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Jan 27
Macworld: Green Onions grows iPad hybrid keyboard/protector

Green Onions Supply has expanded its lineup with a new keyboard skin: the iVeil Hybrid Keyboard
Protector for Apple iPad Keyboard Dock. It's on display at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.

iVeil Hybrid Keyboard Protectors combine custom-molded silicone with an enhanced surfacing material. The upper side's smooth surface coating allows for a more comfortable typing experience that losely matches the feel of an uncovered iPad Keyboard Dock, while underneath, it retains the excellent anchoring and durability of silicone, say the folks at Green Onions.

This model of the iVeil Hybrid Keyboard Protector will soon be available from different e-tailers. You can find more info at http://www.greenonionssupply.com/kbhbipad.html .

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Jan 27
2010 CES iLounge sells out in record time

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) says the 2012 International CES iLounge Pavilion, sponsored by iLounge.com, sold out in less than two hours during CES exhibitor space selection.

The 2012 iLounge Pavilion, already featuring 50,000 net square feet of exhibit space (similar to the pavilion’s space at the 2011 CES), will showcase a record-setting display of accessories and software for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac platforms. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2012 International CES will run Jan.10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2011 iLounge Pavilion featured more than 200 exhibitors across 50,000 net square feet and launched thousands of new products, including Griffin’s CarTrip and Crayola Stylus application-aided accessories, Mophie’s iPad charging and mounting accessory PowerStand and the app-controlled Sphero robotic ball from Orbotix. For more info on the International CES, visit CESweb.org.

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Jan 27
iKit releases AutoCharge + USB

iKit (http://www.kit.com) has launched the AutoCharge + USB, which features a 2.1 AMP USB port for giving a rapid charge to your iPad, iPhone, iPod and USB devices while on the go. 

The AutoCharge + USB works with standard 12v accessory outlets, and includes a charge sync USB cable. The car charger also sports a rubberized coated finish. The AutoCharge + USB is available in either black or white for US$24.95.

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Jan 27
NameFind now for Intel Macs only

Code by Kevin has released NameFind 5.0, an update to its Mac file-search tool. It's a tool that provides file-searching capabilities on Mac OS X.

You can find files by name. Enter a search term, specify your search directory, and run the search query. NameFind will present a list of all files that match the search name.
 
NameFind is designed to be an alternative to the Mac's built-in Spotlight search technology. It uses a different file search algorithm to find files, either on your entire hard drive or in a specific directory.

Version 5.0 of NameFind now runs Mac OS X 10.6 or higher to run. It's for Intel Macs only (32-bit or 64-bit); PowerPC processors need not apply. The new version sports a completely different file search algorithm that no longer depends on external Unix tools.

NameFile is now written as a multi-threaded program for speed and responsiveness. You can now access system functions (sound alerts, AppleScripts) via Cocoa API's...

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Jan 27
Cronette for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.4.3. The "now task already at max runs per day" are showed as runnable in the table to avoid confusion with tasks not runnable for incomplete setting specifications.

Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different types of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.

Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to...

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Jan 27
PixelMags launches 2.0 Digital Publishing Platform

Digital publishing company PixelMags (http://www.PixelMags.com) has launched its 2.0 tools portal, technology that allows publishers to take full control of their digital content from pricing to delivery as well as integration with Apple’s approval system.

PixelMags’ new 2.0 tools portal offers publishers range of customizable tools that allow for real-time interactivity. Tools include drag and drop web, e-mail, phone and address hotlinks, videos directly from YouTube with additional options for customization through HTML5, all in real-time.

PixelMags built the “Ads by PixelMags” advertising network to allow publishers to take full advantage of their extended reach created by the PixelMags 2.0 publishing platform, says PixelMags founder and COO Ryan Marquis. This new advertising network was built specifically for the magazine industry, he adds.

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Jan 27
ShareTool 2.2 delivers iTunes 10 Home Sharing

YazSoft (http://www.yazsoft.com) has announced ShareTool 2.2, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. At a click of a button, ShareTool lets you connect to most Bonjour services running on your home/office networks from anywhere in the world.

This includes Screen Sharing, File Sharing, Remote Printing, Secure Browsing, and more. ShareTool 2.2 delivers iTunes 10 Home Sharing across the Internet, the ability to run ShareTool as a background service, and more.

ShareTools 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Pricing starts at US$25 for a new user license.

