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Mar 01
Freedom is new universal iPad mount

MountMe (http://www.mount-me.com) has unveiled the US$49.99 Freedom, an all-in-one carrying and mounting device for the iPad. It's a protective case that can transform into an adaptable mounting device.

With Freedom an iPad can be mounted and viewed virtually anywhere. including on car seats, head rests, airplane seats, walls, mirrors, windows and more. Whether you are at home, in a hotel, outside or on the go, Freedom provides a secure yet flexible and instantly accessible mounting and protective system that allows users to position their iPad where they need it, when they need it, says MountMe founder Brien Spina, It’s also great for use in a workplace such as a doctor’s office, lawyer’s office, business office and a classroom, he adds.

Freedom's mobile mounting strap allows you to securely mount your tablet to a headrest, car visor, your leg, and any other object you can wrap a strap around....

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Mar 01
Tyfone, Dexim bring NFC contactless payments to the iPhone

Tyfone (http://www.tyfone.com), a mobile financial services solutions provider, has announced the Tyfone iPhone sleeve, powered by Dexim (http://www.dexim.net). The Tyfone iPhone sleeve uses Tyfone’s SideTap MicroSD technology to allow existing iPhone users worldwide to make mobile contactless payments directly from their phones.

The Tyfone iPhone sleeve and the company’s patented SideTap technology transform the iPhone into a true electronic wallet, says Carol Grunberg, vice president of marketing at Tyfone. This Dexim-powered sleeve, which also provides protection for the iPhone, has a slot to house the Tyfone SideTap MicroSD card, a secure memory card integrated with contactless payments technology.

This sleeve also has built-in circuitry interfacing the 30-pin iPhone connector to a memory card slot enabling iPhone apps to communicate...

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Mar 01
Semento is new web-based server monitoring service

CodingMammoth (http://www.codingmammoth.com) has announced Semonto, their web-based server monitoring service that immediately notifies the user should any of their servers go off-line or display anomalous behavior. Notifications may be received via email, SMS, Twitter, Apple push notifications, etc.

In addition, by registering for a Semonto account users may access free iOS and Mac OS X apps to check their server's current status, review their server's statistics, view test results, and perform advanced diagnostics. Semonto also provides free reports including tables and graphs to display server performance over time.

Configured as Software as a Service (SAAS), the Semonto monitoring system requires neither any software be installed on the user's server, nor any programs be running in the background that could affect server operation. Semonto has multiple test servers at various...

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Mar 01
Stellar launches Drive Defrag, Drive Clone with dedicated...

Stellar Information Systems (http://www.stellardefragdrive.com) has launched two new products, Stellar Drive Defrag and Stellar Drive Clone. The former helps you defrag the Mac hard drive/volumes and optimize the free spaces to make your system faster. The latter is a tool that creates clone of your Mac hard drive, logical volume and even the boot volume.

Stellar Drive Defrag defrags the metadata files in a Mac volume, clubs together the scattered free spaces in a volume and performs complete defragmentation on an entire volume by dragging the files into a single contiguous memory location. What's more, the software creates a bootable DVD, which can be used to defrag the boot volume and also to start your non-booting Mac system.

Stellar Drive Clone creates an exact replica of the Mac hard drive and logical volumes. The software can also create image of any volume or the entire...

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Mar 01
PhotoPresenter 4.1 available at the Mac App Store

Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com) has released PhotoPresenter 4.1, an update to the quick presentation tool for digital photographers. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and costs US$9.99.

PhotoPresenter is a theme-based photo viewer for creating animated slideshows with photos, movies and music. Version 4.1 integrates with Facebook for complete access to photo albums, as well as Facebook friends' shared albums. Facebook albums instantly appear in the PhotoPresenter interface for easy access and quick compilation of photo slideshows.

PhotoPresenter 4 is built around 37 themes. Among them are Origami, as seen on the iPad. It letsyou create animated slideshows with effects instantly. Every theme offers a variety of settings to configure it to your needs. PhotoPresenter 4 remembers the theme you selected for each album, so you can keep various different presentations on hand.

PhotoPresenter 4...

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Mar 01
Raskin pops up in the Mac App Store

Raskin Software (http://raskinformac.com/) is offering its self-titled Raskin application – a zoomable single surface Finder alternative for the Mac -- in the Mac App Store. It's on sale for 60% off its normal US$49.95 price for a limited time.

Raskin 1.2.2 added a Services contextual menu giving access to all file and folder-related Services provided by Mac OS X, as well as custom Services installed or created by the user. This can be an Automator Action to rotate or scale the currently viewed picture directly on the Raskin Surface or a file renaming action.

