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Jun 20
Fontographer is baaaaccck

Fontlab (http://www.fontlab.com/) has released version 5 of Fontographer, the font editor for designers and publishers on both Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows platforms. This version, the first new full-featured font creator in more than a decade, is specifically designed for use in a graphic design and digital publishing workflow.

Fontographer has been almost completely rewritten, with new features, a new look, and new compatibility, according to Adam Twardoch, Fontlab’s product and marketing manager. The new design is aimed at making life easier for the graphic designer and desktop publisher, who are constantly under pressure to do more in less time, he says.

In this vein, the graphical user interface has been modernized, but functionality like keyboard shortcuts and menu choices haven't been changed. Similarly, a lot goes on under the hood of Fontographer through automatic defaults,...

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Jun 20
Apple adds antivirus signatures to Mac OS X 10.6.4

In its Mac OS X 10.6.4 ("Snow Leopard") upgrade Apple included new antivirus signatures to help fight off some of the more "high profile OS X exploits found in the wild, reports "Maximum PC" (http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/apple_sneaks_antivirus_signatures_osx?).
The most notable of these is a file disguised as the iPhoto application which, when launched, lets attackers send spam, take screenshots, access files, and more.

"Our guess is that the Apple marketing department couldn't find a positive light to spin the new OS enhancement, so it was conveniently left out of the patch notes," "Maximum PC" says. "Cnet pointed out, and we agree, that Apple's ongoing refusal to acknowledge security flaws in its products exposes users to greater danger since they are lulled into a false sense of...

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Jun 18
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 18

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/).

Akai Professional has announced the SynthStation music production app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in the iTunes App Store.The $9.99 app transforms the Apple device into a portable music production studio.

Animal Instinct has unleashed Dog Be Mine 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The $0.99 app brings together the latest information about choosing a puppy, house breaking and training and more. Dog Be Mine also gives instant access to maps and information about local services such as breeders, closest vets, kennels and other points of interest for dog owners.

SuperlaSof has released Chinese Holidays and Festivals 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The $1.99 app calculates and displays any of the 30 traditional...

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Jun 18
Apple shares hit (another) all-time high

Apple saw its shares continue to rise Friday, hitting both new 52-week and all-time highs in afternoon action, reports "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-shares-climb-to-new-all-time-high...).

Apple stock hit US$275 before pulling back slightly to $273.61. For the year, the shares have jumped about 30% as the company has seen strong demand for its new iPad tablet computer and anticipation for iPhone 4, notes "MarketWatch." Analysts surveyed by FactSet Research have target prices on Apple ranging from $280 to $350 a share, with a median price of $325.

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Jun 18
Analyst predicts 9.4 million iPhones to be sold in the third...

Susquehanna Financial's Jeff Fidacaro issued a note to clients predicting that next weekend could be a "2 mln - 3 mln iPhone event" -- two to three times bigger than the launches of Apple's Phone 3G and 3GS in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

According to "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/18/iphone-launch-2-3-million-says-an...), the analyst cites both the size of Tuesday's pre-order (600,000 units) and what he expects to be strong upgrade demand, especially from owners of the iPhone 3G. With this in mind, Fidacaro is raising his iPhone numbers from:

° 7.8 million to 9.4 million for the third quarter;

° 36.8 million to 46.7 million for 2010.

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Jun 18
FlightCheck gets Adobe CS5 support

Markzware (http://www.markzware.com) has has updated FlightCheck Professional, a pre-flighting solution, to version 6.75, which adds support for Adobe Creative Suite 5.

FlightCheck is a prepress application used to manage printing quality control for print jobs. This solution provides both a native file and Adobe PDF preflight check. It's designed to help users scan and prepare PDF and other document types for commercial printing.

The software upgrade of FlightCheck Professional 6.75 for Macintosh is available immediately. You can upgrade to FlightCheck Professional from version 5.0 through 6.1x for US$99. You can purchase and download it from the Markzware store. The full version is available for $399. Registered users of FlightCheck Professional 6.5 may update to 6.75 for free.

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Jun 18
WebAgenda now links to iPhones, iPads

Teamsoft (http://www.teamsoft.com) has released a new version of WebAgenda for the Mac or PC, which lets you your schedule the important things in your life, and share the schedules with people that are important to you.

