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Oct 11
HoudahGeo for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 2.6.4. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

HoudahGeo costs US$30 for a single-user license for new users. Version 2.6.4 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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Oct 11
MacWise rings up version 12.17

Carnation Software has released MacWise 12.17 (http://www.MacWise.com) for Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. The new version fixes Kermit upload timing to get a successful file transfer message from the host.

MacWise 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 costs US$95 for a single users license. Version 12.17 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 12.x.

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Oct 11
iWinSoft label maker now supports Epson direct to disk printing

iWinSoft has released an update (version 1.7.0) to its CD/DVD label design software for Mac OS X. The update adds Epson direct to disk printing functions.

Also added in this release is the ability to add text table to labels. as well as interface improvements that simplify the creation of custom label formats. iWinSoft CD Label Maker for Mac costs US$29.95 and is available for download at the iWinSoft Web site (http://www.iwinsoft.com/). Version 1.7.0 is a free update for registered users.

CD Label Maker 1.7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A demo is available for download.

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Oct 11
Mac Restart for Mac OS X gets interface improvements

Tension Software has updated Mac Restart X (http://pomola.com/products_macrestart/macrestart.html) -- a Mac OS X app that can restart a Mac on a regular basis or one time only at a specific date and time or at launch using it via Apple iCal or other applications -- to version 1.6. The upgrade sports Interface improvements in the Restart via Web page section.

Mac Restart uses the native Mac OS X Date Time Calendar control. It warns the user before a restart, showing a progress bar or jumping from the dock. And the software has a variable warning time interval adjustable in the preferences.

Mac Restart requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$20, though version 1.6 is a free update for registered users.

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Oct 11
USB Fever releases two new iPhone 4 products

USB Fever has released two new products for the iPhone 4.

The Retro Cassette Tape Case for iPhone 4G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2035) is an US$39.99 case for the Apple smartphone that looks like a cassette from yesteryear. The Aluminum (Metal) Back Cover for iPhone 4G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2038) is a $12.99 case made of aluminum and filled with a neoprene lining.

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Oct 11
'GigaOM': CDMA iPhone could add $32 billion to Apple...

Both the "Wall Street Journal" and the "New York Times" are reporting that Verizon will sell a CDMA version of the iPhone in 2011. In the U.S., that could help Verizon maintain its lead of total subscribers over rival AT&T and boost iPhone sales figures by an estimated 10 million handsets per year in 2011, according to "GigaOM" (http://macosg.me/2/y5).

Also, a CDMA iPhone offers Apple an even larger sales opportunity, as more than 543 million customers globally use CDMA networks. Adding a CDMA iPhone option, increases Apple’s addressable market for an iPhone by 16%, says Horace Dediu of asymco, a mobile research site. The estimated sales of 10 million Verizon iPhones account for only two percent of that potential market, affording Apple a big opportunity to boost iPhone sales outside of the U.S., he adds.

"If Apple sold iPhones to only 10 percent of the total addressable CDMA market, it would...

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Oct 11
Tuxera NTFS for Mac released with 64-bit support

Tuxera -- a provider of Windows-compatible file systems for Mac, Linux, Android and other platforms -- has released a new version of its Tuxera NTFS for Mac loaded with full 64-bit support, extended attributes, and other improvements.

Apple's latest Mac Pro computers, released in mid-August, are the first to have the Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") operating system installed in 64-bit kernel mode. Tuxera follows Apple's direction with the revamped NTFS file system application that is guaranteed to work with future Macs, says CEO Mikko Välimäki.

Tuxera NTFS for Mac allows Mac users to read and write in Windows-format. The software is compatible with virtualization and encryption solutions including Parallels Desktop, VmWare Fusion and TrueCrypt.

"This is a major upgrade for Tuxera NTFS for Mac," says Välimäki. "We have worked hard to rebuild 'under the hood' functionality to be fully compatible with 64-bit and are pleased with the performance throughput," stated...

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Oct 11
ACCC takes Apple to task over iPhone warranty issues

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), a consumer watchdog agency, has taken Apple to task over warranty issues as reports surface of new design problems relating to the iPhone 4's glass body, reports the "Sydney Morning Herald" (http://macosg.me/2/y3).

