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Aug 19
HoudahGeo update for Mac OS X adds EveryTrail publishing

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 2.6. The new version adds EveryTrail publishing.

HoudahGeo costs US$30 for a single-user license for new users. Version 2.6 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher.

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Aug 19
Deafness increase linked to overloud music on devices like the...

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston have found that hearing loss in adolescents has increased dramatically over the past 15 years, and suggest that music and devices such as the iPod may be the reason, reports "TG Daily" (http://macosg.me/2/qq).

"Some risk factors, such as loud sound exposure from listening to music, may be of particular importance to adolescents," say the authors.

The researchers looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys of 12- to 19-year-olds. They found that a fifth had some evidence of hearing loss, while one in twenty had at least mild hearing loss.

Looking at the data from 1988, the team found there had been a 30% increase in the prevalence of any hearing loss, and a 70% increase in mild or worse hearing loss in the past 15 years.

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Aug 19
Report blames WebKit for Safari, Chrome flaws

Cenzic's web application security report for the first half of the year blames WebKit problems and phone software bugs for Safari and Chrome flaws. WebKit is a layout engine designed to allow web browsers to render web pages.

WebKit provides a set of classes to display web content in windows, and implements browser features. It was originally created as a fork of KHTML as the layout engine for Apple's Safari, but is now portable to many other computing platforms and is used in Google's Chrome Browser.

The "Cenzic Q1,Q2 2010 Trends Report" (http://www.cenzic.com/downloads/Cenzic_AppSecTrends_Q1-Q2-2010.pdf) saw a reduction in web application related vulnerabilities as a percentage of total reported vulnerabilities in commercial products. Web vulnerabilities were at about 66% of total reported vulnerabilities of 4,...

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Aug 19
NewPCgadgets releases new iPad accessories

NewPCgadgets (http://www.newpcgadgets.com) has introduced several new products for the iPad. The US$44.95 Security Case is a cushioned leather form-fitting case with a two digit combination lock.

It allows students to lock their case, preventing unauthorized access. The Security Case also comes with an adjustable stand and microfiber cleaning cloth. The $12.95 Vanity Plate for the iPad is a custom engraved stainless steel name plate that provides contact information if your iPad is lost or misplaced.

The $29.95 Pedestal Base for the iPad is a black acrylic base that holds your iPad in your dorm room, office or home. The $9.95 Clasp attaches to your iPad case with removable double-sided adhesive and a Velcro tab to create a latch.

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Aug 19
Supra lets real estate agents obtain listing keys on an iPhone

Supra (http://www.supraekey.com) has begun shipping its eKEY solution for the iPhone, enabling real estate agents to obtain house keys for listings with their Apple smartphones. The eKEY software turns an iPhone into a tool that real estate agents can use to show homes to prospective home buyers.

When agents list properties, they typically secure a set of house keys in locked containers, called key boxes, usually hung on the front door of a house. Only qualified agents, who have been approved by the local real estate association or Multiple Listing Service (MLS), may open the key box and obtain the house keys using an electronic key from Supra.

The eKEY solution for the iPhone consists of a hardware adapter and software. The compact adapter attaches to the base of the smartphone. Lightweight (less than 1/2 an ounce) and smaller than a typical car fob, it can be carried on an agent's keychain when...

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Aug 19
Worldwide microprocessor unit shipments, revenues rise

Worldwide computer microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the second calendar quarter of 2010 (2Q10) increased 3.6% and 6.2%, respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2010, according to the latest PC processor study from International Data Corporation (IDC).

The average sequential change in unit shipments between a calendar year's first quarter and its second quarter is an increase of 1.6%. For revenues, the average sequential change is a decrease of -2.8%. So, these increases represent better performance than usual for a second calendar quarter.

"Such a sequential increase in PC processor shipments alone would have been enough to conclude that the first half was strong for the market," said Shane Rau director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC (http://www.idc.com). "However, a modest rise in revenues, too, points directly to a rise in average selling prices. System makers...

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Aug 19
Canon introduces new digital cameras, photo printer

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced three new high-performance PowerShot cameras -- the PowerShot S95, the SD4500 IS and the SX130 IS Digital cameras -- and a new photo printer.

