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Aug 11
Microsoft releases Office for Mac update

Microsoft has released the Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.6 Update (http://macosg.me/2/ou) that applies to: Office 2008; Office 2008 Home and Student Edition; Office 2008 Special Media Edition; Word 2008; Excel 2008; PowerPoint 2008; Entourage 2008; Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition.

According to Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit, the update improves compatibility and stability. For example, It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code.

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Aug 11
Massachusetts school system going with iPads

The North Adams [Massachusetts] Public Schools are hoping the iPad will entice at-risk students to improve their grades and graduate on time, reports the "North Adams Transcript" (http://macosg.me/2/oq). The school district is piloting a new program aimed at helping students earn credits for classes they’ve failed through learning modules specifically created for the Apple tablet.

"It’s designed for those students who failed a class by a few points," Drury High School Principal Amy Meehan said Tuesday during the district’s School Committee meeting. "Right now we’re targeting freshmen and sophomores who have failed by one marking period. Instead of attending traditional summer school, they’re able to do a module, which is the equivalent of one marking period, and replace that marking period’s grade with a passing grade."

She said the program not only helps the student recover the missing graduation...

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Aug 11
Apple offers educational discounts for iOS apps in bulks

Apple has announced out a new initiative offering discounts for schools that buy iOS apps for the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad in bulk.

"We're pleased to announce the App Store Volume Purchase Program. Education institutions in the United States now have a new way to purchase your apps in volume for distribution to their students and faculty," Apple says. "You can also elect to offer special education pricing on your app when purchased in volume."

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Aug 11
Apple Japan to replace overheating iPod nanos

Apple Japan says it will replace any iPod nano that overheats, an improvement over an earlier offer to only replace faulty batteries, reports "Reuters" (http://macosg.me/2/ol).

The concession came after Japan's trade ministry put Apple under scrutiny, ordering it to publish an "easy to understand" statement on its web site explaining how users of the devices could receive replacement batteries and obtain advice. Six incidents involving the 2005 model nano catching fire while being charged have been reported to the Ministry of Economy since 2008. And there were purportedly an additional 21 cases involving incidents where the players overheated and emitted smoke since 2005.

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Aug 11
iAdapt C30 extends MiniDisplay Port-equipped Macs to 30-inch...

Kanex has launched the US$99 Kanex iAdapt C30 (http://kanexlive.com/products/iAdaptC30.html), a MiniDisplay Port to Dual-Link DVI-D adapter. It extends MiniDisplay Port equipped Macs to 30-inch displays, such as the Apple Cinema Display.

Dual-Link DVI-D purportedly offers a higher-quality image than standard DVI due to the nature of the digital format. The current 30-inch displays on the market supports a maximum resolution of 2560x1600.
 

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Aug 11
Doxie gets CloudApp integration

The software for Doxie (http://www.getdoxie.com), a paper scanner that scans directly to the cloud, is now shipping, has been updated to version 1.3. It adds integration with the CloudApp fille sharing service.

Mac users can install CloudApp's free menu bar app to share files and links right from the desktop. On both Mac and PC, you can send scans to CloudApp right from Doxie's Cloud menu for sharing of docs and photos.

Designed for home and small businesses, Doxis is an US$129 portable scanner is for scanning, sharing, and organizing paper and photos.

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Aug 11
USB Fever releases new iPhone, iPod, iPad products

USB Fever has released three new products for the iPhone, iPod and iPad. The US$26.99 Bamboo Made case for iPhone 4G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1977) is a case made of read bamboo for the Apple smartphone.

The Custom-made In-Car Headrest Mount for iPhone 4G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1974) is a $16.99 device that attaches to the front seat head rest of a vehicle. The Extra Long Dock to USB Charging Cable for iPhone/iPod/iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/...

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Aug 11
Raidon releases J4-4S-SB3 storage device

Raidon Technology (http://www.RAIDON.com.tw) has launched J4-4S-SB3, which offers four bays of SSD and HDD external storage with USB 3.0 (which, for some reason, Apple isn't yet offering on the Mac) and eSATA connectivity.


The J4-4S-SB3 measures 10 x 14 x 7 inches. 10(W) x 14(D) x 7(H) cm from the quality metallic casing with ultra quiet ball bearing fan. This compact device also supports JBOD and port multiplier functions to provide management to four drives via one single cable connected to your computer.

In addition, it is "worriless" for data loss from unintentional fierce vibrations when collocating SSD, which also gives an excellent data transfer rate for performance enhancement, according to the folks at Raidon. Contact the company for pricing options.

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Aug 11
Security Case, Vanity Plate for iPad now bundled

NewPCgadgets has combined their Security Case for the iPad with their stainless steel Vanity Plate into a single package. The Security Case sports black leather construction with a two digit combination lock and three position adjusable stand.