Telstra, following discussions with the ACCC, has agreed to provide full two-year warranties for customers who buy handsets on two-year contracts. The agreement included all manufacturers except Apple.

"Although nearly all major handset manufacturers have agreed to honour full warranties, the ACCC continues to have concerns in relation to warranty issues with the Apple iPhone," the organization told the "Herald."

The consumer watchdog's concerns come as new reports surface of large cracks appearing in the iPhone 4's body when certain third-party slide-on cases are used, the article adds. The affected cases are purportedly Apple...

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Oct 11
'Fortune': Apple may have sold four million Macs this...

Mac unit sales, which stalled in the second quarter as customers waited for the new MacBooks that arrived in April and May, took off in the third quarter, coming in just shy of 3.5 million, reports "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/y2).

Although Apple's competitors saw computer sales weaken this summer, all signs suggest that the Mac was the exception, driven by back-to-school sales and the new desktop models released in late July (not to mention store traffic from people coming in to buy iPhones and iPads), the article adds.

The average Q4 unit sales estimate of the 31 analysts "Fortune" polled is 3.86 million Macs. Five of them, however, expect Apple to report that it sold four million or more.

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Oct 11
China: Apple puts halt to production of Meizu M8

After negotiations fell through, Apple has convinced the Chinese state Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) to stop Meizu's production of the Meizu M8, which Apple says looks too similar to its iPhone, reports -- "Meizu Me" (http://macosg.me/2/y1).

Meizu CEO Jack Wong agreed to Apple and SIPO's terms to stop producing the phone in face of a potential factory closure. However, he tells "Meizu Me" that Apple wants even more and is now demanding that Meizu not only stop production, but also stop all display and sales of the remaining stock of Meizu M8 phones.

China's SIPO has the right to close factories without a court order, which means that Meizu's factory could be shut down if they don't comply, says "Meizu Me." Wong says this is angry as he claims that this isn't part of the original deal, and also that this will force a lot of Meizu's franchised stores to go out of business.

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Oct 11
Kensington rolls out ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock

Kensington Computer Products Group (http://www.kensington.com) has introduced the Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock, a security standard for mobile professionals.  The lock is designed to make locking down a laptop as easy as buckling and unbuckling a seat belt, according to Rob Humphrey, director, Security Products, Global Business at Kensington.

The Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock (US$49.99) attaches to a laptop with a single motion. It sports a cable with a tamper-proof, disc-style lock. A master key version is also available.

The Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Twin Laptop Lock ($69.99) features a dual, one-click lock with three rotational degrees of freedom to attach to hardware in a single step.  There´s no need for employees to insert a key or follow multiple steps.  A master key version is also available.

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Oct 11
fScanX 1.5 for Mac OS X adds support for new scanners

Elevated Software Development has updated fScanX (http://www.elevated-dev.com/Products/fScanX/), their scanning solution for Mac OS X, to version 1.6. It adds support for new scanners, including hihg-speed Fujitsu scanners.

fScanX was developed specifically to provide native Mac OS X support for high-speed Fujitsu scanners. Rather than requiring the application to launch in order to perform scanning, fScanX's command-line utility gives developers the ability to control the user interface completely. This opens up a host of possibilities for prepress operators, developers and graphic designers alike to build custom workflows involving scanning, according to Scott Ribe, founder of Elevated Software Development.

Additionally, fScanX ships with an Automator action that enables creation of scanning workflows without scripting. fScanX also enables a host of...

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Oct 11
Boris FX introduces Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas...

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has released Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas Pro (BCC 7 for Vegas Pro). Based on the Open Effects Association (OFX) platform, BCC 7 for Vegas Pro gives Sony editors a collection of over 140 visual effects plug-ins.

Customizable presets allow editors to quickly create high-end effects with no learning curve, according to Dave Chaimson, vice president of worldwide marketing, Sony Creative Software. Effects can be selectively applied via channel or region-based masks. All filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration.

Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas Pro has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$595. This is a special introductory price that's available through Nov. 19. The regular MSRP will be $995. Also, a free, full functioning 14-day trial version is available.

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Oct 11
Hitachi ships 10K RPM enterprise hard drive

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (http://www.hitachigst.com) announced what it says is the industry’s fastest and most power-efficient, 10K RPM, 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Enterprise hard drive, the Hitachi Ultrastar C10K600.

The new 2.5-inch, 600GB Hitachi drive delivers up to 15% better random and 18% faster sequential performance than competitive products on the market today, according to Brendan Collins, vice president of Product Marketing, Hitachi GST. The Ultrastar C10K600 drive also sets a new standard for energy-efficiency with an operating power specification that is at least 22 percent lower than the competition, he adds.

The Ultrastar drives are designed for tier 1, enterprise networked storage arrays, blades and other rack-mounted servers. The Ultrastar C10K600 drive family is offered in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB versions, providing capacity parity with 3.5-inch drives. The...

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Oct 11
Elements+ 3.0 released for Photoshop Elements 9

Independent author Andrei Doubrovski has announced Elements+ 3.0 (http://elementsplus.net/), an update of his enhancement patch for Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. Elements+ is a add-on that unlocks the undocumented advanced functions in Photoshop Elements featured in the latest versions of Photoshop.

Elements+ is JavaScript-based, so the script behavior will depend on current circumstances. The unleashed features can be accessed via dedicated dialog boxes that include undocumented commands and panels for exploring and using the hidden (officially unsupported) contents, such as paths, color channels, and more. The kit includes smart filters, vector masks, and more advanced tools normally hidden under the hood, says Doubrovski.

Elements+ 3.0 sports eight dialog boxes: Color and Tone, Selections, Layers, Masks, Smart Filters, Paths, Text and Scripts. The Scripts catalog includes 100-plus additional...

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Oct 11
'EveryMac' updated with new info on the Apple TV

EveryMac.com (http://www.everymac.com) -- a guide to every Macintosh, Mac compatible, and upgrade card, with technical, configuration, and pricing details -- now features complete specs (and a handful of Q&As) on the new Apple TV and a comprehensive update to the iPod Q&A.

The latter answers more than 100 iPod questions answered, covering all models from the original iPod up to the latest button-adorned iPod shuffle, multi-touch capable iPod nano, and dual camera-equipped iPod touch. Additionally, EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison has been integrated with Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad specs pages, so that it is possible to load a particular model from its own specs page into the feature with a single click.

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Oct 11
Next MacBUS meeting to look at House Industries, more

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (MacBUS) will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 pm.

This month's meeting will feature a presentation about House Industries, a type foundry, by Rich Roat. Roat is the founder of Brand Design Company.

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:

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 Broad Street
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Oct 11
'MUG Event Calendar': Prosoft Engineering, LaCie, more

October is a busy month on "The MUG Event Calendar" -- and none will be busier than the one coming up.

Jennifer Bell of Prosoft Engineering will be in Illinois to their products, while both LaCie and Ian Schray of GadgetTrak will stop at an Oregon group. Kurt Schmucker of Microsoft will travel to Texas to talk about the latest version of Microsoft Office, and a group in Australia will look back -- but no too far back at Apple’s September Event.

A host of home-grown topics are on this week’s agenda, including Aperture, QuickBooks Pro, Photoshop Elements 9 and Premier Elements 9, Firefox add-ons, iTunes 10, Filemaker Go, AudoDesk on the iPad and iPhone, Klix, on-demand book publishing and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (http://www.mugcenter.com),, an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community,...

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Oct 11
Walmart reportedly to start carrying iPads this week

Target and Amazon are now carrying the iPad, and Walmart looks to be next, reports "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/09/target-and-amazon-have-the-ipad-i...). Rumors say the giant retail chain will begin carrying the Apple tablets this week and could have them in 1,000 stores before the end of October.

In May, "Bloomberg Businessweek" reported that Walmart was expecting to offer the iPad for sale at "some U.S. stores" before the end of 2010, a move that could re-double the iPads' retail presence. The question is whether Apple can build the things fast enough to meet demand, notes "Fortune."

