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Nov 10
MacJury offers 'Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1'

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to come up with the "Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1."

The guide is designed to help you decide what to get your favorite Apple product fan ... or maybe even yourself. The panel picking hardware, software, services and even edibles includes John F. Braun, Pat Fauquet, Nancy Gravley, Joe Kissell, Omaha Sternberg and host Chuck Joiner.

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Nov 10
1Password for Mac OS X adds Chrome support

Agile Web Solutions has updated 1Password (http://1password.com), a password manager for Mac OS X, to version 3.5. The upgrade support for Google's Chrome web browser.

The 1Password extension for Chrome now features a revamped user interface and more fluid browser integration, as well as web login, credit card and identity form-filling features within Chrome. There are also other general fixes and improvements.

1Password 3.5 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. It's a free upgrade for users of version 3.x. For new users the cost is US$39.95 for a single-user license and $69.95 for a family license (five users).

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Nov 10
Dexture is interactive RapidWeaver theme with iPad, iPhone...

NimbleHost has announces Dexture 1.0 (http://rapidweaver.nimblehost.com), a new RapidWeaver theme that features the Visitor Interaction Panel.

The Dexture RapidWeaver theme enables web designers to create an interactive web site, allowing visitors to customize background colors, change the font size, and even adjust the site's width. Dexture offers flexible theme options with seven ExtraContent Areas. It's RWmultitool ready.

Dexture 1.0 for Mac OS X is currently available for US$24.97. It requires the RapidWeaver application for Mac OS X, available for $79.

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Nov 10
Digital Heaven releases DH_Counter 2.0, more free plug-ins

Digital Heaven (http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk) has announced DH_Counter 2.0, an upgrade to the on-screen counter plug-in for Final Cut. It offers a way to create an animated counting display over your footage.

The new version has been completely rewritten and adds new features including the ability to set a custom start or end time and multiple counting modes. The company has also added two more free plug-ins DH_Fade and DH_FieldTrans to its freeware range.

DH_Fade offers a way to create consistent fade in/outs on clips with different durations. DH_FieldTrans is designed for those needing to apply effects to pre-edited footage containing cuts on field 2.

The Digital Heaven products require Final Cut Express (version 2 and later) or Final Cut Pro (version 4 and later). DH_Counter 2.0 is available for immediate purchase from the Digital Heaven online store for US$29. A...

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Nov 10
Better Finder Rename gets performance, memory improvements

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.70, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The new release makes performance and memory management improvements.

A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Nov 10
Avenza announces 2011 MAPublisher training schedule

Avenza Systems (http://www.avenza.com) -- producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop -- has announced the 2011 schedule for its two-day MAPublisher training course.

The class offers in-depth MAPublisher training" that will enable MAPublisher users to maximize their use of MAPublisher and fully exploit its features and power." MAPublisher training is offered in hands-on computer labs at locations around North America. Training is also available onsite at customers’ locations and online in which case certain aspects of the course will be tailored especially for the specific organization and workflow.

Features of the 2011 round of MAPublisher classes include content on creating interactive data-rich Flash maps, geospatial PDF creation, new thematic mapping funtionality and MAPublisher LabelPro advanced text placement. The...

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Nov 10
App Tamer update for Mac OS X improves app monitoring

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.2 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power. The new version will intelligently monitor applications, making sure its AutoStop feature does not interrupt downloads in your web browser or stop iTunes while it's playing music.

The user interface is smarter, showing you more information and allowing you to turn off AutoStop for a certain amount of time. App Tamer 1.0.2 also addresses a number of issues reported by App Tamer users. These include fixes for errors in CPU usage readings when running under Mac OS 10.5, interactions with OS X's spindump utility, and better compatibility with Parallels Desktop and the Finder.

Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or...

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Nov 10
TrendNet releases small, wireless USB adapter

TrendNet (http://www.trendnet.com) has released what it says is the world's smallest wireless N USB adapter: the 150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter. It measures 0.59 x 0.74 x 0.28 inches and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$39.99.