Raskin requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher. A 30-day demo is available for download at the Raskin Software web site (http://www.raskininformac.com).

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Mar 01
iOS developer training scheduled for May, June

About Objects has announced additional dates for public classes on iPhone and iPad development in May and June.

The courses cover ANSI C, Objective-C, and iOS SDK programming, and will be held at the company's Reston, Virginia,  headquarters, as well as near the Apple campus in Cupertino, California. The company helps instructors and students stay in touch through an invitation-only social networking site, providing updated lab exercises and examples after the training has ended.

Pricing begins from US$1,395 for the 2-day Objective-C for Beginners class, to $2,895 for the 5-day Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development. Students who wish to attend both "Objective-C for Beginners" and "Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development," or who wish to attend all three classes can sign up for a bundled offering at a substantial discount. Early registration discounts are also available. For more info, including dates and times, go to the About Objects web site (...

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Mar 01
Comm-Unity releases MMQuery 1.2 FileMaker Pro plug-in

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released a maintenance update of MMQuery, bringing it to version 1.2. This update contains a completely rewritten core.

MMQuery lets you work with your FileMaker Pro data through the calculation engine. It allows you to perform SQL queries on your own database or use the many helper functions in the plug-in to do the same types of queries without actually having to know SQL.  

MMQuery is available immediately at http://mmquery.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. It costs US$35 for a single-user license, though version 1.2 is a free upgrade for registered users. A demo is available for download.

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Mar 01
Wondershare Video Converter available on the Mac App Store

Wondershare Software's Wondershare Video Converter for Mac (http://www.wondershare.com/pro/mac-video-converter.html) is now available at the Mac App Store. Normally priced at US$38.99, it's available for $8.99 through March 6.

Wondershare Video Converter provides Mac users with a solution to convert videos into various video/audio formats for importing to sorts of mobile players, applications and websites, such as the latest iPhone 4, iPad, iPod, iTunes, iMovie, YouTube, etc. Users can convert not only SD videos, but also HD videos with editing and real-time preview functions.

Wondershare Video Converter also extracts and converts audio track from your video files to WAV, MKA, OGG, 3GP, Mp3, M4A, and more. It supports scamera/camcorder high definition and standard definition video format and supports simple video editing (trim, crop,...

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Mar 01
Tension Software announces Product Manager 1.5.3

Tension Software (http://www.pomola.com) has announced Product Manager 1.5.3, an update of the US$30 Mac OS X application to manage company products from different standpoints. It's a maintenance release with various bug fixes.

Product Manager is document-based and can manage an unlimited number of documents, each with an unlimited number of products, subdivided in families. The application is customizable with the labels the user needs to better describe the specific products category used.

Product Manager requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Feb 28
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 28

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

NSC Partners has announced Clean Energy Hawaii STEM for the iPad (US$4.99). Developed in partnership with the MEDB Women in Technology Project, Clean Energy it was designed specifically to support ienergy science education worldwide -- to be used by teachers, parents and students in class or at home to augment a science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum. Hawaii is used as a portal because of its ambitious goal of 70% Clean Energy by 2030.

U.S. Army Accessions Command has launched a free iPhone application and a mobile website (m.armystrongstories.com) as part of its Army Strong Stories blogging and storytelling platform. Both offer portable access to site content, while also enabling users to share their own Army Strong story, post...

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Feb 28
Apple COO hints at cheaper iPhones

Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook hints that we'll see a cheaper iPhone in the near future in an interview with Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi, as reported by "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/dQi3C).

Cook says Apple is doing "clever things" to attack the prepaid market, because he wants Apple to be "for everyone," not "just for the rich." The COO tools Sacconaghi that he also recognizes "price is big factor in the prepaid market," but Apple is not "ceding any market."

Cook added that says Apple has been driving into China, which is "a classic prepaid market."

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Feb 28
Holly Area School District deploys Apple mobile devices

Aerohive Networks, creators of the cooperative control wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, says Holly Area School District, located in Holly, Michigan, has deployed Apple mobile devices and an Aerohive Wireless LAN (WLAN) solution throughout its school district.

Among Holly Area School District’s top requirements for Wi-Fi included a WLAN solution that was optimized for voice traffic and one that could seamlessly accommodate a plethora of Apple mobile devices. Holly Area School District located in Holly, Michigan is comprised of four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and a multi-program campus. Aerohive APs support over 3,700 students, 300 teachers and staff and coverage for 800,000 square feet of facilities.

Holly Area School District realized having mobility and wireless access could help them achieve their goal of creating a 21st century learning environment for its students. This meant providing students with interactive learning tools on-the-go...

