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Sep 09
'YML' looks at Ping, new Apple hardware

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at Ping and Apple's new hardware.

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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Sep 09
OCRKit for Mac OS X now lets you save HTML, RTF formats

OCRKit (http://ocrkit.com/), a text recognition app for Mac O X 10.4 or higher, has been updated to version 1.5. The new version allows you to save HTML and RTF formats and TXT UTF-8 encoded plain text. In addition it improves the recognition and stability of OCRKit plus the user-interface translations got updated.

OCRKit transforms images and PDF files into searchable PDFs. With built-in OCR it allows for editable PDF files via drag and drop. And you can find 'em with the Mac's built-in Spotlight desktop search.

OCRKKit comes with support for several OCR languages, including English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish, and even more user-interface translations: English, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified-Chinese and Traditional-Chinese. It's designed for Intel Macs only.

OCRKit costs approximately US$49, though version 1.5 is a free update...

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Sep 09
Study: demand for mobile applications will help consumers...

Consumer demand for mobile applications will wear down resistance to in-app mobile ads, propelling the North American market to $2 billion by the end of the year, according to a new report by Parks Associates (http://www.parkassociates.com). "Monetizing Downloadable Mobile Applications" shows North American in-app ad revenue will surpass US$860 million in 2014 and paid mobile app profits will exceed $4 billion.

"As appetites for mobile apps grow, consumers will become more accepting of in-app ads," says Heather Way, research analyst, Parks Associates. "Our latest report shows 46% of adults 18-34 are either indifferent to in-app ads or willing to endure ads in free mobile apps."

New digital technologies will give companies an edge with more creative and personalized advertisements. Parks Associates' analysts say Apple's iAd mobile advertising ad network is a good example of using novel...

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Sep 08
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 8

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/).

Urban Anomaly has announced Invoice Robot 1.0, an iPad and iPhone application for creating and transmitting stylish, professional invoices in PDF format. The US$1.99 app provides a calculation template that can also be used for proposals, quotations and receipts.

Viaden Mobile has released Sleep Tracker 1.0, a $0.99 app for iOS devices. It will record noise and light disturbances that happen at night. This makes it possible to play back the noises and flashes of light and overlay the recording with the graph of the user's sleep cycle. Having this information at hand, users are then able to make appropriate improvements to their sleeping environment.

Libero Spagnolini has introduced FaceMan 1.0, a $1.99 video effects app for iPhone and iPod...

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Sep 08
Macsimum Poll: do you plan to buy an Apple TV?

Apple announced several revamped products at a Sept. 1 special event, including a new Apple TV. In this week's poll, we're asking if you plan to buy "take three" of the Apple TV. The poll can be found at the right hand side of our home page, below the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked what was the most exciting Apple announcement last week. Fourty-four percent of you said the new Apple TV, 21% said the new iPod touch, 15% said the new iPod nano and 2% said the new iPod shuffle. And 19% said "none, I wanted a new Mac announcement."

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Sep 08
MakeMusic updates Finale PrintMusic

MakeMusic (http://www.makemusic.com) has released Finale PrintMusic 2011 for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. This updated version of the music notation software includes new features and provides compatibility with current operating systems and files created with Finale 2011, MakeMusic’s flagship software package.

With a list price of US$119.95, PrintMusic is targeted to songwriters, teachers, band and choir directors, church musicians, students and other musicians. With it you can arrange pieces of up to 24 staves and extract individual parts from the score. Notes can be entered with a computer keyboard, a MIDI keyboard, with the exclusive MicNotator or by scanning existing music.

PrintMusic tools include Drum Groove and Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizing. Music plays back using hundreds of built-in sounds or additional external sound libraries (sold separately), and can be shared with others using the...

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Sep 08
XtremeMac offers new iPod, iPhone audio docks

XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has announced two new audio products for iPod and iPhone. The Luna SST and The 3 in 1 Microdock work with the company's XtremeMac’s new alarm clock app.

The US$129.99 Luna SST (pictured below) alarm clock features dual independent alarms with a detachable speaker. The design allows for placement on an opposite nightstand tables and enables full stereo sound. The dual independent alarm settings and controls allows two users to wake to iPod/iPhone, FM radio or chime as well as snooze and activate/deactivate alarms from both locations.  The Luna SST also features a dimmable display.

