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Sep 13
ESET Announces ESET Cybersecurity for Mac

ESET (http://www.eset.com) -- which specializes in proactive threat protection -- has announced ESET Cybersecurity for Mac, the company’s new security solution for Mac OS X.

Leveraging the company’s NOD32 ThreatSense engine, ESET Cybersecurity for Mac delivers d protection against internet security threats without impacting system performance, according to the folks at ESET. In addition, ESET Cybersecurity for Mac customers will have access to online training designed to help better arm them against cybercrime and malicious attacks.

In addition to announcing ESET Cybersecurity for Mac for consumers, ESET is releasing ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Mac OS X. It offers up-to-date anti-malware protection for Macs as well as Windows and Linux platforms. ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Mac provides IT administrators with the ability to monitor all network endpoints across a multitude of...

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Sep 13
Tasty Planet game is Back for Seconds

Dingo Games (http://www.dingogames.com) has released Tasty Planet: Back for Seconds, an US$19.95 game for Mac OS X and Windows systems. In Back for Seconds players control a ball of goo with the ability to eat anything smaller than itself. The more it eats, the bigger it gets. By the end of the game, players are able to eat the entire world (and more).

Here's how the game is described: "Tasty Planet: Back for Seconds is the sequel to Dingo Games' well received original game, Tasty Planet. As with any sequel, Back for Seconds has quite a few improvements over the original. Levels can now span vastly different object sizes; players can grow from the size of an amoeba to the size a galaxy within a single level. The game also adds a two player cooperative campaign mode in which each player controls their own goo. This mode is local only, so you'll have to huddle around the keyboard to take advantage of it...

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Sep 13
LinkOptimizer update addresses PNG conversion issue

Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.6, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version addresses an issue related to PNG conversion and is recommended to all LinkOptimizer users.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.4.6 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.

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Sep 13
Macworld Mobile coming to the Mobile World Congress

IDG World Expo is collaborating with the GSMA to bring Macworld Mobil™, a developer conference specifically for iOS developers, to the GSMA's Mobile Asia Congress 2010 and Mobile World Congress 2011 events. The company will add its Apple market expertise to the GSMA's events in the form of Macworld Mobile.\

The Macworld Mobile iOS Developer Conference will provide full-day, in-depth training on this critical platform, with technical sessions targeting tools and applications specifically designed for mobile application developers and engineers. Additionally, Macworld Mobile will provide developers with market development and networking opportunities, both within the iOS development community as well as the broader international mobile products and services marketplace.

Macworld Mobile will be held at Mobile Asia Congress, on November 17, 2010, in Hong Kong, as well as at the industry-leading Mobile World Congress, on February 17, 2011, in Barcelona, Spain. For more...

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Sep 13
Apple manager agrees not to give up trade secrets

Paul Devine, the Apple manager accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for company information, agreed to a court order protecting Apple’s trade secrets in any document exchange during pretrial negotiations, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-13/martha-stewart-ibm-apple-d-maga...).

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco filed the protective order Sept. 9, saying discovery in the criminal case may produce documents, tapes, diskettes, hard drives or other media containing material “that is intended to be kept secret and is trade secret information belonging to Apple.”

Devine agreed to procedures about how the data will be handled during pretrial bargaining, without giving up...

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Sep 13
1Password for Mac OS X adds Dropbox, Firefox 4 support

Agile Web Solutions has updated 1Password (http://1password.com), a password manager for Mac OS X, to version 3.4. The upgrade adds new tools for detecting and resolving conflicts for all Sync modes, including Dropbox Sync. It also brings partial support for the Firefox 4 betas and more.

1Password 3.4 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. It's a free upgrade for users of version 3.x. For new users the cost is US$39.95 for a single-user license and $69.95 for a family license (five users).

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Sep 13
IntelliScanner Corp. releases Mini 250e for classrooms

IntelliScanner Corp. (http://www.intelliscanner.com) has introduced the USS$159 IntelliScanner mini 250e media organization scanner, designed specially for teachers and educators. It organizes books and media in the classroom automatically with barcode technology.

