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Jan 25
'MacVoices' looks at SG Project 2

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), the Road to Macworld continues as Ty Jacobs of Fourth Frame Technologies, the makers of SG Project 2 (which brings project management to the iPad) explains the compromises and benefits of this particular type of software on a mobile device.

He also looks at some of the choices made in this generation, and gives a peak at upcoming pro version of the product. Jacobs also talks about his decision to exhibit SG Project 2 at Macworld, and what his goals are for the show.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco from Jan. 26-29 at the Moscone Convention Center.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the...

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Jan 24
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Jan. 24

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Onyx Apps has announced ClockMaster 1.0 for iOS devices. It's an US$4.99 app designed specifically for the measurement and regulation of mechanical pendulum clocks. ClockMaster uses a microphone to capture the audible ticks of the clock's escapement and pendulum, and then determines the beats per minute and the rate of error in seconds per day fast or slow. The app is appropriate for clock owners who want to make simple adjustments, as well as professional horologists who require a precision test instrument.

Razoric has introduced Boom Boat 1.0 for iOS gadgets. It's a $0.99 action game featuring physics-based puzzles that test the player's mind and reflexes. Assuming the role of Boom Boat, players will find themselves in the midst of the worst oil crisis...

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Jan 24
Analyst offers $550 price target on Apple stock

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/mYO9R) -- Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White reiterated a "buy" rating on Apple shares and an US$550 price target.

He notes that Apple’s shares, backing out $64 in cash per share, trade at just 11 times his pro-forma EPS [earnings per share] number for calendar 2011 of $25.58 this year, and just 10 times his 2012 estimate of $27.75. White says Apple may increase prof-forma earnings 37% this calendar year, but the S&P 500, which is projected to increase EPS only 11%, trades higher, at 14 times.

What's more, the analyst thinks estimates are “conservative” given continued strength in Apple's product line. He estimates cash will increase from $60 billion, roughly, at present, to $74 billion at the end of the September fiscal year, and $126 billion by September of 2013.

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Jan 24
Analyst: iPhone just getting started in the enterprise

Chris Whitmore, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, told clients in a note -- as reported by "ZDNet" (http://macte.ch/G1LjQ) -- that the iPhone 4 just seems to be getting started in the enterprise.

"We have been testing iPhone 4 and 3GS hardware running a Good Technologies application for the past 2-3 months to trial enterprise email on iPhone for DB," he writes. "Our experience has been overwhelmingly positive. Email is served using Microsoft exchange through a Good Technologies interface which looks and feels like accessing a Gmail account on the iPhone. We found enterprise email on iPhone was a fantastic experience as it was easier/faster to access data (touch UI) than on the Blackberry. It was also great to only have to carry one device for personal and corporate email access. There were two drawbacks to the enterprise App on iPhone using Good: 1) ‘pull email’ was limiting as it doesn’t fetch emails in the...

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Jan 24
iPhone sales top two million in South Korea

The number of iPhone users has surpassed two million in South Korea in a little more than one year of its local debut, its distributor said Sunday -- as reported by "Trading Markets" (http://macte.ch/UGKE7).

Two million iPhones were activated in South Korea as of Jan. 20, including 1.03 million units of the iPhone 4, and 977,000 units of the iPhone 3GS, KT Corp. said in a statement. KT, South Korea's second-largest mobile carrier, introduced the smartphone in November 2009.

South Korea's smartphone market is estimated to have reached 6.1 million units in 2010 and is forecast to jump to 16.2 million this year, according to KT.

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Jan 24
Mellel 2.8 offers unlimited upgrades, lowers price

RedleX (http://www.mellel.com) has announced Mellel 2.8, an upgrade to its word processor for Mac OS X. Mellel heads in a new direction in preparation to joining the Mac App Store.

Mellel 2.8, introducing Track Changes and advanced Sort, comes with a much lower price tag - 20 percent across the board (US$39 instead of $49 for the regular version, $29 instead of $35 for the educational version) and eliminates for-pay upgrades. All upgrades from now on will be completely free to all Mellel users.