When plugged into a USB port, the adapter extends a scant 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) from the edge of the computer, says Sonny Su, technology director for TrendNet.. The adapter is so small that users can stow a laptop with the adapter plugged in, without worrying about damaging the laptop or the adapter, he adds.

This adapter is also the only product in its class that features a convenient WPS button, according to Su. One-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup, or WPS technology, eliminates the hassle of entering complicated codes in order to connect to a wireless network, he adds. Simply press the WPS button on a compatible router (most TrendNet routers feature a WPS...

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Nov 10
USB Fever releases new iPhone 4 products

USB Fever has released five new products for the iPhone 4. The Back Cover Case for with 3D Graphics Football (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2082) is an US$12.99 case with a football theme.

The Back Cover Case with 3D Graphics Butterfly (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2078) is the case with a butterfly theme, the
Back Cover Case 3D Graphics Butterfly 2 (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2079) has another butterfly theme, while the
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Nov 10
New version of Objective-Basic released

A new version of Objective-Basic (http://www.objective-basic.com/) -- the BASIC programming language for Mac -- has been released. Objective-Basic is related to Visual Basic and Objective-C.

It's an object-oriented, compiled, modern programming language.Objective-Basic supports Interface Builder and uses the default Apple compiler to create native Mac applications.

You may also directly use Cocoa API [application programming interface] calls within your code. Objective-Basic is free for personal use; for commercial apps you can get an unlimited license for US$35.

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Nov 10
AirPrint for iOS being downgraded?

"Last minute stability and compatibility problems" with Apple's AirPrint for iOS devices may have forced the company to delay Mac and Windows support indefinitely, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Originally, Apple said that AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers were supposed to be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.

"AppleInsider" says release notes from the iOS 4.2 Golden Master, which was released on Nov. 1, state that "iOS 4.2 devices can print wirelessly only to printers that support AirPrint and are running the latest available firmware." Prior references to printing to Mac or Windows have been removed.

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Nov 10
Gartner: Apple now world's fourth largest phone maker

According to new info from the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com) Apple has overtaken Research in Motion to become the world's fourth largest manufacturer of smartphones and cell phones.

On the downside, Gartner says sales of Google Android devices by Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony and others were greater than that of the iPhone. During the third quarter, Apple had 16.7% of the worldwide smartphone market compared to 25.5% for Android devices, 36.6% for Symbia devices, 14.8% for RIM and 2.8% for Windows Mobile.

Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, a 35% increase from the third quarter of 2009, according to Gartner. Smartphone sales grew 96% from the third quarter last year, and smartphones accounted for 19.3% of overall mobile phone sales in the third quarter of 2010.

“This is the third consecutive double-digit increase in...

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Nov 10
'Consumer Reports' likes the new MacBook Airs

"Consumer Reports" likes Apple's revved MacBook Airs, praising them overall in its latest Computer Ratings (http://blogs.consumerreports.org/electronics/2010/11/consumer-reports-ra...).

"Consumer Reports" ranks both the 11-inch and 13-inch models as "Very Good" based on: performance ("while running productivity applications, multimedia applications, and 3D games"); ergonomics ("represents the quality of the keyboard and pointing device, and accessibility of features); and versatility ("includes hardware such as memory-card slots and AV connections, software such as security programs and productivity applications, and tech support and warranty provisions).

The 11-inch MacBook Air received a score of 67 out of 100, and the 13-incher...

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Nov 10
SugarSync ups its free, online storage plan to 5GB

SugarSync -- makers of the SugarSync file sync, online backup and file sharing service -- has more than doubled its free service offering, and unveiled a new, free 5 GB plan. The upgraded plan allows consumers to manage their data, anytime, anywhere, and now from any device.

Consumers can backup and access all of their most important files from any device they choose, regardless of their operating system or handset preference, says SugarSync CEO Laura Yecies. Prior to this 5GB plan being initiated, SugarSync offered a free 2GB account.

