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May 25
FontAgent Pro adds auto-activation support for Adobe CS5

Insider Software has announced the immediate availability of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop CS5 auto-activation plug-ins for FontAgent Pro for Macintosh. With this release, FontAgent Pro becomes the only font manager to offer auto-activation support for Adobe Creative Suite 5 applications.

FontAgent Pro auto-activation plug-ins can be used on machines running Mac OS X 10.3.9 through 10.6 -- as well as Classic applications. The latest plug-ins provide auto-activation for Adobe Creative Suite 5 using FontSavant technology that ensures you always auto-activate the right fonts in your documents.

All FontAgent Pro auto-activation plug-ins offer Universal Binary support so run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 4 of FontAgent Pro is required to use the new CS5 plug-ins to ensure correct font activation.

Users of earlier versions must purchase an upgrade to Version 4 to use the plug-ins. Current licensed users running FontAgent Pro 4 or later...

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May 25
iFunia Video Converter Pro adds iPad options

iFunia, a developer of Mac multimedia processing tools, has launched a new version of its flagship product, iFunia Video Converter Pro Converter. This new version offers output options optimized for the iPad.

You can now convert HD video to an iPad 720p h.264 HD video format. Besides converting video formats, iFunia Video Converter Pro can be used to convert between several HD video formats, including HD AVI, AVCHD M2TS, MTS, TS, HD MOV, HD WMV ,HD MP4, HD FLV, and more. With the program, customers will be able to watch converted HD video clips on almost any portable device including their iPod, iPhone, Zune, PSP, and several others, according to David Lee, senior product manager from iFunia.

The program also supports simple video editing. Customers can trim a segment or crop the footage from their HD video and then make the conversion.

The iFunia Video Converter Pro for Mac is now available through the iFunia web site (...

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May 25
AT&T launches pilot WiFi project in Times Square

AT&T (http://www.att.com) has launched an AT&T Wi-Fi "hotzone" in New York City's Times Square, providing coverage for AT&T customers visiting and residing in New York who use Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptops, netbooks and other devices.

The new Wi-Fi coverage zone is a pilot deployment to explore the use of Wi-Fi to provide an additional mobile broadband option in areas with consistently high 3G traffic and mobile data use. It will hopefully alleviate some of the 3G congestion for iPhone users in that neck of the Big Apple.

AT&T has installed Wi-Fi service in the north central part of Times Square, near 7th Avenue between 45th and 47th Street, to provide a large outdoor hotspot zone that AT&T users can access using any Wi-Fi enabled device. The AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone at Times Square is available at no additional charge for nearly 32 million AT&T customers with qualifying smartphone...

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May 25
Apple sued for denying Geniuses rest breaks

Another day, another lawsuit. An Apple employee has filed a class action suit (http://appleemploymentclassaction.com/) in California against Apple.

Representative plaintiff Steve Camuti filed a Complaint in San Francisco County Superior Court on Sept. 15, 2009. The lawsuit is on behalf of all persons employed in non-exempt (hourly paid) “Genius” positions in California.

It alleges that Apple denied those employees rest breaks without paying wages for that time in violation of California law. The proposed plaintiff class seeks to recover unpaid wages, penalties, an injunction and other equitable relief and fees and costs for the period of Sept. 15, 2005, through the present.

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May 25
Walmart cuts price in half on 8GB iPhone

Walmart has lowed the price of the 16GB iPhone 3GS from US$197 to $97. You still, of course, must sign up for the two-year service contract.

Also, the 32GB version is still $297 at the giant retail chain. There are rumors that Apple will announce a new iPhone at June's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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May 25
Apple launches back-to-school promo

Apple has launched its 2010 back-to-school promo (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/campaigns/back_to_school). Students and educators can buy a Mac and get a free iPod touch.

If you’re a college student or a faculty or staff member at any grade level and you buy a new Mac with Apple education pricing from May 25 through Sept. 7, 2010, you can get a free 8GB iPod touch. You're also eligible for a US$50 discount on the MacBook, $100 off a MacBook Air, up to $200 off of a MacBook Pro, and up to a $100 on an iMac.

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May 25
'MacVoices' looks at upcoming versions of TopXNotes

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com, James Lee of Tropical Software tells how he's looking for a few good people to help test and suggest for the upcoming iPhone and iPad versions of TopXNotes.

