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Sep 17
Acorn for Mac OS X grows to version 2.5

Flying Meat has updated Acorn (http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/)h, a layer-based bitmap image editor. A free update for registered users, to version 2.5. The new version adds support for layer masks and the ability to set a matte background color for transparent images via the program’s Web export tool. There are also new Automator actions for using Acorn to watermark, crop, and manipulate images with JavaScript.

With Acorn, you can take screenshots and edit them immediately. You can chain together image filters to create effects. You can make new images and layers using your built-in iSight. Acorn offers layer-based image editing and image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window. The software works with drawing tables. Plus, you can write plug-ins using the Python scripting language, as well as in Objective-C.

Acorn is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC...

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Sep 17
LightSpeed gets maintenance upgrade

Xsilva Systems (http://www.xsilva.com/explore) has released LightSpeed 3.2.1, an update of the multi-user Point of Sale (POS) system built exclusively for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance upgrade.

LightSpeed offers sales, service, tracking and purchasing tools that employ SQL searches, natively multi-user operation and "intelligent" workflows. LightSpeed also features administration and reporting tools. Pricing starts at US$749.

LightSpeed is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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Sep 17
MailStewart sports new rules for excluding email from archives

Pubblog.com has updated MailStewart (http://www.mailsteward.com/), the Mac OS X email archiving solution, to version 9.0.2. You can now define rules to exclude email from being archived into the database in MailSteward and MailSteward Pro.

MailSteward archives email in a relational database for access and backup. Version 7.4 also adds the ability to set and/or buttons for searching, the ability to delete attachments and the ability to set default font.

MailStewart is a native Cocoa application that supports Mac OS X 10.5 (“Tiger”) and greater. MailStewart costs US$24.95 for the "lite" version, $49.95 for the standard version and $99.95 for the pro version.

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Sep 16
iPad coming to South America Sept. 17

According to Apple's Latin America web site (http://www.apple.com/la/ipad/), the iPad will arrive in South America on Friday, Sept. 17.

Both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus 3G models will be available in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The iPad -- at least the Wi-Fi only model -- will also come to China tomorrow.

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Sep 16
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 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/).

MosaLingua has announced MosaLingua Learn Spanish and MosaLingua Learn French for English-speaking learners. The apps cost US$0.99 each and use a teaching method called the Spaced Repetition System, the latest technology used to facilitate the memorization process.

Haywoodsoft has released Story Patch, a $9.99 storytelling application for the iPad that lets children create stories. It comes with hundreds of included illustrations and a variety of story themes.

Apalon has unveiled I Fixed It! 1.0, a $0.99 gallery app for the iPhone and iPod touch. It features a funny collection of homemade repairs.

Milo Creative has introduced Tiny Ocean 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch, a $1.99 educational game that keeps children entertained while...

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Sep 16
Scosche introduces foldIO for the iPad

Scosche Industries (http://www.scosche.com) has announced the US$49.99 foldIO. This folio style iPad case not only protects the iPad from scratches and scuffs, but it also enables the device to be positioned in multiple viewing angles.

Users can watch movies, browse the web and will also find typing on the iPad much more comfortable and ergonomic, according to the folks at Scosche. The foldIO doubles up as an adjustable stand with three landscape viewing angles.

The case is available in carbon fiber and leather textures. The interior is lined in soft suede like material that folds to protect the screen. The case is lightweight, form fitting and slips easily into a briefcase or bag without adding bulk. It also offers accessibility to all ports and controls.


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Sep 16
Study: iPad creating third major device category

A recent study by market research firm Technology Business Research (http://www.tbri.com) finds that the iPad will displace many consumers' secondary computers, creating a third major device category for personal computing and connectivity.

The study points to the success of the Apple tablet as a demonstration that the consumer seeks quick, easy e-mail and web access via a device that features more portability than a laptop while providing instant-on and more usability than a smartphone. Although laptops will lose some ground to tablets, TBR believes the market will support all three device styles for computing and connectivity, including the laptop, tablet and smartphone.

"The rise of tablets is a clear signal of consumers' desire for different forms of information consumption. Tablet devices, such as the iPad, will shake up the personal computing ecosystem and the personal computer market," says Ezra...

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Sep 16
Jobs named most influential in T3 Tech 100

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been named the most influential person in tech as T3 reveals the "T3 Tech 100 for 2010" (http://tech100.t3.com/).

Riding high on the success of the iPad and iPhone 4, T3's panel of expert judges felt that Jobs “embodies Apple, propelling the company forward as the instigator and first true genius of the tech lifestyle age.” 



Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer came second, thanks largely to Windows 7, while the Google trinity of Eric Schmidt, Larry Page and Sergey Brin shared third. Terry Gou, chairman and president of iPhone manufacturers Foxconn, was fourth and CEO of Intel Paul Otellini was fifth. Heads of Facebook, LG, Samsung and Nintendo also made the Top 10.

