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Jan 10
'MUG Event Calendar': Internet safety, the Mac App...

"The MUG Event Calendar" is back at full throttle this week, with lots of homegrown presentations and demos, as well as some high-profile guests.

Steve Sande of "The Unofficial Apple Weblog" (TUAW) will talk about Internet safety with a Colorado group, and author Jeff Carlson of "TidBITS" will discuss the latest version of iMovie via iChat with a Portland group.

The Mac App Store is sure be both an official and unofficial topic of discussion at many meetings, along with iLife’ 11 and its component applications. A few of the many other topics being talked about this week include geotagging digital photos, the Apple TV, Reunion, backups, 3D video production, presentations, going paperless and more.

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

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Jan 07
Jan. 11 event fuels talk of Verizon iPhone

Verizon has invited members of the media to an event next Tuesday, Jan. 11, in New York City, fueling rumors of an impending iPhone announcement, reports "AppleInsider" (

On Friday, Verizon sent out formal invitations to members of the press for an event to be held at the Lincoln Center. The invitation says event will feature Verizon Wireless president Lowell McAdam, but no other details were provided.

Of course, as the gang at "AppleInsider" notes, Apple normally holds events to introduce new products at its own corporate headquarters in Cupertino, CA. If next week's event is for the much-anticipated Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhone, it would be unique for Verizon to make the announcement instead of Apple CEO Executive Steve Jobs, they note.

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Jan 07
CES: 4i Concepts debuts new iOS device accessories

4i Concepts ( is debuting three products for the iPhone, iPad and iPod at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. One is the second generation 4iThumbs (US$24.95), an overlay screen with ridges to guide iPhone users’ thumbs for accurate text input.

Providing tactile feedback similar to a QWERTY keypad, the invisible design allows for blind typing on touchscreen interfaces while protecting the face of the phone, without blocking any portion of the screen. Improved from the first generation design, which launched in November 2009, 4iThumbs2 can be removed and stored on the back of the phone when not in use and requires no installation.

Designed for iPhones 3G/S and 4 and the iPod touch, it comes in both landscape and portrait versions. It's available with just the keypad (4iThumbs2, $12.95) or with a bumper compatible with the iPhone 4 to securely hold the keypad in...

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Jan 07
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 7

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

The Gamma Project has announced my Travel Assistant 1.0 for iOS devices. It's an US$2.99 app for global travelers that integrates into a singlepackage a 36-language translator, a 71-currency converter, and a smart expense tracker with automatic currency conversion. In addition to expense management at home and abroad, the app features: auto-refresh of exchange rates, the ability to email expenses as a formatted table and/or CSV file; the ability to edit or delete trips and entries; and a built-in calculator.

Nuclear Nova Software has introduced Liquid Defense Lite and Hydrothermal Lite, free versions of their recent games, Liquid Defense and Hydrothermal. Liquid Defense is a puzzle game where you must eliminate all of the incoming water, gas and oil....

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Jan 07
iPhone tops the Virtue 100 list for third straight year

Apple’s iPhone continued its reign earning the top spot again for the third-straight year on the Vitrue 100 list, which annually ranks the most social brands. Rounding out the top five are Blackberry, Disney, Android and iPad. Apple ranked number seven on the list, the iPod number 15 and the Mac number 75.

The Vitrue 100 measures a brand’s “social mentions” by analyzing online conversations on a daily basis across social networks, blogs, micro-blogs, photo and video sharing sites. The rankings represent the sheer volume of social mentions, not sentiment. This is the third annual Vitrue 100. Go here for current and past rankings: .

“Our third annual Vitrue 100 rankings revealed some surprising and interesting things about some of the world’s most iconic brands, as well as newer brands, and their effective use of social media,” says Vitrue CEO Reggie Bradford. “iPhone...

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Jan 07
Mac App Store hacked

A number of security loopholes in the applications listed on the Mac App Store allow users to download paid applications for free and repackage bootleg programs with malicious code, according to "eWeek" report (

Less than 24 hours after Apple unveiled the Mac App Store for the Mac OS X, reports emerged on various user forums, including "Pastebin" and "Daring Fireball" (, that some paid apps don't properly validate App Store receipts, making it easy to obtain those programs for free, the article adds. Users can copy the App Store receipt from any legitimate Mac App Store download -- free or paid -- and paste it to validate other paid applications, according to the posted instruction.