The 3 in 1 Microdock ($59.99) -- shown at the top -- gives users the ability to play, charge and wake to iPod or iPhone at home or on the go. It comes with a travel pouch, Microdock’s compact design takes up little space and packs into any suitcase or backpack.

XtremeMac is...

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Sep 08
Gumdrop Cases releases new shells for the iPod touch 4

Gumdrop Cases has announced new shells to fit the fourth generation iPod touch. Gumdrop’s newest line of cases is shipping now, prior to the release of the new music gadget.
 
The newest line of Gumdrop Cases designed for the iPod touch are styled for an active youth consumer, according to David Adam, vice president of products for Gumdrop. Priced from US$24.95 to $29.95, the Moto Skin is first to ship, while the Skater Nation cases will begin shipping on Sept. 30.

With special attention to the iPod Touch 4’s new features, including cutouts for the camera, the Gumdrop cases will fit the new music device perfectly for maximum protection, style and functionality, says Adam. Pre-orders for the iPod Touch 4 cases are available now at http://www.GumdropCases.com or at ...

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Sep 08
iMainGo 2 is portable case/speaker combo

Portable Sound Laboratories has released the iMainGo 2 (http://www.imaingo.com), an US$39.95 protective case, that turns your iPhone, iPod touch or MP3 device into a portable speaker.

It custom fits and protects all iPods, iPod nanos, iPhones, iPod touch®es and most MP3 devices. The iMainGo 2 doubles as an external stereo speaker system for any device with a 3.5 mm connection. You can control and view your device without opening the case.

With the iMain Go 2, you can wake up to music with built-in alarm feature (on alarm-equipped iPods only). It comes with four AAA Energizer batteries and a removable carry strap and measures 5.7 x 3.8 x 2.4 inches.

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Sep 08
HP introduces Officejet printers with web connectivity

HP’s Imaging and Printing Group (http://www.hp.com/officejetpro) has unveiled two new Mac-compatible web-connected printers designed to help small and medium sized businesses save money while maximizing productivity.

The HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One series and HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-All-in-One are designed for businesses looking for a wired or wireless all-in-one that offers impressive results and efficiency savings, according to Hatem Mostafa, vice president, Inkjet Business Solutions, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. For example, the HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One series provides 50% lower cost per page compared with laser printers, he says.

HP ePrint technology, incorporated into the new printers, provides customers with theability to to print from any mobile device. Also, for the first time, HP business customers can print web content such as templates and...

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Sep 08
CounterPath Corp. releases X-Lite 4.0

CounterPath Corp. (http://www.counterpath.com) has announced the worldwide availability of X-Lite 4.0, an entry-level voice and video softphone for Mac and Windows PCs.

Available as a free download, X-Lite 4.0 is based on a year’s worth of beta user feedback. It takes many of the features from X-Lite 3.0 and adds a completely new user interface that provides the choice of a contact-centric experience, a dialpad-centric experience or a combination of the two. X-Lite 4.0’s other major features include:

° Call history, call display and message waiting indicator;

° Call-management tools such as redial, hold, mute and speakerphone;

° Managed contacts lists;

° IM and presence using the SIMPLE protocol;

° Automatic detection and configuration of audio devices;

° Acoustic echo cancellation, automatic gain control and voice-activity detection;

° A...

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Sep 08
Amnesia: The Dark Descent released

Frictional Games, the makers of the Penumbra series, has announced that Amnesia: The Dark Descent game (http://www.amnesiagame.com) for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux is now available for instant download. It costs US$20..

Frictional Games says one of our goals with the game has been "availability," meaning that the game should be as available as possible for those that are interested in playing it. Because of this, the game is having a simultaneous launch on Mac, Windows and Linux. It also comes with four translations in addition to the original English version, is DRM free and available from most major online retailers in addition to our own online store.

Here's how the game is described: "Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person horror game with a focus on immersion. It is a game where atmosphere and story comes first. We hope that the game will be a breeze of fresh air, in a genre...

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Sep 08
Analyst weighs in on 'Antennagate,' lack of a Verizon...

According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, "Antennagate" -- the problems, or perceived problems, with the antenna on the iPhone 4 -- cost Apple 20% of sales -- but the lack of a Verizon iPhone is a bigger problem.

"Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/09/08/antennagate-cost-apple-20-of-sales/) says those are some of the findings a survey released Wednesday by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster. His team interviewed 258 cell phone users in downtown Minneapolis. Munster says:

° 177 respondents, or 69%, indicated that they were aware of iPhone 4 quality issues. Of those who are aware of the antenna issues, 20% indicated that they impacted their purchase decision.

° For every one respondent that acknowledged the antenna issue about three complained about the iPhone not being on Verizon....

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Sep 08
iPad putting the smackdown on the entire PC industry

The iPad may not be cannibalizing Mac sales, but it’s putting the smackdown on the entire PC market -- and not just networks, UBS analyst Maynard Um told clients in a note today -- as reported by "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20100908/forget-netbooks-ipad-canniba...).

“Sales of traditional notebooks appear to be feeling pressure from the iPad, causing a scramble by vendors to launch iPad-like tablets,” Um says. “We believe that a majority of this impact is occurring on the lower end of PC sales as the iPad is priced close enough to this range that it becomes attractive to consumers looking to make purchases within this segment. We are not sold that the iPad is purely cannibalizing PC sales, as the functionality of...

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Sep 08
Apple posts Safari 5.0.2

Apple has released Safari 5.0.2 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1070). The 37.56MB download requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or Windows XP/Vista/7.

According to Apple, the update contains improvements to compatibility and security. You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Sep 08
Apple releases MobileMe iDisk 1.2.1

Apple has released MobileMe iDisk 1.2.1 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's available at the Apple App Store.

According to Apple, MobileMe iDisk 1.2.1 fixes an issue that prevented some Keynote files and other package files from opening properly on the iPad. It also corrects a problem where rotated images wouldn’t display properly, and improves overall performance and stability.

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Sep 08
Nikon releases two new CoolPix cameras

Nikon (http:///www.nikonusa.com) has released two new CoolPix cameras: the S8100 and P7000. Both will be available later this month. The S8100 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299.95; the P7000 is $499.95.

The S8100 offers a 12.1-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor and a 10X zoom that will capture fast-moving subjects in still images and HD (1080p) movies. It not only features high-speed shooting at five full resolution frames at up to 10 frames-per-second (fps), but a pre-shooting cache that records up to two shots before the shutter-release is fully pressed.

For fast action shots, the S8100's Sports Continuous mode records up to approximately 120 fps.  With Subject Tracking, the S8100 automatically tracks a designated subject by activating autofocus (AF). The S8100 also adopts Nikon's exclusive Expeed C2 image processing engine, which is customized to each CoolPix model...

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Sep 08
iPhone battery case by SaFPWR shipping

SaFPWR (http://www.safpwr.com) has announced the immediate availability and shipping of their new line of iPhone 4 battery cases: their “Milano” line, to customers and distribution channels.

The case uses a rechargeable 2200mAh smart battery integrated into the case. The Milano is now available for US$99.95.

What makes it unique from shell case only designs is that the SaFPWR iPhone 4 Battery Case has a second battery integrated into the case itself, says SaFPWR CEO Brett Nelson. He adds that what makes it unique from other battery cases is when the iPhone is inserted into the Milano protective case. It not only automatically connects with this second battery, but with the SaFPWR Advanced Energy Management Technology system.

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Sep 08
Apple Peel turns the iPod touch into a smartphone

GoSolarUSA (http://www.GoSolarUSA.com) has announced a deal today with Chinese developer Yosion to bring that company’s Apple Peel 520 product to the U.S. The device purportedly lets the iPod touch operate as a smartphone.

Both companies signed a funding option agreement last week. Under the agreement, GoSolarUSA will work with Yosion to develop the Apple Peel 520, file for a U.S. patent and distribute it in the U.S.

When used with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPod Touch, the Apple Peel 520 functions as a protective skin that adds mobile voice and text messaging capabilities to the touch-screen media player. Yosion announced last week that September’s initial manufacturing run is already sold out.

The Apple Peel 520 is the creation of 22-year-old Chinese programmer Pan Yong. The gadget slips over the iPod touch’s case and includes a battery, dock connector and SIM card. Once the proper software...

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Sep 08
'MacNotables' looks at the evolution of the iPod

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.

Like many tech analysts, Ted Landau has spent considerable time pondering the evolution of the iPod, especially in light of Apple's newly revamped lineup for the portable music player. Note the word "music" because video, both taking and watching, is now a think of the past on all but the iPod touch.