These cameras sport Canon’s HS (High Sensitivity) System for improved low-light shooting in the S95 and SD4500 IS cameras, High Definition (HD) video recording, High Dynamic Range (HDR) in the S95 camera and a more intelligent Smart AUTO mode, among a range of others. Scheduled to be available late August, the S95 camera retails for an estimated price of US$399.99. Due in early September, the SD4500 IS camera retails for $349.99. Scheduled to be available late August, the SX130 IS camera retails for $249.99.

The new Selphy CP800 Compact Photo Printer features a new tilt LCD screen in addition to a new Shuffle feature. It prints a 4 x 6-inch, high-quality photo in approximately 47 seconds that's purportedly...

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Aug 19
Knapsack 2 adds new maps with street-level detail

TinyPlanet Software (http://tinyplanetsoftware.com/) has updated Knapsack, a personal travel organizer for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), to version 2.0. The new world map let's users view their trip's destinations at any level of detail.

They can get an overview of their entire trip across countries and continents or zoom in to street level to see all the parking lots near their hotel. The new Map Search feature in Knapsack 2 lets users find places, addresses, and even points of interest anywhere in the world. Users can now locate cities, hotels, museums, airports, and more. Map Search uses an extensive online geographic database that is constantly improving.

Knapsack gives users the tools to plan, organize, and relive their travel adventures with features such as map pins with location postcards, an itinerary planner, trip checklists, and printed itineraries...

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Aug 19
Intel to acquire McAfee

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire McAfee (http://www.mcafee.com) through the purchase of all of the company’s common stock at US$48 per share in cash, for approximately $7.68 billion.

Both boards of directors have unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close after McAfee shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other customary conditions specified in the agreement. McAfee will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel, reporting into Intel’s Software and Services Group. The group is managed by Renée James, Intel senior vice president, and general manager of the group.

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Aug 19
Strategy Analytics: there'll be 400 million CCDs by 2014

The Connected Convergent Devices (CCDs) market will claim a global installed base of over 400 million units by 2014, according to a recent study from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com).

The report, “Connected Convergent Devices: The New Battleground,” envisions CCDs filling the gap between smartphones and netbooks -- a gap that's ripe for growth. The firm estimates the value of the CCD market will exceed $50 billion in 2014. Some cannibalization is inevitable, according to the report, particularly among the tablets, netbooks, eBook readers and Mobile Internet devices (MIDs) categories.

“All categories have the potential to be very disruptive,” says Peter King, director of the Connected Home Device service at Strategy Analytics. “However, all have their place in the market, and as casual computing develops, new products such as the tablet can be additive to the...

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Aug 19
FileXaminer for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Gideon Softworks has updated FileXaminer (http://www.gideonsoftworks.com/filexaminer.html), the file/folder information utility for Mac OS X, to version 2.7.1. It's a maintenance release with some bug fixes.

FileXaminer allows you to modify file and folder attributes that the Finder can’t, such as type/creator info, UNIX permissions and more. It also eliminates the need to use the Terminal and simplifies changing attributes on files/folders.

FileXaminer requires Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. Version 2.7.1 is a free update for registered users; for new users the cost is US$10.

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Aug 19
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.2.5

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.2.4, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.2.5 improves the search in iPhoto and Aperture; now it responds better to user actions.

Tidy Up 2.2.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.

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Aug 18
iPort turns iPad and iPod touch into in-wall touchscreens

iPort (http://www.iportmusic.com/) has introduced two new products in its Control Mount Series for the Apple iPad and iPod touch.  The CM2000 Control Mount for iPad and the iPort CM100 Control Mount for iPod touch both integrate the handheld Apple touchscreen products in an in-wall frame, transforming them into in-wall touchscreens for display of weather, news, stocks and many other preferred Apps.
 
The CM100 also transforms the iPod touch into an in-wall Internet radio source, and connects to any stereo or audio/video receiver.  Users can download their choice of any Internet radio apps available in the Apple App Store and play the audio back through any connected stereo system.
 