"This isn't true for all paid Mac App Store apps," wrote John Gruber of Daring Fireball,...

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Jan 07
Chinese web site selling fraudulent iTunes accounts

"Tens of thousands" of fraudulent iTunes accounts are for sale on a major Chinese web site, according to the "BBC" ( About 50,000 accounts linked to stolen credit cards are listed on auction site TaoBao, the country's equivalent of eBay, the article adds.

Buyers are promised temporary access to unlimited downloads from the service for as little as 1 yuan (10p) a time. Apple, which recently stepped up iTunes' security after a series of break-ins, declined to comment on the matter to the "BBC."

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Jan 07
CES: WeSC debuts headphone collection

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, WeSC, a Stockholm-based street-fashion brand short for “We Are the Superlative Conspiracy,” is unveiling its fall 2011 premium headphone, expanding the brand’s line of seasonal and non-seasonal headphones and earbuds.

WeSC seasonal collections are inspired by the brand’s collaborations with visionaries across the different genres of culture, art, sports, music and creativity, according to CEO and co-founder Greger Hagelin. The new line will include such models as The Standad, Jason Lee and Bing Bang.

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Jan 07
IK Multimedia offers handheld microphone for iOS devices

IK Multimedia ( has announced the iRig Mic, a handheld quality condenser microphone for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, designed for all vocal and mobile sound needs. You can pre-order it now for US$59.99.

iRig Mic is designed especially for the singer, vocalist and songwriter on the move, as well as for recording speeches, instruments, performances or any other sound sources in the studio, on stage or in the field. Its sports an unidirectional electret-condenser microphone capsule that provides quality recording, in both close mic and long distance mic conditions, and real-time monitoring with its dual mini-jack connector.

A three-level gain switch makes it adjustable for any sound pressure condition from soft speaking to loud playing. The iRig Mic can be mounted on any mic stand, leaving the iOS device free for app operation.

iRig Mic also comes with...

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Jan 07
O'Reilly Media releases 'Office 2011 for Mac Missing...

O'Reilly Media has released "Office 2011 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual," an 816-page book by Christopher Grover. It costs US$27.99 for the ebook version and $34.99 for the print version.

Topics covered include: taking advantage of new tools; creating professional looking documents; crunching numbers with ease; staying organized; making presentations; and using the programs together. Grover has worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years.

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Jan 07
CES: ThermaPak introduces new laptop, iPad cooling products

ThermaPak is introducing new products at this week's 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new products are:

° IcePad (US$34.99) – ThermaPAK’s new icePad sleeve brings environmentally-friendly cooling to the iPad using patented HeatShift Technology. The polyurethane cover provides access to all iPad buttons and connections, while keeping the Apple tablet cool. The icePad fits snuggly around the iPad, with openings to plug in a charger, cable or headset. It's available in translucent clear and black.

° LapSaver ($25.99-$29.99) --The LapSaver features the HeatShift Technology for cooling in addition to offering a sleeve for storage of the user’s laptop. While the laptop is on, it can be rested on the back of the LapSaver to ensure it stays at a safe temperature. When the user is ready to go, the laptop can be slipped into the built-in smooth neoprene sleeve for transport. The LapSaver is available in 14-inch and 16-inch models, both in...

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Jan 07
Mac App Store downloads top one million in first day

Apple says that over one million apps have been downloaded from the new Mac App Store in the first day. The store launched on Thursday with more than 1,000 free and paid apps.

“We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.”

The Mac App Store offers apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories. Users can browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, see staff favorites, search categories and look up top charts for paid and free apps, as well as user ratings and reviews. The Mac App Store is available for Snow Leopard users through the Software Update as part of Mac OS X 10.6.6.

Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting,...

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Jan 07
Apple’s 2011 proxy statement now online

Apple says its 2011 proxy materials are now available on the web under the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Notice and Access rules and can be found at . As a result of the Notice and Access rules, Apple is able to significantly reduce the environmental impact of producing and delivering printed materials, the company says.

