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Mar 12
Apple releases Safari security update for Mac, Windows

Apple has released Safari Security Update (APPLE-SA-2010-03-11-1) for Mac and Windows, which brings the web browser to version 4.0.5.

According to the Apple, the update is recommended for all Safari users and includes improvements to performance, stability, and security including:
° Performance improvements for Top Sites;

° Stability improvements for third party plug-ins;

° Stability improvements for web sites with online forms and Scalable Vector Graphics;

° Fixes an issue that prevented Safari from changing settings on some Linksys routers;

° Fixes an issue that prevented some iWork.com users from commenting on documents.

Mac users can obtain the update via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.

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Mar 12
Radiologik for Mac OS X update includes optimizations

The Macinmind gang has updated Radiologik (http://macinmind.com/Radiologik), radio DJing and automation software for Mac OS X, to version 1.7. This release includes several optimizations for 24/7 radio stations, both streaming and terrestrial.

Radiologik is comprised of a set of two programs that seeks to address the specific needs of radio broadcasting in an accessible and focused way. It's made up of two program queue players, one independent/voiceover player, and one library player. It has audio outputs that are selectable with user labels. The players overlap for proper cold starts and stops (no cross-fades). Radiologik also offers: custom start/stop and fades per track; live searching in its library (a la iTunes); and iTunes Library importing. It plays MP3, AAC, ITMS protected AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV files.

Radiologik Scheduler user]s iTunes as its database utilizing...

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Mar 12
WhoPaste update for Mac OS X adds instant iCal To Does

Mac-Chi has updated WhoPaste (http://www.whopaste.com/), a contact acquisition utility for the Mac OS X Address Book, to version 4.5. The upgrade adds instant iCal To Dos.

The new iCal To Dos can be created with just a control click on Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") or with a user configurable hot key on Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"). Mac-Chi has also enhanced the underlying data model and simplified the installation process. The older two-step installation process has been replaced with the more familiar and customer-friendly "drop a file on a folder"process.

With WhoPaste installed Mac users can simply copy any contact information (e.g. just a phone number in a Sticky note, a whole signature block in an email, or even multiple rows from a spreadsheet) and without switching applications or navigating to a web site, with a single keystroke they can create a new contact in their address book.

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Mar 12
TimeCache for Mac OS X gets new Projects Total report, more

The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache -- its time and expense billing app for oMac OS X 10.3.9 and higher -- to version 8.0.7. The upgrade offers a new Project Totals report for viewing only totals of selected projects

TimeCache 8.0.7 also offers the option to automatically show a "business information" text block in reports and invoices. The new version also sports a number of small improvements and bug fixes.

TimeCache is a Universal Binary Macintosh application. It offers support for timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customizable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user's computer activity, the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries, can use Apple Address Book entries for client contact information, can produce charts of billable time and expenses, and...

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Mar 12
QuickBooks discussed at next MacBUS meeting

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia -- or MacBUS (http://www.macbus.org) -- will be held on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 pm. MacBUS member Ben Romney will demonstrate how to manage your business finances with Intuit QuickBooks.

In addition, Irv Herzog will demonstrate Stuffit Deluxe 2010, which incorporates the functionality of StuffIt Expander, DropStuff, DropZip, and DropTar into one convenient program. A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:

Hunt Room
Dorrance Hamilton Hall
University of the Arts
320 South...

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Mar 12
OnOne announces free versions of PhotoTools 2.5 and PhotoFrame 4...

One Software (http:/www.ononesoftware.com) has announced the immediate availability of two fully-functional Photoshop plug-ins: PhotoTools 2.5 Free and the new PhotoFrame 4.5 Free.

The free plug-ins for Photoshop are based on the versions of PhotoTools 2.5 Standard Edition and PhotoFrame 4.5 Standard Edition and are compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3 and CS4.
The free versions provide photographers with select content from the Standard Editions of each product, while maintaining the full functionality, unlike the traditional restrictions of 30-day timed trials or watermarked images, according to Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software.

Based on the same feature set as PhotoTools 2.5 Standard Edition, PhotoTools 2.5 Free includes 15 of the most popular effects found in PhotoTools 2.5 Standard Edition. PhotoTools offers action-based effects that can improve images and let you find, experiment, combine, apply and fine tune effects. The 15 effects available in...