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Feb 28
Watch live stream of Woz from the ACU Connected Summit 2011

Abilene Christian University (ACU) will live stream the Connected Summit opening keynote presentation by the director of the United States Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, Karen Cator.

ACU will also live stream the evening keynote presentation by Silicon-Valley pioneer Steve "Woz" Wozniak, who is the co-founder of Apple. He will discuss education, emerging technologies, and his vision for the future of technology and society.

The real time broadcast will be available at http://www.acu.edu/live/. Cator will speak from 8:30 to 9:15 am (Central Time), and Woz will speak from 8-9 pm (Central).

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Feb 28
Survey: one third of U.S. and U.K. adults are mobile phone...

PopCap Games, which makes casual video games, has announced the results of a new survey that found large increases in overall usage and frequency of mobile game playing among U.S. and U.K. adults.

The survey, conducted by Information Solutions Group, also found that among mobile phone gamers, the mobile phone is now the primary gaming device of choice, leapfrogging video game consoles and personal computers in less than two years. Further, “smartphone” owners (the fastest-growing mobile segment) are by far the most avid consumers of mobile phone games. These and other purchase and consumption trends identified in the survey suggest significant growth in the mobile games sector will continue for the foreseeable future.
 
Overall, more than half (52%) of the 2,425 survey respondents said they had played a game on a mobile phone at some time in the past; 73% of U.K. respondents said they had played a mobile phone game at least once, compared to 44% of U.S....

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Feb 28
'AppleInsider': Apple's Joint Venture aimed at...

During a series of store-wide meetings on Sunday, Apple prepped its retail employees for a March 2 launch of Joint Venture, a new technical support plan targeted at small businesses, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The plan will cost about US$500 a year and will be made available to businesses when purchasing a new Mac. Up to five systems will be covered by the plan, though additional systems may be added for $99 a year, says "AppleInsider."

The article says customers enrolled in the plan will receive priority service at the Genius Bar and gain access to an exclusive Apple Genius-manned technical support number at the corporate office. During repairs that take longer than 24 hours to complete, customers may be eligible to borrow 15-inch MacBook Pros with iWork and Microsoft Office preinstalled, says "AppleInsider."

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Feb 28
Rumors claim Ive wants to move back to England

Take this one with a big grain of salt, but the rumor mill is abuzz that British-born Apple design guru, Jonathan Ive, is bumping heads with Apple, may resign and move back to the UK.

According to various reports in publications such as the "Mail Online" (http://macte.ch/SzoWL) Ive and his wife Heather, who met while they were studying at Newcastle Polytechnic, are said to want to educate their twins in England. He still visits the institution in the northeast to give masterclasses, giving up part of his three weeks' annual leave, the article says.

A friend of the family told "The Sunday Times" that "Unfortunately he is just too valuable to Apple and they told him in no uncertain terms that if he headed back to England he would not be able to sustain his position with them." Apple told "The Times" it was "speculation" to say that Ive wanted to live in England.

Of course, he has the money to do it...

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Feb 28
Tenth annual Las Vegas FCPUG SuperMeet announced

The Final Cut Pro User Group Network has announced the Tenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 12, in the Event Center at the Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas FCPUG SuperMeet will celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of SuperMeets and promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Studio, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers during the 2011 NAB Show. Doors will open at 4:30 pm with the SuperMeet Digital Showcase, featuring over 35 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 pm and continue until 11 pm. Tickets are on sale online for the early bird price of $10 each plus ticket fee (early bird pricing ends March 15) and $10 for students with valid student ID.

To purchase tickets and for complete details on the SuperMeet including driving and shuttle transportation, as well as a current list of raffle prizes, visit the SuperMeet web site (...

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Feb 28
Intel announces solid state drive line-up

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced the next in a line of new solid-state drives (SSD): the Intel Solid-State Drive 510 Series. The new Intel SSD 510 features SATA 6Gbps performance to take full advantage of Intel’s transition to higher speed SATA bus interfaces on the recently introduced second generation Intel Core processor-based platforms (used in the new MacBook Pros announced last week).

Supporting data transfers of up to 500MB/second, the Intel SSD 510 doubles the sequential read speeds, and at up to 315MB/s more than triples the sequential write speeds of Intel’s current 3Gbps SSDs. This makes it ideal for demanding gamers, media creators, performance-intensive workstation users and any technology enthusiast, says Pete Hazen, director of marketing for Intel’s NAND Solutions Group.

The Intel SSD 510 Series uses proven Intel 34-nanometer NAND flash memory to deliver best-in-class sequential...