IntelliScanner mini 250e allows educators to build a classroom database of books, movies, and other media items in a simple, easy-to-use interface, according to Paul Scandariato, vice
president of marketing at IntelliScanner Corp. The portable scanner scans the retail barcodes already on the items. Teachers simply plug the scanner in to sync -- just like a digital camera -- and the software will download details like the book title, cover artwork, author, page count, and more.

The new IntelliScanner offers automatic identification of books via Internet enabled databases, including the Library of Congress. There's a "...

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Sep 13
iPads to be sold at Target stores?


There's a rumor going around that iPads will soon be on sale at Target outlets. "Device Magazine" (http://www.devicemag.com/2010/09/13/apple-ipad-rumored-to-start-selling-...) reports that the retail chain is said to be gearing up to put on its sales racks a new product and the prices being elaborated make it look like the unnamed product that the retailer is talking about is the iPad.

Six price points have been revealed, and  they are the same as what the iPad has been selling at. The prices band for the iPad ranges from $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, to $829 for the 64GB model with 3G.

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Sep 13
Analyst: Apple faces uphill battle with its Volume Purchase...

Apple faces an uphill task convincing schools to adopt its Volume Purchase Program (http://www.apple.com/itunes/education/) because its closed, rigid app store environment make access and digital rights management a pain for schools' IT administrators, industry watchers told "ZDNet" (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/apple/apple-introduces-volume-app-buying-progr...).

According to Apple, the Volume Purchase Program makes it easy for educational institutions to purchase iOS apps in volume and distribute those apps to users. The Volume Purchase Program also allows app developers to offer special pricing for purchases of 20 apps or more.

Volume Vouchers can be purchased at the...

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Sep 13
Adobe delivers HTML5 pack for Illustrator CS5

Adobe has released the Adobe HTML5 Pack for Adobe Illustrator CS5, its vector graphics software used extensively by designers of mobile device and web content. This pack provides initial support for HTML5 and CSS3 and extends the scalable vector graphics (SVG) capability in Illustrator on both Mac OS X and Windows.

The HTML5 Pack lets web designers and developers take advantage of the latest advancements in HTML5 through enhanced integration between Illustrator CS5 and Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 software, according to Lea Hickman, senior director, Creative and Interactive Solutions at Adobe. SVG generated by Illustrator can be displayed directly in compatible browsers and Illustrator can be used to generate CSS code for styling of HTML content.

The HTML5 Pack for Illustrator CS5 is immediately available on Adobe Labs as a free download, at http...

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Sep 13
GSLO: massive iPod touch sales figures prompted Apple Peel deal

GoSolarUSA (http://www.GoSolarUSA.com) President Tyson Rohde said today that "staggering" sales figures for Apple’s iPod touch prompted the company’s option agreement with Chinese firm Yosion for the Apple Peel 520.

Yosion is the developer of the Apple Peel 520, a wireless device that when used with the iPod Touch functions as a protective skin that adds mobile voice and text messaging capabilities to the touch-screen media player. The new technology represents a more affordable alternative to purchasing Apple’s costlier iPhone, Rohde says.

During an online presentation earlier this month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the company has sold 275 million iPods since the device’s release. He unveiled a new, slimmer version of the touch featuring the same 24-bit Retina display as the company’s iPhone 4 and proclaimed it to be the “number one portable game player in the world.”

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Sep 13
Air Mouse Elite with MotionTools now available for the Mac

Movea says its US$79.99 Gyration Air Mouse Elite with MotionTools (http://www.gyration.com) is now available for Macs using Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. Mac users can now benefit from the ergonomic Air Mouse Elite with SmartMotion technology, "bringing the intuitive simplicity of motion to their lives: from the living room, to the boardroom, to the classroom," according to Bryan Hoadley, EVP of worldwide sales and General Manager of Movea.

With the Air Mouse Elite, natural hand movements drive more powerful presentation delivery, more interactive classroom lectures, more immersive game play, and more convenient access to online and home media center digital entertainment, he adds. The device has a 100-foot rangeand no line-of-sight requirements gives presenters the freedom to move around the room to captivate and engage audiences.