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Jan 27
Better Rename 8 hits the Mac App Store

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) says Better Rename 8, its music and photo renaming utility, is available on the Mac App Store. It's a tool that caters for the full range of file renaming tasks.

Better Rename is the Mac App Store version of A Better Finder Rename, a file renaming solution available for the Mac. Its interface includes a instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other advanced features.

The new renaming engine introduced in version 8 is capable of handling large renaming jobs, such as file name conflicts, swaps and dependency cycles, according to the folks at Publicspace.net. The renaming engine leverages all the latest Mac OS X technologies by...

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Jan 27
App Tamer update tweaks user interface

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.3 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update to their Mac utility that automatically pauses applications to improve battery life and reduce CPU usage. The new version improves the app's user interface, adds user-requested features, and refines the operation of its AutoStop capabilities.

Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption.

App Tamer requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Version 1.0.3 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$14...

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Jan 27
360Works announces update for all plug-ins

FileMaker product developer and innovator, 360Works has announced an update affecting all of their FileMaker plug-ins.

SafetyNet, ScriptMaster, Scribe, SuperContainer, 360Works Email, FTPeek and WebAssistant were all updated, and logging is now consolidated to a single log file for all 360Works plug-ins. For more info go to http://www.360works.com .

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Jan 26
Apple TV streaming more Netflix video than the iPad

In reporting its latest financials (http://macte.ch/u0HUw), Netflix (http://www.netfilx.com) says that Apple TV's support for its Watch Instantly video streaming has already passed the iPad in viewing hours.

"The devices with large installed bases -- meaning Windows and Mac laptops, Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox, and Nintendo Wii -- are the most popular devices for watching instantly from Netflix," says Netflix. "AppleTV has done very well for us, and in just four months has passed the also-growing iPad in Netflix viewing hours. The Roku player remains a strong performer. Our iPhone and Windows phone applications are very popular, and we’ll have support for several Android phones this year. While Google TV has not yet gone mainstream, the concept of Android and Chrome built into televisions and Blu-ray players is powerful; we’re confident that...

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Jan 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 26

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

3Dgrafix has announced Stoned 3D, a new game for the iPhone, iPod touch and It's an US$0.99 casual game with 3D graphics. Your task is to catch as many falling blocks as possible and to hit the appearing dinosaurs for extra points. You can also upload your scores to OpenFeint to see your position in a worldwide ranking.

Kiboomu has released ABC Song Piano for the iPhone and iPod touch. With the $0.99 app, users can discover the alphabet from Ant to Zebra with the ABC Song in a fun, easy way. Press the start button and sing along. Children can also learn the song on the piano by following the lighted keys or matching colorful music notes to the piano keys. You can hear the song played on a banjo, xylophone, harp, and more.

Compelling Software has...

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Jan 26
Canalys: Apple climbs to third place among global computer...

The Canalys research group (http://www.canalys.com) has announced strong computer industry growth of 19% in the fourth quarter of 2010, with Apple climbing to third place in the market, thanks to iPad and Mac sales, as well as fast growth in Asia Pacific.

The analyst company attributes the majority of Q4 market growth to the rising demand for pads, a new product category. Some research groups don't count tablets among personal computer sales, but I've long argued they should be included. Canalys thinks like I do.

"Pads gave consumers increased product choice over the holiday season," says Canalys Analyst Tim Coulling. "While they do not appeal to first-time buyers or low-income households, they are proving extremely popular as additional computing devices."

Canalys urges vendors to accept new market realities, by recognizing pads as an integral new component of the overall PC landscape....

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Jan 26
MiniTool announces free Mac data recovery tool

MiniTool Solution has announced a free data recovery application –-- MiniTool Mac Data Recovery 2.0. It's designed to allow home users to restore Mac data up to 1GB.

MiniTool Mac Data Recovery can recover deleted files and folders, restore lost data -- even if the partition is formatted or deleted -- and restore data from a corrupted hard drive, virus infection, and other unexpected system shutdown or software failure. It supports IDE, SATA, SCSI, USB hard disk, memory card, USB flash drive and the iPod.

MiniTool Mac Data Recovery includes four data recovery modules: Undelete Recovery, Damaged Partition Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery and Digital Media Recovery. Each data recovery module focuses on different data loss cases.

It requires Mac OS X 10.5 and above. You can download it at mac.powerdatarecovery.com/download.html .