Over the next day, existing SugarSync users on the 2GB service will be upgraded to a 5 GB account (no action is required by users). Statistics show people’s storage needs double every two years so this larger plan is better suited for today’s mobile consumer, says Yecies.

Those interested in setting up their own Personal Cloud service can get started with a free account by visiting SugarSync.com/free. For persons with greater...

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Nov 10
ZTE Peel lets you use an iPod touch on Sprint's 3G network

Beginning on Nov. 14, Sprint customers can attach ZTE Peel to their iPod touch and connect to Sprint’s 3G network.

The ZTE Peel is a device that cradles the second- and third-generation iPod touch with a case-like form factor. With universal Wi-Fi compatibility and support for up to two Wi-Fi enabled devices, iPod touch users will have a virtually anywhere, anytime Internet connection that removes the reliance on a Wi-Fi hotspot for a data connection, says Fared Adib, vice president, Product Development. Customers simply slide their iPod touch (touch-screen face out) into ZTE Peel, press down on both sides until it clicks into place, and then press the power button located on the back of ZTE Peel to connect to Sprint’s 3G network.

The ZTE Peel will be available beginning Sunday, Nov. 14, through Sprint retail stores and direct ship sales channels, including web sales (http://www.sprint.com) and...

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Nov 10
Jabra unveils new Bluetooth headset

Jabra (http://www.jabra.com) has announced the US$129.99 Jabra Stone2, a new Bluetooth headset that "talks" to users thanks to its Voice System. It will go on sale Nov. 21.

With Voice Control, you can make calls using the sound of your voice (such as "Call Dad"), answer an incoming call by saying "Answer," and reject a call by saying "Ignore." The Jabra Stone2's Voice Guidance feature lets you hear the name of an incoming caller through the headset (for example, "Mom Cell" or "David's Work"), exactly how you have the caller programmed into your phone. If the caller's number isn't saved to your phone, the headset will read out the phone number.

A "Connected" audio alert means the Stone2 is paired with your mobile device. The headset signals a "Low Battery" audio alert when it needs to be charged.  Battery levels also appear on the iPhone. What's more, the Stone2 talks users through an easy set-up process...

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Nov 10
Apple, the Dentsu Group bring iAds to Japan

Apple and the Dentsu Group -- which offers national, multinational and global clients a range of advertising and marketing services -- has announced a partnership to expand Apple’s iAd mobile advertising network to Japan in early 2011. Dentsu will be responsible for the selling and creative execution of iAds in Japan, and Apple will host, target and deliver the iAds to its iPhone and iPod touch users.

“After an incredibly successful launch in the US where we’ve already doubled the number of brands on the network, we’re excited to bring iAd to Japan,” says Andy Miller, Apple’s vice president of iAd. “Dentsu is one of the world’s most prestigious advertising agencies, making them an ideal partner for iAds in Japan.”

“We’re thrilled to be joining with Apple to introduce such a powerful new ad platform in Japan,” adds Ryuichi Mori, senior executive vice president, Dentsu. “Mobile advertising is Japan’s fastest-growing platform and iAd’s rich media experience and engaged...

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Nov 10
LinkOptimizer for InDesign updated to version 4.4.9

Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.9, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance update that improves relinking and image conversion accuracy and is recommended to all LinkOptimizer users.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.9 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.4.9 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.

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Nov 10
LaCie announces Starck Mobile USB

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced the latest addition to its USB 3.0 portfolio, bringing the interface to the design of Philippe Starck with the LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0. Remember, however, that Apple doesn't support USB 3.0 yet, so such devices will run on Macs at USB 2.0 speeds.

The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 comes with LaCie Setup Assistant software to install your drive on Mac and PC. It also includes LaCie Backup Assistant for automatic backup a snap. In addition, you get 10GB of Wuala Online Storage included for one year to store, share and sync your data online.

The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 will be available in a 500GB capacity through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, LaCie Reseller+ and LaCie Storage Partner starting at the suggested retail price of US$109.99.

