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Jul 20
GEAR4 announces line of portable audio solutions for the iPod,...

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com), an UK iPod and iPhone audio brand, has expanded its presence in the U.S. market with the introduction of new portable audio solutions for the iPhone and iPod touch. They'll be available for purchase in the U.S. by Oct. 1.
 
The US$149 Explorer SP is a lightweight iPod/iPhone speaker that comes with a carrying case and a remote. It has a lithium-ion battery with a fast-charge feature, purportedly giving it 10 hours of continuous play after only two hours of charge.

The StreetParty Size 0 is a slim and slender dock. Then there's teh StreetParty 4, a device dock that actually folds completely flat for storage. Both are powered with AA batteries, and manufacturer's suggested retail price is $99 and $69, respectively.
 
Rounding out GEAR4’s portable solutions, the StreetParty Compact is an option with a MSRP of $49. It's smaller in height than the other portable...

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Jul 20
Paradigma Software ships Valentina DB 4.7

Paradigma Software (http://www.valentina-db.com) has released Valentina DB 4.7, an update of the columnar database for business and developers. The new version sports over a dozen of user requested improvements and optimizations, as well as several core improvements and updates for 64-bit operations under Mac OS X.

Valentina DB based products include Valentina ADK and Valentina Developer Network for developers desiring to incorporate the Valentina DB into their applications. VDN also allows royalty free deployment of Valentina Embedded Server. Developer solutions start at $199 for every major development environment for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and iPhone.

Standalone, business ready Valentina Office Server is also available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux, and includes full PHP development, PDF reports generation, SSL security, Bonjour auto-lookup features and more.

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Jul 20
PulpMotion upgrade for Mac OS X offers new photo frame theme

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has updated PulpMotion and PulpMotion Advanced, slideshow and animation software for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or later, to version 3.1. The new versions offers a new photo frame theme and a brand new version of animated books.

With all these new features there are now more than 190 themes available in PulpMotion Advanced, including 30 new wedding themes.

PulpMotion 3.1 costs US$129 for PulpMotion Advanced and $49 for PulpMotion Standard. Complimentary upgrades are available to customers who purchased PulpMotion on or after Jan. 1. Other upgrade options are available to existing PulpMotion customers who purchased before this date. Version 3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Jul 20
PFiddlesoft Frameworks updated

PFiddlesoft has updated the PFiddlesoft Frameworks, Cocoa frameworks for writing assistive applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs on Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6.

The PFiddlesoft Frameworks were upgraded today to include the PFAssistive Framework version 3.1.1 and the PFEventTaps Framework 1.3.1. Both frameworks can now be used with an assistive application that runs as a trusted accessibility process, so that its user does not have to turn on the global "Enable access for assistive devices" setting in the Universal Access pane of System Preferences.

You can download the PFiddlesoft Frameworks now at pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/ . The frameworks are written using Objective-C 2.0. They are Universal Binaries supporting 32-bit and 64-bit architectures using reference counted memory management.

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Jul 20
USB Fever releases two new products.

USB Fever has released two new products. One is for the iPad, the other for the iPhone.

The Headrest Mount for eeePC/UMPC/iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1918) is an US$33.99 gadget for mounting a tablet device to your windshield windows. The MonoPod Collapsible Self-protrait Stick
(http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1930) is a $16.99 doohickey for using the iPhone and other device for taking a self-portrait.

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Jul 20
Centrify offers free AD authentication for Macs

Centrify Corp., which specializes in securing and auditing access to cross-platform systems and applications through Active Directory, has announced availability of Centrify Express, a new set of free software applications and tools, content resources and community forums designed to help organizations improve security and compliance of data center and desktop systems.

A subset of the company’s award-winning Centrify Suite of identity and access management solutions (IAM), Centrify Express is ideal for organizations interested in establishing a single sign-on experience for Mac and Linux users based on their existing Active Directory credentials. To download the free software, visit http://www.centrify.com/express .
 
Centrify Express comprises:

° DirectControl Express, which enables Mac OS X and Linux servers and workstations to participate in a Windows Active Directory...

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Jul 20
Apple explains its location collection info practices

Apple told Congress it collects location information about users of the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers in batches and encrypts it before sending it over a WiFi connection from the device to Apple's servers every 12 hours, reports "eWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/kd).

Apple said its iPhone, iPad and Mac computers collect location information, but do so anonymously in batches and encrypt it before sending the data over a WiFi connection from the devices to Apple's servers every 12 hours. Apple's info was in response to a list of questions from U.S. Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe L. Barton (R-Texas).

