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Jul 01
HoudahSpot for Mac OS X gets full set of tagging tools

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahSpot, their Spotlight front end for Mac OS X, to version 3.0. The new version adds a full set of tools for tagging files as well as for finding tagged files.

Tags are non-hierarchical keywords assigned to files. They serve a similar purpose than folders. The crucial difference being that a file may be assigned several tags and be located by any of them.

HoudahSpot's tagging feature is based upon the OpenMeta technology, so is compatible with a growing number of third party tagging applications. The HoudahSpot Tray lists favorite tags as well as tags recently used by HoudahSpot or another OpenMeta tagging solution. Drag a file to a tag to assign it that tag. Drag a file to the file well to be presented with a window to enter any number of tags. Select tags and double-click to start a search. Hold down the option key while double-clicking to...

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Jul 01
1Password for Mac OS X updated to version 3.2.5

Agile Web Solutions has updated 1Password (http://1password.com), a password manager for Mac OS X, to version 3.2.5. The upgrade includes multiple bug fixes and important improvements.

These include a change to the auto-submit feature -- which fills and submits login forms automatically -- to prevent the form from being instantly submitted if it contains a text field, as found in the comment areas of blogs such as The Unofficial Apple Weblog and others. This has been an issue for blog commenters in the past.

1Password 3.2.5 also brings usability and interface enhancements, including a new dialog with instructions for updating the browser plugins when it encounters an unknown version of a browser, such as the recent release of Safari 5. Among other fixes and changes, support for additional HTML5 form fields (url and number) is included, as well as fixes for display issues when re-typing an unlock password...

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Jul 01
Calcine for Mac OS X gets user interface improvements

Tension Software has updated Calcine (http://pomola.com/products_calcline/calcline.html), a modern version of the desktop calculator, to version 2.1. The upgrade offers user interface improvements and adds menu commands.

Calcline starts as a small window utility. Insert a mathematical expression to evaluate, and the software will do the work.

Calcline costs US$20, and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Version 2.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. For new users the cost is US$20. Calcline is an Universal Binary product, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Jul 01
Knox for Mac OS X gets 'leaner and meaner'

Knox for Mac (http://agilewebsolutions.com/knox), an encryption and backup solution for Mac OS X 10.3 and Mac OS 10.4, has been updated to version 2.0.3, which adds full disk encryption for non-boot volumes. According to the folks at Agile Web Solutions, it's a "leaner, meaner version" with several changes and fixes.

Knox 2.0.3 brings a 50% reduction in the size of the application, as well as fixes to cut launch time in half and improve operation when running as a menubar application. Support for beta builds has also been added to Knox, allowing users to opt-in to the beta program. Version 2.0.3 also fixes an issue that caused users to be unable to turn off the auto-update feature, as well as minor text inconsistencies in the About Knox and Preferences > Version windows.

With Knox for Mac you can store your files in encrypted “vaults” and back them up to other Macs, servers...

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Jul 01
Compartments for Mac OS X gets WarrantyGuard feature

LittleFin Software has updated Compartments (http://www.littlefin.com/compartments.html) for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), to version 1.2. The new WarrantyGuard feature keeps track of all warranties and their expiration dates.

Compartments allows household items to be entered, searched and sorted by location, type, value or any custom tag. Drag and drop photos and other info can be added to each item listing.

The first step in using Compartments is to set up Locations, which are the places in which the user's items are stored. A Location can be a room, a house, a piece of furniture, a briefcase, or a safety deposit box -- any place that contains things to be cataloged. Next, the user creates an Item for each one of their possessions.

The Add Item dialogue box permits one or more of the following entries: item photo, item name and type, location, date...

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Jul 01
New chips could mean a six-core iMac (but as for Blu-ray...)

Intel plans to launch several new desktop processors in the third quarter of 2010 to replace some previous models, according to "DigiTime" report (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100701PD209.html). The chips could conceivably find their way into new quad-core iMacs -- or perhaps a high-end, six-core version.

The report says later this month Intel will launch three processors including: the six-core Core i7-970, priced at US$885; quad-core Core i5-760 with core frequencies of 2.8GHz and priced at $205; and quad-core Core i5-870S for small form factor computers and priced at $351.

"DigiTimes" says Intel will launch the Pentium E5700 for $75 in early August and Core i3-560, Pentium E6800 and Celeron E3500 at the end of the month with prices of $138, US$86 and US$53, respectively.

