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Mar 22
PrintSprint update for Mac OS X adds support for local photo...

Blue Lamp Software (http://bluelampsoftware.com/printsprint/) has updated PrintSprint, a Mac OS X utility for users who want prints from their digital photos, to version 1.5. The upgrade adds support for the local printing of your photos and corrects wallet sized photos to 2.5 x 3.5 inches

According to the folks at Blue Lamp Software, PrintSprint makes it simple to select photos, set the print size, quantity, and crop and then generate your order. It never modifies your originals and it works with your organizational system so it doesn't matter if you're using iPhoto, Aperture or have your photos on your hard drives or CDs.

PrintSprint requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. A demo is available for download. PrintSprint costs US$19.95, but version 1.5 is a free update for registered users.

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Mar 20
Apple products especially tempting to cyberthieves

According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, online fraud of all kinds rose 22.3 percent between 2008 and 2009. Credit-card fraud made up about 10% of the total number of complaints referred to law enforcement.

Last year, companies and individuals lost more than half a billion dollars to cyberthieves, and a "disproportionate share of that was Apple-related," says "The Washington Post" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/19/AR201003...).

Why is Apple so popular with scammers? Its business model gives them two ways to use stolen credit-card numbers, according to Robert Vamosi, research analyst specializing in security, fraud and risk for market research firm Javelin Strategy & Research, told "The Post."...

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Mar 20
Over 190,000 iPads pre-ordered

After Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad, 190,000 orders were placed within the first week. That rate slowed to 5,000 per day as Apple begins offering school discounts, reports "Fortune" (http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2010/03/20/ipad-week-1-19000...).

Apple racked up pre-orders at the rate of more than 25,000 units per hour early Friday, March 12, when the iPad went on sale, according to the team tracking order numbers at Investor Village's AAPL Sanity board. By Sunday, the initial frenzy had...

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Mar 20
Worldcloud announces FileMaker hosting

Worldcloud (http://www.worldcloud.com), a provider of cloud computing and dedicated server solutions, has announced the availability of FileMaker 11 hosting on both shared and dedicated platforms.

Drawing on the native capabilities of FileMaker 11 Server Advanced, hosting of FileMaker is now possible via your own Java control panel, with access to all features of the database engine, including upload database, open/close, view logs, monitor connections. disconnect users, define schedules/scripts, send messages and access to the php Site Assistant. When hosted at worldcloud.com, users will also immediately benefit from the improved Instant Web Publishing (IWP) capabilities of FileMaker Server 11 Advanced, according to Kris Keppl of Worldcloud.

Hosting packages are available in 1-4, 5, and 15 database quotas, as well as Dedicated Server single, dual and triple server deployments for FileMaker...

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Mar 20
CosmoPod Safari extension update sports new QT movies...

Cocoamug Software, developers and publishers of great Mac software, has released CosmoPod 4.3 (http://www.cocoamug.com/cosmopod/index.html), an update of the Safari extension that lets you download Flash videos from web sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, etc.

The upgrade sports a new QuickTime movies interpreter that just works with tutorial movies and trailers from Apple. Also, the CosmoPod toolbar button now features a menu.

CosmoPod can automatically convert downloaded files to an Apple device friendly format, tag them and add them to iTunes. Additionally, you can convert most video already on your hard drive via drag and drop so can be used as a tool to import your DVD collection to your Mac, iTunes, AppleTV, and iPhone.

CosmoPod costs US$12. Version 4.3 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x. CosmoPod 3 and earlier users can...

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Mar 20
Everything HerePlus releases 13-port USB external hub

EverythingHerePlus has released a 13-port Hi-Speed USB 2.0 External Hub (http://www.everythinghereplus.com/electronics/13-port-hi-speed-usb-2-0-e...). It costs US$33 and is available in black and white.

Fully USB 2.0 compliant and USB 1.1 backward compatible, it supports low, full, and high speed USB devices and works with any system that supports the USB specification. One of the 13 downstream ports is on top of the unit, and folds down for access to portable USB thumb Drives.

Providing 13 downstream ports in total, these hubs features plug and play installation and transparent operation. This hub comes with a free power supply with a four ampere capacity, and USB 2.0 cable to connect to a host computer.