Landau discusses the return of buttons to the iPod shuffle, and the loss of them on the iPod nano, whether a touch screen really makes sense at that size, and how Apple is posturing these devices for the future. He and host Chuck Joiner also delve into the new Apple TV, the market for online video, frustration with the cost of cable, and what Hollywood and the cable...

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Sep 08
Delegate 1.1 released for the Mac, iPhone, iPad

App4mac has introduced Delegate 1.1 (http://www.app4mac.com/delegate.html), an update of the to-do lists manager designed for the Mac, iPhone and iPad. It allows users to share a to-do list on the internet for remote access from any location.

Version 1.1 has new options to authorize the editing of a to-do list from a remote access and in the preferences to disable confirmation messages. It also: improves support of foreign languages; support of the iPhone/iPad version; user feedback; and the user interface.

Delegate has a built in tagging feature, which allows you to tag additional information to your tasks. This information can be anything you find necessary or helpful, such as due dates, priority levels, and contexts. It's compliant to GTD method Getting Things Done.

The Mac version allows users to share a to-do list on the Internet with a free online service...

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Sep 08
Sketch is new vector drawing app for Mac OS X

Bohemian Coding has introduced Sketch 1.0 (http://www.bohemiancoding.com/sketch), a vector drawing application for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls.

Tools and modifiers are accessed as needed from drop-down graphical menus, and help/control dialogues open and close automatically. Sketch offers vector drawing and text tools and can be used in conjunction with the company's bit-mapped graphics editor, DrawIt for Mac OS X, as well as the portable SketchPad app for iPad.

In addition to a wide of object creation tools, Sketch features a host of object modification tools. These include: precise Boolean operations, join & split, decorate, transform, scissors, rotate, smart rotate, stroke width, patch, blob, eraser, distort, and mirror...

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Sep 08
QNAP refreshes Business Series Turbo NAS line-up

QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has announced the fall 2010 refresh of its Business Series Turbo NAS servers for SMB and corporate users.

New are the 2-drive TS-259 Pro+, the 4-drive TS-459 Pro+, the 5-drive TS-559 Pro+, and the 6-drive TS-659 Pro+ with up to 12TB of online storage (using 2TB hard drives). The new Business Series Turbo NAS Pro+ models incorporate new dual-core Intel Atom processor D525 with 1.8GHz clock speed and 1GB RAM, which can achieve up to 116MB/second transfer rates (FTP/Samba reads).

Turbo NAS Pro+ series comes with the new version 3.3 of the QNAP NAS management software embedded as firmware. Contact QNAP for pricing options.

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Sep 08
Raidon releases HyBrid RunneR iH2420

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com) has launched its first generation of HyBrid RunneR, iR2420 internal storage devices. It utilizes the speed performance of SSD and large capacity of HDD. It's based on RAID technology.

According to the folks at Raidon, the HyBrid RunnR provides optimum data access rate, while obtaining cost-effective capacity of HDD for instant backup or backup scheduling to secure the valuable data from the possibilities of SSD failures. What's rmore, the remaining capacity other than the reserved SSD backup sectors from HDD will also be partitioned into an individual volume to provide an additional storage space.
 
SSD can be individually taken out as a portable storage on field, and upon return insert the original SSD back into the iH2420, which will automatically backup the existing data from SSD to HDD. If in the event that SSD is damaged, you can replace it with a new SSD and...

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Sep 08
Stellar launches Stellar Drive ToolBox for Mac

Stellar Information Systems Limited has released Stellar Drive ToolBox (http://www.drivetoolbox.com/), an utility to optimize the performance of your Mac's hard drive. It's an "all in one," pre-crash hardware maintenance utility that optimizes, protects, manages, repairs, and sanitizes your Mac hard drive volumes.
 
The Software is a combination of 13 hard drive maintenance and management tools. The modules include Surface Scan, Drive Initialization, Benchmark, Drive Performance, Volume Repair, Crap Remover, Drive Stats, Free Space Optimizer, Manage Volume, Stellar Shield Raw Data Editor, Wipe and Drive Clone
 
Stellar Drive ToolBox is available in both the CD and Download versions for single home user, Administrators, and Technicians. The single home user edition is available for US$99.

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