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Aug 17
Witch for Mac OS X conjures up version 3.5.3

Many Tricks has released version 3.5.3 of Witch (http://manytricks.com/witch), its window switching utility for Mac OS X (10.5 and later). It now properly displays keys set in the Additional Actions section of the Triggers tab.

Witch 3.5.3 is a free update for all Witch 3 users. Witch 3 is US$19 for new users and $8 for users of Witch 2.x.

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Aug 17
Leech, a Mac download manager, beefed up to version 2.0.5

Many Tricks (http://manytricks.com) has updated Leech -- a Mac OS X download manager that lets users queue, pause and resume downloads, download from password-protected servers and store their passwords in their system-wide, secure keychain -- to version 2.0.5. Completed downloads now display a timestamp noting the time the download completed.

To use you open Leech, drag your URLs and start downloading. You can: limit the number of concurrent downloads; mark URLs for download without actually starting the download ; and shut down your Mac when all downloads are done. Leech supports drag and drop and the Mac OS X Keychain.

It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Leech requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and costs US$15.

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Aug 17
Pear Note update for Mac OS X improves web sharing layout

Useful Fruit Software has released Pear Note 2.0.1 (http://www.usefulfruit.com/pearnote/), an update of the note-taking utility for Mac OS X. The new version offers an improved web sharing layout for long recordings

With Pear Note, there's no need to manually organize notes to find them, according to the folks at Useful Fruit. Users simply bring up search and start typing, and the note they're looking for will pop right up. There's also no need to manually sort notes into folders or categories. Pear Note finds notes transparently so they don't have to go looking.

Pear Notes requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. You'll also need a microphone (if recording audio) and an iSight (if recording video).

Pear Note costs US$39.99; version 2.0.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0. A fully...

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Aug 16
Company acknowledges paying brokerage commission regarding Apple...

The parent of Kaedar Electronics Co., one of the six companies named in an indictment of an Apple employee as having paid kickbacks to land Apple orders, acknowledged Monday that Kaedar did pay brokerage commission to an intermediate trading company for its business with Apple between 2005 and 2008, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macosg.me/2/pu). However, it said it is not sure if the arrested Apple employee is behind the intermediate trading company.

Apple manager Paul Devine pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he took at least US$1 million in kickbacks from Asian suppliers. A global-supply manager, he was accused of money laundering and wire fraud in a 23-count indictment unsealed Aug. 13 in federal court in San Jose, California.

Charles Lin, spokesman for Pegatron Corp., which acquired Kaedar Electronics in late 2008, declined to disclose to the "WSJ" the amount of money Kaedar had...

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Aug 16
Apple manager pleads innocent to taking kickbacks

Apple manager Paul Devine pleaded not guilty today to charges that he took at least US$1 million in kickbacks from Asian suppliers, reports "Bloomberg BusinessWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/pt).

Devine, a global-supply manager, was accused of money laundering and wire fraud in a 23-count indictment unsealed Aug. 13 in federal court in San Jose, California. Michelle Kane, a federal prosecutor, objected to releasing Devine on bail, saying there is a risk he will try to flee, notes "Bloomberg."

There are no bond conditions that can assure his appearance for trial, Kane told U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd, who set a bail hearing for Aug. 18. Kane and Devine’s lawyer, Raphael M. Goldman, declined to comment after court on Monday.

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Aug 16
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 16

>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/).

Adduce Studios has announced Evolution Defense 1.0 for iPhone. Using the power of genetics, a free app that brings new possibilities to the Tower Defense genre with DNA-based opponents giving more than 16 million enemies to combat and a multi-player mode that lets you engineer and unleash new viruses on your opponent, it brings almost unlimited possibilities to the game.

David Palmerio has released E-Guitar HD 1.0, a US$1.99 guitar learning tool for the iPad. Designed specifically for the larger tablet screen, it features 16 original lessons of increasing difficulty, divided in two sections of eight lessons each.

Humble Gaming has rolled out Live Notes Lite 1.0, a a free Productivity app for the iPad. Designed for business...

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Aug 16
iPad number one on teacher's top five 'back-to-school...

The iPad is number one on American teachers' list of "top five back-to-school tech tools," per a survey by tech blog, "ReadWriteWeb" (http://macosg.me/2/ps).