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Mar 19
Pre-Order taken forThe Settlers 7 game for Mac OS X

Macgamestore.com is now accepting pre-orders for UbiSoft's upcoming strategy game, The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom (http://www.macgamestore.com/detail.php?ProductID=1421) for Mac OS X. It costs US$49.95.

As a bonus, Macgamestore.com is offering a free copy of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Hard Evidence when you pre-order The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom before the game ships on March 23, 2010.

Here's how the game is described: "Unravel an intriguing and unexpected story as you play. Combat enemies all across the land in a quest to conquer a formidable kingdom. Defeat ruthless kings, forbidding lords and dark knights on your quest for victory. Uncover undisclosed traitors along your path and turn enemies into allies to pave your path to victory."

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Mar 19
Jobs joins Schwarzenegger to promote organ donor registry

Saying a liver transplant saved his life, Apple CEO Steve Jobs helped convince California lawmakers to draft organ donation legislation, unveiled at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's hospital Friday morning, reports the "Silicon Valley Mercury News" (http://www.mercurynews.com/business-headlines/ci_14710378).

His decision to go public with his transplant to help others was applauded by the Governor, Arnold Schwarznegger, who is advocating for passage of the bill.

The bill, SB 1395 by state Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, requires Californians who are applying for or renewing their drivers license to affirmatively accept or decline becoming a donor. The current system takes a more passive approach, merely providing a pink sticker to affix to a license, says the "Mercury News."

The legislation would also create the nation's...

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Mar 19
March 27 is deadline to submit first iPad apps for approval

If you're a developer planning an iPad app and want it to be available on April 3 (when the iPad hits stores), you need to have it to Apple by March 27, 5 pm (Pacific).

Apple is encouraging developers to "submit your iPad app now for an initial review by the App Review Team and receive feedback on its readiness for the grand opening." Developers should build and test their iPad app using iPhone SDK 3.2 beta 5 available on the iPhone Dev Center (http://developer.apple.com/iphone/index.action). Only iPad apps built with iPhone SDK 3.2 beta 5 will be accepted for this initial review.

The Apple App Review Team will review your app on iPad and email you details about the readiness of your app.

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Mar 19
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for March 19

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/).


Tessera Design has announced World Builder 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. It's an US$3.99 suite of tools that enables game masters of pen-and-paper role playing games "to build, map, and explore worlds like never before." You can create locales, non-player characters and maps, as well as customize locale and NPC characteristics.

Voiceserve, a, next-generation Internet Telephony software and service provider, says that, in addition to its WIFI VoIP dialer for the iPhone, Voiceserve’s VoIP over data connection for iPhone/iPod has been authorized on the Apple App Store. The company says the new addition to the company’s Vippie Mobile software is one of the first cellular software packages in the market to work across all networks including...

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Mar 19
Bookmakers: iPad's debut unlikely to outdo that of the...

The odds are stacked against the iPad reaching sales of one million as quickly as the iPhone did, YouWager.com, an online bookmaker says.

The iPhone, which went on sale in June 2007, took 74 days to get to the one million mark. The iPad, a tablet device that debuts on April 3, has a 72 percent probability of taking longer than that, according to YouWager.com, which began taking bets on the topic this week.

"No matter what they put out on the market, there’s going to be large sales, but with this particular product, we don’t think it’s as practical as the iPhone,” Brian Sanz -- who works on wagering, auditing and research development for YouWager.com -- told "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=conewsstory&tkr=AAPL%3AUS&sid=apJ...).
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Mar 19
iPad ad during the Academy Awards gets mixed reviews

The Brandweek Buzz Report by YouGov (http://www.brandweek.com) is a weekly consumer perception report that analyzes the most talked about brands based on buzz. In evaluating the ads broadcast during the recent Academy Awards, Apple's iPad ad received mixed reviews.

Apple took the wraps off its first commercial for the iPad. The ad featured a highly syncopated overview of everything the device to the tune of “There Goes My Love” by The Blue Van.

When the product was first unveiled in January, the consumer reaction was quite mixed. That seems to have carried over two months later, according to BrandWeek. The new ad gave Apple a short-lived shot in the arm with adults over 18, sending the brand from a buzz score of 35 the day after the Oscars to 38.5 a couple of days later. However, perception has been rocky since then, with the brand’s buzz score now at 32.4, reflecting the public’s indecision...