Your email address is your user ID. Your password is emailed to you. You can use it immediately, with nothing to install, or configure. You can keep your agenda and contact information private, or share it with your friends and associates.
 
Any information from WebAgenda can be also be linked to your iPhone or iPad. You can use your iPhone or iPad web browser, or use one of our many iPhone and iPad applications available from Apple iTunes to access your data on the TeamAgenda server.
 
You can try WebAgenda for free and save 10% on any TeamAgenda purchase. If you work for a an educational or charitable organization this 10% is in additional to your normal...

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Jun 18
'MacNotables' looks at the iPhone 4, new mac mini,...

The latest edition of "MacNotables (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Ted Landau is getting an iPhone 4.0, and talks about why the decision was easy for him, his acquisition strategy, and the implications of the online pre-order meltdown. That's just the beginning.

Landau addresses the rapid-fire rate of Apple product and update announcements, the "Mac is
dead" discussions and why they are wrong, and why the iPad will replace some, but not all currently Mac-oriented tasks. The new Mac mini, the future of Apple TV, and whether it might include an Apple TV (you know, the kind with a screen), and Steve Jobs' performance at D8 are all included in the discussion.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan...

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Jun 18
Apple updates MobileMe, releases Find my iPhone app

Apple has updated MobileMe, its US$99-per-year suite of Internet tools. And it's released an accompanying, free Find my iPhone app. However, contrary to some rumors, Apple is not offering MobileMe for free.

The revved MobileMe sports an updated version of Mail Web with a tweaked interface that offers widescreen and compact views. Other changes include server-based rules for sorting messages, better SSL security, an enhanced formatting toolbar, better junkmail filtering, and the ability to send mail from an external address.

The MobileMe update also tweaks the interfaces for Calendars, Gallery, iDisk and Find My iPhone. All now feature Mail’s top bar of iPad-ish button. The separate buttons for each MobileMe Web app have disappeared.

The Find My iPhone app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on Friday offers MobileMe users a dedicated interface for tracking down one of the devices, if it's lost, when they’re away from their computer.

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Jun 17
'Tech Night Owl' looks at the iPhone 4, iOS, more

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at the iPhone 4, iOS 4 and the FTC's possible action against Apple.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from http://www.technightowl.com/radio ; an archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast. You can also access our show's podcast feed, now available at http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml .

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Jun 17
MacProVideo releases Abelton Live 8, Cubase 5 tutorials

MacProVideo.com has released two new training programs for Ableton Live 8 and Cubase 5.

The first tutorial is called "Live 8 404: Making Electronic Dance Music." Created by the Dutch DJ and record producer, Olav Basoski, this tutorial shows how he uses Live 8 to produce chart-topping electronic dance anthems.

The second new release is called "Cubase 401: Mastering in Cubase." This tutorial is produced by one of Steinberg's very own Cubase Product experts, Matthew Loel T. Hepworth. In this three-hour tutorial, he shows how to utilize the mastering plugins including compressors, mulitband compressors, EQs, limiters, and maximizers.

These tutorials are available from MacProVideo.com's web site for both HD Download and streaming through the company's extensive Online Tutorial Library.

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Jun 17
BatchOutput gets maintenance update

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.8.1, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The new update addresses an issue related to EPS export presets management.

BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.

BatchOutput 3.8.1 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.8.1 free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.

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Jun 17
Apple posts WWDC session videos

Apple has posted the session videos for its 2010 Worldwide Developer Conference online: http://developer.apple.com/videos/wwdc/2010/ . They're available in either HD or standard definition.

You can watch over 100 in-depth technical sessions from WWDC 2010. All presentation slides are in PDF; also offered is session related sample code. And it's all free to registered Apple developers.

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Jun 17
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 17

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/).

Disney Publishing Worldwide has released the Toy Story 3 read-along app on the Apple iPad. Children can join Woody, Buzz, their pals, and a crew of new toys on an adventure in this interactive reading experience packed with 3D effects, exciting games, sing-along tunes, puzzles, and coloring pages. Children can hear the story read aloud, record their own narration, or explore at their own pace.

