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Jun 09
'MacNotables' looks at ebook formats

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (, a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Adam and Tonya Engst of "TidBITS" and Take Control Books look at the pros and cons of the various ebook formats. They offer an update on their Take Control books, how they are available, the best way to read them, and what some of the plans are for the future.

The Engsts discuss the differences between PDF and ePub formats and which is best for what type of books. Adam delivers a summary of the new features of Safari 5 along with his thoughts on each.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly. Not all...

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Jun 09
Beta of doc, file management solution for the Mac available

CHL Software has announced a beta release of their new document and file management product: DocMoto. It's a document and file management system designed specifically for the Mac platform.

CHL Software believes that all enterprises need some form of document and file management, but for Mac users this has traditionally meant having to use a browser based system primarily designed for Windows, says company spokesperson Neil Cameron. DocMoto can store any kind of digital file not just documents. Images, video and even email are all supported.

In its standard form DocMoto delivers revision control, notifications, searching and Meta tagging , as well as other common document management features. CHL expects most corporate users to modify DocMoto to suit their working practices more precisely, says Cameron.

Registration to obtain a pre-release version of DocMoto is now available from CHL's web site (...

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Jun 09
Flickery update for Mac OS X tweaks the Share Menu

Eternal Storms ( has updated their flickr client, flickery, for Mac OS X 10.5 or higher to version 1.9.1. The upgrade sports improved upload and download. Also the Share Menu now includes option to copy the URL of a selected item to the pasteboard.

With flickry, you can browse flickr's photos, view and comment on pictures of your friends, or upload and manage your own photos and favorites. flickery offers three ways of viewing photos: the miniature-overview of the photos where you can see multiple pictures at a time; the full-window-view, which lets you view one photo at a time in detail; and the full-screen view.

You can upload photos to your account, as well. The app also gives you the possibility of editing your photos before you upload them. flickery costs US$17.95, though version 1.9.1 is a free update for registered users. A 15-day, fully...

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Jun 09
'MacJury' weighs in on the WWDC keynote announcements...

The MacJury ( considers the announcements at Monday's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference keynote.

CEO Steve Jobs took the stage to announce the iPhone 4.0, iOS 4 and more. In part two of a special session, The MacJury examines the iPhone 4's specifications, including the glass-and-steel construction, the new screen construction, and the camera.

AT&T's upgrade policies for existing iPhone owners are examined (and they don't appear to be consistent), AT&T coverage, and Steve Jobs' presentation of iAds are also deliberated by the panel of John F. Braun, Bryan Chaffin, Peter Cohen, Keith Lang, Chuck LaTournous and host Chuck Joiner.

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Jun 09
CyberDuck update for Mac OS X adds Google Docs support

Developer David Kocher has updated Cyberduck ( -- an open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files andAmazon S3 browser -- to version 3.5. The upgrade featuressupport to store and retrieve documents from Google Docs.

Google Docs support allows you to access your documents from within Cyberduck. It allows you to: download documents to various export formats; upload documents to your Google Docs account for storage or choose to convert documents to Google Docs format; and optionally convert PNG, JPEG and GIF images to Google Docs text documents using optical character recognition (OCR). Users with a Google Apps Premier Account can upload arbitrary files not supported by any of the Google Docs editor application.

Cyberduck 3.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It's freeware, but donations are encouraged to help fund further development.

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Jun 09
WD rolls out WD TV Live Plus HD media player

WD has introduced the WD TV Live Plus HD media player, which makes it easy for Netflix members to instantly watch thousands of TV episodes and movies on the biggest screen in their home -- their HD television set. The new Netflix interface enables members to browse and add movies to their instant Queue on the Netflix Website right from their TV.

In addition to Netflix, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player also enables users to stream personalized Internet content from YouTube, Flickr, Pandora, Live365, as well as the MediaFly network that includes daily podcasts from CNN, NBC, MTV, ESPN and other online content providers. The onscreen menu brings together all of the users’ available media in a single interface, while the network capability enables users to stream movies from Macs or PCs, USB storage devices such as My Passport portable hard drives, My Book desktop drives, or network-attached storage such as WD’s My Book World Edition and WD ShareSpace to their HDTVs.


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Jun 09
FlyCast releases appMobi open source HTML5 app gallery

FlyCast has announced a new open source library of demonstration mobile apps that were created with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. As a supplement to Apple's HTML5 gallery, these demonstrations illustrate how new web technologies can be used to create world-class compelling mobile experiences, obviating the need for Adobe Flash on mobile devices.