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Feb 28
Gameloft to develop four new games using Unreal Engine 3

Gameloft (http://www.gameloft.com), a developer and publisher of digital and online games, has announced a long-term, multi-platform licensing agreement with Epic Games, that enables Gameloft to incorporate Unreal Engine 3 in four new games, two to be released in 2011 and two in 2012.

“Gameloft is very pleased to partner with Epic, especially with their ability to stay ahead of the curve and continually place the best game engine technology in developers’ hands at any given point in time,” says Julien Fournials, vice president of production, Gameloft. “Using Unreal Engine 3 allows us to push game visuals with remarkable lighting and high-fidelity environments. We are confident that players will enjoy the games powered by Unreal Engine 3.”

Under the agreement, Gameloft plans to release games on multiple mobile and downloadable platforms, including iOS, Android, PlayStation Network and set-top boxes...

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Feb 28
Thursby releases PKard for Mac

Thursby Software Systems (http://www.thursby.com) has released PKard for Mac, software to meet the needs of US Department of Defense (DoD) Mac users for remote or home access to secure government websites using Common Access Cards (CAC) smart cards.

Smart cards are a defensive line for the DoD and Civilian Federal agencies against terrorist attacks, espionage and cyber threats mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, or HSPD-12. PKard is short for “Public Key Card” and is pronounced “P card."

PKard supports Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.5. All US Government CAC smart cards are supported via Thursby’s own Tokend driver technology for access, including next generation cards such as the “Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5” and “Gemalto TOP DL GX4 144K.”

PKard is a simpler home/remote version of Thursby’s enterprise ADmitMac PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) line of software that secures directly...

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Feb 28
GeBE-FLASH for iOS released

GeBE Elektronik und Feinwerktechnik GmbH have released the GeBE-Flash for iOS (http://www.oem-printer.com/gpt-4378-flash_ios). It's a mobile thermal printer designed for use with iPhones, iPods, or iPads.

The GeBE printer ships with an on-board Bluetooth interface that lets users print using an Apple device. Important data can purportedly be put on paper within seconds, even in situations where a standard WLAN infrastructure is missing, or where a line of sight for infrared transmission is blocked.

"The new printer can be used in a number of situations, a high-end boutique that wants to enhance their customer service by equipping sales associates with the ability to print receipts and eliminate lines, to the municipal parking clerk that wants to increase their accuracy rate by taking a high resolution picture with their Apple device and printing the...

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Feb 28
Mac Photo Recovery adds support HD Video recovery

AppleXsoft, aprovider of data recovery software and services, has released version 3.5.2 of Mac Photo Recovery (http://www.applexsoft.com/mac-photo-recovery-for-digital-media.html), a Mac photo recovery solution for digital media devices.

The software recovers lost, formatted, or deleted images, photo documents, video, audio, music or other files form Memory Sticks, SD Cards, SmartMedia, iPod, CompactFlash, MMC, xD Cards, digital cameras or removable media, etc. The new version supports a number of HD Video file formats for recovery.

Mac Photo Recovery lets you recover lost or deleted HD video files in formats like AVCHD (.mts, .m2ts), HD AVI, H.264/AVC, HD MPEG4 TS, HD MPEG2 TS, HD WMV, HD Quick Time, HD WMV videos. You simply need to connect the external storage media to your Mac, and make sure that the memory...

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Feb 28
New WebConnector plug-in integrates the web into Daylite

OSXpert Limited has announced WebConnector 1.0 (http://www.daylite.biz/plugins/webconnector/) for Daylite. It embeds a context-sensitive web browser into the Daylite contact manager, CRM and business productivity tool.

It's now possible to perform context-sensitive web researches within Daylite, monitor individual websites, blogs and social media profiles of contacts, like on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and check current communication details of contacts on the web to keep the Daylite database current.

There are two editions of WebConnector. WebConnector Basic is free to use and offers web-based search functions for finding information about Daylite contacts and organizations, e.g. in social networks. It includes Google Maps address localization and routing too. More Web services will be added in the future.

WebConnector Extended requires an US$24....

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Feb 28
Jumsoft adds templates to the Mac App Store

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) says two more of its template applications are now available at the Mac App Store. With one or two clicks, users can open their preferred templates in Pages or Keynote, or save all templates in any location on their hard drive.

Jumsoft Templates for Pages is a collection of 100 templates for structuring and styling any text documents created with Apple's Pages. Themes for Keynote features 15 designs to create presentations. Both applications feature preview screens.

Jumsoft's Templates for Pages and Themes for Keynote are available for US$18.99 each from at the Mac App Store. Both applications work with iWork '08 or later.

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