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Dec 07
RadTech rolls out ProCable Shortz

RadTech (http://www.radtech.com) has introduced the US$19.95 ProCable Shortz, an Apple 30-pin dock extender adapter.

The male-to-female dock connector extender fits most cases with small or restricted access to the docking port -- including the Apple Bumper case. You can connect all of your 30-pin cables and peripherals without having to remove your case.

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Dec 07
Zulu now syncs FileMaker events with Google Calendar

SeedCode says the new version of Zulu now syncs FileMaker events with Google Calendar. Zulu is an extension for FileMaker Server that lets users see and edit FileMaker data from iCal or Google Calendar, as well as from the calendars on their iPhones or iPads.

There are no scripts to run when you edit records, and no need to manually keep iCal and FileMaker in sync. With Zulu, iCal is reading your FileMaker records from the server, just like FileMaker does.

Zulu requires FileMaker Server 9 or higher and works with any FileMaker table containing dates. Pricing starts at US$299 for publishing up to five calendars to any number of users. A demo, more info, and a video of Zulu in action is available at the SeedCode web site (http://www.seedcode.com). Zulu is a collaboration between SeedCode and the brilliant developers at 360Works.

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Dec 07
Url Extractor X gets more international Google sites

Tension Software has released Url Extractor X 3.2.1 (http://pomola.com/products_urlextractor/urlextractor.html). The new version adds more international Google sites to extract starting form search keywords.

Url Extractor X is a Mac OS X app for extracting emails address and generic URLs from files on the HD or directly from the web using a list of "starting" web addresses and working unattended after the startup. You can now retrieve and start search from web pages using keywords from various international Google sites.

Url Extractor can extract thousands of URLs from the web starting from a single web page and using "cross navigation" and extraction. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$50. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 3.2.1 is a free update for registered users of...

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Dec 07
Analyst: Apple products face big demand in China

Several Apple products are facing significant demand in China, with the 11-inch MacBook Air, certain versions of the iPad, and the iPhone 4 all facing shortages, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White told clients in a note today, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

In a tour of the Far East, he noted the iPad and 11-inch MacBook Air are hard to find. But White found the iPhone 4 to be Apple's most difficult product to purchase.

He said wait times are around two months and carrier China Unicom is unable to fulfill about a third of preorders. Apple's interest in the market is seen as positive because of the growth opportunities in China, notes "AppleInsider."

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Dec 07
Analyst: Apple made two mistakes when it launched the iPhone

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/07/munster-apple-made-two-big-mistak...) -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Apple made two big mistakes when it launched the iPhone.

Mistake one: Apple didn't originally subsidize the iPhone, but it quickly corrected this error by offering the original iPhone at a lower price shortly after its release, and offering the iPhone 3G at a subsidized price one year after the original iPhone launched
° Mistake two, per Munster: Apple's exclusive agreement with AT&T has limited demand for the device.

"We expect Apple to correct this issue by the end of [the first half of 2011] and add Verizon to the list of...

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Dec 07
FontXChange 3.0 converts web fonts

FontGear (http://www.fontgear.net) has released FontXChange 3.0, an update of the font conversion tool for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. It converts font files from one format to another.

Version 3.0 includes expanded web font support for conversion to WOFF, SVG, and EOT font formats, and new features to create HTML examples using the “@font-face” tags for converted web fonts for easy font support on your web sites. Other features include a completely updated user interface and font previewing, conversion support for OpenType, TrueType, and PostScript Type 1 for Mac and Windows.

FontXChange 3.0 costs US$99 for a single-user license. A site license is $350. A demo is available for download.

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Dec 07
Gumdrop introduces the Drop Series for iPhone 4

Gumdrop Cases (http://www.gumdropcases.com/) is releasing the Drop Series for the iPhone 4. Completely encased in layers of protection, it features screen and port covers, reinforced rubber bumpers on the corners, shock absorption and a heavy-duty belt clip.  