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Sep 16
LaCie debuts Wireless Space storage device/router

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has introduced its first network-attached storage solution to feature Wi-Fi. The LaCie Wireless Space can operate as a file or media server for multiple Mac and PC users, from anywhere in the home – making it the most compatible and multifunctional network hard drive on the market.

Leveraging Wi-Fi technology, the Wireless Space can connect to your existing Wi-Fi network, allowing you to access files wirelessly throughout the home, and can serve as a central storage solution for your back-ups. If you wish to increase your Wi-Fi performance, the Wireless Space can also act as a B/G/N access point, and even serve as a router.

For users with a large media library, the Wireless Space can also act as a media server. It’s compatible with UPnP/DLNA and iTunes, and you can stream music, movies and photos from a central location and play them on any device. Additionally, the Wireless...

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Sep 16
VMWare announces $9.99 Fusion Upgrade Program

VMware has announced an US$9.99 VMware Fusion Upgrade Program for users of any version of Parallels Desktop for Mac.

For a limited time, users can make the switch to VMware Fusion for less than 10 bucks, a $30 cost saving from the usual VMware Fusion upgrade and a $40 cost savings from upgrading to Parallels Desktop 6. More information on the VMware Fusion Upgrade Program can be found at www.vmware.com/go/unparalleled .

For a limited time, eligible users of any version of Parallels Desktop for Mac and users of VMware Fusion 1 or VMware Fusion 2 can purchase the discounted upgrade atwww.vmware.com/go/unparalleled .

For new users of Windows on Mac software, VMware Fusion 3 is available at http://www.vmware.com/fusion, the Apple Online Store (http://www.apple.com), Apple retail stores, Amazon.com, and other authorized resellers. The suggested retail price of $79.99 includes all of the software needed...

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Sep 16
Checkout Point of Sale for Mac localized for Canada

Werck BV today announced the release of a localized version of itsCheckout Point of Sale for Mac in Canada. Checkout is point of sale software for retail stores that use Macs to run their business.

The Canadian version of Checkout includes new sales tax features that allow for the setup of different tax rates for sales and purchases, improving support for GST, PST, and HST when buying and selling goods. Checkout is networkable, allowing up to 20 Macs to be connected on one network, and it plays well with others, integrating with AccountEdge for Canada.

Checkout allows users to process credit card payments directly within the software, connect to a cash drawer, barcode scanner and receipt printer, and even integrate with the new Checkout web store, Enstore, to sell products on the web. 

Available on the web at http://www.checkoutapp.com and through Apple resellers throughout Canada,...

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Sep 16
Apple shines in 2020 Best Global Brand Study

The Interbrand 2010 Best Global Brand Study, a guide to the world’s most valuable brands, has been released -- and Apple shines, as usual. Interbrand (http://www.interbrand.com), a brand consultancy, publishes the study each year, ranking the top 100 global brands using a unique methodology. Brands in the IT/technology sector dominate the list, occupying five of the top 10 brands. Some other interesting findings include:
 
Here's what Interbrand says about Apple: "Apple’s brand value grew 37%. This year, iPhone 4’s reception glitches warranted a public apology from Steve Jobs -- leaving the door wide open for public criticism. Yet, sales on its first day alone reached the 1.5 million mark. Meanwhile, negative buzz over the iPad name was quickly replaced by glowing sales and avid converts. The brand can attribute its success to carefully controlling its messaging, and in effect, always managing to...

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Sep 16
Smith Micro rolls out Stuffit Deluxe 2011

Smith Micro Solutions (http://www.smithmicro.com) has released Stuffit Deluxe 2011 for the Mac, which introduces StuffIt Destinations, a new drag-and-drop toolbar application designed to help users securely transfer files quickly and easily, according to Matthew Covington, senior director, Product Management of Smith Micro Software.

StuffIt Destinations helps users transfer videos, presentations and other large files from one location to another using a file compression workflow that's simple and intuitive, he adds. Whether the user is looking to backup files to a DVD or deliver a project to a customer’s FTP server, tasks can be accomplished with a single click on the toolbar button.

StuffIt Destinations provides support for email, FTP and iDisk file transfers, and also allows files to be burned to CD/DVD or moved to a local or network folder. Users can zip files prior to transfer and have...

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Sep 16
USB Fever releases new Crystal Case for the iPhone 4

USB Fever has released the 6X Telescope with Crystal Case for iPhone 4G
(http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2020), an US$18.99 case with an expansion telescope.

If you don't want to be bounded by the built-in camera on the iPhone, now you have a way to "expand" its functions. This telescope has a 6x expansion that can help you to shoot close up on objects.

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Sep 16
IvySkin USA releases Quattro T5 iPad cases

IvySkin USA (http://www.ivyskin.com) is now shipping the Quattro T5 cases for the iPad. Quattro T5 features the company's atented Xylo Glass technology in a "touch-thru" design. Vertical grips on the US$59.99 T5 makes holding the iPad in a vertical position with one hand just as comfortable as holding it horizontally, according to Mike Wissman, vice president of Operations of IvySkin USA.