The gallery can be viewed using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch by navigating to . Created by FlyCast, appMobi is a cross-platform rapid mobile app development and deployment ecosystem. It offers users the ability to "develop once" using HTML and JavaScript, then deploy to a variety of devices and operating systems, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android tablets and phones. Apps created with appMobi are native apps, fully compliant with Apple's SDK 4.0 terms of service.

Anticipating the upcoming release of Apple's...

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Jun 09
Bodelin ships wireless ProScope for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Bodelin Technologies (, manufacturers of the ProScope HR and ProScope HR2 high-res handheld digital microscopes, have released a wireless model for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

ProScope Mobile is powered by three AA batteries and works on Wi-Fi. In fact, it creates its own Wi-Fi network and can be used simultaneously with up to 253 devices of any combination of iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone. ProScope Mobile utilizes an app called AirMicro (iPhone/iPod touch) and AirMicroPad (for the iPad) and is a free download from the Apple App Store.

ProScope Mobile users can view live images, freeze them and capture them to the Photo Album of their device. For Apple users, the photos go directly into iPhoto when synced with the base computer.

Like previous ProScope generations, ProScope Mobile users can select from a wide variety of lens...

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Jun 08
Dragster file transfer utility for Mac OS X revved to version 1....

Ambrosia has updated Dragster (, an US$19 file transfer utility for Mac OS X 10.4 ("Tiger") or later, to version 1.1.2. The upgrade, free for registered users, adds a New Folder button to the Save As dialog, fixes some bugs and more.

Dragster works via drag and drop and can send files via email, upload them to remote servers, copy them to your iDisk, or copy/move files anywhere on your local drives. Dragster lets you set customizable "shortcuts." There's a contextual menu component to Dragster, so you can right-click or control-click a file in any program, and send that file to one of the shortcuts you've set up. The utility fully supports Apple's Bonjour technology.

Dragster supports FTP, SFTP, SCP, SMB (Windows File Sharing), as well as AFP (AppleShare) for file transfers. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later...

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Jun 08
QuickerTek adds an external battery for the iPad

QuickerTek ( has announced the US$249.95 Apple Juice" external battery for the iPad. It uses the Apple 10 watt USB charger that comes with the iPad to charge the battery.(or any USB charger), so there's no extra AC power wall wart adapter to lug around.

The Apple Juicz External Battery for the iPad purportedly recharges the device in three hours and has two female USB ports that can simultaneously charge any USB device as well as having the propriety circuitry for the iPhone, iPod touch or any 30-pin iPod while being used to charge and power all models of the iPad.

The Apple Juicz users Li-ion Polymer high capacity 9400 mAh batteries, which will recharge in access of 2000 times. They sport safety circuitry for protection along with temperature and charge/discharge rates, cell balancing and a fuel gauge with a LED indicator showing how much Juicz is left in the...

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Jun 08
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 8

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

IBM has announced an expansion of IBM Lotus messaging and collaboration software with the delivery of secure enterprise mail for the iPad. IBM Lotus Notes Traveler is no charge software that can be downloaded by Lotus Notes customers providing two-way, over-the-air synchronization of enterprise e-mail, calendar and contact between Lotus Domino servers and mobile devices, including the iPad. This means that Lotus Notes based information will automatically synchronize and be up to date on the device. Lotus Notes Traveler also allows iPad users to enjoy the security of per message mail encryption.

Nikon and digital communications agency Isobar have announced a new version of Nikon Learn & Explore app, featuring new categories of informative and...

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Jun 08
Cisco, Apple agree on iOS trademark

Cisco ( has agreed to license the iOS trademark to Apple for use as the name of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The license is for use of the trademark only and not for any technology.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the name change from iPhone OS to iOS during his Monday keynote at the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. However, "IOS" (note the difference) has been Cisco's core operating system name for nearly two decades. It's network infrastructure software.

Cisco designs and sells consumer electronics, networking and communications technology and services. Headquartered in San Jose, California, the company has more than 65,000 employees and annual revenue of US$36.11 billion as of 2009.

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Jun 08
O'Reilly releases 'FileMaker Pro 11: The Missing...

O'Reilly Media has released "FileMaker Pro 11: The Missing Manual," a 928-book to guide readers through the use of FileMaker Pro 11. It costs US$39 for a print edition and $31 for an ebook version.

