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Nov 23
Analyst: Mac shipments outpace market 3-to-1

In sales to business, the Mac's year-to-year growth last quarter was nearly eight times faster than the industry average, according to Needham analyst Charlie Wolf. In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" ( -- the analyst said the Mac's share of the business market last quarter was 4.36% and that:

° At 28.5%, Mac shipment growth in the September quarter easily outpaced the PC's market growth rate of 9.7%.

° The twin drivers of the Mac's outperformance were the home and business markets. Mac shipments grew 25.3% in the home market compared with a market growth rate of 10.4%. More significantly, the Mac became the dollar share leader in the U.S. home market with a 29.4% dollar share.

° Continuing the pattern...

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Nov 23
Freeverse releases Field of Glory for Mac OS X

Freeverse ( has released Slitherine’s hit wargame Field of Glory for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), and its three expansion packs, Rise of Rome, Storms of Arrows and Immortal Fire.

Here's how the game is described: "For the first time ever, the incredibly deep yet accessible turn-based strategy masterpiece developed by HexWar is available for the Mac OS X.  Drawing on the strengths of Slitherine’s original tabletop gaming system of the same name, Field of Glory gives players the chance to experience historical warfare set during the Rise of Rome, spanning Zama in North Africa to the battles of Boudicca’s revolt in Britain.  

"Players can choose to battle against enemy AI or compete against other players in multiplayer mode online.  Wage multiple battles at once, using the seamless asynchronous play mechanics of the play by email system (PBEM).  

"And with the...

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Nov 23
Griffin Technology, Col. Littleon team up for 'fine...

Griffin Technology ( has entered into a co-op partnership with Col. Littleton, "purveyor of fine accouterments in the Americana tradition."

The initial offering from the Griffin + Col. Littleton Co-Op features eight artisan-quality pieces, ranging from wallets to sleeve-style cases, portfolios, and bags. Each piece is hand-made in the Col. Littleton workshop in Lynnville, Tennessee, from soft, dry-milled American Steer Hide leather.

Once each piece is constructed, the customer may choose to personalize it with their initials. Pricing ranges from US$80 for a wallet to $695 for a courier bag for a laptop and iPad. Go to the Griffin Technology web site for details.

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Nov 23
IntelliScanner Wine Collector 400 delivers automatic wine...

IntelliScanner's smart barcode scanner for wine organization received a major upgrade today with the US$279 Wine Collector 400 ( The newest IntelliScanner for wine automatically identifies bottles with its included mini barcode scanner, offering cellar management for Mac OS X (10.4.8 and higher) and PC users.

The Wine Collector 400 is now shipping with double the memory and an all-new integrated Wine Store. Also, IntelliScanner Corp. ( is bundling the newest IntelliScanner mini 250 barcode scanner with a full 500 barcode memory capacity and delivers an all-new Wine Store powered by Wine Collector 400 also sports iPhone and iPad web apps, a rechargeable memory scanner, and the Cellar Viewer grid...

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Nov 23
Civilization V comes to the Mac

Aspyr Media has released Sid Meier’s Civilization V for Mac, the latest entry from the flagship turn-based strategy franchise. Released in partnership with 2K Games, a wholly owned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Sid Meier’s Civilization V is the newest addition to the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise on the Mac.

Here's how teh game is described: "Developed by Firaxis Games, Sid Meier’s Civilization V reinvigorates the classic turn-based strategy genre with an astonishing new engine built from the ground-up for this flagship edition of the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise. Players are introduced to an entirely new combat system, deeper diplomatic interactions and a cavalcade of expanded features that deliver a fully immersive experience. Players build and defend their empire on their quest to become the greatest ruler the world has ever known. The Mac version is expected to be available this holiday season."

Sid Meier’s Civilization V costs US$...

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Nov 23
Personal Antispam adds Outlook 2011 support

Intego ( has announced a new version of Personal Antispam, the company’s intelligent spam filtering program. This release adds compatibility for Microsoft Outlook 2011, the e-mail program included with some versions of Office 2011.

