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Aug 05
R10Cipher update adds auto delete feature

Arten Science has updated R10Cipher (http://www.artenscience.co.uk), a cross platform encryption/decryption tool, to version 4.1.3. The new version adds an option to automatically delete original files following successful encryption.

R10Cipher supports drag and drop multiple file encryption, and decryption by double clicking a file to recreate it with its original filename. R10Cipher takes text or files and encrypts them. These files can be Word files, Excel files, MP3 files -- almost any kind of file.

Its encrypted files can be copied elsewhere, even to a different operating system and unencrypted by anyone in possession of the shared key that was used for the encryption. If encrypting text, this Cipher Text can then be copied into an email, saved as a file and attached to an email or just copied elsewhere. The recipient can use R10Cipher to open the file and view the encrypted...

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Aug 05
Fontcase for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Bohemian Coding and Laurent Baumann have updated Fontcase (http://www.bohemiancoding.com/?Fontcase), a font manager for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, to version 1.5.4. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Fontcase focuses on metadata. For every font and weight, you can add a variety of metadata. You can set tags, genres, assign designers and foundries and more. They are not just pieces of text, but actually show up in the source list, right under your smart collections. Everything in the interface can be dragged.

Fontcase has several preview options. You can preview fonts with any sample text you want and you can view individual glyphs, as a waterfall text and as body text. If you want to go in more detail, there's a special Compare mode which was designed to compare a small set of fonts and allow you to choose the right font from them....

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Aug 05
SerialMailer update lets you block multiple addresses

Falkon Ware (http://www.falkonware.com) has updated its SerialMailer bulk email app for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 7.0.3. Multiple addresses can now be blocked by using the wildcard character in the blacklist.

The date of the last successful mail delivery is saved for each recipient and tools for e-mail address verification were added. Data imported from the AddressBook now includes all available data fields and the support for CSV files has been improved.

The software helps with sending mass communications to large groups like customers, students, employees, family or friends. The full version of SerialMailer costs US$34.95. The update to version 7.0.3 is free for everyone who registered an older version of SerialMailer after April 1, 2010. Otherwise it costs $14.95.

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Aug 05
MailForge for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0.4

Infinity Data Systems has updated MailForge (http://www.infinitydatasystems.com/mailforge/), the Eudora style email client formerly known as Odysseus, to version 2.0.4. The send button defaults to "Queue" if preferences are set to queue emails by default.

Built from the ground up for Mac OS X and Windows, MailForge is designed to be a successor to the Eudora email client, providing users with a familiar look and feel, while at the same time adding features and abilities to further enhance the user experience. Harnessing the power of SQLite, MailForge offers significant performance advantages, ranging from the ability to have a virtually unlimited number of emails in a single mailbox, to search capabilities that offer near instantaneous results, according to the folks at Infinity Data Systems. Even routine tasks, such as moving tens of thousands of emails from one...

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Aug 04
Epson expands Artisan line of printers

Epson has introduced three new premium photo all-in-ones -- the Artisa 835, Artisan 725 and an all-white Artisan 725 Arctic Edition. Among their features are what Epson says is the world’s fastest 4 x 6 inch photo print speeds, built-in Wi-Fi n, wireless printing from an iPhone, and a variety of creative applications.

The Artisan 835 and 725 offer full-featured scanning/copying, automatic two-sided printing, and superior image enhancing tools.  The flagship Artisan 835 also features a built-in fax, 7.8-inch smart touch panel, and a 30-page Automatic Document Feeder. In addition, the sleek, all-white Artisan 725 Arctic Edition gives consumers more options in matching the décor and computer equipment in their home.  

The Artisan 725 (US$199.99) and Artisan 835 ($299.99) will be available in mid-August through major computer, office and electronic superstores, a variety of retail stores nationwide and Epson’s retail site,...

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Aug 04
Sample Logic releases Metallix for Live

Sample Logic (http://www.samplelogic.com) has released Metallix, a toolkit of morphed metallic instruments, percussives, atmospheric soundscapes, pads, and tempo-synced audio loops for cinematic music production. It's based on recorded metallic instruments and sounds.

The instruments (presets) and clips (loops) are integrated into Ableton Live. Each instrument uses Live's Rack format, with the eight Macro Controls mapped to provide top-level control for tweakability. This also means that all of the instruments and loops are ready to be mapped to a hardware controller or automated directly in Live.

Effects and parameters include: Attack & Release, Reverb, Filter Delay, Arpegiator, Filter Cuttoff & Resonance, and much more. This makes sound sculpting each instrument intuitive and easy. On top of this, all clips and presets are production ready, custom tailored and mastered using Live's...

