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Jan 18
Invoices for Mac OS X gets interface improvements

Tension Software has updated Invoices (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.8.1. The upgrade offers some interface improvements and adds a display, above the form, of the paper format used.

Invoices (US$40) allows you to create a new invoices with all data without using the keyboard, only with the mouse and all from a single panel view. You can make two different type of invoices, Plain and Table, where description of sold goods and services can be managed in a different way.

Invoices automatically calculates totals and taxes, in accordance with the set-up the user specified using his own country's rules. Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.4. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Jan 17
Power Manager 4.0.3 includes new developer tools

DssW has released Power Manager 4.0.3 for Mac OS X. This release includes new developer tools and bug fixes.

Power Manager is an automation and energy saving solution for Mac OS X. It boasts a range of energy saving events, including the ability to run applications and scripts to a schedule.

New to Power Manager 4.0.3 is the Power application programming interface. Developers can now programmatically access the battery and power information. This information includes the battery health, charge, and time remaining. A range of power sources are supported, including Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS). The Power API is available through C, Objective-C, shell, and AppleScript interfaces.

Power Manager 4.0.3 also fixes a bug in the inactivity trigger. This bug affected how multiple inactivity triggers interacted, and could cause triggers not to fire.

For more information, and to download a 30-day demo version of Power Manager, go to...

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Jan 17
US Mac sales up 18% year-over-year for holiday quarter

New domestic sales data from the NPD Group )http://www.npd.com) says Apple's U.S. Mac sales were up 18% year-over-year during the holidays, suggesting that the company remains on track to report its best quarterly Mac sales ever.

In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster unveiled the latest stats from the NDP research group. The figures showed that international Mac sales are growing even faster than domestic, which means Apple is in line to meet Wall Street expectations of 24% year-over-year sales growth.

NPD data from the September 2010 quarter hints that Mac sales were up 22% year-over-year, while Apple reported actual Mac unit growth of 27%. Munster thinks Apple will sell 1.2 million iMacs in the December quarter, without a major redesign, compared to about 500,000 of the newMacBook Air.

As it did in...

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Jan 17
Apple stock dips on Jobs' medical leave of absence

U.S. markets were closed on Monday in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, but the announcement that CEO Steve Jobs was taking another medical leave of absence (with Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook again overseeing day-to-day operations at Apple), the company's stock was down nearly 10 % in Frankfurt, Germany, for European trading. It closed the day down 6.2 percent, to finish at €244.05.

U.S. markets, including the NASDAQ, where AAPL is traded, will open at their regular time of 9:30 a.m. eastern on Tuesday. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), analyst Mike Abramsky said he expects Apple stock to be volatile in the near future, but also buoyed by the strong expected quarter for the start of fiscal 2011.

He noted that Apple and Jobs' decision not to reveal the CEO's condition could "sustain uncertainty." However, the...

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Jan 17
'Consumer Reports': don't buy the first Verizon...

"Consumer Reports" is advising people to hold off buying the iPhone 4 from Verizon Wireless next month, saying the device they'll be getting is a middle-aged smartphone that Apple will likely replace in the summer with a new generation (the expected iPhone 5). In an online blog (), "CR" says you do take the plunge with the first model, here's what you may be facing for the next two years:

"No 4G. At this year's CES, it became very clear that 4G networks, which promise data connections up to 10 times faster than 3G and dramatically smoother video streams, represent the future of mobile technology. And any smart phone that doesn't have this capability will get old fast.

"True, Verizon's fledgling 4G LTE currently reaches only 38 markets (an estimated 100 million people), but this desirable service is expanding quickly—Verizon promises to reach 200 million people by the end of 2011). More important: You can't upgrade phones to support Verizon's LTE network.

"A...

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Jan 17
Beatles sell over five million tracks on iTunes

Sales of Beatles tracks on iTunes have topped five million since becoming available last November, according to Apple -- as reported by "New Media Age" (http://macte.ch/pLYZg). What's more, sales of Beatles albums have topped one million, with the 1969 album , "Abbey Road," the band’s bestselling album on iTunes.

The Beatles' catalog arrived at the iTunes Store on Nov. 16. This followed years of negotiations between Apple and The Beatles’ record label EMI Group.