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Mar 12
Muzatach releases solar charger for the iPhone

USA Solar and Digital Communications Technologies, aka Muzatch, have developed a 9.8 ounce solar power station specifically for the iPhone series as well as the iPod nano.

The MZH-1200 iPhone power station is now available worldwide through the Muzatch web site (http://www.muzatch.com).  It comes in five colors -- white, black, blue, silver and green -- and is available at the introductory price of US$49.59.

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Mar 12
MacTech releases side-by-side video of graphics under...

MacTech Magazine (http://www.mactech.com) has released video of graphics running on commercial virtualization solutions running on Intel-based Macs. MacTech's goal was to answer the often asked questions about how graphics perform under virtualization.

The video (http://www.mactech.com/graphics-virtualization-vmware-vs-parallels) is online now and was inspired by the very large suite of over 3,500 tests that was performed comparing the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro that MacTech released in February.

The purpose of that testing and the article released are to answer the questions about performance for the different virtualization solutions available, as well as the differences between Windows XP and Windows 7 in virtual machines, as well...

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Mar 11
Graphics in Virtualization: VMware Fusion vs. Parallels Desktop
Ever wonder what graphics really looks like side-by-side comparing VMware Fusion 3 to Parallels Desktop 5? This video will show you a wide variety of graphics tests, running on side-by-side machines so that you can see for yourself.
Interesting in the full analysis of which product is faster? Check it out at: http://www.mactech.com/articles/special/1002-VirtualizationHeadToHead/ and read the most comprehensive and definitive set of benchmarks in the industry about virtualization on the Mac. Thousands of real world tests run, primarily with a stopwatch, to give you the best... | Read more »
Mar 11
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for March 11

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/).

Transparent Language has announced Byki Irish for the iPhone and iPod touch. The free app comes with more than 1,000 words and phrases, including some special words and phrases for St. Patrick’s Day.

Aspen Publishers (http://www.aspenpublishers.com) now offers new Multistate Bar Exam content for the iPhone and iPod touch®, transforming the popular Emanuel Bar Review series into digital resources for Bar Exam study and making it easier for busy law students to study wherever they need to.

The Groupon shopping web site has launched a free app for the iPhone and iPod touch With it, users can buy, redeem and organize their purchases.

Glu Mobile, a...

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Mar 11
iPhone sees 97.9% year-over-year growth

Global smartphone shipments grew 37.2% last year -- and the iPhone saw a 97.9% year-over-growth in shipments. While Apple saw the greatest success, Nokia's shipments also jumped 37.3 percent and Research in Motion saw a spike of 41.2 percent.

Analyst Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/03/11/apple_sees_98_iphone_growt...) -- told clients that the smartphone market has turned into a "land grab" that's "virtually certain" to lead to a brutal battle between Microsoft and Google.

He said Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Series won't kill the iPhone, which exists in a class by itself, but it will be a potential "Android killer." Windows Phone 7...

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Mar 11
Dolby brings surround sound voice chat to Macs, online console...

At this year’s Game Developers Conference® (Booth BS506, Moscone South), Dolby Laboratories has announced new tools that will soon make it possible for gamers to enjoy Dolby Axon surround voice chat on more of their favorite gaming platforms -- including the Mac.

Dolby unveiled new software developer kit (SDK) ports that enable game developers to integrate the Dolby Axon surround voice technology to Mac OS X, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360versions of multiplayer online game titles. General availability of these ports is planned for April.

According to Matt Tullis, marketing director, Games, Dolby Laboratories, already adopted by several online games, including the most recently announced Dragon Nest by Nexon Corp., as well as ZT Online (Giant Interactive), Mission Against Terror (Kingsoft) and Jumpgate Evolution (NetDevil), the Dolby Axon SDK enables game developers to raise the online gaming experience to a new level through a number of features:

° Voice...

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Mar 11
Barnes & Noble to release eReader for the iPad

Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com) says it will soon be adding a new B&N eReader for the iPad.
 