The blog asked educators what is the one new tech tool they are most looking forward to taking into the classroom with them this fall. It could be hardware or software, a new tool, or just one that's new to their class.

"The iPad and Twitter tied for the number of votes in our back-to-school survey," says "ReadWriteWeb." "But if you combine those teachers who listed the iPad with those who voted for tablets, along with the shout-out for the 15 netbook mini-lab, then the educators who responded are most excited about bringing mobile hardware in the classroom. Many teachers noted this will be their first experience with 1-to-1 technologies."

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Aug 16
'Pure play' iPhone/iPad investments up 220%

According to CB Insights, investment in pure play iPhone and iPad startups has grown over 220% over the last year as compared to the previous year, reports "ReadWriteStart" (http://macosg.me/2/pr).

"Pure play" companies are those whose sole focus is building apps for iPhone and iPad. Between 2008 and 2009, there were 11 investment rounds over 10 companies, with almost US$38 million raised.

This year, over the same time period, there were 17 investment rounds distributed over 16 companies for a total investment of $120.6 million. The average deal was $7.5 million, up from an average of $3.4 million in the previous year.

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Aug 16
Adobe, Typekit collaborate on web fonts

Adobe and Typekit are collaborating to offer Adobe Web Fonts (http://www.adobe.com/type), which are engineered to work on multiple screens and can be deployed on any website.  

Avoiding the need to convert type to bitmapped image formats, Adobe Web Fonts are delivered straight to browsers via Typekit’s global network. As aweb font service, Typekit not only provides access to a carefully chosen set of over 120 fonts (16 families) from the Adobe Type Library, but also drives more fonts to more web sites than any other company on the web, says co-founder and president, Bryan Mason.

Using the @font-face rule in CSS, developers can now choose from a broad array of fonts, reference them directly in HTML, and know that the text can be accessed by search engines, he adds. Designers can make changes to fonts directly through the Typekit online service, without having to change code.

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Aug 16
Native Instruments announces Traktor Kontrol S4

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has announced Traktor Kontrol S4, an integrated DJ system with performance capabilities and tactile control. It combines a special version of the Traktor Pro software with a hardware controller.

The controller combines a four-channel mixer section with ergonomically laid-out control elements and an integrated audio interface. All relevant functions -- including looping, cueing, effects control and track browsing -- are immediately accessible on the portable hardware, while multi-color backlighting, LED status displays and comprehensive level metering allow DJs to focus on their performance.

The included Traktor Pro S4 software offers the full feature set of Traktor Pro. Two Sample Decks can add up to eight simultaneous one-shot samples or beat-synced loops to the mix. The Loop Recorder also allows DJs to capture and overdub...

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Aug 16
Law firm claims false iPad advertising continues

Apple's advertising of its iPad tablet "as an outside computing device" is "unlawful," according to Scott Cole & Associates, APC, law firm. The firm has already filed a lawsuit against Apple in San Francisco on July 23.

The suit alleges that Apple engaged in a marketing campaign that promised functionality of the iPad outdoors and/or in warm conditions indoors, yet the computer routinely shuts down quickly in such situations.

“Apple claims the iPad can be used in the sun, in your car, and in warm climates up to 95 degrees,” says Scott Cole, the principal attorney for the plaintiffs. But he claims that “numerous reports, going back months now, explain that the device shuts down in temperatures as low as the mid-70s."

Since launching the iPad in April, Apple has advertised the product as suitable for warm environment use, including as an outdoor e-reader, an over-the-stove cooking aid and a vehicle interactive mapping tool. These are usages that are "...

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Aug 16
Adobe kicks off 2010 Layer Tennis Design Tournament

Adobe says the 2010 Layer Tennis design tournament will kick off this Friday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. (Eastern).

Hosted by Coudal Partners and presented by Adobe Creative Suite 5, Layer Tennis is a series of live online digital contests where creative professionals send files back and forth in real time, building upon each others’ designs while a guest commentator provides play-by-play updates. This season, the live matches can be viewed at http://www.layertennis.com and will run every Friday through Dec. 10.

