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Aug 03
You can now play iConquer in full screen mode

KavaSoft has announced iConquer 4 (http://www.kavasoft.com/iConquer/index.php), an update of the original game of world conquest for Mac OS X. It costs US$35; a demo is available for download.

Here's how the game is described: "From Brooklyn to Manhattan, Piccadilly to Westminster, and the Eiffel Tower to Notre-Dame, iConquer 4 lets you conquer world-class cities one neighborhood at a time. Crafted from over 50 megapixels of satellite imagery, maps feature exquisite detail and neighborhood borders with block-by-block precision.

"You can now play iConquer in full-screen mode. High-definition maps fill up the largest Cinema Displays. Transparent heads-up display windows can display armies, cards, statstics, continents and messages without obscuring the game map.

"iConquer 4 features new computer player personalities with advanced artificial intelligence...

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Aug 03
Mediata Survey 3.0 available for Macs, PCs

Bebosoft has announced Mediata Survey 3.0 (http://www.bebosoft.com/products/mediatasurvey), a major update to their Mac/PC solution that enables the non-programmer to author, host, and analyze online surveys.

Mediata Survey supports a variety of question formats, eliminates the cost of a survey hosting service, permits creation of an unlimited number of surveys for any number of sites, permits branching questions based on answers, and includes graphical, table, and text tools to analyze and sort response data. The application generates a flow chart providing a quick overview of all logic.

Surveys can be configured as public or by invitation only. Following the survey Mediata Survey can also do the data retrieval and analysis. The database may be tabulated, filtered, and searched. Tables, lists, and bar graphs may be generated from the data.

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Aug 03
iPhone 4 approved for sale in South Korea

South Korea's telecommunications regulator said Tuesday it has given Apple approval to start the sale of its latest smartphone, the iPhone 4 in the country, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macosg.me/2/n0).

KT Corp., the country's biggest telecom operator, which has an exclusive contract to offer iPhones in South Korea, said it may be as much as two months before the company can offer the device to its customers. The government's approval is just a regular procedure and it normally takes about one or two months to talk about business matters before launching, according to the "Journal."

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Aug 03
Apple cloud-based music plans may be modest in scope

Eight months after its acquisition of Lala.com, Apple is telling executives at the four top labels that if Apple offers any cloud-music features within the next few months, they will likely be "modest in scope" and not include the kind of functionality that Apple outlined in meetings with the labels, such as storing users' music on its servers, sources told "CNET" (http://macosg.me/2/my).

They added that Apple still hasn't negotiated the kind of licensing deals it would need to distribute music from the cloud, the article adds. Not surprisingly, an Apple spokesman declined to comment.

Apple bought Lala last September. Lala offered "the first and only free fully licensed service to instantly provide anywhere web access to an existing music library such as iTunes." Apple's goal is probably to allow Apple to implement a new iTunes feature that would allow users to stream their purchased media content...

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Aug 03
Apple still warning iPhone users against jailbreaking

Despite last week's ruling that jailbreaking the iPhone is legal, Apple is still warning consumers that doing so is a violation of the company's terms of service and that it reserves the right to terminate service to jailbreakers, notes "Information Week" (http://macosg.me/2/mz).

"Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks the OS," Apple says in a bulletin on its support forum. "It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of the iOS is a violation of the Phone end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software."

The note was published last month, prior to the Library of Congress' ruling that jailbreaking is not a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and is therefore legal. But the fact that the warning remains on Apple's support site indicates the...

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Aug 03
New versions of FontExplorer X font management software unveiled

Monotype Imaging Holdings and its subsidiary, Linotype, have introduced new versions of their FontExplorer X font management solution. FontExplorer X Pro 2.5.1 for Macs and FontExplorer X Server 1.5.2 for Mac OS X and Windows platforms are available immediately at http://www.fontexplorerx.com .

The newly revised software for client computers contains plug-ins that automatically activate fonts when used with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator applications from Adobe’s Creative Suite 5 Master Collection software. The latest version of FontExplorer X Pro also contains improvements related to the server menu and offline use.

FontExplorer X Server 1.5.2 brings the same facilities and characteristics of its Mac version to workgroup administrations operating in Windows environments. Users are greeted with a completely revised user interface of the server-system setting, and an improved...