Designed specifically for the Apple device, the B&N eReader will give customers access to more than one million eBooks, magazines and newspapers in the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, as well as the existing content in their Barnes & Noble digital library. That includes eBooks and content customers have downloaded to their nook™ eBook reader.) 
 
To be released around the time of iPad’s expected availability, the new Barnes & Noble eReader will join B&N's growing list of free eReader software for most computing and mobile devices including the Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod touch and Blackberry. 

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Mar 11
New 'Mini Missing Manuals' available in ebook format...

O'Reilly has recently released the Mini Missing Manual series (http://search.oreilly.com/?q=mini+missing+manuals&utm_content=em-orm-pr-Mini+MM&utm_campaign=O'Reilly&utm_source=iPost&utm_medium=email&imm_mid=056d26&cmp=em-orm-pr-Mini+MM), available in ebook format only. They're US$4.99 each.


The current titles in the series are "Creating Keynote Slideshows," "Layout in Pages '09," "Sharing Keynote Slideshows," "Word Processing in Pages '09," "Add Audio and Video to Your Site," "Add Interactivity to Your Site," "Attract Visitors to Your Site."

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Mar 11
Novothink introduces solar charging case for the iPod touch

Novothink (http://www.novothink.com), a global manufacturer of energy alternative electronic devices, has released the Solar Surge, anApple licensed solar charger case for the iPod touch. The solar charger case enables anyone to power up from the sun while carrying their iPod.

iPod touches can now be effectively and efficiently charged anywhere under the sun by simply being attached to a Solar Surge, according to Ian Dorfman, president of Novothink. Along with the custom designed and engineered charger case that includes solar panels that provide continuous charging from the sun, Solar Surge also includes a USB 2.0 cable that is compatible with standard USB charging ports to provide high capacity charging and data exchange.

To estimate solar needs for iPhone 3G and 3G S usage, Novothink encourages users to take advantage of their free Solar Planner available at the company's web site. Available...

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Mar 11
FileMaker, Bracket deliver 'Slam Dunk' charts

FileMaker and Bracket Science have teamed up to deliver a bracket resource titled “Bracket Science Slam Dunk Charts by FileMaker Pro 11.”

The Facebook page is designed to give college basketball fans a competitive edge in creating their championship tournament brackets thanks to FileMaker Pro 11, the database software, which now features integrated charting. Fans will see a variety of daily charts and can select and share the charts that they find most useful in building their tourney brackets.

Bracket Science Slam Dunk Charts by FileMaker Pro 11 will be available March 11 to March 31, 2010. The Facebook App Site Groups can be found at:

° CBSSports.com Brackets - http://bit.ly/9TT2mW

° CitizenSports Bracket Challenge - http://bit.ly/ddySPT

° Watercooler 2010 Bracket Challenge -...

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Mar 11
SONiVOX releases Grand Piano Virtual Instrument Eighty Eight

SONiVOX (http://www.sonivoxmi.com), a virtual instrument manufacturer, has released Grand Piano Virtual Instrument, Eighty Eight. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$199.

Eighty Eight is conceived and designed as a virtual embodiment of a Steinway CD 327 grand. It was recorded within the same acoustic confines as the SONiVOX Symphonic Collection. Eighty Eight sports: over 11GB of premium instrument content; 35 piano and pad presets; 52 solo piano presets; 15 adjustable split point multi-instrument combination patches; up to 16 velocity layers per key; onboard EQ, reverb and limiter; a seven-step velocity re-mapper; and more. It has Mac standalone, AU, VST and RTAS compatibility.

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Mar 11
Macgamestore releases Warbirds: Dogfights

Macgamestore has announced the digital download release of Warbirds: Dogfights (http://www.macgamestore.com/detail.php?ProductID=1417) for the Mac. The game is an action-air combat game that puts players in the cockpit of the greatest World War II (WWII) air combat planes during the pivotal battles of the war. The game was developed and published by iEntertainment Network.

Here's how Warbirds: Dogfights is described: "The game features the ability to engage in dogfights as a member of either the Allies or Axis powers, more than 100 WWII aircraft and realistic game environments from both the European and Pacific battle theaters of WWII. In addition, players can expect constant diversity in mission play and deep replay value via a dynamic game engine and access to one-month of free playing time for the classic massive multiplayer online game (MMOG...