The Toy Story 3 app for the iPad is US$8.99 and comes with a one-month free subscription to disneydigitalbooks.com. The Toy Story read-along app, the Toy Story 2 read-along app and The Princess and the Frog read-along app can also be directly downloaded from the Apple App Store.

ONYX Apps has announced DjembePad 1.0, a $1.99 digital drum simulator and...

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Jun 17
BAM Investor predicts major plunge in Apple stock

Take this info with a very big grain of salt. Following the successful launch of the iPad, with sales that continue to beat many analyst predictions, Apple's stock prices soared to record highs this month and its market cap surpassed Microsoft's for the first time.

However, BAM Investor (http://www.baminvestor.com), a hedge fund financial model based on behavioral analysis, has announced publicly on Twitter that it predicts the share price of Apple to fall to US$42 as soon as fall 2010 or as late as fall 2011

"As far as timing, our behavioral analysis model indicates AAPL could reach the 45 dollar level as early as the summer/fall of 2010 or as late as the fall of 2011," says says BAM Investor founder and CEO, J.G. Savoldi. "I understand that this forecast will shock most investors -- and for good reason. The cardinal rule of forecasting is to only predict price or time, but never both. In...

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Jun 17
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.7.5 (Snow Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.7.5 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). This version adds Mac OS X 10.6.4 compatibility, support for latest versions of Safari, Chrome, Opera and OmniWeb web browsers as well as clearing of the latest variants of the HellRTS and OpinionSpy trojan horses.

This version also contains improvements on the clear Internet caches procedure and updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 4.7.5 (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 10.6.3. 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...

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Jun 17
NewerTech announces NuRAM memory upgrades for new Mac mini

Newer Technology (NewerTech) has announced NuRAM Memory Upgrades up to 8GB for the new Mac mini "Unibody" models introduced Tuesday by Appl.

The NewerTech NuRAM Memory Upgrades Kits for the new Mid 2010 mini, as well as kits for iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini (2009), and PC compatible computers that utilize PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz CL7 204 pin SO-DIMM memory modules, are available immediately from NewerTech's exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (OWC), as well as through the retail channel. For more info go to http://www.newertech.com/products/nuram.php .

The NuRAM 4GB DDR3 Memory Module (1 x 4GB memory module) costs US$134.99 and replaces one factory installed memory module for 5GB or 6GB total RAM. This upgrade isn't available as a factory option. The NuRAM 8GB DDR3 Memory Kit (2 x 4GB matched memory modules) is $249.99.

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Jun 17
Griffin Technology releases iPhone 4 cases

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced their first accessories for Apple’s new iPhone 4. Griffin’s announcement includes: Elan Holster Metal (US$34.99), Elan Passport Wallet ($39.99), Reveal ($24.99( and four different Screen Care Kit options, the first offerings in a line of devices for iPhone 4.
 
“Each new Apple creation presents us with exciting development opportunities,” says Mark Rowan, president of Griffin Technology. “Our new accessories for iPhone 4 represent an ongoing commitment to what we do best -- enhancing the daily technological experience.”

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Jun 17
Apple places orders for CDMA iPhones?

Let the Verizon iPhone rumors start anew. A "DigiTimes" report (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100617PD215.html) quotes "sources from component makers" as saying that Pegatron Technology has received CDMA iPhone orders.

If it actually happened, this would be the first time Apple has produced a version of the iPhone for a CDMA wireless network, which is different from AT&T’s GSM technology.
Vodafone, co-owner of Verizon Wireless, already sells the iPhone in Europe. Verizon is on CDMA.

"DigiTimes" says that Pegatron will also start shipping a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 to Apple in the fourth quarter and is currently using its plants in Shanghai, China to produce the products, The company is also purportedly working on gaining orders for MacBooks and iPads from Apple.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Jun 17
Apple shares hit all-time high

Apple shares hit an all-time high on Thursday, a day after the retail and technology bellwether said it sold more than 600,000 iPhone 4s.

Shares hit US$272.90 before slipping to $270.96, up 1.4 percent for the day. And as noted by "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/ea), the analysts have been bumping up their share price targets. Here are the ones we've heard about; we'll add more as they come in:

Kaufman Bros.' Shaw Wu raised his estimate from $320 to $340. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster: raised his to $348 from $340. And Caris and Co.'s Robert Cihra upped his from $310 to $325.