The Drop Series is available in white/black, white/blue, pink/white, black/gray and black/red for US$44.95. You can pre-order the Otterbox Defender’s rival now from the Gumdrop Cases web site, and it will ship on Dec. 15.   

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Dec 07
XtremeMac offers new colors for Tuffwrap iPad cases

XtremeMac (http://www.extrememac.com) says its Tuffwrap iPad cases are now available in purple and white. The Tuffwrap case is designed to protect the iPad and blend fashion with functionality, durability and style. 

The Tuffwrap is an US$39.99, 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.

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Dec 07
iPad 2 to ship in February 2011?

Foxconn Electronics' plants in Shenzhen, China have recently been notified they will ship Apple's iPad 2 within the next 100 days with initial shipments to reach 400,000-600,000 units, according to "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101206PD224.html), quoting "sources from Taiwan-based component makers."

The article says the "iPad 2" will ship as soon as the end of February in 2011. Apple originally planned to start mass production in January, but because the device's firmware is currently still in testing, Apple has been postponing the schedule, "DigiTimes" says.

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Dec 07
Apple now top smartphone maker in Australia

Apple has overtaken Nokia for the first time to become the number one smartphone vendor in Australia, reports the "Sydney Morning Herald" (http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/apple-pips-nokia-to-become-no...).

The iPhone now accounts for 36.5%of the smartphone market, compared to Nokia's 30.5% share, according to IDC's "Q3 Mobile Device Tracker" report. However, Google's Android platform is growing even faster than Apple's iOS with a 21%, up from 7.1% in quarter two (Q2) and only 2.1% in Q1.

"It's looking like next year it's going to be close between Android and Apple but I would be inclined to say that Apple will keep its lead, although we have been under pretty much every quarter with our...

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Dec 07
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm now shipping

Blizzard Entertainment is now shipping World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/cataclysm/), the third expansion for the subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

The expansion is available on DVD-ROM for Mac OS X and Window at a suggested retail price of US$39.99 and is also offered as a digital download from the Blizzard Store. A special Collector’s Edition packed with bonus items will be available exclusively in retail stores for a suggested retail price of $79.99.

Here's how the expansion pack is described: "In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new...

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Dec 07
Survey: healthcare industry adopting the iPad

BoxTone (http://www.boxtone.com), which specializes in proactive Mobile Service Management (MSM) software, today announced results from a survey of nearly 950 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) members, which indicates that iPad deployments are accelerating in large part due to the mobile device’s compelling point-of-care applications and uses.

Key findings include:

° More than 25% of the HIMSS respondents plan to deploy the iPad and other iOS devices immediately, and nearly 70% plan to deploy the devices within the next year.

° One-third identified point-of-care applications -- including lab order visualization and results, clinical decision support and medical image viewing applications -- as top priorities, while 18% identified general administration including billing, coding and claims applications as top priorities.

° When provided with a choice of options...

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Dec 07
iPad Lock is new anti-theft accessory for the Apple tablet

The iPad Lock from Maclocks (http://www.maclocks.com/i-pad-lock.html) is a new iPad cable lock. With it you retain all of your mobility, and you can lock and unlock it in seconds, taking it with you wherever you go, according to the folks at Maclocks.

The iPad Lock also doubles as a security solution for retailers. The first component of the patent-pending iPad Lock is a hard, clear plastic case you can leave on for everyday protection. And since the iPad has no security slot, the case has one built in. That way you can lock the security cable to the case, and loop the cable's other end around a fixed object (like a table).

Once the case and cable are locked together, thieves can't detach the case without damaging the iPad. Weighing less than one pound, the cable's lock-head purportedly has the smallest diameter of any computer lock in the world.

The product...

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Dec 07
iWebTemplate adds five new themes

In collaboration with iPresentee, iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) has added new iWeb themes to be used with Apple's web site building application. They are Stylish Black, Pet Theme, Travel, Party Night and Trends.