Personal Antispam 10.6.5 now provides spam-filtering support for Apple Mail, Microsoft Entourage (v. X, 2004 and 2008) and Microsoft Outlook 2011. It's sold as part of Intego Internet Security Barrier X6 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Personal Antispam 10.6.5 is a free upgrade for all registered users of Personal Antispam 10.6 or later. The upgrade is available via Intego NetUpdate.
Standard licenses protect up to two Macs. A 5-Mac family plan is also available.

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Nov 23
NewerTech announces NuPad Organizer

Newer Technology ( has announced the US$49.95 NewerTech NuPad Organizer, a configurable keyboard tray with padded leather wrist rest & mousepad/trackpad area that arranges a variety of Apple Aluminum Keyboards, the Apple Magic Trackpad, and/or any Apple mouse into an ergonomically logical work environment.

The NuPad Organizer is designed to improve Mac user productivity by keeping various Apple input devices cleanly arranged and readily accessible with a factory-like appearance. The Optix acrylic base features a permanently affixed premium grade leather wrist rest for improved typing comfort. When used with a standard Apple Aluminum Keyboard, the NuPad Organizer offers open space for using either the Apple Magic Trackpad or any Apple mouse via the included top grade Brazilian leather mousepad.

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Nov 23
iSkin rolls out new iPhone, iPod touch cases

iSkin (http:/ has released a host of products specifically designed for the iPhone 4 and the fourth generation iPod touch. Available now from are: solo FX for iPhone 4, solo vu for iPhone 4, duet for iPhone 4, pebble for iPod touch 4G and touch Duo for iPod touch 4G. 

All cases were designed with style and protection in mind and manufactured with superior quality materials, according to the folks at iSkin. In addition, the products feature Microban antimicrobial protection, which inhibits the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria on the product. 

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Nov 23
HandStands offers keyboard/case accessory for the iPad

HandStands has introduced an US$99.99 Bluetooth iPad keyboard accessory ( that includes a slim SU leather case; a silicone qwerty keyboard, and an adjustable stand to keep the iPad upright for viewing.

The silicone keyboard, which connects via Bluetooth, is both dust and waterproof, and has one-touch access to several basic functions, according to Darrin Keller, director of the e-commerce division at HandStands. The luxe-leather case comes with a hard protective shell and has custom cutouts that allow full access to all iPad controls and connections. The battery purportedly offers up to one hundred hours of continuous use.

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Nov 23
iWebTemplate releases five new iWeb themes

iWebTemplate (, in collaboration with iPresentee, has announced the addition of five new iWeb themes to be used with iWeb, Apple's web site building application.

The new themes are: Dreamy, Direction, Color, Cargo and Back to School. The new iWeb Themes can be customized. Each theme offers eight templates and include the following templates: Welcome, About Me, Photos, My Albums, Movie, Blog, Podcast, and Blank.

Each iWeb theme incorporates a number of different graphic elements that can be removed, moved and changed in size, opacity or color. All themes can be filled with different amounts of information. iWeb themes contains several different page layouts to accommodate various amounts of information.

The iWeb themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 and later and iLife 08-iLife 11. Each theme is available for US$9.99.

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Nov 23
USB Fever releases five new iPhone 4 products.

USB Fever has released five new products for the iPhone 4. The 180° Fish Eye Lens with Back Cover for iPhone 4G ( costs US$27.99.

The Wide Angle Lens Back Cover for iPhone 4G ( is $23.99, the Macro Lens with Back Cover for iPhone 4G ( costs $20.99, the 8X Telescope with Hard Case for iPhone 4G

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Nov 23
Western Digital adds new features to WD TV media players

Western Digital (, has added several entertainment and social sites to the WD TV media player family. WD TV Live and WD TV Live Plus media player customers will now be able to connect with their friends and family through Facebook -- including uploading photos and videos, sharing their status, viewing their wall and getting the latest updates from their News Feed, all from their HDTV.

Meanwhile, WD TV Live Plus media player customers in the U.S. can now instantly rent or purchase the newest movie releases the same day they become available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc through the Blockbuster On Demand service. In addition, new features for the WD TV Live and WD TV Live Plus media players include:

° Deezer: a personalized on-demand music service for listening to seven million tracks anytime;

° Flingo: free Internet television from leading studios, TV networks, and video web...