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Mar 19
Imation to ship multi-terabyte magnetic tape

Imation (http://www.imation.com) is ready to begin shipping its Imation LTO Ultrium Generation 5 tape cartridges, with nearly double the storage capacity, increased data transfer rates, and a new partitioning functionality over the prior tape generation.

This follows certification by the Measurement Analysis Corporation (MAC), an independent testing board for compliance verification testing, and the LTO Technology Provider Companies: HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corp. Imation previously announced that it was the first company to obtain the license to develop and manufacture this new multi-terabyte LTO 5 tape.

With a native capacity of 1.5 terabytes and 3.0 terabytes of compressed storage, data transfer rates of up to 280 MB/second compressed, data encryption, and new partitioning functionality to enhance file control and space management, the LTO 5 format offers significant improvements over prior...

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Mar 19
Voices added to Heileen 2: The Hands Of Fate game

Tycoon Games has released a voiced version of their latest game, Heileen 2: The Hands Of Fate. It adds hours of voiced content to one of Tycoon Games' longest games to date.

Like many of its Japanese counterparts, this visual novel leaves the main character unvoiced, but a team of seven voice actors has worked to bring life to the rest of the cast including Black the cat, Marie, Lora, Otto, Robert, Ebele and many more. Previous customers can redownload the game for free, while new users can try the new voiced demo at the official game page: http://www.tycoongames.eu/adventures/heileen2.php .

Heileen 2: The Hands Of Fate costs US$19.99. It's compatible with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems.

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Mar 19
SongGenie for Mac/iPhone/iPod updated to version 2

Equinux has updated SongGenie (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/songgenie/index.html), a software application designed to analyze, detect and label music data, to version 2.0 The upgrade automatically searches online for lyrics, which can be displayed on your iPod or iPhone.

SongGenie constructs an acoustic fingerprint of each track and, based on specific characteristics, detects the appropriate artist name, song title and album title. It automatically identifies tracks containing incomplete or incorrect information. It even detects music titles for tracks with no artist, album or song title information; titles that were digitalized without extra information and are therefore called, for example, "Title 01" and additional characters that suggest incorrect names like an underline.

Using an acoustic fingerprint, SongGenie determines...

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Mar 19
Bharti Airtel to sell iPhone 3GS in India

India's Bharti Airtel says it's entered into an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone 3GS in India .

According to "The Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870358090457513118396274628...), no launch date has been announced. Bharti Airtel already sells the iPhone 3GS, but, so far, hasn't sold the faster version of the Apple smartphone.

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Mar 19
Security researcher to reveal Mac OS X security holes

Security researcher Miller is planning to reveal "no fewer than 20 zero day security holes within Mac OS X" at CanSecWest, reports "Engadget" (http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/19/charlie-miller-to-reveal-20-zero-day-...).

According to Miller: "OS X has a large attack surface consisting of open source components, closed source third-party components and closed source Apple components; bugs in any of these types of components can lead to remote compromise ... Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town."

In other words, Apple users are "safer" (due to the lack of work that goes into hacking them), "but less secure," notes "Endgadget."

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Mar 19
Wintek blamed for iPad delay

Taiwan-based touch panel supplier Wintek has been blamed for a delay of iPad shipments, according to a Chinese-language report on the "Liberty Times."

Actually, the WiFi only version goes on sale April 3. All Apple originally said was they're go on sale in late March.

The "Liberty Times" report claimed that Wintek is facing a manufacturing bottleneck in its touch panel production, and its low yield rate for touch panels has hampered its shipments to Apple. However, according to "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100319PB202.html), in response to the report, Wintek, in a statement filed with the Taiwan Stock Exchange said that all of its operations have been running in line with its plans, and it declined to comment on individual clients or particular orders.

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Mar 19
Ben-Q introduces new monitors

Ben-Q (http://www.benq.com) has extended its line of LED monitors with the addition of the 24-inch wide screen V2410T (US$319) and V2410B ($279). The former is targeted more to business users, the latter to home users.

According to the folks at Ben-Q, the V2410T is designed to cater for corporate users’ needs. It comes with a height adjustment function allowing users to adjust the screen’s height according to theirs. Unlike the CCFL technology used in the LCD monitors, V2410T and V2410B use energy efficient LED backlighting. In comparison to a CCFL monitor, V2410T and V2410B purportedly consume 44% less power -- and 56% less in Eco mode.

