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Oct 22
'AppleScriptObj C Explored' is available

Often overlooked in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") are the dramatic updates to AppleScript, specifically the new AppleScript/Objective-C support for the creation of AppleScript applications and applets.

Starting with Snow Leopard, AppleScript can now call any of the Cocoa routines and methods directly in application scripts, providing access to the full of the power of the Cocoa frameworks. In addition, AppleScript applications now fully integrate all Cocoa interface elements using outlets and actions, or Cocoa bindings, that link directly to AppleScript properties and handlers.

Adoption of ASOC (AppleScript/Objective-C) has been constrained by the lack of good documentation -- until now. AppleScript expert Shane Stanley, has written AppleScriptObjC Explored, an in-depth guide to creating AppleScript Objective-C applications. The guide includes both thorough documentation (in PDF format) and numerous example Xcode projects. For more info go to...

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Oct 22
Info needed on farming/agricultural software for the Mac

Our next Category Review will look at farming/agricultural software for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Oct. 27. We had intended to run a column on copywriting software for the Mac -- but we found none.

Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Oct 21
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 21

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/).

EA Mobile has announced that Reckless Racing for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available on the Apple App Store. The game is based on the original top-down racer developed by Sweden-based Pixelbite. The iPad is costs US$4.99, and the iPhone/iPod touch is $2.99.

MadFinger Games has released Samurai II: Vengeance ($2.99), a hack-and-slash action game for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Shutterfly, an Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, has expanded their mobile offerings with the introduction of a free photo-sharing application for the iPad designed to give customers more ways to enjoy and share their photos stored at Shutterfly.com.

iAPPS2GO has introduced iManage and iManage SE, the "Swiss Army Knife...

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Oct 21
Clio launches Apple in Law Firms Survey

Clio has launched the inaugural Clio Apple in Law Firms Survey. All legal professionals and law students from all law firms and law schools are invited to participate in the survey, regardless of size and location.

The survey aims to determine to what extent lawyers and law students are now using Apple and Mac products, and whether there is clear evidence of an increasing trend of the legal industry “going Mac” in the future. Available online at http://macsurvey.questionpro.com/ , the Clio Mac Survey will remain open until Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 5pm Eastern.

The tabulated results will be presented by Clio President Jack Newton at MILOfest, a conference for Mac-using attorneys being held on November 11-13 at the Disney World Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Clio will also be giving away a free iPad to a randomly selected survey respondent.

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Oct 21
iPresentee triples Mail Stationery Collection, offers free...

iPresentee (ttp://www.ipresentee.com) has released Mail Stationery 2.0 templates to be used with Apple's Mail software. It's an US$30 collection of 160 templates.

The new release retains 60 templates from the previous release and adds 100 new Mail Stationery templates for Mail. Also, iPresentee is offering a number of Mail Stationery templates for free.

New Mail Stationery templates comes with an installer to make sure the templates end up in the right place and would be displayed in Apple Mail New Message Stationery menu automatically. They require Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

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Oct 21
Equinux introduces new Stationary Pack Business Edition

Small businesses and offices can now send Stationery emails suited for a variety of purposes, whether a special offer, invoice or newsletter with the Stationery Pack Business Edition from equinux (http://www.equinux.com).

It's a collection of over 200 templates. Featuring 12 unique design lines with 17 layout variations for each, Business Edition is equipped to cover many common business scenarios.

Each layout gives users the option to create Stationery emails in the style they want. You can add company logos, digitized signatures and photos in portrait and landscape format. There are text areas for headlines, message content, legal disclaimers and footers.

Stationery Pack Business Edition is available in English, German and French. Licenses start at US$59.95 at the equinux online store. Discounted volume licenses are also available. Stationery Pack Business Edition will soon be available as...

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Oct 21
MiRow is set of plug-ins for Front Row

FireCore has released MiRow (http://ww.firecore.com/mirow), a set of plug-ins for Apple's Mac OS X app, Front Row. The solution lets you:

° Enable additional media formats such as AVI, MP4, MKV and more without having to leave Front Row;

° Stream media from sites like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, BBC and more;

° Automatically download cover art and other metadata for your media files;

° Find new artists by accessing Last.fm radio stations, artist bios and slideshows;

° Use an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to take control with the Remote HD app;

MiRow normally costs US$24.95, but it's available now for pre-order for $19.95.