The Air Mouse Elite is also equipped with Movea’s MotionTools software --...

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Sep 13
Jedit X text editor for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Artman21 (http://www.artman21.com/en/jedit_x/) has updated Jedit X, the Cocoa-based text editor for Mac OS X, to version 2.2.6 It's a maintenance update with five improvements and one bug fix.

Jedit X is an Universal Binary app so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The cost is US$28 for a single-user license, though version 2.2.6 is a free update for registered users.

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Sep 13
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.7.7 (Snow Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.7.7 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It adds Mac OS X 10.6.5 compatibility, adds ability to restore horizontal window controls in iTunes 10, adds Dock menu and contains other minor user interface improvements. This version also fixes compatibility issues with iTunes 10 and Safari 5 extensions.

It also adds the ability to disable the “This file has been downloaded from the internet.” Finder warning and ability to view .asl and .crash logs. This version also fixes minor Mac OS X 10.6.4 compatibility issues and contains updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 4.7.7 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.3. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (...

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Sep 13
newPCgadgets releases Smartphone Stand for the iPhone

newPCgadgets has just introduced the Smartphone Stand for the iPhone (http://newpcgadgets.com/products/smartphone_stand/index.html). It's designed for businesses like restaurants, hotels, bars or anywhere else people gather with their phones.

The Smartphone Stand holds most cell phones and smart phones, including the iPhone, Droid, HTC EVO, BlackBerry and more. Business owners can now provide their customers with a convenient stand to hold their smartphones at a comfortable viewing angle, according to the folks at newPCgadgets. Parents can use the smartphone stand to entertain their children with games or movies, and professionals attending a business lunch or dinner will love the ability to view text messages and incoming calls faster, they add.


The Smartphone Stand has a stainless steel construction and a stackable, space-...

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Sep 13
Totem Tribe Gold game updated for Mac OS X

Enkord (http://www.enkord.com/) has announced Totem Tribe Gold 1.06, an expansion on their adventure/strategy/hidden object game for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows. The game's narrative supplies 32 exotic locations to explore and over 200 quests and puzzles.

Here's how the game is described: "Totem Tribe Gold tells the story of the peaceful Hawk Tribe living on Tetala Island. According to legend the island was once marked by a glowing sparkle from the sky, the Tear of Heaven, capable of imparting wisdom and enlightenment to its owner. As the young female chieftain, Aruku, the player attempts to lead the tribe to prosperity as characters explore surrounding islands in search of totems that lead to an answer to the mysteries of the Tear of Heaven. With 32 distinct levels of play, each with its own obstacles, battles, quests, characters, puzzles, explorations, experiments, training and building, the...

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Sep 13
Kensington announces new iPad accessories

Kensington Computer Products Group (http://www.kensington.com) has introduced three new iPad accessories to help boost productivity for users of the tablet computer on-the-go or in the car.

Kensington’s PowerBack Battery Case with Kickstand and Dock (US$129.99) is an all-in-one design that integrates battery charging, protective casing, three-position kickstand and dock abilities. The built-in charger provides up to five extra hours of power for iPad, while the slip-on case protects the tablet computer.

The PowerBack’s kickstand adapts to individual user needs by offering three convenient viewing modes for iPad: portrait mode is best for photo viewing and web browsing, landscape mode is best for video watching, typing mode texting and emailing.

You can eliminate the need for multiple chargers with the Kensington Wall Pack Duo Charger ($29.99) that simultaneously powers two iPad, iPhone...

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Sep 13
iPod comes out on top as most prized possession

After new versions of the iPod were recently launched, the portable media playing devices have been voted "most prized possession" among Facebook users, coming out just on top ahead of the Blackberry and closely followed by iPhones and laptops.
 
Meanwhile, only 1% of respondents regarded their wedding ring as their most prized possession, while cars were the favorites of only 4% of people on the social network. Dogs got 9% of the vote, and cats received 5%.
 
The survey was carried out in August on behalf of insurance firm Protect Your Bubble (http://www.protectyourbubble.com), with 12% of the 500 respondents voting for their iPods as their most prized possession, just outdoing the Blackberry, which received 11.5% of the votes.
 