Last month the Congressmen sent Apple a letter demanding to know about the company's practice of collecting, storing and sharing the location of users' mobile devices. Apple, which will not let users download any applications from the iTunes store without agreeing to the new terms and conditions, shares...

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Jul 20
SQLLiteManager adds table editor with foreign key support

SQLabs has updated SQLLiteManager (http://www.sqlabs.com/sqlitemanager.php), a SQLite database manager tool for Mac OS X and Windows, to version 3.5. The upgrade adds a table editor with foreign key support and an advanced low level SQlite 3 database analyzer.

SQLiteManager is a graphical user interface (GUI) database manager for SQLite databases. it allows you to open and work with SQALite 2.x, SQLite 3.x, in memory databases and REALSQL Server databases. It allows you to create and browse tables, views, triggers and indexes. SQLLiteManager enables you to insert, delete and update records and supports arbitrary SQL commands.

It works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. A SQLiteManager single license is US$49, and a $20 discount coupon code is available for SQLiteManager 1.x registered users. Company and multiplatform licenses are also available. SQLLiteManager is a...

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Jul 20
Spootnik launches a web front end for OmniFocus MacOS/iOS app

Buzzard AG has announced a web front-end for OmniFocus as an additional feature to their Spootnik web service (http://www.spootnik.net), which provides synchronization between OmniFocus and Basecamp to enable collaboration between co-workers and customers.

A Spootnik Account functions as a hub, keeping OmniFocus on iPhone and Mac in sync, synchronizing tasks with the online collaboration app by 37signals Basecamp, and now also providing access via a web browser. Spootnik makes OmniFocus accessible from everywhere; only a web browser is required

Device requirements are: OmniFocus on Mac OS X computer or iOS device; OmniFocus 1.5 or higher; and a web browser (Firefox 2+, Safari 4+, Chrome 5 and IE 7+).

The Spootnik web service is available via monthly subscription plans. A 30-day free trial is available.

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Jul 20
WaterField Designs offers covers, cases for the Apple Wireless...

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com) has announced two new protective keyboard cases for Apple's wireless keyboard. Mobile iPad and laptop users may now carry their keyboard in the minimalist Keyboard Slip Case (pictured) that safeguards the keyboard with ballistic nylon and light padding or in the Keyboard Socket, a soft, padded keyboard pouch.

The $29 Keyboard Slip Case offers protection in a slim ballistic nylon case with a lightly padded liner. The Apple wireless keyboard slips y into the custom-fitted, snug case. Six trim choices allow users to add a splash of color. The Keyboard Socket is an US$15 padded, custom-fitting pouch designed to provide scratch-free keyboard protection from other bag contents. It's available in black.

WaterField also offers the $39 Keyboard Sleeve to tote the keyboard and the $49 Keyboard Travel Case to protect and carry the keyboard, mouse and additional laptop...

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Jul 20
Apple donates MacPaint source code to Computer History Museum

By Gaurang Donovan

The source code for MacPaint, the drawing program that shipped with the first Mac in 1984, is going on display at the Computer History Museum (http://www.computerhistory.org/highlights/macpaint/) in Mountain View California on Tuesday. Apple donated the code, along with the code for QuickDraw, to the museum.

MacPaint is the drawing program application which interacts with the user, interprets mouse and keyboard requests, and decides what is to be drawn where. The high-level logic is written in Apple Pascal, packaged in a single file with 5,822 lines. There are an additional 3,583 lines of code in assembler language for the underlying Motorola 68000 microprocessor, which implement routines needing high performance and some interfaces to the operating system.

QuickDraw is the Macintosh library for...

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Jul 20
Apple releases iBooks 1.1.1

Apple has updated iBooks, its ebook/PDF reader, to version 1.1.1. You can now zoom in on any image and see it in high resolution.

It also offers performance tweaks for reading PDFs. What's more, iBooks 1.1.1 lets you look up definitions to English words inside books without a specified language and fixes some bugs.

iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or download a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. iBooks 1.1.1 is a free download at the Apple App Store and works with the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

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Jul 20
Yankee Group: courting Apple owners is good business

Approximately 1.7 million consumers bought iPhone 4s in its first three days of sale, sending Apple more than US$1 billion in revenue. Research from Yankee Group (http://www.yankeegroup.com) shows that those same consumers will be worth more than $1.8 billion to AT&T this year, and more than $9 billion to it over the next five years.