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Jun 17
Analyst: upgrade rate to iPhone 4 just over 50%

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty says in a note to clients that a survey by her firm suggests the upgrade rate from older iPhones to the newer iPhone will be more than 50%, but not much more. Even 50% is considerably higher than the 18% upgrade rate found in a November 2008 survey and 25% since the launch of the original iPhone in 2007, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/17/whats-driving-iphone-4-sales/).

A loyal and growing installed base is a good thing for Apple, Huberty says. She estimates that if 30% of current iPhone owners upgrade this year, Apple will sell 42 million units in 2010. If 50% upgrade, it will sell 48 million. In her model, the iPhone installed base rises from about 30 million at the end of 2009 to 100 million by the end of 2011.

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Jun 17
Forrester: tablets to outsell netbooks by 2012

The executive team at Apple said it would happen, and it seems they're right: tablet devices like the iPad will outsell netbooks by 2012, according to the Forrester Research Group (http://www.forrester.com).

Fueled by a growing interest in tablet computers, nearly half a billion computers will be sold to consumers in the US between now and 2015, according to a new report by the research group. Over the next five years, computer unit sales across all form factors -- desktops, notebooks and laptops, tablets, and netbooks -- will increase by 52%.

Despite an ongoing industry debate about how to define tablets, Forrester believes they should be classified as a form of personal computer. Tablet sales in the US will go from a modest 3.5 million units in 2010 to 20.4 million units in 2015, a 42% compound annual growth rate. Starting in 2012, tablets will outsell netbooks, and by 2014, more consumers will...

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Jun 17
Clearwire adds 4G/3G modem for Macs

Clearwire Corp., a provider of wireless broadband services, has announced the upcoming availability of three new Mac compatible products that will extend the potential for super-fast speeds and unlimited 4G usage plans to the millions of mobile devices available today, according to Dow Draper, vice president of product development for Clearwire.

The latest suite of devices -- the CLEAR SpotTM 4G, CLEAR Spot 4G+, and the CLEAR 4G+ Mobile USB, bring new 4G connectivity possibilities to a wide range of Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, netbooks, smartphones, and other connected devices -- without the worries or hassles of tiered or capped usage plans, he says.

The CLEAR Spot 4G offers the speed and flexibility of a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, simultaneously connecting multiple Wi-Fi devices at 4G speeds, while the CLEAR Spot 4G+ adds the option of allowing users to use nationwide 3G coverage when outside the 4G coverage area. In addition, the CLEAR 4G+ Mobile USB modem is the first...

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Jun 17
iSkin announces line of iPad cases

iSkin (http://www.iSkin.com) has released a line of protective covers for the Pad -- the iSkin Duo and the iSkin Vu. The iSkin Duo is a low-profile, dock friendly way to guard and enhance the tablet.

Available in a variety of two-tone color options, the Duo’s body color is fused with a front-facing black screen frame surfaced with an embossed designer pattern. It's also equipped with side grips for better handling, an earphone port cover and fully protected volume, home and sleep buttons.

iSkin created the Duo for iPad from premium silicone that is both hypoallergenic and free of chemicals like bisphenol-A, phthalates, latex and PVC. The silicone has been treated with a low-dust and low-lint finish that purportedly helps it to resist the natural tendencies of silicone to attract small particles. In addition, the Duo is embedded with Microban antimicrobial protection, exclusive to iSkin, which works...

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Jun 17
Mac DVD Ripper ready for the iPhone 4

Digiarty Software has updated its DVD Ripper for Mac (http://www.winxdvd.com/dvd-ripper-for-mac/) with support for the iPhone 4. It's a free update for registered users.

DVD Ripper for Mac works on both encrypted and non-commercial homemade DVDs and can convert to MP4, MOV, iTunes, iLife, AVI, FLV, MP3, etc. that playable on Mac, but also converting DVD content to the format playback on portable devices like the iPod, iPad, iPhone and the PSP.

This DVD Ripper also works as a solution for those who want to make backup DVD copies of their protected DVDs since it has the ability of making 1:1 DVD copy to hard drive by removing the copy-protection from encrypted discs. Also, its editing function lets you to trim any video segment you favor and adjust the video effects, like video resolution, frame rate, bitrate and audio channel depending on what you like.

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