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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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Jun 30
'iFixIt' offers teardown of iPhone 4 gyroscope

The "iFixIt" site has torn down the iPhone 4's gyroscope. You can see it at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone-4-Gyroscope-Teardown/3156/1 .

Apple first announced the iPhone 4's gyroscope at WWDC 2010, but it was largely overshadowed by other big players inside the phone -- the A4 processor, Retina display, and external antennas. A lot of technology gets stuffed into vibrational gyroscopes (the type found in the iPhone 4), yet a casual observer may barely notice the chip itself, let alone the phenomenal contents within it. "iFixit" and Chipworks have partnered to show you exactly what's inside these little gems.

"Vibrational gyroscopes have a ton of practical uses, including automotive yaw sensors, game controllers, and image stabilization in cameras," says the "iFixIt" gang. "Now, iPhone 4 applications and games...

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Jun 30
Apple looking for iPhone/iPad antenna engineers

Apple is looking to hire iPhone and iPod antenna engineers, according to an "Engadget" report (http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/30/apple-hiring-iphone-antenna-engineers...). This is almost certainly in regard to an antenna issue causing poor reception and dropped calls."

Apple has gotten mounting complaints that holding the new iPhone in a certain way can impede signal strength, making it difficult or even impossible to make and maintain calls. The problems seems to be more prone to left-handed iPhone owners.

There are three Apple job postings for iPhone/iPad antenna engineers to "define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices." All three were posted on June 23.

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Jun 30
Verizon iPhone rumors resurface

They're bacccck. Rumors of an impending Verizon iPhone. "Bloomberg Business" (http://macosg.me/2/gg) quotes "two people familiar with the plans" as saying Verizon Wireless will start carrying the iPhone in January.

Carrying the iPhone will give Verizon a boost in its competition for smartphone customers, UBS AG analyst John Hodulik told "Bloomberg Businessweek." Verizon customers, who numbered 92.8 million at the end of the first quarter, may buy three million iPhones a quarter, he estimates.

"Apple is going to dramatically increase the number of devices it sells in the U.S. when exclusivity at AT&T ends," says Hodulik. "It’s hard to ignore the quality issues that AT&T has faced."

If it happens, Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner told clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (...

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Jun 30
Worldwide mobile subscriptions to reach five billion by fourth...

ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) forecasts over five billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2010, with an approximate 4.8 billion connections having been reached by the end of the year’s first quarter. Much of this growth will be registered in developing markets in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

Africa remains the fastest growing mobile market with a year-over-year growth of over 22%. Mobile penetration in Asia-Pacific will rise significantly to 65% by the end of 2010.

"This unprecedented growth is driven by India and Indonesia, which have together added over 150 million subscriptions in the past four quarters," says ABI Research analyst Bhavya Khanna. "Falling monthly tariffs and ultra-low-cost mobile handsets have democratised the reach and use of the mobile phone, and aggressive rollouts by mobile operators in these countries will see the current rate of subscriber...

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Jun 30
ArchiOffice 2010 released for Mac, Windows systems

BQE Software (http://www.bqe.com), a provider of business management software, has released ArchiOffice 2010 for both Macs and PCs. The upgrade sports over 150 new and enhanced features designed to help architects and engineers better manage their businesses.

Among the new features are customizable dashboards, put-it-anywhere document management, intelligent folder synching, and enhanced integration with Microsoft Outlook, Entourage, Apple Mail, Address Book and iCal. ArchiOffice 2010 also added the ability for users to customize reports and invoices and drill-down into projects and costs.

Other enhancements include 128-bit SSL encryption and the option for a business to use its own SSL certificate. ArchiOffice utilizes Java Web Start technology to deliver capabilities with a small memory footprint, according to Steven Burns, FAIA, director of Product Strategy and Innovations at BQE Software.

This new...

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Jun 30
iRecord Pro now ready for the iPad, iPhone 4, iOS 4

Streaming Networks (http://www.iRecord.com) has announced a new version of the iRecord Pro (PMR-200) with integrated support for the iPad, iPhone 4, and iOS 4. Movies and music can be installed on these devices simply by pressing a single button.

