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Sep 20
'MUG Event Calendar': Drobo, Final Cut, more

Several notable guests and events are on tap in this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

Macworld Senior Editor and MacNotable Christopher Breen will present to one California group, while just down the road, representatives of Data Robotics will show off the many faces of Drobo at another. Aaron Davis of Apple will be the featured presenter at a Maryland group, and a Final Cut Pro User Group will not only hold their monthly meeting one day, but will also hold an event at DV Expo the next night. Other topics up for discussion this week include Apple Mail, iWork, archiving and data sharing methods, Apple’s Motion, iChat, Skype and more.

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

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Sep 20
iPhone 4 coming to China on Sept. 25

Apple says the iPhone 4 will be available to customers in China beginning Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8 a.m. at Apple Retail Stores, including the new Apple Store Hong Kong Plaza in Shanghai and the new Apple Store Xidan Joy City in Beijing opening on the same day.

The iPhone 4 will also be available on Saturday at China Unicom retail stores for qualified buyers with a new two year contract. It will have a suggested retail price of CNY4,999 for the 16GB model and CNY5,999 for 32GB model without a contract. At China Unicom stores, the iPhone 4 will be available for qualified buyers with a new two year contract, sold separately. For pricing and tariff information go to http://www.10010.com .

The new Apple Store Hong Kong Plaza is located at 282 Huaihai Zhong Road, Shanghai. The new Apple Store Xidan Joy City is located in the Joy City shopping center at 131 North Xidan Avenue, Beijing. For more information go...

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Sep 20
CoverScout update ready for iTunes 10

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has released CoverScout 3.3.2, an update of the software for completing album covers in iTunes. The upgrade is ready for iTunes 10.

The interface of CoverScout is based upon the principles of Cover Flow. Its interface lets you flip through your music library and find all their missing cover are. CoverScout scans your music library as soon as the application is launched showing all covered and uncovered tracks. It searches for appropriate cover art on the Internet, which it can automatically apply to entire albums or individual tracks.

CoverScout searches multiple music archives like Amazon, WalMart and Google Image Search simultaneously. It can also be adjusted to include additional search sources. In the integrated cover editor, each album cover can be edited with pixel precision, rotated, cropped, scaled and the colors can be adjusted. CoverScout even offers the...

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Sep 18
Taiwanese carriers don't have nearly enough iPhone 4s for...

Fans in Taiwan "who showered Apple with 200,000 pre-orders while the company’s carrier partners expect about one-quarter that number will be available there by year’s end," reports "iPhonetouch.Blorge" (http://iphonetouch.blorge.com/2010/09/17/apple-greets-200k-iphone-4-pre-...).

Although customers in the country ordered that many units, Apple’s three carrier partners -- Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone -- only had 1,800 units on hand when the iPhone 4 went on sale. What's more the carriers only expect 45,000 to 50,000 units will be allocated to Taiwan by the end of the calendar year, adds "iPhonetouch.Blorge."

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Sep 18
Keynote Theme Park releases 360 Elements, Nation Elements

Keynote Theme Park (http://www.keynotethemepark.com/) has released 360 Elements and Nation Elements Keynote themes. Keynote is the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.

360 Elements, are looped QuickTime movies made with transparent background for use with OS X Keynote presentations. Each set includes isolated letters A-Z, 0-9 and six symbols centered within a ring that slowly rotate. Each set is available for immediate download for US$5.95 or four white or four black sets for $14.95 each.

Nation Elements are a matched collection of "clipart" type items for each nation of the world. Each nation slide includes the national flag, a flag version rendered in the reflective sphere, location maps that consist of up to six isolated elements (can be broken apart and customized to your needs). National border shapes that take a Keynote fill, stroke and shadow. Plus national...

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Sep 18
Einstein is NewtonOS running on other operating systems

Einstein (http://code.google.com/p/einstein/) is a platform developed by Paul Guyot to get the NewtonOS running on other operating systems. On the Mac platform, it requires Mac OS X and an iPhone, iPod or iPad.