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Oct 21
New video course offers Core Data for Mac OS X training

You can learn how to develop with Apple's Core Data for OS X , iPhone and iPad in a new, 11-hour video training course presented by Marcus Zarra and Steve Scott. The course is made up of 28 chapters three of which can be viewed in full on the course page of the iDeveloper TV web site (http://ideveloper.tv).

Whether you are targeting Mac OS X or the iPhone/iPad, it is likely your application is going to need to access and persist data. Core Data helps you avoid dealing with complex SQL API's or having to handle XML by presenting you with an elegant object oriented way to access your data, says Zarra.

He's the owner of Zarra Studios and the creator of seSales and iWeb Buddy as well as being a co-author of "Cocoa Is My Girlfriend" a blog covering all aspects of Cocoa development. He's been using Core Data since its original release in OS X 10.4 Tiger and has released numerous applications and papers covering...

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Oct 21
Coladia releases Dracula 3 -- the Path of the Dragon for Mac OS...

Adventure game publisher Coladia and Anuman Interactive have announced that Dracula 3 -- the Path of the Dragon (http://www.coladia.com/en/17490/games/mac/dracula_3_the_path_of_the_dragon) is now available for Mac OS X. Following in the same vein as The Secrets of Da Vinci -- The Forbidden Manuscript, Dracula 3 -- the Path of the Dragon is an historical adventure game in which players have to solve a series of riddles and puzzles inspired by the world of Bram Stoker.

Here's how the game is described: "Mgr Arno Moriani, the 'devil's advocate,' is carrying out a canonization process, investigating in the interwar years a potential candidate for beatification in Transylvania. His investigation is quickly wrapped up. The strange stigmata on the corpse are not the hallmark of some divine power. In fact, the...

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Oct 21
MacJury weighs in on 'Back to the Mac' event

The "MacJury" (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to weigh in on yesterday's "Back to the Mac" event.

First on the docket is the new MacBook Air, what it offers, who it is for, and how it stacks up against competing classes of laptops. The examination continues with a look at what was and wasn't updated in the new iLife '11 suite of apps, including why the new GarageBand capabilities are cool, who it can help learn to play an instrument and how, and why the Movie Trailers feature
of iMovie may just improve your life (or at least make it look that way).

What the Mac App Store will mean for users and developers alike, how it could change software distribution, licensing and much more are bandied about by the panel of John F. Braun, Peter Cohen, Jeff Gamet, Jean MacDonald, Steve Sande and host Chuck Joiner.

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Oct 21
Apple now has 18% of smartphone marketshare

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew an impressive 78% annually to reach a record 77 million units in the third quarter of 2010, Apple was the star performer, as it overtook RIM and closed the gap on Nokia.

“Global smartphone shipments grew an impressive 78% annually to reach a record 77 million units in Q3 2010," says Tom Kang, director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple was the star performer during the quarter, as it captured a record 18% marketshare, overtook RIM and closed the gap on Nokia.”

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds: “Global smartphone shipments grew 78% from a year earlier, the industry’s fastest rate since the mid-2000s. However, the surging volumes are placing heavy demands on component suppliers and moderate shortages of select components are emerging ahead of the...

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Oct 21
Study: 4% of US households own tablet computers

The Nielsen Company (http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/connected-devices-does...) recently surveyed more than 5,000 consumers who already own a tablet computer, eReader, netbook, media/games player, or smartphone to get a better sense of who is using these devices and how they are using them. Among the insights:

° Four percent of U.S. households now own tablet computers.
° The iPad trumps the iPhone for “print” and video viewing.
° A majority of iPad owners have already downloaded and paid for content

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Oct 21
Apple issues Mac App Store Review Guidelines

Apple has issued an initial outline of what developers will need to do to get their apps listed in the upcoming Mac App Store, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

"The App Store has revolutionized the way mobile apps are developed and distributed," Apple writes in the Mac App Store Review Guidelines document. "With over 300,000 apps and 7 billion downloads, it has been a huge hit with developers and users around the world. Now we are thrilled to be opening our new Mac App Store to the hundreds of thousands of Mac developers and tens of millions of Mac users around the world."