However, things aren't looking good for Blu-ray on the Mac,...

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Jul 01
Apple posts iOS 4 Exchange Server sync fix

Apple has posted an iOS 4 Exchange Server sync fix (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3398). Immediately after updating to iOS 4, some users may notice that Exchange ActiveSync Mail, Contacts, or Calendars don't sync, or sync very slowly. In addition, some Exchange Server administrators may notice their servers running slowly.

Apple says To work around this issue, users should install a configuration profile from Apple that increases the amount of time the iOS 4 device will wait for the Exchange Server to respond to its sync requests. For best results, the profile should be installed on as many iOS 4 devices at your company or home as possible.

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Jul 01
Apple posts updated HP, Epson printer drivers

Apple has posted updated Hewlett-Packard and Epson printer drivers. HP Printer Drivers v.2.4.1 for Mac OS X v10.6 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL907) includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"_ It's a 387.47MB download.

Epson Printer Drivers v2.4 for Mac OS X v10.6 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL900) installs the latest software for your Epson printer or scanner. It also requires Snow Leopard and is a 737.48MB download.

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Jul 01
Logitech introduces two new headsets

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has announced two new headsets. The Logitech USB Headset H530 and the Logitech Laptop Headset H555 feature support for super wideband audio.

The lightweight Laptop Headset H555 folds flat and fits into the included case. The USB Headset H530 offers laser-tuned drivers. Both headsets are compatible with Logitech Vid HD, Skype 4.0 for Window® or later, and Skype 2.8 for Mac or later.

The Logitech Laptop Headset H555 is expected to be available later this month for US$59.99. The Logitech USB Headset H530 is also expected to be available in July for $49.99.

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Jul 01
Apple sued over iPhone 4 antenna problems

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is being sued over the antenna problems of the iPhone 4. The widely publicized problem is that some users see a degradation in the cell signal when they cover the lower left corner of the iPhone 4 with their left hand.

As reported by "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20100701/apple-att-sued-over-iphone-4...), the lawsuit was filed in federal court in Maryland Wednesday on behalf of a pair of Maryland residents who purchased two iPhone 4s each "only to find they suffered significantly reduced reception and performance when handled the way any reasonable person would handle a cell phone." The class action accuses Apple and AT&T (T) of knowingly selling phones with a defective antenna design.

"Plaintiffs were sold...

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Jul 01
School district implements Mac terminal services thin client lab

Aqua Connect (http://www.AquaConnect.net), provider of an enterprise grade Mac terminal server, and 10ZiG Technology (http://www.10zig.com), which specializes in the development of thin clients and network appliances, have collaborated with Campbell Union School District in San Jose, California, to create new energy efficient Mac terminal services thin client labs.

Campbell Union School District's goal was to deliver green desktops for the Mac platform. To accomplish this, a central lab was implemented in the library for students to use throughout the day. The lab consisted of 10ZiG RBT thin clients that were deployed Mac OS X desktops through the Aqua Connect Terminal Server.

Previously, the students had been using legacy Macs in the library that had been in production for years. The student reaction to the new thin clients was...

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Jun 30
QuickerTek releases carry handles for the MacBook, MacBook Pro

QuickerTek is shipping carry handles (http://www.quickertek.com/products/macbook_air_carry_handle.php) for all models of the Apple Unibody MacBook (aluminum and white) and MacBook Pro Unibody 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch laptops.

The carry handles are made from non-flex aircraft quality aluminum for strength and are priced at US$79.95. The handle is built with captive screws and attaches with a bracket mount that uses the existing screw holes on the back of the computer.

The design lays the handle out and the bracket elevates the MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air to allow better airflow underneath the laptop.

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Jun 30
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 30

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/).

Apple has released an updated version of its free MobileMe Gallery for the iPhone. Users can browse personal MobileMe photo and video galleries, or those belonging to friends and family. Passwords can be entered to gain access to protected collections, and links to individual albums can be shared with others.

Oceanside Interactive has debuted their iPhone and iPod touch titles, World Soccer Go! and MyDinos Go! World Soccer Go! is a fantasy soccer experience that lets users build up their dream football franchise. MyDinos Go! is a social game that lets kids of all ages travel through time to rescue hundreds of endangered "Dynamals." Both titles are free to download.

Bitween S.R.L. has released Journey 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad...