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Jan 17
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 17

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

Iber4 today has announced Magnetball 1.1 for iOS devices. The US$9.99 is played by bouncing iron balls straight at red magnets to get points. Each ball falls from above by gravitational force. As the player, you must bounce the ball using a steel bar. The bar is controlled by your finger sliding over the iPhone/iPod screen. Control can also be done by using a multi-touch interface, and serve to give enhanced angle and speed control.

Lazrhog Games has released GeoSpin 1.0, an original puzzle game for iOS devices. A mix of 2D and 3D, you control the orientation of an Archimedean solid geometric shape in 3D in the $0.99 game and must grab the surrounding colored shapes to slot into their correct places. You can race against your OpenFeint friends' times,...

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Jan 17
Xsan, Final Cut Server, Mac OS X Server on the chopping block?

According to unnamed sources, the discontinuation of the Xserve by Apple would be only the beginning of an overhaul, which would lead to the disappearance of some professional oriented activities, according to a "Hardmac" report (http://macte.ch/Cw1Ts).

Noting that the info is "unverified," the article says that Xsan and Final Cut Server could be among the programs being discontinued. "Hardmac" goes so far as to say that the Lion version of Mac OS X Server could be the last server version of the operating system.

In November, Apple announced it would discontinue its Xserve rack-mount server in January. Why? “Since its introduction in the fall of 2009, Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server has become Apple’s most popular server system," the company says.

Apple will continue to sell its rack-mount server product through Jan. 31, 2011, and will continue to honor warranties and support contracts. Apple...

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Jan 17
'The Daily' to forego Apple iAds for now

The launch of News Corp's iPad newspaper, "The Daily," has been pushed back, and now it seems the publication won't be running Apple's iAds.

Instead, News Corp. will sell all its own ads, powered by Medialets' multimedia and analytics technology, reports "Advertising Age" (http://macte.ch/SMQto). Among the initial advertisers are Macy's, Verizon Wireless, Land Rover, Pepsi Max and Virgin America, the article adds.

Ads combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs (now on a medical leave of absence). He adds that iAd, which is built into iOS 4, allows users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using in-ad purchase to download an app or buy iTunes content.

Developers who join the iAd Network can incorporate a variety of advertising formats into their apps. Apple...

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Jan 17
Universal, Sony Music to implement 'on air, on sale'...

Universal and Sony Music plan to combat piracy by making new singles available digitally at iTunes and other online stores the day they first hit the airwaves, reports the "Guardian" (http://macte.ch/Kb9TW).

Songs used to receive up to six weeks of radio airplay before they were released for sale. Sony, which will start the "on air, on sale" policy simultaneously with Universal next month, agreed that the old approach was no longer relevant in an age where, according to a spokesman for the music major, "people want instant gratification."

"Wait is not a word in the vocabulary of the current generation," David Joseph, CEO of Universal Music, told "The Guardian." "It's out of date to think that you can build up demand for a song by playing it for several weeks on radio in advance."

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Jan 17
Steve Jobs takes another medical leave of absence

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:

"At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

"I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

"I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy."

It was just over a year ago that Jobs took his first medical leave of absence. At that time, Cook also filled in to run Apple's day to day operations.

Before joining Apple, Cook was vice president of Corporate Materials for Compaq and was responsible for procuring and managing all of Compaq’s product...

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Jan 17
Apple, Samsung expected to win further market share

Analysts expect global cellphone sales volumes to have grown 10.8% in October-December, a "Reuters" poll (http://macte.ch/AouDB) of 32 banks, brokerages and research firms showed. The iPhone 4 and Samsung's Galaxy S were the hottest items.

"Indications point to further substantial strengthening of demand in the fourth quarter," Geoff Blaber, an analyst at research firm CCS Insight, told "Reuters." ""In 2010 we saw a gulf emerge between winners and losers which will only widen in 2011."

Among the largest phone makers reporting their December quarter earnings in the next two weeks only Apple and Samsung Electronics are expected to win further market share, with all others seeing their share shrinking, says "Reuters." Despite slowing demand in the computer industry, all comments from vendors point to strong cellphone demand at the end of the year.