He talks about the history of their flagship program, where it falls in the note-taking software hierarchy, and why so many users find it easy to understand and adopt. TopXNotes recently received an interface update; Lee covers that, along with his plans for the mobile device version and invites you to contact him to participate. He also has some praise for Apple's iPad/iPhone development policies, and uses some examples from the Mac's past to explain why he supports their efforts to protect us from "the nasty stuff."

"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...

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May 25
OpenTrust Mobile extends its support to the iPad

OpenTrust (http://www.opentrust.com), a next gen IT security software publisher, says it has successfully secured the iPad using its OpenTrust Mobile technology to secure access to corporate networks.

OpenTrust Mobile supports the most common Mobile OS including iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows. This latest development will allow customers to manage digital identities held on the Apple iPad, along with smart phones equipped with Digital IDs, to remotely and automatically authenticate themselves to corporate networks, according to OpenTrust Chief Technical Officer Sherley Brothier.

"The iPad is one of many end user platforms we are targeting, including other mobile computing devices and smartphones," he says. "In line with our core mission of building trusted ecosystems, it is important that our authentication offering supports all users, all networks and all devices, in particular mobile ones."

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May 25
Kroll Ontrack beefs up services for Mac users

Kroll Ontrack (http://www.ontrackdatarecovery.com/apple%2Drecovery%2Dservices/) -- a provider of information management, data recovery, and legal technology products and services -- has announced improvements to its data recovery capabilities for Mac systems, addressing the surge in usage of Apple systems, services, applications and devices, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

Through its Ontrack Data Recovery services, Kroll Ontrack’s proprietary Recovery Positioning SystemT feature adds a higher level of precision to the data recovery process, resulting in faster service and a higher quality data recovery, according to Todd Johnson, vice president of Ontrack Data Recovery operations, Kroll Ontrack.

Ontrack Data Recovery engineers report that requests for Mac-specific data recoveries have doubled over the last three...

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May 25
Honeywell products now work with iPhones, iPod touches, iPads

Honeywell (http://www.honeywell.com), a provider of security technology, is helping consumers give their home and business security systems modern-day makeovers using some of today's most popular mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPod touch.

The company’s Total Connect communications service -- which consumers use to remotely control their security systems from Web-enabled devices such as laptops and smart phones -- now provides streaming video services that allow consumers to view live video of their homes and businesses. The system notifies customers via email of security incidents such as attempted break-ins, and non-emergency events such as a child returning home from school.

Consumers can then access the video from a laptop or handheld mobile device. In addition, they can remotely pan and tilt cameras, manually record video clips, or even take snapshots.

Total Connect...

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May 25
Macsimum Poll: should Apple release an iPad-like (closed) Mac?


In this week's poll, we're asking whether you think Apple should released an iPad-like Mac -- in other words, one with a closed system. The poll is located on the right hand side of the home page beneath the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if Apple should support Flash on its mobile devices. Seventy-nine percent of you said "no," and 21% said "yes."

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May 25
MacWise rings up version 12.0.3

Carnation Software has released MacWise 12.0.3 (http://www.MacWise.com) for Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. The new version is a maintenance release that fixes some bugs.

Many host computers are programmed to instruct the client app to save and restore screens. MacWise 12.0 or later supports three sets of escape sequences commonly used by PC clients (HostAccess, Accuterm and System Builder).

The software emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. MacWise also supports ANSI and SCO ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode, and AppleScript. It works with Intel or PowerPC Macs, MacBooks, Powerbooks and desktops and allows users to connect to the host via serial, modem, telnet, ssh, via the internet or local connection.

MacWise 12 costs US$95 for a single users license. Version 12.0.3 is a free upgrade for registered...

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May 24
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 24

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/).

Macsoftex has announced American Poetry 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. It's an US$0.99, searchable compendium of 5,000 poems by 50 of America's greatest poets. The app uses a parchment/sepia motif with a modest Victorian floral border to display poems in a black Times font, which is adjustable in size. A century of American poetry from Edgar Allan Poe and Edna St. Vincent Millay, to Sylvia Plath and William Carlos Williams is represented.