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Jan 26
Pricing for Verizon iPhone voice plans announced

According to the Apple web site, individual voice plans for the Verizon iPhone will be US$39.99 per month for 450 minutes, with 900 minutes available for $59.99 and Nationwide Unlimited checking in at $69.99. Family SharePlans begin at $69.99 for 700 minutes, with 1400 minutes ($89.99), 2000 minutes ($99.99) and unlimited ($119.99) also available.

What's more, the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/5r8oi) has learned that some AT&T iPhone users on limited plans won't need to move to Verizon for "all-you-can-eat" data. "In an unadvertised loophole, AT&T has allowed subscribers who have had an unlimited data plan in the past to switch back," the article adds. That includes anyone who had an iPhone before June, when the limited plans took effect.

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Jan 26
Ubiquisys announces personal femtocell for the iPhone

Ubiquisys (http://www.ubiquisys.com), a developer of 3G and LTE intelligent cells, has announced what it says the world’s first attocell -- a personal femtocell.  Designed primarily for people traveling abroad, it enables mobile calls to be made and received as though in their home country.

Although developed specifically for the iPhone, the attocell works out of the box with any 3G phone, and has also been tested with Blackberry, Nokia and Android Smartphones. Ubiquisys is already in discussions with several mobile operators about the product.

The attocell connects to a user’s laptop via USB, which provides power and an Internet connection. It then analyses the IP address and radio environment to determine which country it is in, and sets its 3G radio power accordingly to below the licensed level. In some countries its range will be just 5mm, in other countries; it could cover a whole room,...

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Jan 26
Macworld: iFusion SmartStation released for the iPhone

AltiGen Communications, a provider of software-based Unified Communications solutions, has introduced the iFusion SmartStation, a new docking station for the iPhone, at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.

Using Bluetooth technology, the iFusion extends a traditional telephone handset and hands-free speakerphone with amazing voice clarity to the iPhone, Niel Levonius, AltiGen’s director of Corporate Strategy. With the iFusion, you have access to a dock connector port for syncing or charging, and an audio line out port for connecting to powered speakers via an optional audio cable, eliminating the need for a separate dock. With support for A2DP Bluetooth streaming, users are able to enjoy their favorite iPhone music over the internal speakerphone, Levonius says.

iFusion will be available in the US in April. Two models, in glossy white and glossy black finishes, will be priced at US$169. Pre-orders will be accepted, beginning Jan. 27, at...

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Jan 26
Singular Software releases DualEyes for the Mac

Singular Software, a developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, says DualEyes is now available for Mac OS X. It's designed as a standalone application for the automatic synchronization of video and audio clips for dual-system audio production.

Built to work alongside any video editing application, DualEyes is streamlined for the task of replacing in-camera scratch audio with separately recorded high-quality audio, says Bruce Sharpe, CEO, Singular Software. It synchronizes and cuts the audio to automatically match each video clip in both start time and duration.

Users record audio on a separate recorder and use DualEyes to replace the camera audio with that high-quality separate audio. With DualEyes' technology, all original media files are kept intact, while new media files are created for advanced flexibility.

DualEyes for Mac OS X 10.5 and later is available to purchase via the Singular Software web site (...

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Jan 26
Worldwide app store revenue to surpass $15 billion in 2011

Worldwide mobile application store downloads are forecast to reach 17.7 billion downloads in 2011, a 117% increase from an estimated 8.2 billion downloads in 2010, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com).

By the end of 2014, Gartner forecast over 185 billion applications will have been downloaded from mobile app stores, since the launch of the first one in July 2008. Worldwide mobile application store revenue is projected to surpass US$15.1 billion in 2011, both from end users buying applications and applications themselves generating advertising revenue for their developers. This is a 190% increase from 2010 revenue of $5.2 billion.

"Many are wondering if the app frenzy we have been witnessing is just a fashion, and, like many others, it shall pass. We do not think so," says Stephanie Baghdassarian, research director at Gartner. "We strongly believe there is a sizable...

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Jan 26
Macworld: Jammit music app to be unveiled

Jammit, music software offering budding and veteran rock stars access to top industry artists’ original multi-track master recordings, will be unveiled at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.

Created by music producer Scott Humphrey (Motley Crue, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne), Jammit gives music fans of all levels a way to learn their favorite artists’ tracks as they were meant to be played. Features include instrument isolation, synchronized notation and tablature combined with phrase looping and a slow speed function without changing pitch.