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Aug 04
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 4

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).

ConglomerApps has announced Infinity Organizer Notebook 1.0, an US$2.99 app for the iPad. It provides a way to organize your notes, reminders, messages and more. Users can edit and share photos and entries, choose between five different types of paper, GPS stamp their entries and use the built-in calculator.

Cypress Point Technologies has released Trin 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The $19.99 app brings users real time Trading Index updates for the major American stock exchanges. Three meters are automatically updated every five seconds to reflect index changes, as they happen, for NASDAQ, NYSE and the Russell 2000 stocks, as well as the Dow Jones, NASDAQ Composite and Russell indices.

I-Imagine Interactive says their featured Xbox...

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Aug 04
'MacVoices' looks at iPhone navigation apps

On the new MacVoices (http://www.macvoices.com),Glenn Fleishman updates his December 2009 look at iPhone navigation apps, outlining what is new and what has changed since he initially spent lots of time driving around Seattle testing them.

He compares and contrasts app-based navigation with dedicated hardware devices, identifies three key issues that need to be accounted for if you are going to let your iPhone guide you to your destination, and talks about some hardware accessories you might want to explore. The latest enhancements in display options, why sunglasses and your iPhone don't mix and features that contribute to convenience and safety are all covered.

Fleishman also looks at how the download vs. live-over-the-air apps compare with DVD-based dashboard systems, why iPod control considerations are important, and how well all classes of apps handle points-of-interest.

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Aug 04
Release of the iPad in China gets a bit closer

iPad has received a safety certification mark from Chinese regulators, which means the Apple tablet moves a bit closer to be being released in the country.

Apple has made no announcement about the iPad being sold in China at this time. However, the company appears to be preparing it for an entrance into the Chinese market, says "PC World" (http://macosg.me/2/ni). On Monday, the device was given the China Compulsory Certification by the China Quality Certification Center.

By receiving the certification, the iPad has cleared a major government hurdle to allow the product to be exported and sold to the Chinese market. But, as "PC World" notes, the device will likely need the approval of China's Telecommunications Equipment and Certification Center.

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Aug 04
Apple retail stores successful in luring Windows users to the...

Apple's retail stores, boosted by strong demand for iPads and Macs, are helping the tech giant intensify its assault on Microsoft, according to "TheStreet" (http://macosg.me/2/nh).

In a note to clients, Charlie Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Company, says that, that during the June quarter, Windows users purchased half of the 677,000 Macs sold in the stores. This represented over 20% of the estimated number of Windows users who switched to a Mac during the quarter, he says.

Windows users purchased half of the 606,000 Macs sold in the stores during Apple's prior quarter and Needham estimates that, since 2004, more than 18 million Windows users have switched to a Mac. Apparently, Apple stores have played a key role in this effort.

"One of Apple's initial reasons for opening Apple stores was to spotlight the Mac, which had virtually no retail visibility," Wolf told "TheStreet." "With an...

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Aug 04
Incoming UCI medical students to receive iPads

Traditionally, first-year medical students are awarded white coats to signify their entry into the medical community. But at an Aug. 6 ceremony, each member of the UC Irvine School of Medicine’s incoming class of 2014 will find an iPad pre-loaded with everything necessary for the first year of course work in their coat pocket.

As part of its new iMedEd Initiative, the medical school has developed a comprehensive, iPad-based curriculum, reinventing how medicine is taught in the 21st century and becoming the first in the nation to employ a completely digital, interactive learning environment for entering students, says Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean of the UCI School of Medicine.

"It is our firm belief that a digitally based curriculum will be the wave of the future, and UCI seeks to be a leader in the innovative presentation of information to students," he adds.

According to Dr. Warren Wiechmann, the school’s director of instructional technologies, the iMedEd...

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Aug 04
Survey: iPhone 4 owners tell what they really think about their...

The iPhone 4 launched in late June and was initially heralded as one of the most successful product releases in Apple’s history. But within days the firestorm over reception and antenna issues unleashed an exceptional degree of critical commentary.

Despite this controversy, one of the biggest unknowns has been what actual iPhone 4 owners really think about their new smart phones. To find out, a July ChangeWave survey (http://www.changewave.com) has taken an in-depth look at the reactions and opinions of 213 Apple iPhone 4 owners.

The initial satisfaction ratings for the iPhone 4 show a high degree of customer approval -- with 72% of owners saying they’re "Very Satisfied" and 21% "Somewhat Satisfied" with their new phone. Despite these good scores, the initial iPhone 4 ratings aren’t quite as extraordinary as the early iPhone 3GS satisfaction numbers seen in our August 2009 survey. 