The Vanity Plate for the iPad is a stainless steel engraved name plate that secures to any iPad case to offer a custom look while providing contact information if your iPad is ever misplaced. The Vanity Plate can be customized with up to two lines of text.

As a special promtion through Aug. 31, if you order the Security Case for the iPad you get the custom Vanity Plate at no additional cost. This is a savings of US$12.95 off their regular retail price of $44.95. You can order it at http://newpcgadgets.com/products/iPad-securitycase/index.html. .

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Aug 11
KeynoteStage launches with new Keynote themes

Elia Network and iPresentee have teamed up for KeynoteStage (http://www.keynotestage.com/), which has been developed to provide Keynote themes for Apples Keynote presentation application.

KeynoteStage contains 145 themes contained in three categories: Keynote Themes, Keynote Themes for iPad and Keynote Motion Themes. Each individual Keynote Theme is priced from US$5.

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Aug 11
iVideo for Mac OS X adds Quick Look support, more

iVideo (http://ivideoapp.com/), a movie organizing and sharing app for Mac OS X (10.3 and higher) has been updated to version 4.5 The new version adds Quick Look support, faster importing and more.

iVideo lets you create one place for your movies -- whether they be in separate folders, external hard drives and CDs, or even online -- and then share them. A demo is available for download. Registration is US$20 for a single user license; discounts are available for multiple licenses. Version 4.5 is a free update for registered users.

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Aug 11
KeySearch is new Safari extension

Matt Swain has written a Safari extension called KeySearch that adds a new way of searching the Internet to Apple's web browser. It uses short keywords to allow you to search any site you want from the toolbar.

So you might type "map New York to LA" to search Google maps, or "wiki mac os x" to search Wikipedia. It comes with a selection of ready-made keywords, and you can add your own for any search engine you want. You can check it out at http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/keysearch/ .

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Aug 11
Gefen ships surround sound processor with speakers

Connectivity solutions provider Gefen's GefenTV Home Theater Audio Processor and optional five-set, wall-mountable speakers are now shipping. These two products work in concert to enable a plug and play method of creating surround sound audio in any room using primarily audio extracted from the HDMI input from any Blu-ray player, gaming system or set-top box.

A digital audio input is also available. The GefenTV Home Theater Audio Processor comes equipped with a variety of both analog and digital audio connections. There are six analog (25 watts RMS per channel) RCA outputs that support 5.1 Dolby surround sound and can connect to any amplifier. Front right and left channels are bi-amped to improve sound quality.

Powered speakers can be connected directly to the Home Theater Audio Processor’s left, right, front left, front right, rear left, rear right, subwoofer and center positions. Oone coax input can be passed through in both TOSlink and coax formats, directly...

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Aug 11
TextExpander for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.1.1. The update resolves one issue that was causing users to lose all their snippets. It also fixes a problem with case sensitivity preferences, among other fixes and improvements.

The regular cost of TextExpander is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.x from earlier versions costs $15. Version 3.1.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

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Aug 11
The MacJury looks at Microsoft's PC vs. Mac site

The "MacJury" (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to examine Microsoft's PC vs. Mac site.

They dissect each of the focused areas, including Having Fun, Simplicity, Working Hard, Sharing, Compatibility, and Choice, as well as the Top 10 Reasons and the many flavors of Windows. Legitimate points are recognized, false information called out, and the overall delivery and message of the site are considered in the deliberations.

The panel who question the photoshopping of the model on the site and the contrived Twitter feed include John F. Braun, Peter Cohen, Pat Fauquet, John C. Welch and Tim
Robertson.

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Aug 11
SniperSpy Software unveils remote surveillance for the Mac

Retina-X Studios has released SniperSpy Mac (http://www.sniperspymac.com). Using the remote monitoring technology, parents and employers can now silently watch the entire screen of their child or employee's Mac instantaneously from any location.

The hybrid surveillance system also displays full activity logs of keystrokes, chat conversations and other activities. SniperSpy Mac runs in extreme stealth mode and no mentions of the program are shown within the computer. The software runs in the background behind all other applications. After the software is setup on a Mac, it silently records screenshots and activity logs and uploads them to a secure web site. The customer views activity by logging into the website from any web browser including all computers and smartphones.

Also included within SniperSpy Mac is activity logging. All activity of the monitored Mac is recorded and uploaded for...

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Aug 11
KavaMovies, the Mac movie database, gets more customizable

KavaSoft has updated KavaMovies (http://www.kavasoft.com/KavaMovies/), the Mac movie database, to version 1.5. The update is more customizable than ever.