The guidelines further note, "to ensure that apps are reliable, perform as advertised, and free of offensive material, we will review every app on the Mac App Store based on a set of Mac App Store Review Guidelines that we are ready to share with you. These guidelines are designed to help you create...

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Oct 21
Plantiffs amend iPad overheating lawsuit

Three iPad owners who sued Apple this summer because their tablets overheated have added Apple's TV and web commercials to their complaints, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9192219/Hot_iPad_lawsuit_turns_Ap...). Court documents show that Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning amended their original federal complaint to cite iPad ads as key in their decision to buy the Apple tablet.

"Apple released a commercial depicting use of the iPad in various places, including outdoor locations such as a sidewalk cafe, front steps of a building, and on a grassy lawn, among others," the new complaint stated. "Apple also posted a commercial on its website depicting the iPad being used in a variety of ways, including outdoors while affixed to...

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Oct 21
Apple adds 2.8GHz Core i7 option for MacBook Pros

Apple has added 2.8GHz, Intel Core i7 processor options for its 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros. Customers can now choose to upgrade their notebooks with 2.8GHz Core i7 CPUs, which are now available for both notebook sizes.

Upgrading the 17-inch MacBook Pro to the 2.8GHz adds US$400 to the basic price. It's a $200 upgrade for 15-inch MacBook Pro customers.

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Oct 21
AT&T activates 5.2 million iPhones in third quarter

AT&T has reported third-quarter results highlighted by growth in consolidated revenues, strong sales of integrated devices, gains in IP-based and strategic business services, and disciplined execution on cost initiatives. And it activated 5.2 million iPhones in the quarter.

For the quarter ending Sept. 30, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled US$31.6 billion, up $847 million, or 2.8%, versus the year-earlier quarter, marking the company's third consecutive quarter with a year-over-year revenue increase. Versus the second quarter of this year, consolidated revenues were up $773 million, or 2.5%.

Compared with results for the third quarter of 2009, operating expenses were $26.1 billion versus $25.4 billion; operating income was $5.5 billion, up from $5.4 billion; and AT&T's operating income margin was stable at 17.3%, compared to 17.5 percent.

iPhone activations, spurred by the iPhone 4's release, were up 62.5% from the previous quarter.

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Oct 21
Apple posts Java, ProKit updates

Apple has posted updates for Java for Mac OS X and ProKit. You can obtain the updates via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_22.

Java for Mac OS X 10..5 Update 8 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating J2SE 5.0 to 1.5.0_26, and updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_22 for 64-bit capable Intel-based Macs.  J2SE 1.4.2 is no longer being updated to fix bugs or security issues and remains disabled by default in this update.

ProKit 6.0 (Snow Leopard) fixes issues with user interface software that is shared by Apple's professional applications. This update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express, Soundtrack, Logic Studio, Logic Pro, MainStage, WaveBurner and Logic Express. 

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Oct 21
Aperture update adds iLife '11 support

Apple has released Aperture 3.1, which adds iLife '11 support. It also improves overall stability and performance and includes a number of specific bug fixes.

You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app. It's a 357.55MD download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.

Aperture is Apple's software for professional photographers. It costs US$199, though version 3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x.

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Oct 21
Apple releases MacBook Air software update 1.0

Apple has posted the MacBook Air (Late 2010) Software Update 1.0. It resolves an issue where a MacBook Air (Late 2010) computer -- unveiled on Thursday -- may become unresponsive while playing back movie trailers in iMovie.

The update also addresses an issue where the computer may become unresponsive after waking from sleep when an external display is connected and also contains general graphics performance updates. To download and install the MacBook Air (Late 2010) Software Update 1.0, open Software Update by choosing the Apple menu, then choose Software Update.