It was written and released by Paul Guyot several years ago, but got a shot in the arm earlier this month when Matthias Melcher got it up and running on iOS and posted a video of himself running it on his iPhone, notes "Panic Blog" (http://www.panic.com/blog/2010/09/newton-never-dies/).

So what's a Newton? It was the first personal digital assistant proposed by then-Apple CEO John Sculley in 1987; the Newton project was initiated in 1990. The Newton prototype was announced two years later. In 1993 the Newton MessagePad was announced just...

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Sep 17
Sunday is Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrr, mateys, mark Sunday, Sept. 19, on your calendar. Tis International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD). Though not exactly government sanctioned, it was launched in 1996 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy) -- pictured -- who proclaimed Sept. 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.

They came up with the idea during a racquetball game. You can read the history of the origin of ITLAPD at http://www.talklikeapirate.com/faq.html . What started as an inside joke between Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy has gained momentum. The holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day.
So what's the Apple connection. Steve Jobs is once reported to have said, "I'd...

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Sep 17
Dialectic telephony app gets 64-bit compatibility, more

JNSoftware has updated Dialectic (http://www.jonn8.com/dialectic/), a telephony tool for the Mac, to version 1.7. Among the new features are 64-bit compatibility, integration with Exchange, CardDAV, & LDAP accounts, and new or improved support for many devices and services including Aastra IP phones, MagicJack, and more.

Dialetic provides system-wide dialing of phone numbers using Bluetooth mobile phones, landlines, many VoIP services and more. It integrates with contact management applications such as Marketcircle Daylite, Microsoft Entourage, Now Contact, Palm Desktop, FileMaker Pro and other databases, as well as Apple's iCal and Address Book.

In addition to dialing, the software provides a global Address Book menu for accessing your contact data including email, instant messaging, postal addresses, URLs, notes, and phone numbers. You can create new email messages, look up...

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Sep 17
Apple, others in advanced talk with Justice Department

Several U.S. tech companies -- including Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit and Walt Disney's Pixar unit -- are in advanced talks with the Justice Department to avoid a court battle over whether they colluded to hold down wages by agreeing not to poach each other's employees, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870344060457549618252755267...), quoting "people familiar with the matter."

The article says some companies more willing to settle to avoid an antitrust case than others. If negotiations falter, both sides could be headed for a defining court battle that could help decide the legality of such arrangements throughout the U.S. economy, notes the "Journal."

Spokespeople for Google, Apple,...

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Sep 17
iPad debuts to big crowds in China

The iPad officially went on sale in China Friday morning and hundreds of people lined up at Apple stores to be the first to get the tablet device. "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/china-ipad-lines-2010-9) says that "unlike in the other countries, Chinese consumers had to tough it out through a big rain storm to get their tablet at Apple's Beijing store."

The article says customers were in line for three days just waiting to get an iPad. That's the Wi-Fi model; the Wi-Fi plus 3G model isn't on sale in China yet. Yoou can see some photos of the Beijin store launch at the "Silicon Alley Insider" web site.

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Sep 17
European companies worried about Apple, Google 'Trojan...

French newspaper "Le Figaro" -- as noted by "Mobile Business Briefs" (http://www.mobilebusinessbriefing.com/article/orange-t-mobile-telefonica...) -- reports that Stephane Richard CEO of France Telecom-Orange, has invited the heads of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone to discuss the possible creation of a common platform for mobile devices.

The talks are set to take place on Oct. 8 in Paris. "Mobile Business Briefs" says they're motivated by a view that Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems have become a “Trojan horse” for these companies to establish their own relationships with mobile customers, reducing the significance of the operators in the value chain.

While operators globally have moved away from a closed...