"Apple's Mac App Store, where Mellel is headed, is a game changer -- a revolution in the making, that's going to shake the Mac Software development to the core," says Eyal Redler, RedleX's CTO. "The Mac software market grows in leaps and bounds -- it quadrupled over the last few years and now runs at a pace of more than 16 million new Macs every year. Most of the people who buy those machines are newcomers who...

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Jan 24
Apple iPhone ad says 'two is better than one'

Apple has launched a new ad touting the upcoming Verizon iPhone without criticizing AT&T. In fact, the ad says "two is better than one" when talking about iPhone carriers.

The commercial shows two iPhone 4s side by side with users tapping, scrolling and pinching their way through iPhone apps and features. Existing Verizon customers will be able to begin pre-orders on Feb. 3 with general availability on Feb. 10.

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Jan 24
Researcher: iPad won't sport 2048 x 1536 resolution until...

It's been reported that the iPad 2 will sport an astounding resolution of 2048 x 1536. IDC research manager Tom Mainelli thinks the Apple tablet will indeed sport such a high resolution -- but not until generation 3.

"Our sources say Apple has requested that manufacturers begin work on displays with that resolution for the iPad 3," he tells "PC World" (http://macte.ch/xHlHR). "I don't believe anybody is ready to produce that resolution in volumes at this point. And Apple is going to require huge volumes for the iPad 2."

Media tablet shipments will grow from about 17 million units in 2010 to 44.6 million units in 2011, IDC forecasts. Apple iPads made up 90% of the tablet volume in the third quarter of 2010.

"We expect Apple to continue to own the lion's share of that market in 2011," Mainelli told "PC World."
 

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Jan 24
Secrets of Da Vinci available at the Mac App Store

Coladia (http://www.colodia.com) is very pleased to announce The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript is now available on the Mac App Store for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's an US$14.99 game game created about the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Here's how the game is described: "Players come to discover and delve inside the mysteries surrounding the hidden enigmas of the works of the great genius. The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript is a major investigation and adventure game, a thrilling mystical quest into the heart of the Renaissance.

"Valdo, an ambitious young apprentice working for Da Vinci's disciple Francesco Melzi, is extremely disappointed when the scholar suddenly dismisses him. However, shortly afterwards, he receives a letter from a mysterious patron, asking him to locate one of the great master's missing codices. To access Da Vinci's last residence, the...

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Jan 24
StretchPro is video-guided stretching app for Mac OS X

Fountainhead International has introduced StretchPro 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows systems. It's a video-guided stretching app.

Users can set reminders to perform simple stretches to help avoid muscle strain, fatigue, stress, and injury. Videos demonstrate the correct way to exercise the eyes, neck, shoulders, back, chest, fingers, wrists, and legs. Users may select any one of 26 videos, focus on one area, or view them all.

The app can be set to provide reminders three ways: fixed interval (e.g., every two hours), specific time (e.g., daily at 3 pm), or keyboard strokes & mouse movements (e.g., every 10,000 keystrokes). StretchPro 1.0 is normally US$10, but is available now at the special introductory price of $5. You can download it from the Fountainhead International Group web site (http://www.fountainheadint.com).

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Jan 24
MailShoot 2 for Mac OS X works with iWeb, MobileMe

Rage Software has released MailShoot 2.0 (http://www.ragesw.com/products/mailshoot.html), the new version of the US$69.95 newsletter and mailing list management software for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade lets you instantly create newsletter subscription forms so your visitors can sign up to your mailing list right from your web site.

MailShoot works with iWeb and MobileMe hosted web sites without any additional web site requirements or set-up. With the software, you can instantly publish an online subscription
form that your web site visitors can fill out and sign up to your newsletter.

MailShoot lets you send out personalized email updates and announcements to your entire mailing list -- or to segments of your list. It takes away all the hassle in running a complete mailing list for all your important customers, says the gang at Rage...

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Jan 24
Fabrix releases the Satchel for the MacBook Air

Fabrix (http://www.fabrixcases.com) has announced the Satchel felt cases for the new Macbook Air 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch notebooks. These old school inspired cases are made using industrial grade 100% wool felt and matched with tanned brown calf leather.