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Mar 11
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.6.1 (Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.6.1 (Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se) for users running Mac OS X 10.5.x ("Leopard").

This version adds ability to stop Cocktail from logging out, restarting or shutting down the computer at the end of a scheduled program. The update also features improvements on the clear Adobe Flash Player caches and cookies procedure as well as overall performance improvements.

Cocktail 4.6.1 (Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.5 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.5.8. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A...

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Mar 11
NAB Show launches new 'Post Pit' on show floor

NAB has debuted a new digital video workflow presentation stage, complete with a networking lounge and series of mini sessions, which will be held on the show floor at the 2010 NAB Show (http://www.nabshow.com), April 12-15.

Located in the South Lower Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Post Pit brings together user groups and individuals who use post-production and other digital story-telling software and hardware products on display at the NAB Show.

Produced in partnership with Final Cut Pro User Group (FCPUG) Network SuperMeet, fxguide, Digital Production Buzz and Future Media Concepts (FMC), Post Pit will offer attendees and exhibitors an interactive experience in which to showcase creative content, while top talent take the stage to share tips and tricks to aid digital video creators and editors in navigating the various tools used in the trade

Some of the presenters include Ted...

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Mar 11
WindowFlow beta released for Mac OS X

Developer Benedict Lowndes has released a beta of WindowFlow (http://windowflow.com) for Mac OS X. The app provides keyboard commands for organizing your application windows.

You can move and resize windows which will snap into alignment with each other. Window tiling allows you to select a messy group of windows to be re-organized to make the most of your screen space. The app's interface also acts as a window switcher, allowing you to browse all of your open application windows.

WindowFlow is currently in the final stages of beta testing, with a discounted for early adopters. WindowFlow Pro will be priced at $22, but is available for purchase during the beta period for $12. WindowFlow Standard will be priced at $12, but is available for purchase during the beta for $8.

Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Mar 11
'MacNotables' looks at the iPad and the Apple App...

The latest edition of 
"MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Like most of us, Mac expert Ted Landau is looking forward to ordering an iPad, but in the meantime, has been looking at the questions of what configuration to order, especially when it comes to connectivity. He discusses the issues surrounding tethering of your Apple devices (and AT&T data plans), why the options are what they are, and what may make sense for you.

Landau also discusses his experiences in comparing Google Voice with the iPhone's Visual Voicemail, and why the latter works better for him, the uses, now and in the future of augmented reality apps, and some of the effects of a maturing iPhone platform. Then he turns his attention to Apple's...

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Mar 11
Vinotekasoft uncorks Vinoteka 1.6.2 for Mac OS X

Vinotekasoft has uncorked Vinoteka 1.6.2 (http://www.vinotekasoft.com), an update of their wine cellar management software for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds Grapes, Regions and Subregions and improves the German localization.

Vinoteka costs US$34.90 for a single user license. You can get a family pack for $79.90 or a business pack for $109.90. Version 1.6.2 is a free update for registered users.

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Mar 11
Monkeybread Software offers new REALbasic DynaPDF plug-in...

Monkeybread Software is offering new REALbasic DynaPDF plug-in licenses. For adding PDF creation to your applications, you can now use the new DynaPDF Starter License for US$199.

In addition Monkeybread is offring new prices for the other REALbasic DynaPDF Plug-in licenses: For the different between Starter, Lite, Pro and Enterprise licenses (and pricing), go to http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/dynapdf.shtml .

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Mar 11
Steve Jobs ranks number 136 on list of world's billionaires

Apple CEO Steve Jobs ranks number 136 on the list of the world's billionaires (http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/10/worlds-richest-people-slim-gates-buffet...) as compiled by "Forbes." The magazine lists his net worth at US$5.5 billion .

Here's what "Forbes" has to say about Jobs: "Following months of rumor and speculation, cultish king of the iGeeks presented the highly anticipated iPad in January; ten-inch, multi-touch computer intended to fill gap between smartphone and laptop. Delighted: nerds everywhere. Scared to death: newspaper and magazine publishers. Also unveiled new iBookstore and iBooks application in direct challenge to Amazon's Kindle; several book publishers have committed to content agreements....

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