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Aug 04
XtremeMac announces new iPad cases

XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com/en/) has announced the availability of its new iPad case line. Each case is custom designed to protect the Apple tablet.

These new sleeves and cases are the first of an expansive and growing line of iPad accessories and cases from XtremeMac due out in the coming months.

The Tuffwrap is a form-fitting silicone case that safeguards the iPad by shielding it from unwanted scratches. It allows users full access to all controls and features textured sides for added grip.

The lightweight and form-fitting Neoprene Sleeve is a travel solution for the iPad, featuring an integrated pocket for items such as cables and earphones. It closes with a Velcro seal to ensure that the iPad and other accessories are safely secured at all times.

The Nylon Sleeve features a form-fitting exterior with a soft plush lining. The sleeve has a clean design with a top...

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Aug 04
Samsung announces new all-in-one camera

Samsung (http://www.samsung.com) has announced the 12.2 megapixel PL90 featuring a built-in USB connector, enabling consumers to capture images and connect to a computer on the move without the need for additional wires or cords. It's due next month for US$149.99
The PL90’s integrated USB connector allows content to be shared with the camera’s plug and play capabilities, including the Auto-install intelli-studio software, and instant access to any computer via the USB. In addition, users will never have to worry about running out of power with the PL90, as the USB connector also allows consumers to charge the battery without a separate power cord, says Sangjin Park, president of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics.

The PL90 features Samsung’s new Smart Auto (Still & Movie) technology that purportedly enables consumers to capture a picture in virtually any conditions. The Smart Auto...

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Aug 04
European Commission chooses iPhone, HTC over the Blackberry

The European Commission has opted for the iPhone and HTC handsets over the BlackBerry to roll out to its employees, reports "CNET" (http://macosg.me/2/ne).

The search for a new smartphone began in 2008 when the Commission, the European Union's executive arm, was deploying a new synchronization tool, prompting it to evaluate different devices on the market, including BlackBerrys. The EC has been using PDAs made by Q-Tek (later HTC) since 2003.

"Following this evaluation, the HTC and the iPhones emerged as the most suitable platforms for voice/mail-centric mobile devices. As a result, the Commission currently supports these two platforms," spokesman for the EC wrote in an e-mail statement sent to "CNET."

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Aug 04
Wired.com thinks FTC eyeing Apple for antitrust violations

The Federal Trade Commission has nearly 200 pages of records related to a purported complaint by Adobe against Apple for banning iPhone developers from using its authoring tools to make iPhone apps. However, "in what might be the most-official confirmation that regulators are probing the ban for antitrust violations," the FTC declined to make them available to Wired.com, saying doing so “could be reasonably expected” to interfere with its “law enforcement” duties

Wired.com says it sought a copy of Adobe’s complaint by filing a Freedom of Information Act request in early May, which was denied in whole in a July 23 letter. “We have located 189 pages of responsive records, all of which are exempt from the FOIA’s disclosure requirement,” Joan A. Fina, the FTC’s assistant general counsel, said “These records are exempt… because disclosure of that material could reasonably be expected to interfere with the conduct of the Commission’s law enforcement activities.”

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Aug 04
VoiceServe introduces a softphone for the iPhone, iPod and iPad

VoiceServe (http://www.voiceserve.com), an Internet telephony software and service provider, says its wholly-owned subsidiary, VoipSwitch, now offers a Vippie softphone dialer for iPhones, iPods and iPads.

VoipSwitch’s softphone even enables iPad owners to use the tablet computer as a cell phone. The Vippie dialer requires access to the Internet and an account with VoipSwitch’s Call-to-PBX. Users are able to make and receive calls, use voicemail, dial from contact lists, record calls and more using the Vippie dialer.

The Call-to-PBX “iPhone softphone” is designed specifically to leverage the iPhone's unique capabilities on all its devices, according to VoiceServe CEO Michael Bibleman. The Call-to-PBX softphone works just like standard SIP softphones and connectivity is either through 3G, Edge or Wi-Fi.

Communication between registered users is free and the Call-to-PBX dialer can use...

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Aug 04
Motorola, HTC drive Android to smartphone OS Lead in the U.S.

Riding the wave of new handset introductions and wide carrier distribution in the second quarter (Q2), the Android smartphone operating system (OS) continued its upward climb in the U.S. consumer mobile phone market, according to The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a market research company.

For the first time since the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007, RIM fell to second position, as Android took the lead among operating systems in handsets sold to U.S. consumers. NPD’s latest wireless market research reveals that Android accounted for 33% of all smartphones purchased in Q2, ahead of RIM (28 %) and Apple (22%).