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Sep 17
Info needed on ISP software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at ISP software for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@macsimumnews.com) no later than Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Sep 17
MacFlatplan is new Mac OS X pagination solution

Independent developer Heikki Ohvo has announced MacFlatplan 1.0 (http://www.heikkiohvo.com/en/ohje19.html) for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher, an US$39 pagination solution for magazines and other publications. The application enables the user to view a color-coded map of all the pages of their publication, providing a complete overview of the relative location, page number, and category of content of every page.

Page sizing is adjustable, print sections of a fixed number of pages may be specified, and page content may be color-coded by 1/4, 1/2, or full pages. While it's not a magazine desktop publishing program such as QuarkXpress or InDesign, MacFlatplan can be used to keep track of the order of finished pages and empty pages/space remaining. It can also provide an invaluable guide to the printer during pre-press planning, says Ohvo.

The application offers a variety...

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Sep 17
Apple shipping 27-inch Cinema Display

Apple is shipping its 27-inch LED Cinema Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60% more screen real estate than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. It costs US$999.

Featuring a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, powered USB 2.0 hub, and universal MagSafe connector, the new LED Cinema Display is designed as a companion for the MacBook family or a Mac desktop. The screen uses the same 16:9 ratio panel as the 27-inch iMac.

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Sep 17
'DigiTimes': Second gen iPad coming in early 2011

Component suppliers including touch panel and reinforced glass suppliers for the iPad are completing validation with Apple for the second-generation Apple tablet, says "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100916PD215.html), quoting Taiwan-based component suppliers.

Apple is expected to launch the second-gen iPad in the first-quarter of 2011, the article says. Some folks had thought it might see the light of day in time for the holidays, but perhaps not.

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Sep 17
Metakine releases Hands Off! 0.9.1 for Mac OS X

Metakine has released Hands Off! (http://www.metakine.com/products/handsoff/) for Mac OS X 0.6.4 and higher. It's an US$19.95 application to monitor and control the access of applications to your network and disks.

When connected to the Internet, applications can send any information stored on your computer to whoever they want without you ever knowing. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control Internet connections from all applications as to expose hidden connections and prevent them from sending data or phoning home without your consent, according to the folks at Metakine.

Applications present on your computer can freely read, store or erase information on your computer without your knowledge. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control disk access from all applications as to prevent them from obtaining confidential information, erasing your data or...

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Sep 17
Broken Sword games available at Macgamestore

Macgamestore (http://www.Macgamestore.com) has released adventure games, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - Director's Cut and Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror for the Mac. They require Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later and cost US$9.95 each.

Here's how the games are described: "George Stobbart is an American tourist on holiday in Paris in the autumn. The story opens with George's quiet coffee at a cafe rudely interrupted by the explosion of a bomb planted by a man dressed up as a clown. He sets off investigating the explosion and, gradually, he and photo-journalist Nico Collard are drawn into a globe-trotting adventure involving conspiracies, cults and murder, all revolving around the Knights Templar.

"Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror was originally released in 1997 and opens with George Stobbart witnessing the kidnapping of his now girlfriend Nico Collard. It is up to George to break Nico...

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Sep 17
Rowmote Pro update for Mac OS X adds three, four finger support

Regular Rate and Rhythm Software have announced Rowmote Pro 3.2 (http://rowmote.com), an update to the $4.99 remote control solution for Mac OS X and Apple TV. The upgrade adds three and four finger gestures support.

Rowmote Pro emulates the Apple hardware remote control. It controls and switches between over twenty popular applications, from music applications like iTunes and PandoraJam to video players such as DVD Player, Hulu Desktop, Plex, and Front Row, to presentation tools such as Microsoft Powerpoint and Apple Keynote.

In addition, Rowmote Pro allows complete control over the Mac with its trackpad and optional keyboard. It supports landscape full-screen mode, two finger scrolling and right clicking, dragging, and accented and international characters. These remote control facilities have been enhanced with the 2.0 release to boast native to near-native speeds, according to the folks at Regular Rate...