"Apple iPhone owners shop more, buy more and remain more loyal to their phones than users of other devices," says Carl Howe, Yankee Group research director and author of the new report. "Our surveys tell us that Apple is the most popular choice of consumers shopping for a new smartphone. Because those subscribers will earn more revenue for operators, mobile operators worldwide should be courting them.:

Key data from the report reveals iPhone users:

° Are younger and wealthier. IPhone users average 32 years of age with $100,000 of household income,...

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Jul 20
KickApps delivers drag and drop HMTL5 authoring

KickApps Corp. (http://www.kickapps.com) says the latest release of the KickApps App Studio will support HTML5, allowing marketers, brand managers and developers to create-customized, full-featured web applications via drag and drop.

This allows KickApps to integrate the existing Flash creation capabilities of the App Studio with support for custom media player creation for devices running Apple’s mobile operating system, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The App Studio provides users with a single authoring environment in which they can create customized video experiences that support both Flash and HTML5, with no coding required.

The App Studio also enables the creation of customized data-driven apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apps on these devices will appear and function as they do on Flash-enabled devices, and designers, and developers will be able to customize them with...

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Jul 20
Canon releases new printers, scanners

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced five new PIXMA printers with a new Full High Definition (HD) Movie Print feature and two new scanners.

Now when using the new Full HD Movie Print with compatible HD Canon EOS and PowerShot Digital cameras, consumers can print individual frames of movies. The new PIXMA printers also feature improvements to Auto Photo Fix II to enhance photos while Easy-PhotoPrint EX software now allows users to search and use images from Flickr.

The new Canon PIXMA MG5220 (US149.99) and PIXMA MP495 Wireless Photo All-in-One printer ($79.99), PIXMA MG5120 ($129.99) and PIXMA MP280 Photo All-in-One ($69.99) printers along with the new PIXMA iP4820 inkjet printer ($99.99) will provide users with many improvements to increase overall quality and ease-of-use, according to the folks at Canon.

With enhanced Easy-PhotoPrint EX software, images can now be searched...

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Jul 20
Kanguru releases new encrypted flash drive

Kanguru Solutions (http://www.kanguru.com) has released the Kanguru Defender Basic, a hardware encrypted, secure flash drive designed for everyday use. It's the latest in the Defender line of encrypted flash drives, following the FIPS 140-2 Certified Kanguru Defender Elite and the Kanguru Defender V2.

The Defender Basic offers security features including: 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption; limited password attempts; and on-chip password matching. No administrative rights are required for use.

Capacities for the Kanguru Defender Basic start at 2GB and go up to 128GB. Prices start at US$29.95.

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Jul 20
Samsung launches 1TB Spinpoint MT hard drive disk

Samsung (http://www.samsung.com) has started shipping its new Spinpoint MT2 1TB 2.5-inch internal mobile hard disk drive. It's designed for use in portable storage solutions, such as the newly released Samsung S2 Portable 1TB USB Drives.

Other applications include digital TVs, home media systems and set-top boxes, where quiet and cool operations are important, says I. C. Park, vice president, storage marketing, Samsung. mploying industry-leading 333GB per-platter technology, the new Spinpoint MT2 drive offers up to an enormous 1TB for personal digital collections such as photos, music, video and work files, he adds.

Running at 5400rpm speed, the MT2 has a 12.5mm form factor and utilizes Samsung’s proprietary SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies to minimize noise levels during drive operation.It also features SATA 3.0 Gbps interface and Native Command Queuing functions. The Spinpoint MT2 drive has...

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Jul 20
FileMaker unveils FileMaker Go for the iPhone, iPad

FileMaker Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced FileMaker Go for iPhone and FileMaker Go for iPad, which let users work remotely with FileMaker Pro databases on the Apple devices.

With FileMaker Go -- available as two separate apps for iPhone or iPad -- users can view, edit and search for information in FileMaker databases on their iPhone or iPad. The apps provide access to databases created with FileMaker Pro and hosted on FileMaker Server or FileMaker Pro.

FileMaker Go can access databases residing on a Mac or PC using a local wireless network or over the Internet via Wi-Fi or 3G. All changes are instantly updated in the hosted file.

FileMaker Go users can also copy databases between their desktop or laptop computers and FileMaker Go via File Sharing in iTunes, perfect for single user databases. Databases may also be downloaded by email, popular file sharing sites, or the web.

Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services...

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Jul 20
Mobile pros favor the iPhone over the Android

Egnyte, a provider of cloud file server solutions, has announced Egnyte Everywhere, a new mobile suite that allows business users to access and share their business files from leading smartphones, including iPhone, Android and Blackberry, as well as the new iPad. And research by the company shows the popularity of the Apple idevices.

The iPhone app leverages iOS 4 in providing off-line access to files including support for iTunes file sharing. The announcement coincides with the release of a new national study on mobility and data access while on the road. The study revealed that when nature calls, the hard working keep working with 53% of mobile professionals admitting to accessing data from their smartphone while in the bathroom. In addition, document apps appear to be a big hit with mobile business professionals; 36% stated that among all top apps, document apps keep them most productive while on the road.

The mobile survey, which was commissioned by Egnyte,...

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Jul 20
Art Text update for Mac OS X adds built-in vector shape editor

Developer Daniel Holtwiesche has updated Art Text (http://www.ssl-danholt.de/english/24/24/181001/include.html) -- a Mac OS X app for creating textual graphics, headings, logos, icons and more -- to version 2.3, which introduces a built-in vector shape editor that lets you modify icons, shapes, and text objects, as well as create them from scratch.

The new version also offers iImproved program stability thanks to renewed GPC library that handles polygons. And the program now automatically checks for available updates and downloads if necessary.

The upgrade brings over 100 new templates, 19 new layer blend modes and two more special layer merge options (subtract and intersect). Also, the performance of the Layer Content panel is improved, minor bugs related to export into GIF and JPEG were fixed, the problem with resizing and...

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Jul 20
USB Fever releases two new products

USB Fever has released two new products. One is for the iPad, the other for the iPhone.

The Headrest Mount for eeePC/UMPC/iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1918) is an US$33.99 gadget for mounting a tablet device to your windshield windows. The MonoPod Collapsible Self-protrait Stick
(http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1930) is a $16.99 doohickey for using the iPhone and other device for taking a self-portrait.

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Jul 19
Apple releases iTunes 9.2.1

Apple has posted iTunes 9.2.1, which fixes some bugs found in iTunes 9.2. You should note that Apple says the update disables older versions of some incompatible third party plug-ins, but doesn't say which ones.

iTunes 9.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later to run. You can update via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Preferences app -- or from the Apple support web site (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1056?viewlocale=en_us).

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Jul 19
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 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/).

PowPowGames has announced its first iPhone game, Rocket Boy 2D, an US$0.99, RPG oriented action side scroller with animation, artwork and a ton of guns and equipment to use. It features more than 35 guns with over 70 items to equip, a RPG like leveling system and 3 worlds to fight in.

Davka Corporation has released Talking Hebrew Word Book 1.0 for the iPad, a $5.99 Hebrew language tool featuring over 500 modern Hebrew phrases, expressions and words. Designed for tourists, travelers, and students alike, each word and phrase is pronounced in Israeli-accented Hebrew, and appears on screen with English translation and a descriptive photo or illustrative cartoon. It's divided into 18 phrase sections and 29 word sections.

Icanology has debuted...

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Jul 19
Apple's 'Magic TrackPad' gets FCC approval?

An unnamed new Bluetooth-equipped Apple product, dubbed the Apple Magic TrackPad, first submitted to the Federal Communications Commission for review last October, has apparently been granted regulatory approval this week, according to "engadget" (http://macosg.me/2/k5).

Apparently a Bluetooth trackpad, the device's model number is A1339 is the culprit here. It's described as a "Bluetooth Device" used in conjunction with a MacBook without any associated filings for WiFi or WWAN networks.

Apple applied for ownership of the Magic Trackpad trademark in February, notes "CNET" (http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20010949-263.html). "Engadget" also claims the device would allow for handwriting recognition as well as "every feature you can find on a Magic Mouse (and possibly...

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Jul 19
Macsimum Poll: will 'antennagate' stop you from buying...

In this week's poll, we're asking if "antennagate" -- the hoopla, whether real or perceived over iPhone 4 reception/antenna issues -- will keep you from buying an iPhone 4. The poll can be found at the right hand side of our home page, below the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if you already had an iPhone 4, if you were experiencing said problems. Fifty-percent said you didn't have an iPhone 4, 33% said "no," nine percent said "yes, but no worse than with previous versions" and 6% said "yes, more than with previous versions."

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