Hot Chili Apps has released Text Buttons 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch users. The $0.99 app enables the user to add buttons important contacts. Buttons can be created by using words and symbols in individual colors. Friends and relatives will be represented by a customized icon in the address book and by...

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May 24
iLuv announces three new speaker solutions

iLuv (http://www.i-luv.com) has announced their new line of peripherals for the iPad, Mac/PC desktops and laptops. The newest products in this line include three small and portable speaker options. The line-up includes:

° iSP130: Mini Clip Speaker (US$19.99), a speaker companion for any laptop. The USB powered iSP130 includes a built-in hanging clip for mounting;

° iSP150: Portable Speaker Bar ($34.99), designed for iPad, iPhone, iPod, laptops and other portable audio devices with a 3.5mm jack. It features a built-in power switch, volume control and  two power source options: USB or 4 AAA batteries;

° iSP170: Cube Speakers ($39.99), a small cubed designed, USB powered speaker solution designed for laptop users. The iSP170 is 2.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches in size and features built-in volume control.

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May 24
MacCleanse for Mac OS X scrubs up to version 2.0.1

Koingo Software has updated Mac Cleanse (http://www.koingosw.com/products/maccleanse.php), a small Mac OS X application geared towards purifying your system, to version 2.0.1. The upgrade adds an option to always obtain admin auth before a scan/delete in the Preferences window.It also automatically prints out certain types of crash information to the Console.

MacCleanse can perform over 50 tasks that would take nearly an hour to perform manually. It erases caches, logs, cookies, histories, and more. You can purify junk from your system, clear personal information, and recover hard drive space. Mac Cleanse is available for US$19.95. Version 2.0.1 is a paid upgrade ($9.99) for customers owning a 1.x license that's more than six months old.

Mac Cleanse also contains enhanced features for specific applications like FireFox (including beta 3), Mozilla,...

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May 24
YummySoup for Mac OS X heats up to version 1.9.4

HungrySeacow Software has updated YummySoup (http://www.hungryseacow.com/home/yummysoup.html), its recipe management software for Mac OS X, to version 1.9.4. BBCGoodFood.com and MyRecipes.com importers have been updated in the new version.

YummySoup 1.9.4 is a free update for registered users; for new users the cost is US$20. A 15-day demo is available at the HungrySeacow Software web site.

YummySoup is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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May 24
FinderPop ready for Snow Leopard

FinderPop (http://www.finderpop.com/), a preference pane that extends OS X's contextual menus using a FinderPop Items folder much as the Apple Menu Items folder used to do for the Apple menu, has been updated to version 2.3.0. The upgrade is ready for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

You can use it as a launcher that takes up zero screen real estate or a filesystem browser. Also, FinderPop sports a Processes menu (so you can command-click a blank menubar area.)

FinderPop is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The app is free, but if you like it, you're encouraged to make a donation to the developer so development can continue.

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May 24
iPhone sales in Korea pass 700,000

The popularity of the iPhone doesn't show signs of subsiding in Korea, with its sales surpassing 700,000 units as of May 22, just six months since its launch here, reports the "Korea Herald" (http://www.koreaherald.com/business/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100523000165).

It took 27 days for KT to increase its iPhone subscribers from 500,000 to 600,000, while it took only 25 days to add another 100,000 subscribers. An average of 4,000 users bought the iPhone per day since its rollout in late November, according to KT, the exclusive vendor of the smartphone in Korea, notes the "Herald."

Meanwhile, the number of iPhone applications made by Korean developers is nearing 6,000, according to Dreamwiz, an iPhone app developer.

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May 24
'MacVoices' looks at NSConference MINI

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), conference organizer Steve Scott is about to pull off a difficult project: putting together a developers conference in four weeks.

That would be the NSConference MINI, and Scott explains how it came about, who it's for, and why it doesn't compete with Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. He has plenty of experience, organizing two versions of the full NSConference, and outlines how the NSConference MINI will be a bit different, with attendee-determined and provided content, and an impromptu organizational style. Scott also provides an update on the Mac Developer Network, some video training they are offering, 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...

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May 24
New Bose home entertainment systems sport iPod connectivity

Bose (http://www.bose.com) has introduced new Lifestyle V-Class and T-Class home theater systems, combining proprietary 5.1 surround sound with the new Bose Unify intelligent integration system that's designed to overcome much of the growing complexity of setting up and using home theater systems. And they're iPod compatible.