"For the second consecutive quarter, Android handsets have shown strong but slowing sell-through market share gains among U.S. consumers," says Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. "While the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple’s iOS saw a small gain this quarter...

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Aug 04
Monotype Imaging adds Elegy Script family to collection

Monotype Imaging Holdings (http://www.fonts.com) has added the Elegy typeface to the company’s ITC font collection. An ornate script design, Elegy is based on the original ITC logo drawn by typeface designer Ed Benguiat.

Benguiat, who teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, has designed more than 600 typefaces. The name, Elegy, was chosen as a tribute to Aaron Burns, one of the original founders of ITC, which Benguiat also helped to establish in 1970.

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Aug 04
Karvt releases wooden skins for the iPhone

Karvt (http://www.karvt.com) has released a line of wooden skins -- yep, wood -- for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G. They're described as all-natural, eco-friendly, sustainable and made from 100% real wood.

The iPhone 3G skin is US$15, and the iPhone 4 skin is only $25. Karvt hand crafts each of there products by hand in the US, and no part of the process is ever outsourced, the company says.

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Aug 04
AudioMulch for Mac OS X extends rhythmic possibilities

Ross Bencina has released AudioMulch 2.1 (http://www.audiomulch.com), an update of the app that brings the interactive music studio to the Mac. The new version -- which works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher -- invites users to explore new rhythmic possibilities, extend AudioMulch with Audio Unit plugins on Mac OS X, and control the mix with built-in dynamics processing.

AudioMulch is designed for musical audio processing, composition, and performance. Its modular patcher-style user interface promotes an improvisational approach to music making. The software offers a range of built in sound processing and audio mangling tools along with parameter control capabilities that include time line automation, a MIDI control mapping system and the Metasurface multi-parameter controller.
 
After 10 years of running exclusively on Windows, entry into the Mac market is a significant step for AudioMulch,...

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Aug 04
Vinotekasoft uncorks Vinoteka 2.1.2 for Mac OS X

Vinotekasoft has uncorked Vinoteka 2.1.2 (http://www.vinotekasoft.com), an update of their wine cellar management software for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers synchronization of data with the iPhone/iPod touch application Vinoteka Touch 1.1.

Vinoteka costs US$34.90 for a single user license. You can get a family pack for $79.90 or a business pack for $109.90. Version 2.1.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Aug 04
SimpleMovieX update offers one-click iTunes library addition

Aero Quartet (http://aeroquartet.com) has released version 3.10 of SimpleMovieX, a Mac OS X movie editor. This new version lets you add movies to your iTunes library in one click, automatically picking the fastest method while preserving quality.

Movies with multiple audio tracks, like alternative languages or AC3 Dolby, can now be saved in MP4 formats natively. Chapters, languages, metadata and artworks that you add to your movies with SimpleMovieX, are compatible with AppleTV, iPhone, iPad, iPod and Front Row. The bonus in version 3.10 is an experimental feature that saves XVID movies into iTunes library 10x faster by "mutating" video into MPEG4 Video codec: You can now watch a feature-length movie on your iPad or iPhone just 5 minutes after opening it with SimpleMovieX.

With a feature set roughly similar to QuickTime Pro, SimpleMovieX extends editing capabilities to other popular video formats...

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Aug 04
TranslateIt! for Mac OS X adds Safari 5 support

TranslateIt! (http://www.mac.gettranslateit.com/) for Mac -- a multilingual dictionary that allows looking up words on the fly -- has been updated to version 12.6. Now the program works with big texts wiser. If you enter text of more than 100 symbols into dictionary window, the translation window will open automatically and the text will be translated.

Now it's possible to connect modules of morphological analysis with a dictionary group. Rules for online-services are updated in TranslateIt! 12.6. Online-services allows to get translation from TranslateIt! without visiting of service site.

In the new version, searching of words with misprints is accelerated and optimized. Even if you enter a word without letter or with unnecessary letters, the program will show you similar words.

With TranslateIt!, you hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word (in any Cocoa...

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Aug 04
Logitech unveils rechargeable speaker dock for the iPod

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has unveiled the Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i, a portable speaker dock for the iPod and iPhone. It features eight custom-designed speaker drivers and an eight-hour rechargeable battery.

"The new Rechargeable Speaker S715i offers eight drivers -- twice that of our previous speaker docks -- and includes a rechargeable battery so you can take your tunes with you," says Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s audio business unit.

It sports two three-inch laser-tuned neodymium drivers, two half-inch neodymium tweeters for s and four two-inch passive radiators. The Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i comes with a wireless remote control to give you command over functions such as power, volume, play, pause, shuffle, skip and repeat from up to 30 feet away.

You can take the dock with you in the included travel case that also has...

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