Taking several design cues from the traditional satchel bags, the satchel is a slim remix that's custom-fitted to the for the new Macbook Air models. Its design revolves around a flap that's flanked by two leather straps, riveted with sets of bronze hardware. A specially designed adjustable sling strap comes together with the case and can be attached to the top of the case for full slinging action.

The Satchel is available in two sizes, one for the Macbook Air 11.6-inch and the larger version fitted for the Macbook Air 13.3-inch. The prices are US$79.90 and $89.90, respectively.

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Jan 24
Apple iPhone ad says 'two is better than one'

Apple has launched a new ad touting the upcoming Verizon iPhone without criticizing AT&T. In fact, the ad says "two is better than one" when talking about iPhone carriers.

The commercial shows two iPhone 4s side by side with users using various iPhone apps. Existing Verizon customers will be able to place pre-orders on Feb. 3 with general availability on Feb. 10.

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Jan 24
Mounties Feedback Trainer comes to Mac App Store

Stairways Software (http://www.stairways.com) has released Mounties Feedback Trainer 1.0 on the Mac App Store for US$9.99. The app was designed to help you learn to correctly identify feedback tone frequencies, a skill needed by budding sound engineers and useful for any musician.

You can use Mounties Feedback Trainer train your ear to detect the various frequencies and then test yourself to see how well you know which frequency is which. It includes includes a built-in equalizer so you can adjust the volume of the tones for the variable output of your particular speakers. Mounties Feedback Trainer requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or greater.

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Jan 24
Apple’s App Store downloads top 10 billion

Apple says more than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from its Apple App Store by the more than 160 million iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users worldwide.

The 10 billionth app downloaded, Paper Glider, was purchased by Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 10 Billion Apps, Gail Davis will receive an US$10,000 iTunes Gift Card.

“With more than 10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years -- a staggering seven billion apps in the last year alone -- the App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press release. “The App Store has revolutionized how software is created, distributed, discovered and sold. While others try to copy the App Store, it continues to offer developers and customers the most innovative experience on the planet.”

The Apple App Store offers more than 350,000 apps to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users in...

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Jan 24
Apple hires new director of global security?

Apple has allegedly named a new director of global security -- David Rice, who's currently a consulting director of policy reform for the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a faculty member at the Institute for Applied Network Security, and director of The Monterey Group, a cyber-security consulting firm, reports "PC Mag" (http://macte.ch/1NbEW).

Apple hasn't confirmed such a hire. Speculation suggests that Rice will be heavily involved in enterprise security surrounding the iPad and iPhone, "an area that Apple's been interested in for some time now," says "PC Mag."

Those who know Rice describe him as a deeply respected name in IT security circles who not only can speak the kind of language that makes CIOs comfortable, but can also back up that language with the skills and knowledge to match, says Arik Hesseldahl at "NewEnterprise" (http://macte....

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Jan 24
SilverCocoa serves up Wines 1.0 for Mac OS X

SilverCocoa has served up Wines 1.0 (http://www.silvercocoa.com/wines), offered exclusively on the Mac App Store. Wine lovers, collectors or enthusiasts can add to their collection, take notes, rate it and more.

Wines lets you track a collection, cellar, or simply which wines you tasted recently and enjoyed. By rating, commenting and classifying your wines by country, region, varietal, price, and much more, you can find which wine you are looking for quickly.

Adding new wines is facilitated with the help of the Snooth database. Just enter the name of the wine you are looking for and 90% of the time, it will be found in the database and information will be filled in for you. With the Smart Image Finder you will find bottle or label images for most wines. If you can't find one, use the integrated webcam feature to snap a picture of a bottle and use it in the application.

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Jan 24
Bare Bones updates BBEdit, TextWrangler

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has updated BBEdit and TextWrangler for Mac OS X.

BBEdit 9.6.3, an update to its strength HTML and text editor, is a maintenance release that fixes reported issues and adds several refinements. The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for $30.

TextWrangler 3.5.3 is an update to the text editor. The new version is a maintenance release that fixes reported issues. All Mac OS X users may download TextWrangler 3.5.3 free of charge from the Mac App Store or the Bare Bones Software web site.