The Lifestyle V-Class systems include Jewel Cube or Direct/Reflecting= speaker arrays, a built-in AM/FM tuner, a dock for iPod, and a universal remote control with a two-line display to show what radio station or song is playing; there’s no need to turn on the TV. The systems include Direct/Reflecting or Virtually Invisible speaker arrays, and a universal remote control. All systems include a control console for connection to sources and use automatic video upscaling for the highest resolution a TV can accept, up to 1080p via HDMI.

The Lifestyle V35 and V25 systems are available from...

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May 24
CPS releases MacCaption Player

MacCaption Player from CPC (http://www.cpcweb.com), which provides HD closed captioned/subtitled video to museum kiosks, is being released today at the American Association of Museums’ “MuseumExpo” in Los Angeles.

MacCaption Player can output captioned and subtitled HD video superior to that of Blu-ray because of its capability to accept video exported directly from a broadcast editing system, using the video format that is native to the editing system, such as Apple ProRes, according to the folks at the American Association of Museums. And Runs on Reliable and Energy Efficient Mac Computers. MacCaption Player software runs on a Mac mini or any other newer model Mac.

MacCaption Player software comes with a display controller that allows the public to control the display of captions and subtitles. It uses standard cables such as USB and HDMI. In most cases, no additional wiring is necessary. The ADA (...

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May 24
Elgato debuts EyeTV HD

Elgato (http://www.elgato.com) has debuted the world’s only DVR solution that provides full access to premium cable or satellite TV content on a Mac -- EyeTV HD (US$199.95). Customers can now watch record, edit and enjoy cable and satellite in high-definition, including all their premium channels.

What's more, EyeTV HD includes a dual-format capture mode that records in iPad and iPhone formats at the same time, allowing users to stream live and recorded TV to an iPhone or iPad using the optional EyeTV app.

To use you simply connect EyeTV HD to the outputs of the cable or satellite receiver with the included component cables, and to the computer via USB. Then position the included infrared channel changer cable nearby. The EyeTV software setup assistant takes you through a configuration process.

EyeTV HD records in the H.264 format for a high-definition digital picture. The H.264 format sports a...

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May 24
Intel expands 2010 Intel core processor

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has introduced Intel Core processors, extending the availability of its award-winning Intel Core processor family to ultra-thin laptops. The number 32 is key -- Intel's chip design and manufacturing dubbed "32 nanometers" delivers 32 percent slimmer laptops and more than 32% better performance.

Based on Intel's 32 nanometer (nm) technology manufacturing, the processors are more than 32% smaller and deliver more than 32% better performance, says Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel. These new processors also reduce power consumption3 more than 15%, resulting in great battery life, he adds.

They also sport Intel's Turbo Boost technology, which will automatically accelerate performance. And Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, available in Intel Core i7, Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i3 processors, provides responsiveness and helps reduce...

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May 24
Beauty Box Skin software updated for CS5 Suite

Digital Anarchy (http://www.digitalanarchy.com/) has released a free 64-bit update for its Beauty Box skin retouching software. Beauty Box 1.0.1 is fully compatible with the Adobe CS5 Suite and runs natively in 64-bit host applications and operating systems.

The plug-in provides a way of smoothing skin and removing blemishes in film, HD and video. It's regularly priced at USS$199. The skin retouching software works in After Effects 7.0–CS5, Premiere Pro CS4–CS5 and Final Cut Pro 6.0–7.0. On the Mac, the product runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.

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May 24
FCC report criticizes Apple, AT&T, Verizon

The FCC has issued its 14th Annual Report on the state of the wireless industry as required by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. One of the "thinly veiled targets" in this report is Apple’s iPhone, according to "Minyanville" (http://www.minyanville.com/businessmarkets/articles/fcc-fcc-report-fcc-1...).

"First up were their concerns about exclusive handset arrangements (EHA)," the article says. "Obviously, this isn’t Apple-specific but the issue from the FCC’s perspective is that device manufacturers target carriers with the largest installed base of subscribers leaving the smaller carriers at a disadvantage."

What's more, the report includes a...

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