The new iWeb themes can be customized. Each new theme offers eight templates, including: Welcome, About Me, Photos, My Albums, Movie, Blog, Podcast, and Blank. Over 145 iWeb templates are now available from iWebTemplate.

The themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iLife '08- iLife '11. Each new iWeb theme is available for US$9.99. Samples and more information about iWeb themes are available immediately at the iWebTemplate web site.

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Dec 07
Adobe releases Lightroom 3.3, Camera Raw 6.3

Adobe says the Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 updates are available for immediate download on Adobe.com.

Originally posted as release candidates on Adobe Labs, the final updates bring raw file support to 15 new camera model, including the Nikon D7000 and Canon Powershot S95, as well as lens profiles for over 60 new Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Sigma lenses. Available on Adobe Labs, the Lens Profile Downloader 1.0 -- a free companion application to Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5 and Camera Raw 6 -- allows customers to search, download, rate and comment on over 300 lens correction profiles provided by the community.

Photographers can create custom profiles for their own lenses and share them with the user community. A full list of the newly added raw camera support and the new and improved lens profiles can be found on the Lightroom Journal at http://blogs.adobe.com/...

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Dec 07
KeyCue update offers better FileMaker Pro 11, Keyboard Maestro...

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released KeyCue 5.2, an update of the keyboard shortcut "cheat sheet." The upgrade comes with a number of enhancements and fixes, including improved compatibility with FileMaker Pro 11 and Keyboard Maestro.

KeyCue detects and displays an instant overview of all shortcuts. Until now, KeyCue could show only keyboard shortcuts that are visible in a program's regular menus. Version 5 also comes with a new technique for easy installation and update and offers further improvements, like an option to specify on which display the shortcut table shall appear.

KeyCue 5.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. The upgrade to KeyCue 4.5 is free for anyone who has purchased KeyCue in the last two years. For new users the cost is US$29 for a single user license.

Instead of purchasing KeyCue by...

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Dec 07
PopCap Games launches Bejeweled 3 game

PopCap Games has released Bejeweled 3, a sequel to its flagship franchise. It has twice the game modes of its predecessor ,as well as eight mini-games and a complete revision of sound and graphicss.

The game is available today on PopCap.com and major portal partners such as MSN Games, Pogo.com, Steam, GameHouse and WildTangent, as well as at retail outlets throughout North America including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, and Amazon.com, at a suggested retail price of US$19.95.
 
Beyond high-definition graphics (1920 x 1200 in "ultra" mode) and a new soundtrack, Bejeweled 3 boasts eight different modes containing a cornucopia of new game experiences. Among those are four new "secret" modes (Butterflies, Diamond Mine, Ice Storm and Poker).

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Dec 07
BorisFX announces new Boris Continuum Unit, Morph

BorisFX (http://www.borisfx.com) says a new Boris Continuum Unit, Morph, is now available. The Boris Continuum Morph Unit allows Adobe After Effects artists to generate real-time static or animated image warps, animated image morphs between a pair of still images, and animated video morphs from video clips.

The Boris Continuum Morph Unit is available at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$199. It supports Adobe After Effects CS5, CS4, and CS3 under 64-bit and 32-bit operating systems. Customers who purchase the Boris Continuum Morph Unit or any other Boris Continuum Unit may credit the price of the Unit towards the full Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite. For more information, visit the Boris FX web site.

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Dec 07
KidsMotion is new Mac OS X video software for kids

KidsMotion from Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) is new video software fro kids who want to create and share animations. With the US$45 application for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher, users can share stories on Facebook, Youtube, by email, or by converting videos for QuickTime.

Birthdays, holidays, school presentations and other events can be narrated with KidsMotion. The software requires a Quartz Extreme compatible graphic card with 128MB of shared memory.