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Jan 17
Aneesoft releases free YouTube downloader for the Mac

Aneesoft Corp. (http://www.aneesoft.com) has announced Free YouTube Downloader for Mac. It's a free (as you might guess from the name) YouTube video downloader that enables Mac users to download multiple YouTube videos all at once on Mac.

Mac users can easily download their favorite YouTube videos (even YouTube HD videos) on Mac with a few clicks. You can also download YouTube videos for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, PS3 and more.

Free YouTube Downloader for Mac supports multi-threading processing of the downloading and conversions. It's designed for "Mac users who want to download YouTube videos for watching on mobile devices or editing later, says Huff Bill, manager of YouTube project for Aneesoft.

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Jan 17
Infinite War Battle pack available for Supreme Commander 2

Virtual Programming (http://www.vpltd.com) has released Infinite War Battle Pack DLC (Downloadable Content) for the Mac OS X (10.6.3 or higher) version of its real-time strategy game Supreme Commander 2. It costs US$9.95.

Infinite War features eight new maps, an army of new units, and a variety of research boosts and upgrades for all three factions: the United Earth Federation (UEF), the Illuminate, and the Cybran Nation. Its eight new maps include everything from the two-player QAI Labs, located high above the surface of Pollux IV, to the eight-player free-for-all Tourneydome (eight commanders enter, one commander leaves).

Among the new units are a host of experimentals and such stealthy units as the Illuminate Sniper Bot and the Cybran Air Scout. The research improvements increase production times, give units new capabilities, and more.

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Jan 17
LambdaRogue: The Book of Stars comes to the Mac

The open source RPG LambdaRogue: The Book of Stars (http://macte.ch/SpgIY)is now available. Previously released for Windows and Linux, the Rogue-like game has been brought to the Mac OS X platform, reports "Inside Mac Games" (http://www.insidemacgames.com).

The game features randomly generated dungeons and challenges players to find the Book of Stars and save mankind. LamdaRogue: The Book of Stars is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Jan 17
O'Reilly Media releases 'Best iPad Apps'

O'Reilly Media (http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920010944) has published "Best iPad Apps," an US$21.99 by Peter Meyers that "guides you to the hidden treasures in the App Store's crowded aisles."

The chapters are designed to help you: get work done; manipulate photos; make movies; create comics; browse the Web better; take notes; outline ideas; track your health; and explore the world. The book has 240 pages; an ebook version is available for $17.99.

Meyers writes about and designs digital books. Formerly an editor at O'Reilly Media, he co-founded one of the first multimedia textbook publishers (Digital Learning Interactive). He's covered the intersection of writing and technology for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired and blogs at http://www.anewkindofbook.com .

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Jan 17
SyncMate 3 adds Android support

Eltima Software has released SyncMate 3 (http://www.sync-mac.com), an update of the software for syncing data between a Mac to Windows Mobile handheld devices. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

The new version allows syncing contacts and calendar entries on Mac and Android, viewing text messages on a Mac for free, and offers extra options in Expert Edition. For example, SyncMate Expert will sync iTunes, iPhoto, folders with files and bookmarks between Mac and Android phone.

What's more, with Expert Edition all users can manage Android texts on a Mac, and send them, delete them, or export into different formats. The upgrade brings improvements to "Mount device" option as well.

Now it is possible to mount Windows Mobile and Android devices as additional Mac disks via Wi-Fi, USB or Bluetooth and viewing devices' content directly on Mac computer. With...

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Jan 17
iDatabase updated for Mac, iOS devices

Apimac has updated iDatabase (http://www.apimac.com/idatabase/) for the Mac and iPhone to versions 2.0 and 4.0, respectively. New to the updated versions are:

° The ability to duplicate a database containing all the records;

° The ability to create a clone without records of an existing database;

° The ability to export a database by email;

° The ability to send one or more records via email as PDF, as a card or as a CSV file;

° The ability to navigate through the records with new Previous and Next buttons;

° A new import preview view which allows you to define the fields and their labels, and to see a record preview before the import;

° The ability to set, in both import and export, the first record as record value or as field label;

° Support for importing files in Semicolon Separated and Tab Delimited formats;

° Support for...