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Jun 30
AdMob says Android catching up to the iPhone

According to a new report from AdMob -- which stores and analyzes handset and operator data from every ad request in its network of more than 15,000 mobile web sites and applications -- Apple's iOS (the operating system formerly known as iPhone OS) fell to 40%, while Google's Android is headed towards 30%.

The latest analytics reports done by the company show that Android continues to draw market share from the iOS.  A year ago, the iPhone owned almost 50% of the smartphone market by web traffic while Android had only 5%, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/30/admob-android-continues-to-take-m...).

By the way, AdMob is now a subsidiary of Google, which makes the Android operating system for mobile devices. I'm just sayin', is all.

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Jun 30
IDAPT i4 now compatible with the iPad, iPhone 4

IDAPT has released the new IDAPT i4, which charges up to four different mobile electronics simultaneously which helps eliminate cord clutter.  It's compatible with the iPad and iPhone 4 as well as 4,000 different mobile electronic devices including BlackBerry, Nintendo DS, PSP, digital cameras, GPS systems, and Bluetooth products.

The IDAPT i4 has three charging ports and an additional USB charging port. It features an interchangeable tip system making it completely customizable. The “quick release” button allows for safe and easy ejection of the interchangeable tips, according to Jeremy Patay of IDAPT. Additional features include an LED display light indicating charge status and an on/off switch allowing users to economize energy use.

The IDAPT i4 is available in black, white or silver at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$59.99. The packaging includes these tips: miniUSB, microUSB, iPod/iPhone, Samsung 4, Nokia 2, and Sony Ericsson 2.  Additional tips can...

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Jun 30
VinylStudio for the Mac spins to version 7.5

AlpineSoft has updated their vinyl-and-tape-to-CD-and-MP3 software, VinylStudio for the Mac, to version 7.5. The latest version can handle a much wider range of file formats including AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless, CAF, AAC, WAV, MP3, OGG and WMA. 

It also includes many detailed user interface improvements, including the ability to import album cover art directly from a web browser via drag and drop and a number of new features (such as playing at reduced speed to pin down those hard-to-find clicks) requested by users.

VinylStudio is a software solution for digitizing vinyl LPs and tapes. It records your records and tapes, splits those recordings into tracks, removes scratches, tape hiss and more and burns both audio and MP3 CDs and DVDs. You can also play your recordings on your computer. VinylStudio can look up track listings over the Internet and copy tracks to your iPod or MP3 player.

VinylStudio comes with audio cleanup filters to remove clicks, crackles,...

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Jun 30
'YML' looks at the 'good, bad, ugly' of the...

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the iPhone 4 -- the good, bad and the ugly -- and what it's like to have had an iPad these past three months.

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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Jun 30
Winter Wolves releases Vera Blanc: Full Moon game for the Mac

Winter Wolves (http://www.winterwolves.com) has released Vera Blanc: Full Moon, the first installment in the Vera Blanc game series. It costs US$19.99 and is available for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. A demo is available for download.

Here's how the game is described: "Take on the role of Vera Blanc, a young and beautiful woman with an extraordinary power: the ability to read other people's minds! Daughter of Emmanuel Blanc, one of the richest people on Earth, she left her life of luxury to use her powers to work alongside paranormal detective Brandon Mackey. In this first episode, our heroine travels to a mysterious town in Germany deep in the Black Forest. A serial killer is on the loose, and all leads point to a werewolf as the culprit!

"The game plays like an adventure game or visual novel, but you'll have to make frequent choices and play several minigames that will influence the...

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Jun 30
AccountEdge 2010 for the Mac released in Canada

Acclivity (http://accountedge.com/mac/) has released AccountEdge 2010, the latest version of their small business accounting software for the Mac, and AccountEdge Network Edition in Canada. Among the new features are integration with Sofa's web store Enstore, more detailed tracking of item information, profitability of a sale analysis, and bank deposit slip printing.

"AccountEdge 2010 comes with several considerable updates this year," says Tom Nash, Acclivity Managing Partner. "One of the new additions that we're excited to talk about is the integration with EnStore, the new web store developed by our Checkout partners, Sofa. This feature is appealing for anyone that wants to offer their customers a simple, elegant online shopping experience."

EnStore is a pay-as-you-go web store that integrates with AccountEdge. Products, images, pricing and other details are managed in AccountEdge and...