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Aug 03
Extensis releases Suitcase Fusion 3

Extensis has released Suitcase Fusion 3, the newest version of the professional-grade font manager for Mac and Windows operating systems. It enables designers to browse, preview, select and manage fonts from the desktop to the web. Features of Suitcase Fusion 3 include:

° Integration with Adobe InDesign and Illustrator CS5 via font auto-activation plug-ins;

° Web font selection and management through the Extensis WebINK font rental service;

° Web Preview mode allows users to see effects of using desktop and WebINK fonts on any web site;

° The app suggests "more fonts like this" using QuickMatch technology to locate similar fonts;

° Application Sets that immediately activate selected fonts when an application launches;

° Font Snapshots for quickly creating PNG font previews;

° Updated and modernized user interface;

° Localization into French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese.

Suitcase Fusion 3...

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Aug 03
Casio announces new Exilim digital cameras

Casio (http://www.casio.com) has released two new Exilim cameras, the Exilim Card EX-S200 and Exilim ZOOM EX-Z800 cameras, marking the latest additions to the Exilim family of digital cameras. Both cameras sport a compact body and Single Frame SR Zoom that extends the zoom range.

The new cameras make use of the Exilim Engine 5.0 and super resolution technology to take photos with exceptional clarity and resolution, while the Single Frame SR Zoom maintains image quality through 1.5 times the range of the optical zoom, according to Toshi Iguchi, senior general manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America. Other features include the Premium Auto function, which automatically produces beautiful photos with just a press of the shutter button.

The Exilim Card EX-S200 is a card-sized camera six inches at its thinnest part, while the Exilim Zoom EX-Z800 is compact enough to fit in the palm of the hand. Both...

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Aug 03
Avenues launches Level8 brand exclusively at Apple stores

Avenues, a provider of personal business accessories and digital device cases in the US for more than 25 years, has launched Level8, a new line of portable electronics cases and backpacks designed exclusively for Apple.

The Level8 "Atlas" backpack fits 15-inch and 17-inch MacBooks Pros and is now available at all Apple stores in the US. The Level8 slim and sleeve cases, available in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, are available now at Apple stores in 31 US cities including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and more. The new product line is priced from US$49.99 to $99.99.  

Level8 protective sleeve cases feature zippered stash pocket, interior zipper guard, a carrying handle and neoprene protection. Level8 slim cases, available with a single or double compartment, feature padded, tear resistant shoulder straps, checkpoint friendly design and neoprene protection.

The Level8 "Atlas" backpack features spacious interior,...

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Aug 03
Danuisoft releases new video converter for the Mac

Daniusoft, a developer of conversion tools, released Daniusoft Video Converter for Mac (http://www.daniusoft.com/video-converter-for-mac.html), which that allows users to convert video & audio files (including HD video) to right format for pop mobile devices like the iPad, iPhone, iPhone 4, iPod, PSP and Android phone with a single click.

It offers NSV, AMR, AIFF, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE as the input format and SWF as the output format. Daniusoft Video Converter supports 5.1 surround sound and has conversion profiles for Apple TV 5.1, Final Cut Pro, Android phone, Xbox 360 and mobile phones. Video editing options include rotation and a side-by-side preview window. Post-conversion options include a Shutdown or Sleep computer prompt tone after conversion

Daniusoft Video Converter for Mac is priced at US$35 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10....

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Aug 03
Samsung announces 2TB EcoGreen hard drive

Samsung (http://www.samsung.com) has announced the F4EG, which it describes as the world’s highest-density, environmentally friendly hard disk drive (HDD) for the desktop market.

The EcoGreen F4 features a 2TB capacity -- 667GB for each of its three disks -- and is capable of storing up to 880 hours of DVD video or 500,000 songs in MP3 format. The internal F4EG utilizes Samsung’s high-density design technology to provide better performance, low power and improved reliability to its ‘EcoGreen’ hard drives, according to I.C. Park, vice president, Storage Sales, Semiconductor Business, Samsung Electronics.

With its three disks and advanced technology, the F4EG drive is 19 percent better in standby time performance and has 23 percent lower power consumption in standby mode than the previous four-disk model, the F3EG, he adds. Eliminating halogen compound and brominated flame retardant from the PCBA, the...

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Aug 03
Key findings of the 8th Annual 2010 BSI Computer Theft Survey

Here are some of the findings of the 8th Annual 2010 BSI Computer Theft Survey:

° There were over 5,500,000 computers stolen in the USA in the last three years. Worldwide statistics are proportionally similar.