The new iRecord Pro (US$269.99) is also backward compatible with all members of the iPod and iPhone family including the fifth gen iPod nano. Existing iRecord Pro customers can have this same functionality with a software upgrade. (For current owners, the latest firmware is downloadable for $9.99.)

To use iRecord Pro, connect it via standard audio/video (AV) connectors to any TV, set-top-box (STB), DVR, camcorder, VCR, DVD, cassette and LP players, computer or just about any audio and video source. With one touch, iRecord Pro records directly to your choice of portable media player, offering an alternative to drag and drop and iTunes procedures.

In the...

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Jun 30
Aero case for the iPad available in blue, pink

weight protective case for the iPad case. Its skin-tight, zero-flex polyurethane material enhances your grip when carrying and handling, and provides excellent impact protection from bumps and drops, according to the folks at RadTech.

The Aero is made from thermoplastic polyurethane. It features windowed access to display, buttons, switches, speakers and dock connector. The design also enhances the grip when carrying or handling the iPad.


The Aero is available in blue and pink. It's fully washable and autoclavable

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Jun 30
Virtual Programming ships new native version of X3: Reunion

Virtual Programming has gone back to the well and reissued the Mac OS X version of the best-selling intergalactic adventure game X3:Reunion in a version that eschews the translation layer technology known as Cider.

The latest version of the game, which is a free update for all players, is a Mac OS X native port. It is also cheaper than the original version.

"We weren't happy with X3: Reunion's performance when using Cider, and it turned out many of our customers weren't either," says Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton. "As a gesture of goodwill, we reengineered the game as a native port that's a free update for existing customers. Starting today, new X3: Reunion customers will receive the updated version of the game."

Here's how the game is described: "X3: Reunion takes place in a far-flung future where humans have long since lost contact with Earth, which is now considered nothing more than a myth. Players slip on the spacesuit of Julian Brennan, who travels...

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Jun 30
Craft Animations has announced the discounted availability of...

Craft Animations has announced the discounted availability of the complete Craft Director Studio (CDS) tool suite. From now through Sept. 30, 2010, all artists utilizing 3ds Max 2011 or Softimage 2011 can visit http://www.craftanimations.com to take advantage of a nearly 40% CDS discount.

The complete CDS suite includes nine specialized virtual cameras and seven vehicle tools that increase interactive control and simulation, and provides the ability to enhance cinematics through a modular, configurable system that replicates a specific rig's animation within a given project. 3D artists may literally "drive" a vehicle, or "direct" a camera within the creative environment, garnering a more realistic effect in less time.

The promotional CDS tools included on the Installation DVDs shipped with 3ds Max 2011, 3ds Max Design 2011 and Softimage 2011 software includes the Craft SoftMotionCam,...

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Jun 29
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 29

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/).

Kobo, a global eReading service, has released its new iPhone app, built specifically for the iPhone 4 and the iOS 4 operating system. The free app features additional reading format options, automatic syncing, multiple bookmarking and faster navigation. In addition to the iPhone, Kobo is available on iPad, Android, BlackBerry, netbooks, tablets and dedicated eReaders -- including the Kobo eReader. All of Kobo’s applications connect to the Kobo eBook store, which features more than two million titles including best sellers, classics, and thousands of free books.

1-800-Recycling.com, an interactive nationwide company dedicated to simplifying and enhancing the consumer recycling experience, has launched My Recycle List, a free iPhone tool designed to...

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Jun 29
Keith McMillen Instruments releases computer platform for...

Keith McMillen Instruments (http://www.keithmcmilleninstruments.com) has released Stringport, which it says is the first computer platform for guitars. It's a Mac compartible hardware device that processes, converts and conveys to the computer the polyphonic audio from hexaphonic pickups (such as GK, Graph Tek, Zeta and RMC models) through USB 2.