He says features include: a "drop-proof" screen; four layers of protection (PolyCarbonate, Polysilicon, enhanced TPE and Glass Touch-Thru screen); an upgraded Polysilicon tactile solution to enhance the tactility for the Home button; an optional Click-Stand and battery pack; and slide-off access for optional iPad dock. The Quattro T5 is available in four colors. Jet-Black, Royal-Blue, Raz-Red and Alpine-White.

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Sep 16
PDF2Office Professional 5.1 for Mac OS X released

Recosoft Corp., the developer of the PDF2Office family of products, has released PDF2Office Professional 5.1 for Mac OS X (http://www.recosoft.com/products/pdf2office/macintosh/macpro5.htm), the next version of the PDF-to-Office formats conversion tool for the Mac. The upgrade is compatible with the Office 2010/2011 family of products.

In particular several issues when converting PDFs to the native 2010/2011 formats have been addressed. What's more, PDF2Office 5.1 correctly integrates with the latest Office family of products.

PDF2Office Professional converts PDF documents to the Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, RTF and other formats recreating the intended construction and layout of the document -- forming paragraphs; applying styles; regrouping independent graphic elements; extracting images; creating tables;...

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Sep 16
'MacVoices' looks at iTunes 10

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Kirk McElhearn talks about his new book, "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ."

He discusses the new features of iTunes 10, including the new use of cover art, and the limitations of the Ping social network. McElhearn also talks about some of the features of
iTunes that are often unknown but are very useful, new ways to manage and organize your music for your enjoyment, and more.

"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 individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Sep 16
Url Extractor X beefs up international Google site support

Tension Software has released Url Extractor X 3.2 (http://pomola.com/products_urlextractor/urlextractor.html). Url Extractor X is a Mac OS X app for extracting emails address and generic URLs from files on the HD or directly from the web using a list of "starting" web addresses and working unattended after the startup. You can now retrieve and start search from web pages using keywords from various international Google sites.

Url Extractor can extract thousands of URLs from the web starting from a single web page and using "cross navigation" and extraction. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$50. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 3.2 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Sep 16
VueScan for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.58

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.58, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version adds support for new Canon scanners and multi-core scanning.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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Sep 16
Adobe releases Square for Mac OS X

Adobe Labs (http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/) has released a preview version of Flash Player "Square" that enables native 64-bit support on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems.

Adobe says they've made this preview available so that users can test existing content and new platforms for compatibility and stability. Because this is a preview version of Flash Player, don’t expect it to be as stable as a final release version of Flash Player. Use caution when installing Flash Player "Square" on production machines.

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Sep 16
Apple releases Pro Applications Update 2010-02

Apple has released Pro Applications Update 2010-02 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL949). It adds compatibility for new camera formats, improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues.

This update is recommend for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Server, and Logic Studio. Pro Applications Update 2010-02 is a 321.1MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and QuickTime 7.6.2 or later.

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Sep 16
Olive introduces HD music server under $1,000

Olive Media (http://www.olive.us) has announced the US$999 Olive O3HD music server for home stereo systems. Based on the Olive O4HD, it requires no software installation, networking setup or virus protection. It features a 24-bit/192 kHz DAC, dedicated storage and color touchscreen navigation, allowing you to store and access your complete music collection right at your stereo system.

The new Olive O3HD stores your music collection right at your stereo system, so networking problems are a concern of the past, says Dr. Oliver Bergmann, co-founder and CEO of Olive. The 24-bit DAC with 192 kHz up-sampling delivers your music in a quality that has never been heard before on a product in this price category, he says. Olive even has a free mobile application that will turn your iPhone or iPad into an Olive remote control.

Designed for music lovers with large music collections, the O3HD stores up to 1,500 CDs or...

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Sep 16
USB Fever releases Universal Cradle for the iPhone, iPod

USB Fever has released the US$29.99 Universal Cradle for iPhone/iPod with USB Hub (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2019).

As you might guess from the name, it's a cradle that doubles as a three-port USB hub. The Universal Cradle is deigned for connecting iPhones and iPods to a computer while they're still wearing their cases.

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Sep 16
Better Finder Rename update adds new insertion options

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.6.7, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The new release adds new options for inserting space-saving alphabetical sequences into file names.

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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Sep 16
UI Browser update for Mac OS X adds more Help buttons

PFiddlesoft has released UI Browser 2.1.1 (http://pfiddlesoft.com/uibrowser/), an update to the assistant for GUI scripting with AppleScript on Mac OS X. The new version adds Help buttons to many alerts and fixes a number of dead links in the UI Browser Help book.

UI Browser helps you to explore, manipulate, and monitor the user interface of most Mac OS X applications running on your computer. With the push of a button, it also generates AppleScript statements to control any application using GUI Scripting, even applications that are not otherwise scriptable.

UI Browser is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. A full-featured 30-day trial version of UI Browser 2.1.0 is available for download.

New customers may purchase UI Browser 2.1.1 for US$55, with quantity discounts available. It's free upgrade for...

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