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Jun 30
ToonIt! updated for Photoshop CS5

Digital Anarchy has announced a free update to their ToonIt! Photo cartooning plug-in (http://www.digitalanarchy.com/toonPS/main.html). Version 2.6 adds compatibility for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and 64-bit operation on Mac systems.

The update also adds many behind-the-scenes improvements, like background rendering, to make ToonIt faster and more responsive. ToonIt! Photo is used by photographers and digital artists to create a variety of cartoon styles, painted effects, and illustrated looks.

ToonIt! Photo for Photoshop is regularly priced at US$159, but is on sale for $89 until July 15. The plug-in works in Adobe Photoshop CS–CS5 and Photoshop Elements 6.0–9.0 and runs on Mac OS X10.3.9–10.6, Windows XP–7.0 and Vista systems.

A separate version for use in Apple’s Aperture is on sale for $79 (normally it's $129_. ToonIt! Aperture is also updated to...

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Jun 30
FileMyFiles for Mac OS X adds uninstall/remove app features

Pubblog has updated FileMyFiles (http://filemyfiles.com), a file organizing utility for Mac OS X, to version 2.3. The upgrade adds the capability to uninstall and remove applications, along with all of their associated files and folders.

According to the folks at Pubblog, with one click, FileMyFiles will: clean up your Desktop; copy your important files and folders to your laptop when you go on the road; and copy them back to your desktop computer when you return. You can even schedule FileMyFiles to automatically organize all the files in a list of all of your important folders.

You can schedule FileMyFiles to automatically organize all the files in a list of all of your important folders. All of your files are put away according to the type of the file. Files are sorted and put into folders according to eight categories of file types: Words, Images, Audio, Compressed, Data, Layout, Video, and Web....

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Jun 30
QNAP releases version 3.3 of NAS Management Software

QNAP Systems has announced an update to the NAS management software embedded in their Turbo NAS products as firmware. Version 3.3 update provides new features and enhancements for consumer and business users of both current and legacy Turbo NAS server models.

Support for the QMobile app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users allows music, photos, and videos stored on QNAP Turbo NAS servers to be remotely streamed and played directly on the Apple devices anywhere there is access to a WiFi or 3G network, eliminating the need to store the content physically on the device. Also, a new Firmware Live Update feature allows QNAP Turbo NAS servers to automatically check for and download new NAS management software updates.

Version 3.3 has other new features and enhancements, as well. The firmware is available for download free of charge at http://www.qnap.com .

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Jun 30
Chronos announces iClipboard 3.0 for Mac OS X

Chronos LC (http://www.chronosnet.com) has released iClipboard 2.0, an update of the clipboard manager for Mac OS X. According to Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos, there's a new Paste Blaster that fundamentally changes the way users can paste clippings from their history.

It works just like the application switcher built into Mac OS X where you press Command-Tab to switch applications. Instead of selecting an application, the Paste Blaster lets you select the clipping you want to paste. iClipboard 3.0 also lets you copy clippings to projects, in addition to moving them. You can now turn the Shelf on and off.

iClipboard 3.0 is immediately available for US$29.99. Registered iClipboard 1.x and 3.x users can upgrade to version 3.0 for $14.99. A 30-day demo is available for download. iClipboard requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.

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Jun 30
SecretBox for Mac OS X adds Import Assistant

app4mac has released SecretBox 2.1 (http://www.app4mac.com/secretbox.html) for Mac OS X, an update of the app that allows you to keep your secrets in a safe place and uses 256-bit AES encryption to protect your data.

Version 2.1 offers a new Import Assistant. Now you can import data from the 1Password Interchange format. There's also an improved user interface and enhanced search function.

SecretBox for the Mac requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It costs US$35, though version 2.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0. SecretBox for the Mac can also sync with the $4.99 iPhone/iPad version.

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Jun 30
'MacNotables' looks at the iPhone, iOS 4

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Like more than 1.7 million people, Mac guru Ted Landau got an iPhone 4 last week. Unlike the rest of us, however, he's been busy testing, evaluating and digging through the new phone as well as iOS 4.

Landau addresses the three problems that have been making the news, why none of them should affect your buying decision, and what some of the solutions are or will be. He also talks about the feature set of iOS 4, including the different aspects and adequacy of multitasking. Landau also looks ahead to what he thinks will be Apple's next product update, and discusses the future of the iPod.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin,...

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