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Nov 10
Disc Cover gets 140 new temples, more, in version 3

BeLight Software has updated Disc Cover (http://www.belightsoft.com/products/disccover/overview.php) - its Mac OS X software for designing CD/DVD labels, covers, inserts, jewel cases and more -- to version 3.0. The upgrade features 140 new templates, 30 artistic collages, support for multi-page booklets, a completely redesigned Assistant, lyrics and video frames import, adds vertical text tool, and more.

For new users the cost is US$34.95 for a downloadable version and $39.99 (plus shipping and handling) for a boxed version. All previous Disc Cover customers receive a gift of over 15,000 high-quality clipart images upon upgrading to version 3. Those who purchased Disc Cover on or after Aug. 1, 2010 will be provided with a free Disc Cover 3 license code. All others can upgrade for $19.95.

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Nov 09
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 9

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 Washington Post" has announced its new iPad app that combines the publication's reporting and analysis with innovative social media and sharing capabilities and multimedia. Readers can enjoy complimentary full access until mid-February 2011. After this, print newspaper subscribers will pay US$0.99/month and non-subscribers will pay $3.99/month for full access to the app.  

Fishing Trip Organizer is a new, $4.99 fishing trip planner for iOS devices. IT was designed for fishing enthusiasts, of all ages and ability. From tournament fishing, to family trips and local outings, Fishing Trip Organizer enables you plan, track, and remember all of your fishing trips.

Twezr, which offers a way to stay in sync with close friends and co-workers...

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Nov 09
Apple tweaks iPod water damage policy

Apple has made changes to its internal screening process pertaining to iPod liquid damage, a source tells "The Boy Genius Report" (http://www.bgr.com/2010/11/09/apple-amends-internal-ipod-water-damage-po...).

"Apple builds a series of Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI) into its iPod line of devices. When these LCIs come in contact with moisture, they become activated. In the event of a warranty claim or other repair, the LCIs indicate to Apple that the device in question may have been affected by a liquid," says "BGR." "Employees of Apple Stores and AppleCare Repair Centers then have specific guidelines used in the event liquid damage is suspected. Previously, the presence of an activated LCI within the headphone jack was cause enough for employees to state that an iPod may have been damaged by water...

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Nov 09
Verizon airs iPad ad

Verizon has begun airing its first television commercial for the iPad since the carrier began offering the device paired with a MiFi mobile hotspot in its retail stores in October.

"The Next Web" (http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2010/11/09/video-verizons-brand-new-ipad-co...) notes that the ad "certainly does two things we haven’t really seen in an iPad commercial before: it shows it working with a mobile hotspot and emphasizes the ability to use it outside." The tagline of the ad is: "Introducing iPad on Verizon. All the magic of iPad. All the nationwide power and reliability of Verizon."

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Nov 09
Medical tech firm buys 4,500 iPads

Medical technology company Medtronic (http://www.medtronic.com) has bought 4,500 iPads for its employees. The purchase possibly makes the medical device company one of the “earliest and biggest corporate buyers” of the tablet computer, according to "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/352494/Meet_the_CIO_Who_Bought_4_...).

Medtronic, headquartered in Minneapolis, has six major businesses that focus their efforts around a condition or therapy type: Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, Spinal and Biologics, CardioVascular, Neuromodulation, Diabetes, and Surgical Technologies.

Medtronic bought the Apple tables to help employees better share information with customers, physicians and one another,...

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Nov 09
Enterprise Desktop Alliance conducts survey on Xserve demise

On Nov. 5, Apple announced that it was no longer going to ship the Xserve effective Jan. 31, 2011. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance -- an organization to help IT departments integrate Macs into the corporate environment -- has opened a new survey to see what you think about this move.

"If you have Xserves, we want to hear your opinion on this transition," says the EDA. " What will you do for those Xserve based services and applications, when will you do it, and what do you think it will cost? Please go to the Xserve transition survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V8P68F8?c=email) and let us know what this change means to you. We are also offering a $50 Amazon gift certificate to one of every 100 respondents. We will be publishing the results of the survey and hope to do so as soon as next week."

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