The first iPod launched in 2001 and the devices are still hugely popular despite the massive surge in purchases of smartphones in...

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Sep 13
iPad Wi-Fi models available in China on Sept. 17

Apple says the Wi-Fi models of the iPad will be available to customers in China from Apple Retail Stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers, on Friday, Sept. 17, starting at 10 a.m.

Apple Retail Stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them customize their new iPad by setting up their email, loading their favorite apps from the App Store, and more. Apple Retail Stores in China are also hosting special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about the tablet device.

iPad Wi-Fi models in China will be available for a suggested retail price of CNY3988 for 16GB, CNY4788 for 32GB and CNY5588 for 64GB. For more information visit http://www.apple.com.cn .

iPad will roll out to many more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.

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Sep 13
Next MacBUS meeting looks at new Apple hardware, iTunes 10

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia -- or MacBUS (http://www.macbus.org) -- will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 pm.

This month's meeting will feature a presentation by Dave Marra, who will cover Apple's latest technology, including iPods, iPads, iPhones, iTunes 10, and more. As a senior systems engineer for Apple, Marra has conducted thousands of technology presentations, keynote addresses and workshops for schools, Mac and PC user groups, businesses and other professional organizations across the United States and Canada.

A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of...

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Sep 13
'MacVoices' looks at PDF Pen 5

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Jean MacDonald, Philip Goward, Greg Scown of Smile Software (formerly SmileOnMyMac) talks about PDF Pen 5,.

New to this version is redacting of PDFs -- real redacting, not just cosmetic graphic placement
that can reveal confidential information. How this is implemented and why it is so important are covered in-depth, as is the other new feature: conversion of web pages to PDF documents. You won't appreciate

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Sep 13
'Tech Night Owl' looks at new iPods, new Apple TV

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at the aftermath of Apple’s media event, which featured the introduction of new iPods and a totally redesigned Apple TV. They also focus on Apple’s surprise decision, this past week, to update the rules of the road for the Apps Store.

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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Sep 13
'MUG Event Calendar': iMovie, Time Machine, more

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

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will visit a Texas group, Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra will present to a New Jersey group, while some of his colleagues from The Apple Store, will present to one California group, and Jennifer Bell of Prosoft Engineering will be the featured speaker at another California group.

Bob Boldt of Other World Computing will show off what they offer to a Wisconsin group, while author and graphics expert Scott Kelby will be the special guest at a Michigan group. Other topics up for this discussion include iMovie, Time Machine, digital photography, Numbers vs. Excel, Pages, networking 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...

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Sep 11
New iPad before the holidays?

A version of the iPad with a built-in video camera and support for the new FaceTime video conferencing standard has already progressed to the advanced testing stages, says “AppleInsider” (http://www.appleinsider.com), quoting a “person with proven knowledge of Apple’s future product plans.”

When might such a device arrive? Perhaps in time for holidays, but no later than March 2011, the article says. And the move, if it happens, would be as much about FaceTime as the iPad.

“It’s also believed that Apple may striving to embed FaceTime within its entire mobile arsenal before making good on a promissory to open up the standard to the rest of the world, thereby mitigating the market opportunity for rival tablet devices that could incorporate the technology,” says “AppleInsider.”
FaceTime is video calling that uses Wi-Fi. Apple says that using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice...

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Sep 10
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 10

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/).

Blackmagic Design has announced Videohub Control for iPad, a new, free control panel software that allows the iPad to become a XY control panel for all Blackmagic Design Videohub series routing switchers.

DigitalDeejay has released mix.dj for iPad. This $6.99 app gives you access to thousands of mixes from DJ's around the world in one click. You can listen to more than 25,000 mixes straight from your iPad, streaming whenever and wherever you want, all via WiFi or 3G. You can choose from 25 pre-programmed moods and genres.

Aspyre Apps has introduced PhotoCaddyHD, its new iPad version of their photography guide. It's a $3.99 handbook for photographers of all skill levels, with content that is constantly evolving thanks to an active user...

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