° According to the FBI, only 3% of unprotected (those that do not use a software tracking and recovery software) stolen computers are ever recovered.

° More than half (58.7%) of the survey respondents have been the victim of computer theft in the last 12 months.

° Sixty-seven percent of computer theft occurred while respondent was mobile (moving about), rendering cables, locks and enclosures virtually useless.

° Over three quarters (78.2%) of respondent companies had between one and nine computers stolen in the last 12 months; more than one in 10 (17.6%) respondent companies had more than 25 computers stolen in the last 12 months.

° Laptops comprised more than two thirds (68%) of those devices reported stolen, followed by desktop...

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Aug 03
Bizness Apps launches iPhone App Creator for small businesses

Bizness Apps (http://www.biznessapps.com) is a start-up company that will provides high-end, affordable iPhone applications to small businesses that are looking to expand their existing marketing efforts.

It has purportedly developed a system that lets them offer iPhone application development, hosting, marketing, and maintenance at an affordable rate. They currently have specialized application packages for restaurants, bars & clubs, realtors, lawyers, and stock brokers.

You sign up to create your free account; from there you are able to instantly begin creating your application, according to Bizness Apps CEOAndrew Gazdecki. The process can take less than 20 minutes to create an iPhone app, he adds. Bizness Apps handles the submission, hosting, and maintenance of your iPhone application for US$39 a month.

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Aug 03
VueScan for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.48, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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Aug 03
Mailings for Mac OS X adds Progress button

Limit Point Software has released Mailings 1.9.78 (http://www.limit-point.com/Mailings/Mailings.htm), an update of the application for batch emailing that delivers any web page or plain text document with attachments to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates, etc. In the new version, a new button on the Mailer window named "Progress" enables you to preview the settings on the progress window, or re-open the progress window when a mail batch has completed or been aborted.

Mailings delivers web pages, plain or HTML text documents to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates etc. It integrates with mail clients, most common browsers, Address Book and Entourage.

Mailings is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$10;...

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Aug 02
Universal Audio updates UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Packages

Universal Audio has updated its UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Packages (http://www.uaudio.com/products/uad/index.html). All UAD-2 SOLO, DUO and QUAD DSP Accelerator Packages now feature smaller, “greener” packaging, and include the new Analog Classics software bundle at no additional cost .

UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Packages are instant sonic upgrades for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo or Digital Performer, providing rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with a native Mac- or PC-based system, according to the folks at Universal Audio. And they grant users access to the entire catalog of UAD powered plug-ins, including favorites from Manley, Roland, BOSS, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Trident, Teletronix and more. The new Analog Classics software bundle features:

° LA-2A Classic Audio...

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Aug 02
6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters available with battery-less cache...

ATTO Technology has announced the availability of its ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters (http://www.attotech.com/products/category.php?id=1&catid=10 ) featuring CacheAssure Technology that safeguards against the loss of cached data in the event of a power or system failure.

With CacheAssure, ExpressSAS RAID adapters provide a high-performance, single controller storage connectivity solution that delivers significant advancements in data preservation in an environmentally-friendly and maintenance-free design, according to Product Manager Mark Valentino. CacheAssure Technology is designed to overcome the performance, maintenance and useful life limitations of Lithium ION battery backup solutions for cached data, he adds.

ExpressSAS RAID Adapters are an alternative to RAID arrays and allow you to add JBOD storage...

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Aug 02
Association of REALbasic Professionals announces REAL Studio...

The Association of REALbasic Professionals (ARBP ) has announced the REAL Studio Summit 2011, co-sponsored by REAL Software. It will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 19 and 20 at the Holiday Inn, Atlanta AirPort.

Attendees will learn more about REAL Studio, REAL Server, REALbasic, and get to mingle with fellow REAL Studio developers. It's designed for experienced developers, beginners or those new to REAL Studio and companies looking to find quality developers for projects.

"REAL Studio conferences have always been a great way to learn more about our favorite development tool," says ARBP President Bob Keeney. " But one of the best aspects of the Summit is being able to meet and network with fellow REAL Studio developers."

Details can be found here: http://www.arbpmembers.org/real-studio-summit-2011. The ARBP also has a "call for...

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Aug 02
Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility 3.3 Update

Apple has released Digital Camera Raw Compatibility 3.3 Update (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1072). This update extends RAW image format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09 for the more cameras.