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Dec 07
CS Odessa introduces ConceptDraw Office 2.0 and Solution Park

CS Odessa has introduced ConceptDraw Office 2.0, which now gives business professionals single-click access to integrated solutions for project management, brainstorming, report writing, and much more. The latest ConceptDraw Office suite release is being launched in tandem with the new ConceptDraw Solution Park online resource center.

Central to the US$499 ConceptDraw Office 2.0 suite is the new ConceptDraw Solution Browser. Through the browser, users can view available solutions on ConceptDraw Solution Park and click on the solution they want. ConceptDraw Solution Browser then automatically loads any software, templates and guides supporting the chosen solution.

Version 2.0 also enhances integration of the suite’s ConceptDraw MindMap for mind mapping and brainstorming, ConceptDraw Project project management software, and ConceptDraw Pro for business diagramming and scoreboard development and display. For example, a user can brainstorm in ConceptDraw MindMap and...

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Dec 06
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 6

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/).

KijomagiDay has announced Miro: Color the World! 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. In the US$0.99 game, players select one of the little funny monsters, the Miros, and color a beautiful land by rolling on it. The faster they do it, better will be their world ranking. Miro: Color The World! features five characters, 25 levels, Facebook and Twitter integration and more.

Evetone Labs has released Current 1.0, a realtime Twitter search app for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The $1.99 app allows its users to search Twitter in real time and supports queries, filtering tweets by language and autorefresh intervals for searches.

Gamez 4 Touch has introduced the physics puzzle game, Play With Your Peas for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's a $...

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Dec 06
'MUG Event Calendar': iMovie '11, email, more

Partying takes precedent on this week's "The MUG Event Calendar," but there are still some noticeable events underway.

Jeff Carlson will talk iMovie ‘11 at a Washington group, while user group activist Nicholas Pyers will discuss email at an Australian group, and Canon will show off their offerings to a Louisiana Final Cut Pro group. Holiday parties dominate the rest of this week’s calendar, although there will be presentations of Microsoft Office 2011, Mac security, print-on-demand, Bento, iLife 11, Apple TV 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, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest...

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Dec 06
Apple shares hit 52-week high

Apple shares have hit a new 52-week high, at US$322.33, up roughly 52% this year, on volume of roughly 14 million shares, below average volume of roughly 16 million.

The company’s market capitalization is over $294 billion, $64 billion more than Microsoft, and about $65 billion from touching Exxon Mobile's market cap, notes "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/06/apple-hits-new-52-we...).

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Dec 06
'Consumer Reports' names AT&T as worst cell phone...

AT&T is now the worst-rated cell-phone service carrier according to a new survey of "Consumer Reports" readers. ANd U.S. Cellular, a regional carrier that provides service in 26 states, beat out the long-standing top provider Verizon Wireless with outstanding marks for value, voice service and customer support. 

The full article also features carrier ratings in 23 metropolitan markets and is in the January 2011 issue of "Consumer Reports" and at http://www.ConsumerReports.org . In this year’s version of an annual "Consumer Reports" survey on cell-phone carriers, more than 58,000 ConsumerReports.org subscribers weighed in about their service and customer support experiences with contract and no-contract providers. 

AT&T was the only carrier whose scores for overall satisfaction dropped significantly since last year. Verizon Wireless remains among the better performers, but...

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Dec 06
Portable Sound Labs debuts the pink iMainGo X

Portable Sound Laboratories (http://www.imaingo.com) has announced the US$69.99 iMainGo X Pink Version. It was designed to offer "high-end sound quality and amazing light weight portability to customers who use the iPhone, any Apple iPod, the Microsoft Zune, and most other MP3 players ."

It also custom fits and protects all iPods (except the shuffle), the iPhone and iPod touch. The iMainGo X can even be used as a premium external speaker system for any device with a 3.5 mm connection, such as the iPad, Kindle, laptop computers, electric guitar, etc. Its i daisy-chain feature also enables the user to connect more iMainGo X's for more sound.

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