Apple shareholders can still receive a printed copy of the proxy materials free of charge by following the instructions provided at or in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials that will be mailed to individuals who were Apple shareholders as of Dec. 27. Apple’s 2010 Form 10-K was filed on Oct. 27, 2010 and may also be viewed at

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Jan 07
CES: Griffin introduces StompBox for the iPad

Griffin Technology ( has introduced the StompBox for iPad and Mic Stand Mount for iPad.

The StompBox multi-function foot controller integrates with iShred LIVE to give guitarists an iPad-ready pedalboard. It's due for release in the first quarter of the year for US$99.99. The Mic Stand Mount turns an iPad into a music stand. It's due later this month for $39.99.

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Jan 07
CES: Speakal debuts iPhone dock

Speakal ( debuted the DS910, a a Bluetooth iPhone dock for users to make hands-free calls, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

It incorporates a CD display, alarm clock, FM radio, and a 3.5mm auxiliary input for other music sources. Pricing and a release date haven't been announced.

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Jan 07
This Mac OS X app will Nag you

Electric Pocket has announced a Mac version of its Nag reminder app (, offering a way to give yourself a persistent reminder that something needs to be done.

You can set an alarm for important events. When the alarm time comes, Nag will sound its alarm -- and will continue its nagging every minute until you acknowledge the alarm.

Nag requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Jan 07
Speck introduces TimetoRock for six gen iPod nano

Speck ( has released the TimetoRock wristband and armband headphone cord organizer for the six gen iPod nano

“Watchbands have become a real symbol of style and personal expression over the years and so we drew inspiration from that,” says Bryan Hynecek, director of Design at Speck. “With the TimetoRock wristband, our customers will recognize the delicate balance between fashion and protection that’s synonymous with Speck.”
TimetoRock’s adjustable strap lets you listen to your favorite tunes while walking, jogging, working or just lounging around the house. The iPod nano fits securely inside the band, but also pops in and out as you wish.

At the same time, the wristband offers protected access to sleep/wake and volume control buttons along with the earphone jack. The TimetoRock also includes two adjustable headphone cord management armbands (one...

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Jan 07
CES: Panasonic introduces new digital cameras, camcorders

Panasonic has introduced new digital cameras and camcorders at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The new Lumix DMC-S3 and Lumix DMC-S1are two easy-to-use models that offer smart features for taking photos and 720p (at 30fps) High Definition videos. The 14.1-megapixel Lumix S3 and 12.1-megapixel Lumix S1 also feature a new design, with a distinct rounded shape designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand.

The Lumix DMC-FH27 and Lumix DMC-FH25 shoot 16.1 megapixel images and combine a 28mm wide-angl Leica DC lens with an 8x optical zoom. Designed with an easy-to-hold grip and slim and stylish profile, both models feature large Intelligent LCDs, 720p High Definition (HD) video recording and an advanced iA (Intelligent Auto).

Panasonic has introduced three new Full-High Definition (HD) 3MOS camcorders to its 2011 line, the HDC-TM900, HDC-HS900 and HDC-SD800. The new full-HD camcorders feature 1920 x 1080 resolution with 1080/60p recording...

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Jan 07
CES: Olympus debuts new cameras, accessories

Olympus has introduced new cameras and accessories at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new products include the Olympus PEN E-PL2, the fourth generation of the PEN family of compact interchangeable lens digital cameras.

This camera expands your creative potential with Live Guide II, new in-camera creative features, new auxiliary lenses, a new Close-Up Spotlight (MAL-1) and new Olympus PENPal Bluetooth accessory. The lineup of six new Olympus cameras includes the XZ-1, an ultra-compact with a built-in ZUIKO lens.

Olympus' new point-and-shoot cameras offer new features including 3D photo mode, Eye-Fi Card compatibility and new Magic Filters, adding artistic effects to your videos. They include the TG-610, TG-310, SP-610UZ and VG-120.

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Jan 07
New iCal alternative available at the Mac App Store

Little Marauder ( has released Caliander, a new iCal alternative on the Mac App Store. The US$18.99 has a novel timeline based user interface, event creation using common English descriptions, and a global keyboard shortcut for adding events.