The CM2000 (US$499) and CM100 ($250) may be installed in either a vertical or horizontal orientation, depending on the functionality and design of the room.  When installed into the iPort, the iPad and...

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Aug 18
Verizon announces upcoming iPad app

Verizon has unveiled a series of new video application, including an upcoming iPad app that will allow FiOS subscribers to watch the same linear programming that's available on their TV screens on their tablet devices, reports "GigaOm" (http://macosg.me/2/qi).

The new app is expected to be rolled out early next year and Verizon expects to have all of its content partners on board by the time the app launches, the article adds. At first, subscribers with an iPad will only be able to watch linear programming within their own home, which allows Verizon to authenticate and make certain that the users have access to whatever content they’ve paid for, notes "GigaOm."

Verizon CIO Shaygan Kheradpir said in a press briefing that the iPad app takes advantage of Verizon’s architecture, which he characterized as “cloud TV.” The experience is reportedly similar to what’s available today on FiOS set-top boxes, and...

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Aug 18
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 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/).

Pi'ikea St. has announced Interactive Alphabet 1.0 for the iPad, an US$2.99 learning game. The app takes alphabet learning for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers to the next level by offering a high level of interactivity with the letters of the alphabet.

Intersog has released Pocket MBA -- Ecommerce 1.0 for the iPad. It's a $39.99 professional-level business course, offering an up-to-date primer of this rapidly evolving area of business. Pocket MBA -- Ecommerce is a business course logically divided into three distinct sections: course texts, flashcards and tests. The full-text course book contains 10 chapters.

TraxItAll Software has introduced TraxItAll for iOS devices. It's a $3.99 goal setting and daily tracking app. As its name...

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Aug 18
Apple looking for iTunes Pan-EU Label Relations head

Apple has posted a job listing at its "Jobs at Apple" site (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=59755...) for an iTunes Pan-EU Label Relations head to grow iTunes' business in key international markets by managing the relationships with our content partners: the record labels.

Here's the details of the listing: "Possessing an ability to understand and work across a number of key European markets, among them Scandinavia and Spain, the candidate is ideally based in any of these countries. Reporting to Carl Ekdahl, head of Pan EU, the responsibilities will include:

"Manage the growth of the overall business by securing comprehensive and innovative promotions around key releases;

"Foster the relationship with...

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Aug 18
Otterbox Communter Series available for the iPhone 4

OtterBox (http://www.otterbox.com) has released the Commuter Series of cases for the iPhone 4.
It costs US$49.95 and offers three layers of security to complement the smartphone’s thin design.

First, a self-adhering screen protector keeps the Multi-Touch display screen safe from scratches. Next, a silicone mid-layer absorbs shock, keeping the glass panels safe from bumps and shock. Finally, a polycarbonate shell provides added strength and helps the device slide easily in and out of a pocket or purse.

The Commuter Series offers coverage for the iPhone 4 power button, volume rocker and home button, while silicone plugs for the charging port and headphone jack keep out dust and dirt but flip open for easy access. Included with each Commuter Series case is a microfiber cleaning cloth and installation card for smooth application of the screen protector.

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Aug 18
NewerTech adds nine new colors to iFolio case for the iPad

NewerTech has added nine new color choices to the iFolio custom handcrafted premium Brazilian leather carrying case for the iPad. Previously offered in only red and black colors for US$129.99, NewerTech’s new colors for the iFolio expands the protective case’s style palette to 11 total.

The NewerTech iFolio is now available in dark read,cream, yellow, orange, lite green, dark green and blue at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of USr149.99; as well as two custom leather finishes, cognac and tan, with a MSRP of $179.99. However, for a limited time you can get all 11 iFolio color choices for $99 each from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (http://eshop.macsales.com/search/iFolio).

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Aug 18
XtremeMac launches line of iPad, iPhone, iPod chargers

XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has released a new InCharge line of charging solutions for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. All three devices provide Apple users 2.1 amps of power.

The US$59.99 InCharge Duo is a dual charging dock that allows users to simultaneously charge an iPad and/or any combination of iPod/iPhone models. It features a compact design that fits on any desk or counter top and a bi-color LED status indicator to show when each device is fully charged. It also includes a removable adapter to support the iPad as well as dock adapters for the current iPod and iPhone models.