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Oct 09
Eminem's publisher wants settlement against Apple enforced

Eminem’s music publisher has asked a U.S. District Court judge in Detroit to enforce a settlement reached in a lawsuit against Apple totaling more than US$2.2 million, reports the "Detroit News" (http://detnews.com/article/20101009/ENT04/10090354/1424/ENT04?). The request by Ferndale-based Eight Mile Style LLC, filed under seal Tuesday, asked the court to enforce a settlement stemming from a lawsuit over downloads of the hip-hop star’s music on iTunes.

The settlement -- never previously disclosed — has grown to more than $2.2 million, including attorney fees, according to court records. It was unclear which company was responsible for paying the settlement, but the only defendants in the case are Apple and Aftermath Records, says the "Detroit News."

The motion was filed less than a month after a federal appeals court in...

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Oct 09
Walmart reportedly to start carrying iPads this week

Target and Amazon are now carrying the iPad, and Walmart looks to be next, reports "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/09/target-and-amazon-have-the-ipad-i...). Rumors say the giant retail chain will begin carrying the Apple tablets this week and could have them in 1,000 stores before the end of October.

In May, "Bloomberg Businessweek" reported that Walmart was expecting to offer the iPad for sale at "some U.S. stores" before the end of 2010, a move that could re-double the iPads' retail presence. The question is whether Apple can build the things fast enough to meet demand, notes "Fortune."

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Oct 08
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 8

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/).

Limit Point Software has announced Foodmatic 1.0, an US$0.99 cooking app for the iPhone designed to help users eat better, tastier food. It allows users to create recipes in three easy steps. Foodmatic uses its built-in database and a proprietary algorithm to determine what flavors and foods go together really well.

AppoTize has released Convert2 -- TechPro for iPad 1.0, a $1.99 professional unit conversion program for scientists, engineers, technicians and students. It contains thousands of conversions for the technical professional. Conversions include description and unit symbols. Convert2 -- TechPro allows for easy sharing of data with iWork applications, as well as all other iPad apps that support copy and paste.

Golf Vision has...

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Oct 08
Scratch that, Microsoft isn't buying Adobe

Despite rumors (started by "The New York Times" on Thursday) to the contrary, Microsoft isn't buying Adobe. Nor are the two companies merging to take on Apple.

Kara Swisher of "AllThingsD" (http://kara.allthingsd.com/20101007/adobsoft-nonsense-on-the-microsoft-a...) says she's spoken to reps at both companies and the report is nonsense.

"In any case, it is not a big surprise at this point if longtime rivals like Adobe and Microsoft -- which makes a competing video technology called Silverlight to Adobe’s Flash -- talk about trying to stop the explosive growth of Apple, especially in the mobile space," she writes.

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Oct 08
CMU offers course on using the iPad

A pilot course has been created at Central Michigan University to teach students how to maximize the use of the iPad, according to the "Morning Sun" (http://themorningsun.com/articles/2010/10/08/news/doc4cae8206f0e24287939...).



Professor Patricia Janes of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services asked Mike Reuter, director of technology operations, to teach her parks and recreation students to be “dangerous” with the higher-level technology that is desired and expected by today’s employers.



“The class I co-teach is RPL 400 N, digital media in recreation, parks and tourism,” Reuter told the "Morning Sun." “The class is designed to give our students the tools they need to go out and compete better in the corporate world or whereever they end up after they graduate.”



The course,...

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Oct 08
Scosche releases sneakPEEK II for iDevices

Scosche Industries (http://www.scosche.com) has released the US$59.99 sneakPEEK II, a switchable HD and standard definition audio video output solution for iPad, iPhone and iPod. The sneakPEEK II features both component & composite cable connections ensuring maximum TV compatibility, says Kas Alves, executive vice president of Scosche Industries. 

The sneakPEEK II allows users to share their videos with friends and family regardless of the TV that's available: HD or standard definition, component or composite, he says. It can be connected to virtually any television.

The sneakPEEK II’s integrated micro USB cable and included three-foot USB-to-micro USB cable allow users to charge their device during playback. It also comes with 24k gold plated tips.

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