According to the folks at O'Reilly, the manual helps you get started, build your database, and produce results, whether you're running a business, pursuing a hobby, or planning your retirement. It's written by Suan Prosser and Stuart Gripman.

Prosser a former journalist and a current FileMaker Certified Developer and has developed FileMaker databases for more than 15 years. Gripman is the founder of Crooked Arm Corp, a full-service FileMaker Pro consulting and development firm based in Berkeley, California. A FileMaker Certified Developer, he has written for both "Macworld" and "MacLife." For more info about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and more, go to...

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Jun 08
Speakal releases iCrystal docking solution

Speakal has released the US$79.99 iCrystal "Made for iPod" docking solution ( It sports two separated spherical pods that house an illuminated teardrop shedding a gentle ambient blue light around the rim of the speaker.

As with all of Speakal’s docking solutions, iCrystal features a remote control and touch controls for adjusting volume and changing tracks. It can be powered by four AA batteries and features a 3.5mm input expanding the range of compatibility beyond iPod/iPhone to gaming consoles, TVs, and other music sources.

The iCrystal was recognized in January as a 2010 Best of Show Award Finalist by iLounge at the Consumer Electronics Show. It's available now in white, black, and red.

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Jun 08
Aluratek announces Brick speaker dock with built-in amplifier

Aluratek ( has announced the Brick, a new iPod/iPhone speaker dock with a built-in amplifier. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149.
The Brick is a universal iPod docking station, and is compatible with the iPod touch, iPhone and any iPod model with a click wheel. Devices will be charged when docked in the Brick, which can also be used with any MP3 player by utilizing the 3.5mm auxiliary line input. You can also choose to listen to the FM radio through the built-in FM tuner.
The Brick speaker features 23W (RMS) output power, including a 15W downward firing subwoofer and 4W on each L/R channel.  It also has an electronic harmonic distortion feature of less than 2%.
Additional features of the Brick include an FM tuner, alarm clock and equalizer. An included remote lets you control the Brick from anywhere in your home.

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Jun 08
WD introduces My Book Studio LX drive

WD ( has introduced its new My Book Studio LX external hard drive, which offers aFireWire 800 interface and features an aluminum case designed to complements any iMac, Power Mac G5 or MacBook Pro.

The Studio LX sports a customizable e-label that enables users to personalize their media collection and identify critical information about the drive, such as the contents and remaining capacity, without having to boot up their computer and plug in the drive. The My Book Studio LX drives also support USB 2.0.

My Book Studio LX drives offer automatic, continuous backup through WD SmartWare software and also sync with Apple Time Machine software. They offer 256-bit hardware-based encryption for data security, along with password protection.

Available now at select retailers and the WD online store, the new My Book Studio LX drives are formatted for Mac and come in capacities of 1TB and 2TB....

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Jun 08
NewerTech announces MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 RAID Controller...

Newer Technology ( has announced the NewerTech MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 RAID Controller Card, a mass storage solution for adding two SATA 6Gb/s ports -- along with port multiplier support for adding up to 20TB of desktop storage with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 -- support to Mac Pros and PCs with an open PCIe slot.

The NewerTech MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 RAID Controller Card is available immediately at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$99 from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (OWC), as well as through the retail channel. It’s compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and later and Windows 2000 and later and comes backed by a three-year warranty.

In addition to supporting any standard single or dual eSATA interface equipped storage solution, the NewerTech MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 RAID Controller Card also supports port multiplier enclosures. Now Mac Pro...

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Jun 08
Boris FX introduces New AAF Transfer Plug-In for Avid Media...

Boris FX ( has announced Boris AAF Transfer, a new plug-in designed for the transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro sequences to Avid Media Composer. Boris AAF Transfer uses Avid’s new AMA (Avid Media Access) architecture to transfer Final Cut Pro sequences without the need for transcoding or rewrapping.

Boris AAF Transfer will be available in Q3 2010 for an MSRP of $299 USD or an MSRP of $399 USD when bundled with the Boris XML Transfer plug-in for Adobe After Effects. Boris AAF Transfer will support Apple Final Cut Pro 6 and higher and Avid Media Composer 4 and higher.

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Jun 08
Jolly Rover game sails onto the Mac has released Brawsome's new adventure game, Jolly Rover ( for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), through its web site. This high seas point-and-click experience will follow the adventures of Gaius James Rover, a dog who just wants to star in the circus like his dear old dad.

