "AFP" report (http://macosg.me/2/l9).

"A year ago, we were pretty out front with the idea that content has value," Miller told an audience of top technology and media executives at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colorado. Now, "it's accepted at a variety of levels. It's more about how it gets done."

Miller said tablet computers such as the iPad offer opportunities for news organizations to develop paid applications.

"You see apps being consumed that are paid-for apps," he...

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Jul 24
Next MacBUS meeting will look at using Google tools

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.macbus.org) will be held on Tuesday, July 27, at 6:30 pm.

At this month's meeting, MacBUS member Chris Urban will review Google AdWords and Google Webmaster Tools. Do you or your business have a presence online? Are you trying to drive traffic to your site? Urban from Tetra will review two important tools from Google that may be able to help you: Google AdWords Manager and Google Webmaster Tools.

Urban is a partner at Tetra Strategic Communications, a full-service advertising, sales, promotion, and website development agency. His expertise and experience ranges from pre-press technologies to internet marketing, including search engine optimization, content management systems development and implementations. Urban also manages logistics, fulfillment and online sales for WrapMaster USA.

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