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Sep 17
App Tamer 'tames' apps on Mac OS X 5 and higher

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/) for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The US$14.95 app gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power. A 15-day demo is available for download.

Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption, according to the folks at St. Clair.

App Tamer shows the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, and graphically displays a history of CPU usage. You can enable AutoStop for any application, as...

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Sep 17
Is the iPad saving journalism?

In an effort to find out the impact of the iPad on journalism, RJI Program Director for Digital Publishing Roger Fidler and the Reynolds Journalism Institute have launched a National iPad survey.

With iPad sales expected to hit 28 million in 2011, more than personal computers, consumers are accessing their news direct from their tablets.  What does this mean for the journalism industry.
"The results from the survey will help journalists, journalism educators and other media practitioners better understand how the widespread adoption of the iPad and similar mobile devices may influence the future of the news media," says Fidler.

He's conducting the survey and making it available to all iPad users. The survey is available until October and can be found at http://rji.ipadsurvey.sgizmo.com/s3/ .  By completing the survey, you may be eligible to win iTunes gift cards by...

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Sep 17
TRENDnet launches new GREENnetT switches

TRENDnet (http://www.trendnet.com) has released the 16-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch, model TEG-S16Dg, and the 24-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch, model TEG-S24Dg, which feature TRENDnet's embedded power saving GREENnetT technology.

GREENnetT is a TRENDnet switch-based technology that determines and supplies the appropriate amount of electrical power to each hardwired switching port as required by the connected device, by the port, or by the length of the connected Ethernet cable. GREENnetT technology can purportedly reduce port-based power consumption by up to 40% for 10/100Mbps switches, and 70% for Gigabit switches.

The TEG-S16Dg will be available from TRENDnet's online and retail partners this month at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$159.99. The MSRP for the TEG-S24Dg is U.S. $219.99.

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Sep 17
Acorn for Mac OS X grows to version 2.5

Flying Meat has updated Acorn (http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/)h, a layer-based bitmap image editor. A free update for registered users, to version 2.5. The new version adds support for layer masks and the ability to set a matte background color for transparent images via the program’s Web export tool. There are also new Automator actions for using Acorn to watermark, crop, and manipulate images with JavaScript.

With Acorn, you can take screenshots and edit them immediately. You can chain together image filters to create effects. You can make new images and layers using your built-in iSight. Acorn offers layer-based image editing and image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window. The software works with drawing tables. Plus, you can write plug-ins using the Python scripting language, as well as in Objective-C.

Acorn is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC...

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Sep 17
LightSpeed gets maintenance upgrade

Xsilva Systems (http://www.xsilva.com/explore) has released LightSpeed 3.2.1, an update of the multi-user Point of Sale (POS) system built exclusively for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance upgrade.

LightSpeed offers sales, service, tracking and purchasing tools that employ SQL searches, natively multi-user operation and "intelligent" workflows. LightSpeed also features administration and reporting tools. Pricing starts at US$749.

LightSpeed is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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Sep 17
MailStewart sports new rules for excluding email from archives

Pubblog.com has updated MailStewart (http://www.mailsteward.com/), the Mac OS X email archiving solution, to version 9.0.2. You can now define rules to exclude email from being archived into the database in MailSteward and MailSteward Pro.

MailSteward archives email in a relational database for access and backup. Version 7.4 also adds the ability to set and/or buttons for searching, the ability to delete attachments and the ability to set default font.

MailStewart is a native Cocoa application that supports Mac OS X 10.5 (“Tiger”) and greater. MailStewart costs US$24.95 for the "lite" version, $49.95 for the standard version and $99.95 for the pro version.

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Sep 16
iPad coming to South America Sept. 17

According to Apple's Latin America web site (http://www.apple.com/la/ipad/), the iPad will arrive in South America on Friday, Sept. 17.

Both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus 3G models will be available in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The iPad -- at least the Wi-Fi only model -- will also come to China tomorrow.

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