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Nov 23
MegaSeg gets performance, stability update

Fidelity Media, creator of MegaSeg, the deejay mixing software and radio automation system for Mac OS X, has released performance and stability update, in addition to announcing discounts of 20% off through Nov. 30.

New purchases are now US$199 and upgrades $59. The MegaSeg 5.5.2 update includes optimizations and addresses a stability issue with the category browser. The update also includes 30 improvements throughout the application, including changes to ambient video playlists, automatic volume control, track logging, drag-n-drop, video playback, the mixer, wave viewer, and more.

MegaSeg 5.5.2 is available for download from the product web site ( as a free update for MegaSeg 5 users, and, through Nov. 30, at a discount price of $59 for upgrades (regular $79), and $199 for new users (regular $249). A demo is available for download.

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Nov 23
XShot launches iPhone-compatible Pocket XShot

XShot ( has announced the Pocket XShot, the latest in a line of camera extenders that lets photographer be in all the pictures with their friends. The new camera extender can be easily fitted onto any iPhone 3 or 4, when used with an XShot iPhone case, and still have all the same benefits as the XShot 2.0.

The Pocket XShot collapses to 6.5 inches to fit into the palm of your hand, yet still extends to 30.5 inches and weighs only 4.6 ounces. It can be carried in a pocket, purse or camera bag.

The Pocket XShot features a new tripod socket at the bottom of the shaft, enabling it to be used on a tripod for additional height. The device is made of metal with a new smooth black rubber grip.

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Nov 23
Proporta offers USB TurboCharger 5000

Proporta ( has announced the USB TurboCharger 5000. It costs approximately US$56 and is compatible with any device that charges up from a standard USB port,

With 5000 mAh storage, it features one Mini USB input port and two USB output ports. The USB TurboCharger 500 comes with a range of connector heads, and an LED display shows the level of charge.

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Nov 23
LightFrame gets new user interface, rendering engine

Corner-A today has released LightFrame 2.0 ( for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version of the US$30 app brings an improved user interface and new rendering engine made from the scratch.

Other new features include frame stacks. LightFrame now allows to add even complex frames with a few clicks and set up every aspect of the frame.

LightFrame is a solution for framing digital photos with your Mac. It supports all image formats that are supported by Mac OS X, including RAW images.

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Nov 23
K4 6.3 showcases Adobe DPS integration

MEI ( has announced version 6.3 of the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform.

It's a scalable solution that allows publishing professionals to manage their design and editorial workflows and deliver multimedia content to a variety of output channels. Version 6.3 optimizes connectivity with the Digital Publishing Suite, Adobe's new toolset for designing and deploying engaging reading experiences across mobile devices and more.

According to the folks at MEI, K4 now comes standard with built-in features that make publishing to the iPad and other emerging platforms as intuitive and straightforward as producing for print: new metadata fields for handling tablet-specific content, powerful automation functionality for electronic issue creation, and more.

For example, K4 enhances productivity by substituting automated processes for routine manual tasks, such as converting...

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Nov 23
User Group Reunion 2011 set for Jan. 27

As part of Macworld Conference & Expo 2011 in San Francisco, user group members worldwide will gather at Moscone West in San Francisco on Thursday, Jan. 27 (4:30-6:30 p.m.). This is the special User Group Reunion 2011, hosted by the Apple User Group Advisory Board (UGAB) and UGAB Support Services.

User group members are invited to see old friends and make new ones, enjoy refreshments, see highlights of past user group gatherings, enjoy a lot of fun surprises, and take part in the drawings for hundreds of door prizes including MS Office 2011, SEO PowerSuite, TechTool Pro, Data Rescue Center and more. This will be the twelfth in a series of user group Macworld events organized by the UGAB.

You can register for US$5 to cover the costs of the registration service. Sponsors and the UGAB will be covering the costs of the event.

To register, go to http...

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Nov 23
MaBaSoft releases Application Wizard 2.5.2

MaBaSoft has released version 2.5.2 of Application Wizard (, which provides access to your applications, folders, documents, and pictures. The US$19 app lets you open, quit, and make applications active, turn single application mode on, and quit background-only applications and the Finder.