Digital Camera Raw Compatibility 3.3 Update is a 5.7 MB update and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Aug 02
Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition shambles onto the...

PopCap Games has released the Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition (http://www4.popcap.com/games/pvz/?icid=pvz_goty_HP_PLARGE_mac_07_27_10_E... Mac OS X and Windows systems. The new version adds achievements and the ability to create your own zombie and see it within the game.

Here's how the game is described: "PopCap's fun-dead game of the year is updated and expanded with 20 new achievements and the interactive Zombatar. Make your very own zombie, then watch it come to 'life' in your game.

"Stop 26 types of zombies dead in their tracks with your arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants! Battle through 50 adventure levels, 20 mini-games, plus puzzle and survival modes. Or dig into the zombie-free Zen Garden."

Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or...

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Aug 02
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 2

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/).

Brother UK has served up what it says is the world’s first iPhone app that allows users to scan to and print from their mobile phones. iPrint&Scan is free to download and allows customers to wirelessly print from and scan to their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad -- with a compatible printer from Brother’s latest inkjet multifunction printer range.

Humble Gaming has announced Live Notes 1.0, their first productivity app for the iPad. Designed for business professionals, students and academians, the US$5.99 app allows the user to synchronize voice recording with written notes.

White Shoe Media has announced Subrats 1.0.1 for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. In the $0.99 app, you guide the subway's toughest, yet least appreciated, inhabitants...

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Aug 02
Worldcloud.com announces exhibit at FileMaker Devcon 2010

Worldcloud.com will be exhibiting its cloud technologies for FileMaker Hosting at the FileMaker Developer Conference 2010 in San Diego, California, Aug. 15-18 held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

Among the various services being demonstrated at DevCon 2010 will be worldcloud.com database hosting with FileMaker Server 11 Advanced. Worldcloud.com will demonstrate that its FileMaker hosting can be accessed many various ways, including traditional FileMaker Pro client, FileMaker Go on the iPhone/iPad, the worldcloud.com app for FileMaker for Windows workgroups and the worldcloud.com XenApp for FileMaker for Cross-Platform and Mobile workgroups, according to Karen Izbinski, director of marketing at worldcloud.com.

Among the techniques demonstrated will be the different ways to access your worldcloud.com hosted FileMaker solution on various mobile devices with no additional programming required and the specific benefits of worldcloud.com vApp and XenApp for...

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Aug 02
Nielsen: iPhone still most desired smartphone

Multipurpose smartphones that allow users to access the web and email as well as run thousands of apps and share text and picture messages are now 25% of the U.S. mobile market, up from 23% in the last quarter according to recent data from The Nielsen Company (http://www.nielsen.com/). By the end of 2011, Nielsen predicts smartphones to overtake feature phones in the U.S. market.

And while the iPhone has been the headline grabber over the last few years in the smartphone market, Google’s Android OS has shown the most significant expansion in market share among current subscribers, per the research group. Android’s rise is even more noticeable among new smartphone subscribers in the last six months where Android has nosed past Apple’s iOS in the last quarter to grab a 27% share of those recent smartphone subscribers.

Among current subscribers thinking of switching devices, the iPhone remains the most...

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Aug 02
UK troops using an iPad app in training

UK troops are using a special iPad app to learn how to handle a fire mission -- when artillery is being fired at the enemy from several miles away, reports the BBC (http://macosg.me/2/mv).

In early trials at the Royal School of Artillery in Wiltshire, troops have learned the jargon and procedures more quickly than before, when they were sat listening to lessons from instructors, the article adds. The goal is for smartphone and tablet technology to be used to speed up training across the army.

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Aug 02
PlayOn to play on the iPhone, iPod touch

PlayOn (http://www.playon.tv/index.php), a service that allows you to view streaming media from the web and computers on a variety of devices, is coming t the iPhone and, eventually, the iPad, reports "MediaBeat" (Your tiny MacOSG URL is: http://macosg.me/2/mu).

PlayOn originally planned to release an iPhone app via the Apple App Store. However, with Apple not having yet approved the app, the company has instead developed a mobile HTML5-driven web app, notes "MediaBeat."

The release of the web app, which currently only works with the iPhone and iPod touch, marks PlayOn’s first foray into mobile devices. The app doesn’t work on the iPad yet, but PlayOn is purportedly working on support for the tablet.

Users must install the latest version of the PlayOn client on (unfortunately) a Windows PC, then log into...

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