Since Caliander uses the same calendar database as iCal, it syncs just as usual, so there's no need to migrate old calendars. It doesn't use the conventional paper calendar layouts in favor of a novel, dynamic timeline layout, which can be panned and zoomed freely.

Caliander also has a perceptual mode, which squeezes together the distant future to show the near future in greater detail. This means that the software can show a detailed daily schedule while still reminding the user of things coming up in the next couple of days. Caliander requires Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later.

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Jan 07
CES: Buffalo launches USB 3.0 storage family, expands wireless...

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Buffalo Technology (http:// has launched a family of USB 3.0 storage devices and expanded its wireless portfolio.

The new USB 3.0 external hard drives deliver interface speeds up to 5 gigabits per second and range in price from US$99.99 to $629.99. The new MiniStation Stealth USB 3.0, DriveStation Axis USB 3.0, DriveStation Duo USB 3.0 and DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 are designed for quick transfer and storage of high-resolution graphics, digital audio/video, large multimedia files, photos and more.   

Buffalo Technology also announced the AirStation Nfiniti Wireless-N High Power Dual Band Router & Access Point. The gigabit WZR-HP-AG300H is the latest addition to Buffalo's DD-WRT powered wireless portfolio. It will be available in February at an estimated street price of US$149.99.

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Jan 07
HyperCard clone available on the Mac App Store

Bayhoff Software has released BayCard 1.0, a modern day HyperCard clone on the Mac App Store. It works with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher and costs US$19.99.

It was designed to allow non-programmers to bring their own visions to life without the need to learn how to write code. Like HyperCard, a BayCard document can be thought of as a stack of index cards. Unlike HyperCard, BayCard doesn't feature a scripting language. In place of a scripting language, BayCard features over 25 interface widgets including, but not limited to, tables, lists, web pages, date pickers, and iTunes-style star ratings.

According to the folks at Bayhoff Software, BayCard can be utilized in many different ways by different users. For example, one user may choose to use BayCard to organize their life. Another user may use the program to design a simple presentation. Finally, a third user may use BayCard to design several point-and-click adventures.

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Jan 07
CES: Assero introduces line of iPad front-packs

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Assero Industries ( has launched a line of iPad front-packs that will purportedly allow iPad functionality with complete hands-free mobility.  T

The trademark-design allows the iPad user to wear the forward-facing gear bag and unzip the front pack creating a drop down desk that houses the iPad in a secure form-fitting case. The interior of the bag is lined with soft neoprene fabric to protect the screen, while supplemental pockets for credit cards, chargers and a cell-phone provide a total mobile office.
Assero’s front-packs range from US$89.99-129.99. The iPad bags are comprised of sturdy materials including an easy-to-clean Ripstop nylon exterior and a neoprene iPad sleeve with Vlcro backing to adjust against the soft, brushed tricot interior. The straps are Memory Foam covered by...

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Jan 07
Tembo is new find utility for Mac OS X

Houdah Software has released Tembo, a "friendly" find utility for Mac OS X designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible.

Tembo is sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo version is available from the product web site (

Initially, you'll find Tembo to have been inspired by the original Spotlight interface as we knew it under Mac OS X Tiger. Search results are grouped by categories. Preferences allow for categories to be enabled, disabled and reordered.

Tembo may list up to 2.500 search results within each group. There are filters appropriate for the context designed to help you sort through the list of results. Messages, for example, may be filtered by subject, sender and recipient.

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Jan 07
Panorama Sheets for Mac OS x combines database, spreadsheet...

ProVue Development has released Panorama Sheets, a new Mac OS X application that combines the power of a database with the familiar simplicity of a spreadsheet for only $39.95.

All database operations are RAM based in order to run quickly, and all data entry, searching, sorting, data analysis and data manipulation is handled using a straightforward spreadsheet-like interface. Data can be imported or exported to/from text files and spreadsheets, and can be printed in tabular format or using standard Avery mailing label templates.

When setting up a search, analysis or data manipulation, Panorama Sheets instantly previews the results as each key is pressed (similar to Spotlight). The live preview updates in real time, so users can immediately see how different options interact with actual data before they actually perform an action.

There are two versions of Panorama Sheets for OS X. The version available from Apple's Mac App Store requires an Intel Mac running...

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