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Jan 17
Hydra Express available at the Mac App Store

Creaceed is offering a special version of Hydra, its HDR photography application, in the Mac App Store: Hydra Express. It costs US$49.95.

The original version of Hydra is now dubbed Hydra Pro and costs $79.95. All registered users of the original Hydra 2.x are now registered users of Hydra Pro 2.x.

Hydra Express lets you input up to three images. Hydra Pro lets you input up to 10 images, offers Input and Output filters, and Aperture and Lightroom plug-ins. The pro version is only available at the Creaceed web site (http://www.creaceed.com).

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Jan 17
iFunia announces MOD Converter for the Mac App Store

iFunia (http://www.ifunia.com) says their flagship product, iFunia MOD Converter for Mac, is available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. or later and costs US$29.

iFunia MOD Converter is a multifunctional tool designed to help camcorder enthusiasts convert MOD,TOD files recorded by most popular digital camcorder to popular video and audio formats. Other features include customizable format settings, and trimming and cropping tools. Users can also run batch conversions, and add subtitles or company logos to clips.

iFunia MOD Video Converter for Mac converts MOD and TOD files generated by JVC,Sony, Canon or Panasonic digital camcorders to QuickTime, as well as other video formats, including AVI, MP4, 3GP, VOB, MPEG, etc. The results can be played on most Apple hardware, and edited in iMovie, Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro.

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Jan 17
MacWise available in the Mac App Store

Carnation Software (http://www.carnationsoftware.com) says its MacWise terminal emulation for Mac is now available in the Mac App Store.

MacWise allows a Macintosh to be used as a terminal, connected to a host computer directly, by modem, local area network or over the Internet with telnet or ssh secure shell. You can connect to the host via serial, modem, telnet, ssh, via the Internet or local connection. The App Store version requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs US$94.99.

MacWise emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. Supports ANSI and SCO ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode. AppleScript is also supported.

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Jan 17
EasyDraw 3.4.6 adds expanded SVG import support, more

Dekorra has updated EasyDraw (http://www.eazydraw.com/whatsNew.htm), its vector drawing app for Mac OS X, to version 3.4.6. The new version includes expanded SVG import with support for SVG symbols, improved PDF editing with support for several additional color spaces and font encodings, auto-save backups, and several bug fixes and enhancements.

Version 3.4.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

EasyDraw 3.4.6 is a free upgrade for licensed owners of EazyDraw version 3.x license and a US$35 upgrade for owners of EazyDraw version 2.x. For new users the cost is $95 for the downloadable version.

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Jan 17
PDFZillla.com offers time-limited giveaway

Now users can get free PDFZilla giveaway licenses to convert PDF documents to editable formats, at least for a limited time.

PDFZilla.com has started their free, time-limited, giveaway promotion for the PDFZilla PDF converter product at http://www.pdfzilla.com/giveaway.html . The free giveaway will end on Feb. 5. During this time PDFZilla is for free for all users and visitors.

PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file type designed by Adobe System for document exchange and mostly used to represent bi-dimensional docs independent of software, hardware or operating system PDF files can encompass text, fonts, images and even 2D vector graphics.

With PDFZilla, users can convert a PDF document into Word. The program preserves the original quality of the PDF files and converts both text and images. Users can convert the entire PDF or selected pages only and even...

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Jan 17
'MacVoices' looks at science fiction interfaces

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), the "Road to Macworld" continues as Nathan Shedroff, program chair, MBA in Design Strategy at the California College of the Arts, discusses “Learning from Science Fiction Interfaces” as a feature presentation at the show.

He explains how to contemplate the workings of science fiction tech from a practical standpoint, and how to use them as problem-solving inspiration. While he admits he’s saving the best information for Macworld, Shedroff helps "MacVoices" listeners understand how everyone from the Department of Defense to Intel are using specific methodologies involving science fiction to solve problems today and tomorrow.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco from Jan. 26-29 at the Moscone Convention...

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Jan 17
'Tech Night Owl' looks at Verizon iPhone, CES

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at the Verizon iPhone and the recent Consumer Electronics Show.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from http://www.technightowl.com/radio ; an archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast. You can also access our show's podcast feed, now available at http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml .

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