The software suite includes 24 applications including Analysis (for converting every little performance nuance into control data), Polyphonic FX Processing (Wave Guide, PolyFuzz, Phase Vocoder, SMACK), a VST FX Wall (for integrating third party VST plug-ins), Synthesis (Classic FM and direct support for the Synful synthesizer), a Notation application (to capture data for output to music notation software), and MIDI Out (to integrate StringPort into an existing MIDI set-up).

The StringPort is being introduced at special...

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Jun 29
Analyst: iPhone 4 shortages hurting the Apple brand

AT&T started selling the iPhone 4 to walk-in customers, but they didn't last long. Some stores have already exhausted their supply of iPhone 4s -- and that's bad for the Apple brand, according to one analyst.

"What is happening now certainly has done some damage to the Apple brand," said Tina Teng, an analyst at iSuppli, in a statement to "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9178673/Update_AT_T_now_selling_i...). "Consumers, questioning Apple's supply chain management capability, have started looking for alternative devices. In particular, consumers are not satisfied with Apple's response to the antenna issue causing poor reception and dropped calls."

Teng was referring to mounting complaints that...

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Jun 29
DropDMG for Mac OS X updated to version 3.0

DropDMG 3.0 (http://c-command.com/dropdmg/) -- a new version of the tool for creating Mac OS X disk images -- is now available. The user interface and disk imaging engine have been almost completely redesigned and rewritten.

A Layouts feature gives developers a WYSIWYG editor to set the background picture, view options, and icon positions. Configurations are now editable, and the Configurations window has been merged into the Preferences window.

In DropDMG 3.0, the "New Blank Disk Image..." command lets you protect select folders using the same encryption technology as FileVault but without its drawbacks.
The new version adds support for the ".sparsebundle," ".sparseimage," and hybrid (".iso") disk image formats.

The DropDMG window in DropDMG 3.0 now has a customizable toolbar for quick access to commonly used commands. The Activity window consolidates progress information...

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Jun 29
WireTap Studio for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1.1

Ambrosia Software has released WireTap Studio 1.1.1 (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/utilities/wiretap/), an update of the audio recording software for Mac OS X. A free upgrade for registered users, the new version fixes iPhone ringtone issues being experienced with iTunes 9.2.

It also improves the functionality of Silence Removal, offers faster variable bit rate encoding of your MP3s and addresses a crash while editing a file as waveform was loading. Additionally, there are other fixes and enhancements.

With WireTap Studio, you can record the discrete audio output of any application, as well as all system audio, or even record audio input from any microphone, line-in, or audio input hardware. Once you've recorded audio, WireTap Studio's audio editor allows you to edit your recorded audio without any loss of quality or content, according to the folks at Ambrosia....

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Jun 29
Craft Animations offers suite upgrade for sample tools

Craft Animations has announced the discounted availability of the complete Craft Director Studio (CDS) tool suite. From now through Sept. 30, 2010, all artists utilizing 3ds Max 2011 or Softimage 2011 can visit http://www.craftanimations.com to take advantage of a nearly 40% CDS discount.

The complete CDS suite includes nine specialized virtual cameras and seven vehicle tools that increase interactive control and simulation, and provides the ability to enhance cinematics through a modular, configurable system that replicates a specific rig's animation within a given project. 3D artists may literally "drive" a vehicle, or "direct" a camera within the creative environment, garnering a more realistic effect in less time.

The promotional CDS tools included on the Installation DVDs shipped with 3ds Max 2011, 3ds Max Design 2011 and Softimage 2011 software includes the Craft SoftMotionCam,...

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Jun 29
Hulu Plus to be iPad compatible

Hulu has announced Hulu Plus (http://www.hulu.com/plus), an US$9.99 monthly subscription service that's compatible with a variety of devices including the iPad, the PlayStation 3 and, of course, TV sets.

Hulu Plus will offer current and past seasons from many ABC, Fox and NBC shows -- and in HD at that. However, it's currently in an invitation-only testing period. No date hasn't been given as to when the "final" version will be ready to go.

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