Each match consists of 10 volleys, each lasting 15 minutes. Spectators can watch and post commentary, and are encouraged to vote for a winner after each match on the Layer Tennis web site. Every volley can be bookmarked and live updates for all matches will be available as RSS and Twitter feeds. Spectators can also become a fan of Layer Tennis on Facebook. After each week’s Layer Tennis match...

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Aug 16
iPad putting the hurt on Asustek netbooks

Asustek Computer saw sales of its netbooks in the second quarter fall short of expectations mainly due to competition from the iPad, , according to "DigiTimes" (http://macosg.me/2/po).

The company has downward adjusted its target shipments for the third quarter to 1.4 million units, company president and CEO Jerry Shen said at an investors conference on Aug. 13. Asustek will continue to offer Eee PCs and enter the tablet PC segment with its Eee Note and Eee Pad series, he added.

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Aug 16
Intel to acquire Texas Instruments' cable modem unit

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has signed an agreement to acquire Texas Instruments’ cable modem product line. The agreement is subject to regulatory review and customary closing conditions.

It is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010. All employees of Texas Instruments’ cable modem team received offers to join Intel at sites in their home countries, primarily Israel, and will become part of Intel’s Digital Home Group. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The purchase enhances Intel’s focus on the cable industry and related consumer electronics (CE) market segments, where the company’s expertise in building advanced system-on-chip (SoC) products, based on Intel Atom processors, will be applied, says Bob Ferreira, general manager, Cable Segment, Intel’s Digital Home Group.

Intel plans to combine Texas Instruments’ best-of-breed Puma product lines with the Data Over Cable...

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Aug 16
Analyst predicts Apple-branded HDTVs within 2-4 years

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told investors in a note that Apple plans to launch a connected, full-fledged HDTV in the next 2-4 years, something he has said before.

As reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), Munster agrees with recent rumors that the existing Apple TV set top box will be renamed the iTV, but feels this will only be a "stepping stone" to the eventual flat panel living room TV. The analyst thinks Apple's upcoming data center in North Carolina will be part of this process by serving as a hub for a cloud-based iTunes service that would allow users to stream their catalog of movies and TV shows.

Munster believes the upcoming Apple TV update will add an app store, allowing users to download applications to run on the device as you can now do for the iPhone, iPod touch adn iPad. He also sees the product having a lower price and less internal storage, as...

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Aug 16
Fourth Apple retail store in Sydney to open Aug. 19

Apple is set to open its fourth direct retail store in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 19 at 5 pm. The shop will be in the Castle Towers Shopping Centre, Castle Hill.

The Apple Store will be the company's 302nd retail store. Apple plans to open another 186 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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Aug 16
South Korean pre-orders for the iPhone 4 to start this week

Apple's South Korean distributor will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4 this week before its official launch next month, reports "AFP" (http://macosg.me/2/pj).

KT Corp. says its stores and online shops would be available to receive orders for the popular smartphone from Wednesday. Apple has sold more than 850,000 iPhones in South Korea since the smartphone hit the local market nine months ago.

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Aug 16
iAds off to a bumpy start?

Apple is facing some early challenges in its iAd mobile advertising foray, with some ad campaigns experiencing delays as agencies attempt to learn the new system amid Apple's tight control over the creative process, ad executives have told the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macosg.me/2/pg).

Since launching its iAd mobile advertising service on July 1, Apple has been slow to roll it out, the article adds. Of the 17 launch partners Apple named for iAds, only Unilever PLC and Nissan Co. had iAd campaigns for much of July. Of the remaining 17, Citigroup Inc., Walt Disney Co. and J.C. Penney have since launched iAd campaigns and other companies are planning iAd efforts.
The "Journal" says that part of the reason some marketers are experiencing delays in getting their iAds to market is that Apple has kept tight control on the creative aspects of ad-making, something advertisers aren't used to, according to...

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Aug 16
Apple hires near field communication expert

for mobile commerce, reports "Near Field Communications" (http://macosg.me/2/pe). Benjamin Vigier has been working on NFC technology since 2004 and has been responsible for NFC activities at both French mobile network operator Bouygues Telecom and flash memory manufacturer Sandisk, the article adds.