You can keep track of personal information, such as where and when you saw a movie. There are also customizable fields for other kinds of information, such as who you saw movie with, who you loaned a movie to, or anything else you can imagine. Data in custom fields is are now browsable, searchable and sortable.

KavaMovies 1.5 also adds MPAA rating information for all your movies. Keep it PG-13 if you're watching a movie with the kids, or sort by rating to find something more NC-17.

KavaMovies lets you organize the movies you've seen, the movies you want to see, and the movies in your collection. It connects to the Internet and downloads tons of information about each of your movies in realtime.

You can use...

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Aug 11
Reliance on mobile phone replacements key to continued growth

After only 4% growth in 2009, the mobile phone display market is set to grow by 14% in 2010, with shipments forecast to reach 1.68B units, according to the latest DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile Phone Shipment and Forecast Report (http://www.displaysearch.com).

In the first quarter of 2010 (Q1’10), mobile phone display shipments fell 9% Q/Q due to seasonality, but increased 34% year-over-year, reaching 370.5 million units.

"With an average worldwide market penetration of mobile phones at 70%, manufacturers are eager to introduce new features, applications and user interface improvements, such as touch screens, to ensure continued growth for this segment this year," says Calvin Hsieh, research director at DisplaySearch. "The migration of various display panel technologies and increasing average display sizes reflects these trends."

The fall in shipments, combined with a 4% Q/Q...

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Aug 11
'YML' looks at PC vs Mac, Liquidmetal, more

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at Microsoft's PC vs Mac site, Mark Papermaster's departure from Apple and Apple's plans for Liquidmetal technology.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Aug 10
Happy 60th Birthday Woz!

August 11th is Steve Wozniak's 60th birthday. We spoke to Janet Wozniak tonight and she tells us that she had a video made for Woz's birthday. Everyone is welcome to check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FzuZdZLt54

All of us at MacNews and MacTech wish Woz the happiest of birthdays, and many more to come!

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Aug 10
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 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/).

EA Mobile says the fan-favorite Madden NFL videogame franchise is available on the iPad for the first time, as well as the iPhone and iPod touch. It costs US$12.99.

Toon Boom Animation has released Flipboom Lite, a free app for creating animations on your iPad. It lets you use your fingertips to doodle, scribble or draw a sequence of images and see them move.

Developer CDE Humble Gaming Limited has announced Arena 9-HD 1.0, a free iPad version of their iPhone game. The user begins as an apprentice with five free cards. The object is to have multiple duels with other users through which experience and arena points are accumulated. Accumulation of experience points allows the user to upgrade from apprentice to journeyman, then adept and...

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Aug 10
iPresentee releases premium iWeb themes

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com) has announced iWeb Themes 9.0 designed specifically for Apple's web site building component of its iLife suite.

The new release extends iPresentee's iWeb themes collection up to 80 themes designed for personal and business usage. Each iWeb theme can be customized.

iWeb Themes 9.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 or later. Each iWeb theme is available for US$10. The set of five new iWeb Themes 8.0 may be purchased for $25. The iWeb Suite bundle may be purchased for $70. The bundle includes 40 iWeb Themes, 35 iWeb Themes for Business, 15 iWeb Intros, 75 iWeb Animations and 181 Keynote 3D Stuff objects.

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Aug 10
OWC announces memory upgrades for new Mac Pros

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced multi-channel OWC PC3-8500 ECC DDR3 1066MHz and PC3-10600 ECC DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kits up to 64GB for the new Mac Pro models.

The kits are offered in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB matched sets with a 6GB Set starting from US$207.99; individual modules also available from $69.99. OWC memory modules are designed to meet, if not exceed Apple Design Specifications, including use of Apple required thermal sensor EEPROM, JEDEC board design, and chip co

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Aug 10
Scosche releases car chargers for the iPad

Scosche Industries (http://www.scosche.com) has released the US$24.99 reVIVE II Dual USB Car and Home Chargers for the iPad. They allow you to charge two devices at once.

According to the Pew Research Center adults between 18 and 29 own four gadgets on average and those between 30 and 64 average just under three, making the need for a dual USB charger even more important. The two reVIVE II models feature both a 2.1 Amp (iPad) and 1 Amp (iPhone or any other USB powered devices) port so iPad users can power  their new iPad and another handheld device simultaneously when at home or on the go. 

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Aug 10
DMG Master for Mac OS X updated to version 2.3.1

Tension Software (http://pomola.com) has updated DMG Master software to create standard Disk Image Archive "Add files" dialog panel and sports an improved "Remove file" handling and interface.

DMG Master costs US$20, though version 2.3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0. It's Universal Binary, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. DMG Master requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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