A quick product video demo is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28h9hvOS-m4 . Available soon (pricing hasn't been announced) at http://www.jammit.com, music lovers can download, install and purchase their favorite songs for the iPad...

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Jan 26
Nuclear Nova Software releases ASCII Art for Mac OS X

Nuclear Nova Software has announced ASCII Art, its first graphics and media app for Mac OS X. It's a generator that converts digital pictures into text art.

You can output art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used, while the maximum character width option controls the finished product size.

Compatible source images include jpeg, png, gif, bmp, psd, tif, tga, jpg, tiff, and more. Output quality greatly depends on the input file. Often images such as clip art work better than sources such as digital pictures.

ASCII Art requires Mac OS X 10.5. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

The ASCII Art demo is feature limited and free to try. The full version of ASCII Art is US$19.95 and may be purchased through Nuclear Nova Software's web site (...

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Jan 26
Free iMedia Browser 2 available on the Mac App Store

Karelia Software has released iMedia Browser 2 (http://www.karelia.com/imedia/), an update to its media browser for Mac OS X. It's a free stand-alone utility that adds the familiar "media browser" experience to just about any Mac app. The Karelia iMedia Browser 2 is available exclusively on the Mac App Store.

Rewritten from the ground up, iMedia Browser 2 adds a new, searchable Flickr browser and boasts a completely new architecture geared for speed. It allows browsing of photo libraries (including iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, Flickr, and Pictures folders); music (iTunes, GarageBand, and Music folders); movies (iTunes, iPhoto, and Movies folders), and bookmarks (Safari and Firefox).

You can browse items and zoom in with QuickLook, or drag items you find into any productivity application. iMedia Browser 2 can be activated either from the dock or from a small icon in the menu bar. It...

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Jan 26
Macworld: Widget Press introduces FormEntry 2

Widget Press has introduced the next major version to its FormEntry family of Mac software. FormEntry for Mac, FormEntry Server and the all new FormEntry Touch have all been updated to version 2.

These applications are designed exclusively for iOS, Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server, and allow for custom iOS form app creation and delivery to any iPad, iPhone and iPod touch device.

Featuring a new Spin Wheel Picker, AirPrint, PDF creation and much more, FormEntry for Mac authors can develop form based applications for their iOS users. Once created on a Mac, the authors can send their forms over Wi-Fi to any iOS device to be completed. FormEntry for Mac was specifically developed for novices, students, and iOS gurus alike.

FormEntry Touch 2.0 has an improved core and works on any iOS 3.1 or higher device. Users can work with form based application in native landscape or portrait orientations on the iPad. FormEntry Touch also adds the ability to update forms remotely...

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Jan 26
Macworld: Verizon recycling partner to provide AT&T iPhone...

e-Cycle (http://www.e-Cycle.com), an official buyback and recycling partner of Verizon Wireless, will provide onsite AT&T iPhone buyback and data deletion for attendees of the Macworld Expo in San Francisco from Jan. 27-29.

This is the first time in the history of the conference that iPhone buyback and recycling has been offered. e-Cycle’s booth number is #651.
 
“With the upcoming release of the iPhone 4 from Verizon on Feb. 10, we anticipate an exorbitant number of AT&T iPhone users converting to the iPhone 4 by Verizon,” says Chris Irion, founder and CEO of e-Cycle. “It is estimated that millions of AT&T iPhone users will convert to the iPhone® from Verizon in the next two years, and e-Cycle is prepared to provide fast and secure iPhone® buyback services to help offset the cost of purchasing the iPhone 4 from Verizon.”
 
During the conference, e-Cycle’s mobile phone...

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Jan 26
BusinessMan 3 launched for Mac, Windows systems

Business software developer, Computech IT Services, have launched version 3 of their BusinessMan software for Mac OS X and Windows. The software allows companies to manage all aspects of their business from prospect first contact to invoice.
 
It's a modular, ERP system with CRM capabilities, estimating and invoicing modules, suppliers and inventory modules, a fully integrated email client and also an integrated resource scheduler.
New modules in version 3 include a Project Management Module, with drag-and-drop Gantt charts, task, job and resource allocation, a bill of materials module (BOM) with the ability to build completed and ready-to-build assemblies from inventory.
 
Enhancements have been applied to virtually every other module in the system, including timeline views in the drag-and-drop resource scheduling module, inventory pricing options and promotional goods, Inventory can now be used as a resource for renting, or to allocate temporarily to...

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