Most recently Vigier was product manager for mobile wallet, payment and NFC at US mobile payments specialist mFoundry. There he conceived and managed both the PayPal Mobile service and Starbucks' barcode-based mobile payments service and was also responsible for the development of mobile wallet applications for two top US mobile network operators and an NFC wallet application for a top three US bank, says "Near Field Communications."

Near Field Communication, or NFC, is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology which enables the exchange of data between devices over about four-inch...

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Aug 16
Best Buy to launch location-based retail experiment in 257 U.S....

Best Buy (http://www.bby.com) plans to bring a location-based retail experiment, using the “shopkick” mobile application rewards system, to 257 U.S. stores by Oct. 1. The retail chain will examine the ways in-store shoppers value and redeem offers and rewards through their smart phones.

Under the current plans, the “shopkick” system will be functional by Aug. 17 in 187 Best Buy stores in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, New York City, Chicago markets, with an additional 70 stores in Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Miami markets launched by Oct. 1.

“We think consumers have more opportunities than ever to bridge their digital and physical shopping experiences, particularly through smart phones and mobile technology,” says Matthew Smith, vice president, marketing services, Best Buy. “We intend to explore ways we can use the power of location-based technology to personalize a Best Buy shopping...

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Aug 16
Alauras releases CRM+ 7.0 with iPad compatibility

Media software publisher, Alauras Software (http://www.alaurassoftware.com) has released version 7.0 of its Yellow Page CRM+, extending SFA functionality and providing online compatibility with the iPad.

CRM+ Version 7.0 is the latest update to the Alauras' suite of media software products and extends the range of functionality and compatible devices. The new version offers enhanced eContract automation, new Customer Service functionality, increased reporting and now accommodates use of Apple's new tablet. These new features are designed to help Yellow Page publishers create new operating efficiencies and assist in establishing a fully paperless environment.

The iPad module enables the use of Apple's inexpensive and successful touch screen device to complete presentations, monitor customer service requests and execute contracts. Use of video presentations for clients is more easily...

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Aug 16
Keyboard Maestro update improves the look of disabled actions,...

Stairways Software (http://www.stairways.com) has released Keyboard Maestro 4.3.2, the new version of its productivity enhancer for Mac OS X. The update improves the look of disabled actions, adds a short delay before saving to coalesce saving and improves performance, especially when typing.

It removes the trailing line feed from Execute AppleScript when inserting text, removes the sorting characters "xx" from KeyCue's display, adds a configurable command for osascript (specifically to allow executing osascript and, hence, AppleScript plug-ins as 32-bit), fixes a crash in Execute Workflow/Execute AppleScript when the file has disappeared and ensures changes to the file/text popup menu in the Execute Script editor sets the modified flag.

Using Keyboard Maestro's macros you can: control applications, windows, or menus; insert text; open documents, applications or URLs; execute scripts; control the...

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Aug 16
Adobe fixes glitch in Photoshop Express for the iPad

Adobe received reports that some users were having difficulty launching the new, free Photoshop Express application on an iPad (in landscape orientation) with certain productivity and printing applications installed.  

While investigating the reports, Adobe provided a work-around for users, recommending they launch the application in a portrait orientation on the iPad. Adobe submitted a fix to Apple; it's now approved and available in the Apple App Store.

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Aug 16
'MUG Event Calendar': two anniversary celebrations...

A MacNotable, an Apple Store Rep and two anniversary celebrations highlight this week’s this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

"Macworld" Senior Editor Christopher Breen (a "MacNotablle") will be the guest of honor at MacNexus in California. Just down the road, Derek Vanderby of the Apple Store will demo the iPad at the North Coast Mac Users Group.
MacGroup-Detroit will celebrate their 24th anniversary this week. However, the North Coast Mac User Group (Ohio) has them beat by a year, with a 25th anniversary picnic.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. 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 hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest...

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Aug 16
MacFamilyTree grows to version 6.0.2

Synium Software has released version 6.0.2 of MacFamilyTree (http://www.synium.de/products/macfamilytree/index.html). The new version supports Apple Aperture and improves the iPhone import sheet.

MacFamilyTree 6.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. For new users the cost is US$49. Upgrades from previous versions prior to 6.x are $25. Version 6.0.2 is a free download for registered users of version 6.x. A demo is available for download. MobileFamilyTree, the companion app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available in the App Store for $4.99.

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