Here's how the game is described: "Following the tragically comedic death of his father, young Gaius, who insists on using his middle name James, goes to live with his uncle, a wealthy plantation owner on a small Caribbean island. While practising a particularly tricky juggling move, he accidentally taints a barrel of rum with tobacco, creating a potent and addictive brew which he coins Jolly Rover, one of the most prized substances in the Caribbean.

"Alas, the wealth of Jolly Rover sales only manages to...

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Jun 08
R10Cipher file/text encryption solution adds 'Decrypt Only...

Arten Science has updated R10Cipher (, a cross platform encryption/decryption tool, to version 4.0. It can run in a "Decrypt Only" mode that doesn't require any purchase.

R10Cipher supports drag and drop multiple file encryption, and decryption by double clicking a file to recreate it with its original filename. R10Cipher takes text or files and encrypts them. These files can be Word files, Excel files, MP3 files -- almost any kind of file.

Its encrypted files can be copied elsewhere, even to a different operating system and unencrypted by anyone in possession of the shared key that was used for the encryption. If encrypting text, this Cipher Text can then be copied into an email, saved as a file and attached to an email or just copied elsewhere. The recipient can use R10Cipher to open the file and view the encrypted contents, assuming they're in...

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Jun 08
MBS releases Transparent Screensaver 2.3 for Mac OS X

Monkeybread Software ( has released Transparent Screensaver 2.3, an update to their screensaver utility for Mac OS X. The utility adds a variable transparency overlay screensaver to the list of screensavers in Preferences.

With the screensaver running at 50% the effect is one of dimming the desktop and all open windows; 0% is black; 100% is completely transparent. With the screen lock option engaged, the user can continue to view their iChat Buddy List, iTunes Library, or any open process or window, while waking their computer from screen saver mode is password protected. If the user wishes to remain logged in to their computer, but prevent others from using it, he can lock the screen.

Version 2.3 makes Transparent Screensaver Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") compatible; it also works with Mac OS X 10.5 .

MBS Transparent Screensaver 2.3...

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Jun 08
DVDxDV Pro now offers standard def to high def conversion

DVDxDV Pro ( has been updated to version 2.1, which fixes some glitches introduced in version 2.1. The upgrade converts standard definition DVDs into high definition 1080i video suitable for use in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and iMovie HD.

Version 2.0 added direct export from DVD to Apple TV. Used in the television and film industry, DVDxDV Pro converts DVD to high quality Quicktime movies for editing in Final Cut Pro, Avid, iMovie, and more. In addition to the Apple TV, DVDxDV Pro version will convert DVD video directly to the 5G (video enabled) iPod and the iPhone. The software costs US$80; version 2.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Jun 08
iLuv announces cases for the iPhone 4

iLuv ( has announced a new line of creative graphic designed cases and a screen protectors for Apple’s new iPhone 4. They range from dual layer mix and match cases, metallic cases, leather cases, soft coated ultra thin silicone cases to 2-way privacy screen protectors and glare-free screen protectors.

The entire line of new Apple iPhone 4 accessories will be available starting in June. Prices will range from US$14.99 to $49.99.

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Jun 08
iWisdom grows wiser with version 2.0.0

PowerSurge Publishing has just released iWisdom 2.00 for Mac OS X and Windows. New preference options now allow the user to select the format they wish to use for transferring/copying individual wisdom items out of iWisdom and onto the System clipboard.

The display pane for wisdom items has been cleaned up a bit as well. Also, when entering multiple quotations from the same source, a new "Last Author and Work" menu item now permits that information to be carried over from one entry to the next. Numeric titles for wisdom items are now supported. And entry of the wisdom item body now follows lightweight markup conventions, reducing the need to view or enter HTML tags.   

iWisdom is a program that manages a collection of quotations or other brief insights. The program tracks a set of data fields concerning each bit of wisdom, including author, source, year of publication, title and category. iWisdom allows you to view wisdom in a list view (with optional sort fields), a...

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Jun 08
ATTO announces line of 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters

ATTO Technology, which specializes in storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, has announced the immediate availability of its ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters.

The ExpressSAS R60F (16 port internal), R680 (8 port external), R608 (8 port internal), and R644 (4 port external/4 port internal) feature ATTO’s RAID stack and incorporate Marvell Technology Group’s 88RC9580 RAID-on-Chip (ROC) processor technology. The adapters are available in four different port configurations, and there are 6Gb/s SAS/SATA HBAs available in five different port configuration.

For more information on ATTO’s ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID Adapters visit: .

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