BenQ’s V2410T and V2410B’s LED backlit screens offer Full 1080p High-Definition at 16:9 aspect ratio and are enhanced with BenQ’s Senseye Human Visual Technology using its six proprietary calibration techniques. A "Display mode hot key", located on the right side of these...

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Mar 19
'Demystifying iPhone & iPad App Development'...

"Demystifying iPhone & iPad App Development: A Non-Technical Overview for Decision-Makers and Idea People," a conference session given at the Macworld 2010 Conference & Expo in San Francisco in February, is now available online (http://www.paradeofprogress.com/macworld/) as a free video screencast.

Parade of Progress Productions, a Los Angeles-based design, development & consulting firm specializing in the iPhone, announced that it is making its Macworld session freely available, both for streaming and as a download.

"Because of the wonderful response to the content, we wanted to make the information available to a much larger audience," says Ron Diamond, principal of Parade of Progress.

The video is available in both a large format for viewing on the desktop, as well as a smaller format viewable directly on the iPhone and iPod touch.

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Mar 19
Snow Leopard Server TechForum Virtual Events slated

Sewelltech and Apple are sponsoring free Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server Tech Forum Virtual Events. A total of 5 different topics and 12 different event times will be offered.

These one-hour sessions are free, include live demonstrations and Q&A, and begin at 11 a.m. (Pacific). You can register now at http://seminars.apple.com/go/wc/ent/SewellTech/ .

The Tech Forum Virtual Events are designed to teach learn how your organization can benefit from the power and flexibility of Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server. The Mac OS X Snow Leopard for IT sessions are designed for medium to large IT departments that want to learn how easy it is to deploy, manage, and secure Mac clients in a network environment. And the Snow Leopard Server events will introduce business users to the key features that offer simple and innovative ways to...

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Mar 18
Apple releases Logic Pro 9.1

Apple has released Logic Pro 9.1.1 (http://www.apple.com/logicstudio/download/), an update of the music creation and audio production tool. The new version delivers improved compatibility and numerous fixes, according to Apple.

Logic Pro 9.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later. For new users the cost is US$499.

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Mar 18
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for March 18

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/).

Namco has released Tinseltown Dreams: The 50s for the iPhone and iPod touch. The US$2.99 app is a Match 3 movie-making game that allows players to "create their very own box-office sensation."

Spoonjuice has released new organizational app, Daily Deeds, for the iPhone and iPod touch. The $0.99 app lets users create a task list to carry with them on-the-go, and monitor accomplishments over time.

Good.iWare has released a new version of its $0.99 GoodReader file viewer for the iPhone that includes "server-style" support for DropBox. Now users can upload files and even entire directories to Dropbox from GoodReader, and are also able to delete files just like they could with a normal file server, such as FTP.

I-itch has introduced ABC...

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Mar 18
Arkansas.gov becomes first state to offer mobile payments for...

With today’s launch of http://arkansas.gov/m, Arkansas is the first state to provide secure payment processing specifically for smartphone users. It's part of the official web site of the state of Arkansas.

Starting today, the Arkansas.gov mobile site features secure payments for three high-volume online government services: inmate trust account deposits; probation and parole supervision and restitution payments; and Pulaski County property tax payments. These mobile applications provide an option for users to access government services and are available on all smartphone operating platforms, including the iPhone, Blackberry, Google Android, Windows Mobile, and Palm, says Claire Bailey, chief information officer of the state of Arkansas.

The state’s decision to launch an optimized mobile version of Arkansas.gov was driven by the growing popularity of smartphone devices in the state. “We recognize that...

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Mar 18
5-Port FireRepeate-800 Pro is new FireWire 800 repeater hub

EveryThingHerePlus has released the 5-Port FireRepeate-800 Pro (http://www.everythinghereplus.com/electronics/unibrain-firerepeater-800-...), a FireWire 800 repeater hub. The US$102.25 device provides port expansion on FireWire 800 IEEE 1394b device chains.

Oriented towards industrial and machine vision applications, the FireRepeater-800 Pro provides the ability to connect up to five FireWire 1394b devices. Its metallic compact case is designed to minimize the risk of physical damage.

The platform agnostic device provides five 9-pin (bilingual) FireWire 800 ports with a maximum throughput of up to 800 Mbps each. The hub utilizes FireWire 800 bus power or accepts an optional power adapter (sold separately) for...

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