The $24.99 InCharge Auto is a mobile charging solution for the iPod, iPhone and iPad while on the road.  It features a one-piece compact design that fits 12V accessory outlets, LED power status indicator and an integrated safety fuse to protect your device while charging.

The $34.99 InCharge Home is a dual...

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Aug 18
SmileOnMyMac changes name to Smile

SmileOnMyMac has changed its name to Smile. Originally a developer of software for Mac OS X exclusively, Smile now develops software for iOS devices as well.

"We've developed software for the Mac for seven years," says founder Greg Scown. "Now that we have TextExpander touch for iPhone and iPad, we've outgrown the
SmileOnMyMac name.

The company website is now available at http://www.smilesoftware.com ; the company also has a new tagline: "Software that's just right."

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Aug 18
A Better Finder Attributes 4.49 changes EXIF and creation date

publicspace.net has updated its "A Better Finder Attributes" utility (http://www.publicspace.net/ABetterFinderAttributes/) -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 4..49. The upgrade adds the ability to simultaneously add or subtract time from both the EXIF photo date and the file's creation date.

"A Better Finder Attributes" requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, and is a Universal Binary. This means it will run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It costs US$14.95, though version 4.49 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x.

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Aug 18
Wondershare updates Video Converter, DVD Ripper

Wondershare (http://www.applemacvideo.com/) has updated Video Converter and DVD Ripper for the Mac to versions 2.0. You can now convert DVDs, general video, video recorded from HD camcorder to files viewable on portable devices, including the Apple TV, Final Cut Pro, the Xbox 360, and mobile phones.

A new Mac-style interface has been optimized with more efficient workflow. And the program's main codec libraries have been upgraded to support for SWF, 5.1 surround sound in AAC and AC3 output format. Support for atch conversion and multithreading has also been added.

If you/re a registered user of Wondershare Video Converter or DVD Ripper for Mac, you can upgrade for free to version 1.9.5.9 by contacting sales-hm1@wondershare.com ; for new users the cost is US$39.95 per app.

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Aug 18
Typinator 4.1 simplifies creation of text expansions with...

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 4.1, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos system-wide across all Mac OS X applications. The new version allows to define set-specific presets for abbreviation options and speeds up the newly introduced QuickSearch function as well as the import of text files.

Typinator 4.1 also improves the installation and upgrade experience by allowing to skip one particular version in the automatic update check and by displaying a more prominent warning when a new version is not covered by the current license. What's more, the new release solves a problem with composing Gmail messages in Firefox and improves compatibility with certain third party apps like Mail, aMSN, Kindle for Mac, and others.

Typinator 4.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") is recommended.

Typinator...

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Aug 18
Flickery update for Mac OS X beefs up sorting features

Eternal Storms (http://www.eternalstorms.at) has updated their flickr client, flickery, for Mac OS X 10.5 or higher to version 1.9.1.5. Items in photosets and galleries can now be sorted.

"Key" images can now be set for galleries and photosets by dragging the wanted image onto the photoset or gallery. In flickery 1.9.1.5, comments now show users' buddy icons and these user's photostreams can be shown right from comments. The new version auto-detects crash logs for easy submission to Eternal Storms Software, and Location data can be changed any time after upload as well

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...

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Aug 18
IvySkin Reception Case Color for the iPhone 4

IvySkin has just revealed the new Reception Case Color for the iPhone 4 (US$19.99). It features an overmold color design that incorporates colors into the polycarbonate shell of the Reception case. The case conceals the smartphone's built-in antenna, captures more of the available wireless signal and clears the internal antenna, according to the folks at IvySkin.

The IvySkin Reception Case Color measures in at 0.6mm thin. It's available in 10 colors: Phantom Black, Avalanch white, USAred, USABlue, HotPink, Aqua, SpeedYellow, GoGreen, Pinkberry and Platinum Silver.

The package includes both front and back scratch-free body armors in addition to the Polycarbonate shell that snaps on the back of the iPhone 4. The Reception Case Color is now available online (http://www.ivyskin.com/recptioncase-color.html) and at retail stores in the coming weeks.

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