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Jan 24
MacPractice MD 4.1 is 2011/2012 compliant

MacPractice (http://www.macpractice.com), an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software on Macs and iPhones for medical and dental offices, says its MacPractice MD 4.1 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on Jan. 5 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an ONC-ATCB.

This is in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), says Mark Hollis, president of MacPractice.
 
The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more -- but not all -- of the criteria...

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Jan 24
Mailings for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0.01

Limit Point Software has released Mailings 2.0.01, an update of the application for batch emailing that delivers any web page or plain text document with attachments to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates, etc.

Mailings delivers web pages, plain or HTML text documents to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates etc. It integrates with mail clients, most common browsers, Address Book and Entourage.

Mailings is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.4 or higher. It costs US$19.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A demo can be downloaded at the product web site, (http://www.limit-point.com/Mailings/Mailings.html).

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Jan 24
Launch2net update supports Nokia CS18, CS19 surfsticks

Nova media has updated launch2net Premium (http://www.novamedia.de) its 3G connection manager with the ability to share your Mac's 3G connection with iPads and other devices. Version 2.1.2 offers support for Nokia's high speed surfsticks CS18 and CS19.

Launch2net Premium can replace different connection managers from network operators and modem manufacturers, making a mobile online experience much more enjoyable, says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. Using the integrated Mobile Hub, the 3G connection can instantly be shared with iPads, iPod touches and other WLAN capable devices, he adds. Besides the ability to establish a 3G connection with most modems and most network operators, launch2net Premium offers a full fledged SMS text message manager as well as a statistics.

Launch2net Premium 2.1.2 is available today for download at nova media's web site. It's a free update for current...

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Jan 24
'MUG Event Calendar': it's all about Macworld...

While "The MUG Event Calendar" isn't completely quiet this week from a local meeting perspective, it clearly belongs to Macworld 2011, since that’s where everyone will be.

There will be a user group reunion event at Macworld on Thursday, but the real action will be on the show floor and in the conferences, running through Saturday. Two separate groups are planning bus trips to the show, while many others will be represented by their members as attendees.

"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 you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Jan 21
Verizon iPhone's Personal Hotspot will pause web data when...

Verizon tells "The LA Times" (http://macte.ch/WuCA1) the Verizon iPhone 4's Personal Hotspot feature will pause web data when a call is taken on the handset.



Ken Muche, a Verizon spokesman, said that the company has a policy of pausing any web data on any phone with Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities when a call comes in and is answered, so as to maintain the call's quality.

"If you do two things at once and you do both of them poorly, what's the point?," Muche told the "Times." "That's part of the reason we don't have the same dropped call issues that other carriers do. We really do believe that a phone is only as good as the network it's on and this is the way we have always looked at it and that's why we aren't willing to sacrifice call quality."

While using the Personal Hotspot on the Verizon iPhone, or any other phone with the feature if a call isn't answered web data will go on uninterrupted, he said....

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Jan 21
Belgium competition minister eyeing 'unfair' Apple...

Apple wrote to European publishers earlier this month outlawing the private exchange when a reader downloads a mag or newspaper from within an app. Apple says subscriptions must use the company's own billing mechanism with Apple getting a 30% cut.

However, Belgium competition minister Vincent van Quickborne doesn't think this is fair and has launched a "rapid" competition investigation into the issue, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/DDN5v). On the other hand, Apple doesn't have a monopoly share of the digital reader market, so "it might be hard to make that one stick," the article says.

News Corp's Project Alesia was created with the intention of offering a licensing system to all comers on equitable terms. However, "the print industry didn't have the brains to join in" and the 100-man project was dismantled last autumn, says "The Register."

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

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Bostorm has announced Archies Memory 1.0, an iPad game. The US$3.99 app is a turn-based pairs game with additional language learning features. The aim of the game is both entertainment and training the brain for remembering both images and also textual associations. TArchies Memory supports one and two player modes, as well as features a computer opponent with three difficulty levels.

Nexscience has released Alarm Security System 1.0, the deluxe version of their $1.99 alarm security app for iPhone and iPod touch. It's designed to provide security for your iDevice and protect your valuable private data. While running, the alarm system detects any movement. When the alarm is triggered, a glass breaking sound is played, followed by loud police alarm with...

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