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Oct 21
AT&T introduces pay-as-you-go data packages for laptops

AT&T (http://www.att.com) has launched AT&T DataConnect Pass Global -- a lineup of international pay-as-you-go data packages now available on AT&T-certified laptops and netbooks. The announcement expands AT&T's portfolio of pay-as-you-go data services, providing domestic and now international data passes designed to meet individual needs and budgets without a long-term commitment.

Designed for international business travelers and vacationers alike, the passes provide data coverage in more than 100 countries, including Canada, Mexico, countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Available in 30-day session increments, packages can help travelers better manage their data usage abroad and at rates significantly lower than pay-per-use service. Data packages include:

° DataConnect Pass Global 20MB for US$24.99;
° DataConnect Pass Global 50MB for $59.99;
° DataConnect Pass Global 100MB...

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Oct 21
Tom Bihn introduces Cache Sleeve for 11-inch MacBook Air

Tom Bihn is now taking pre-orders for its Size Air11 Horizontal Cache sleeve (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0350), sized specifically for the new Apple 11-inch MacBook Air.

The Cache is designed to protect the laptop against scrapes and scratches from all sides. Its 1/4-inch (6mm) thick foam padding laminated with an exterior of four-ply Taslan and an interior of brushed tricot cradles the MacBook Air. With no Velcro or zipper, the Cache closes by tucking a generous flap into the top opening. The Cache protects your laptop with little bulk added and is ideal for those who don't want their laptop case to make their loads heavier or take up a lot of space.

The Cache sleeve can be used on its own or slipped inside of the Tom Bihn Co-Pilot travel bag, Large Cafe Bag, Imago messenger bag, or any other larger Tom Bihn messenger bags, briefcases...

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Oct 21
YML looks at Apple's big week

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at Apple's huge revenue and profit gains, new hardware, software and services.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Oct 20
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 20

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store.

Jasra has announced Josh & Emma Go to the Beach 1.0 for iPad users. This is an US$0.99 story for young children, ages two to four, about a brother and sister who explore the beach. Along the way there are opportunities for interaction that teaches little ones about counting, colors and object names. The app has a child narrator's voice.

Webrich Software has released My Data Usage Pro 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The $0.99 app enables you to count every last byte you download to prevent exceeding your monthly data limit. My Data Usage Pro has in-built algorithm to automatically detect how much data is used when on a cellular network like 3G, 4G, Edge, GSM, or any other cellular network as well as how much data is used on the Wi-Fi network.

Funny Farm Industries has introduced Pickin'...

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Oct 20
MacTech Conference offers first chance to discuss Mac OS X Lion

MacTech Conference will be the first public opportunity to discuss Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), how to take advantage of the new App Store for Mac, and the impacts of Lion's new features (including Mission Control, Full Screen, Launchpad, Auto save and Apps resume).

As the first major industry event after Apple's announcements, attendees can talk through their options with industry experts and peers, form strategies for adoption and support, and more.  The conference, for IT Pros and Mac developers, will be held Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles.

"The MacTech Conference attendee list already reads like a who's who of the community with attendees registered from a majority of states in the U.S., and countries ranging from Sweden to Egypt to Japan. What better place to think through and talk about your options for supporting and taking advantage of Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), the Mac App Store and more," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine." "This in addition to...

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Oct 20
Panda Security launches Panda Antivirus for Mac

Panda Security has launched Panda Antivirus for Mac. This new solution delivers protection against malware affecting Mac OS and Mac OS X; it also prevents Mac users from transmitting malware to other users of Windows and Linux operating systems.

Panda Antivirus for Mac scans files and email, detecting and eliminating or blocking many types of threats, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, keyloggers, adware, hacking tools, botnets, dialers, scareware and other threats that have traditionally targeted Windows users.  

"We are approaching a tipping point where it will soon be financially viable for cybercriminals to target their efforts at Mac users," says says Ivan Fermon, senior vice president of product management, Panda Security. "When Apple reaches 15% marketshare worldwide, which Panda expects will happen very soon, we predict that hackers will begin to aggressively target attacks against this platform. The rapid increase in use of Apple-powered devices -- iPhones...

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