With Application Wizard you can also navigate volumes and frequently used folders to open enclosed items,access recent folders and documents, Address Book contacts, and your iPhoto or Aperture library, preview images, music, movies, and PDF files, copy pictures and display slideshows, view metadata and check system memory usage.

Application Wizard runs in English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and runs natively on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs.

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Nov 23
iFresh is new, portable, rechargeable cell phone battery pack

Holiday Travelers Cut Stress with iFresh Rechargeable Backup Battery for Mobile Devices iFresh ( by Bridgepoint Technologies is a new, portable, rechargeable cell phone battery pack certified by Apple.

With a retractable Apple 30-pin connector, iFresh is a compact solution for travelers who don't want to spend time looking for places to charge their phones. The device's lithium polymer battery powers and charges all 30-pin iPod models, the iPad, and all iPhones -- including the iPhone 4 -- in less than two and a half hours, even when traditional chargers aren't an option, says William Wu, president of Bridgepoint Technologies.

The iFresh can be recharged over 500 times. The device's power meter control purportedly more than doubles the battery time other battery packs typically deliver. A smart chip protects the battery from overcharging, over-discharging, overloading and short-...

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Nov 23
Apple plans Black Friday sale

Apple has sent out an email informing customers of its plans for a Black Friday sale. The company will hold a special, one-day shopping event on Friday, Nov. 26.

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day in the US and the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season. The origin of the term is that this is when retailers get to go into the "black" as opposed to the "red." And it's the busiest shopping day of the year.

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Nov 23
iPad-only daily publication to be announced Dec. 9?

John Gruber of "Daring Fireball" ( says that, per various media reports, Rupert Murdoch, head of the media giant News Corp, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, will unveil a new, iPad-only (at least initially), digital “newspaper” called the "Daily" at the end of this month.

The collaboration has purportedly been in the works for several months. The "Daily" will purportedly combine “a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence. The price? With no printing or distribution costs, the US-focused "Daily" is expected to cost US$0.99 per week.

Gruber thinks the announcement will take place on Dec. 9. At that time, Apple could also unveil a new subscription billing option for periodicals on the iPad.

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Nov 23
Woz: Apple has bought Nuance

Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak says in an video interview that Apple has bought Nuance, a voice recognition company, reports "mocoNews" (

“I think voice recognition is going to become, more and more, a part of these machines,” he says in the interview with Romil Patel, founder of “Apple’s probably thinking the same way. They recently bought the company Nuance.”

"mocoNews" says such an acquisition could make sense. "Apple, which has a $50 billion warchest, has been investing in companies that help extend its smartphone functionality, as it faces increasing competition from the likes of Google/Android, Microsoft and Symbian," the article says.

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Nov 23
FreeOneHand is new iPad holder, stand

FreeOneHand iPad Holder and Stand ( is a new, multi-function iPad accessory that provides a one-handed grip, ergonomic design, and works as a stand in portrait and landscape orientations, left or right handed.

It's designed to let you hold your iPad in one hand, freeing the other for making presentations, data entry, sending emails, reading to kids, experiencing magazines, surfing the web and more. The secure grip purportedly eliminates the worry of dropping your iPad, and "raised feet" protect the display when set screen side down.

Weighing 2.3 ounces, FreeOneHand's lightweight elastomer construction provides enough rigidity to hold a 1.6 pound iPad, while keeping a rubber-like softness for comfort during use. You can also use it as a stand while typing.

The FreeOneHand comes in six colors: Bright White, Silver, Ebony, Lime Green, Sky Blue and Rose Pink....

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Nov 23
Drycase Folio is new waterproof case for the iPad

CS Ideas has announced DryFolio Folio (, a waterproof case for the iPad. The US$ case allows full use of touchscreen and controls on the Apple tablet while it's sealed inside.

The Drycase Folio is the first waterproof iPad case with a built-in waterproof speaker mic jack that will allow users to listen and speak through the iPad with a microphone headset, according to CS Idea President Toi Chance-Sangthong. This specialty jack gives users the ability to make calls, use voice apps and listen to movies by the pool, at the beach or even out on the boat.

The Drycase features a waterproof closure and vacuum seal system to lock the iPad safely inside the case. Users seal the tablet inside and use the included vacuum pump to remove the excess air, ensuring that the case is properly sealed. When properly sealed, the case...

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