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Aug 02
'MUG Event Calendar': iPhoto, Boinx Software, more

August kicks into high gear on this week's "The MUG Event Calendar." Ben Kerosky of Apple will show off iPhoto to a group in Alaska, while Boinx Software will be showing off their latest at an Illinois group.

Speaking of iPhoto, a California group will be discussing how to use it with your vacation photos, a New Zealand group will focus on social networking, a Virginia group will focus on backups, and a Colorado group will be talking about online communication with iChat and Skype.

"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 you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Aug 02
Safari, iPhone gain market share; Mac OS X down slightly

Mac OS X, Safari and iPhone market share for Internet usage rose from April to May, according to the latest market share survey NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.06% of the global market share in May, compared to 5.16% in June (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10 %). Windows remains dominant with 91.32% as of July. That's down from 91.46% in June. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.09% in July compared to 4.85% in April, while Internet Explorer had 60.74% Firefox had 22.91% and Chrome had 7.16%. That compares to, respectively, June percentages of 60.32%, 23.81% and 7.24%, for the browsers.

The iPhone's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. The Apple device had 0.70% of the global market share in July...

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Aug 02
The Data Rescue Center expands with new location

The Data Rescue Center (http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/) has expanded with a retail presence at the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, California.

"This new location adds a convenient drop off and pickup location that is open during prime hours as well as on weekends," says Greg Brewer, CEO of The Data Rescue Center.

The Data Rescue Center kiosk is staffed with data recovery experts and will also sell computer recovery software, digital picture recovery software, USB keychain drives and picture scanning gift cards. It was founded by Prosoft Engineering, makers of the Data Rescue software. 

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Aug 02
iPad users spent more time on their device than iPhone users

iPad users spend three times longer playing games than on the iPhone, and developers also earn more per user from in-app advertising on Apple's touchscreen tablet, according to a new study from Mobclix (http://www.mobclix.com), a mobile ad exchange network.

As reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), the study shows that games are the largest category of software on the iPad, representing 20% of all options. Within that category, users spend far more time using their iPad than on the iPhone. The study found that iPad users will play the same game three times longer than they would on the iPhone.

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Aug 02
Counting the iPad, Apple is number three among portable computer...

If you count the iPad as a notebook (and why shouldn't you since many consider it a netbook replacement?), Apple is now the number three computer vendor for portables, passing Asus, Lenova, Toshiba and, yes, Dell.

As reported by "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/mn), on Friday Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore issued a report in which he opined that investors will increasing include tablet computers when assessing market share trends. With that in mind, and starting with IDC's global portable computing market share survey for the June 2010 quarter, he has redrawn Apple's share, adding the 3.27 million iPads the company sold in the quarter to its 2.47 million MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

When including the iPad as part of the notebook market, Apple moved ahead of Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell in terms of global unit share. Viewed this way, Apple goes from being number seven in the worldwide portable computer...

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Aug 02
Apple, Amazon e-book deals to be examined

Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Monday that e-book deals between Apple and Amazon and major book publishers may be anti-competitive, reports "MarketWatch" (http://macosg.me/2/mm).

Blumenthal's office said he is investigating whether these agreements lead to less competition when it comes to book prices. "These agreements among publishers, Amazon and Apple appear to have already resulted in uniform prices for many of the most popular e-books -- potentially depriving consumers of competitive prices," he said.

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Aug 02
Office for Mac 2011 to ship in October

Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (http://www.microsoft.com/mac) will ship Office for Mac 2011 in late October. Reportedly, the prices will undercut the current version of the office application suite by 20% to 50%.

Microsoft Office 2011 will come in two editions: the Mac Home and Student version and a Mac Home and Business offering. The former includes the Word word-processing. The price will be US$119 for a single license and $149 for a family pack that allows for installs on three Macs.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Messenger, along with Outlook for the Mac. Outlook replaces Entourage as Office’s mail client and is one of the centerpiece changes of the 2011 edition of the productivity suite. The Home and Office edition will cost $199 for a single license and $279 for a multi-pack that allows two installs on two machines.

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Aug 02
Office for Mac 2011 to ship in October

Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (http://www.microsoft.com/mac) will ship Office for Mac 2011 in late October. Reportedly, the prices will undercut the current version of the office application suite by 20% to 50%.

Microsoft Office 2011 will come in two editions: the Mac Home and Student version and a Mac Home and Business offering. The former includes the Word word-processing. The price will be US$119 for a single license and $149 for a family pack that allows for installs on three Macs.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Messenger, along with Outlook for the Mac. Outlook replaces Entourage as Office’s mail client and is one of the centerpiece changes of the 2011 edition of the productivity suite. The Home and Office edition will cost $199 for a single license and $279 for a multi-pack that allows two installs on two machines.

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Aug 02
iPhoneApplicationList.com launches marketplace for buying,...

iPhoneApplicationList.com -- a portal for iPhone app discovery, app reviews and videos -- has launched a service named AppExchange, an open marketplace where developers can find the potential buyers for their apps and underlying technology.

There are a lot of apps in App Store developed by talented developers who don't much time for app support and promotion, according to Andry Ignatov, owner of iPhone Application List. With AppExchange developers may find a new owner for their apps. iPhone Application List also welcomes developers of technology savvy apps to submit their apps for sale along with app engines, he says.

"Many apps in App Store are close to greatness and require just a little touch up such as PR or design improvements to become bestsellers," Ignatov says. "App Exchange is a place to find a great app for sale and give it a second life as a bestseller."

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Aug 02
Sophos SafeGuard disk encryption comes to the Mac

IT security and data protection firm Sophos has announced a new addition to its Sophos data protection family, Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption for Mac, which protects against data breaches of confidential and private information on MacBooks and Macs.

Customers now have the ability to easily protect and enforce data protection on a single MacBook or a mix of tens of thousands of Macs and Windows PCs and laptops, according to the folks at Sophos. SafeGuard Disk Encryption for Mac provides sector-based encryption of disk volumes, including the Mac OS boot volume and data volumes, and strong, standardized AES 256-bit encryption algorithm, and optimized encryption/decryption algorithms.

Sophos’s power-on user authentication (POA) is designed to ensure that only authorized users are allowed access to encrypted data and multi-user POA provides security for shared Macs. Encrypted data can't be accessed even if hard drives are removed from Macs -- only authorized users or...

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Aug 02
iWebTemplate releases five new iWeb themes

iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) has added five new iWeb templates to be used with Apple's web site building application, iWeb.

iWeb Themes for Business 7.0, developed by iPresentee, includes five new themes available in standard and flash edition: Clock, Golden, Relax, Architecture and Business World. The new release extends iWebTemplate's iWeb themes collection up to 134. i

Each iWeb theme incorporates a number of different graphic elements that can be removed, moved and changed in size, opacity or color. iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife 08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife 09).

Each iWeb theme is available for US$10. Samples and more information about iWeb Themes 7.0 are available immediately at the iWebTemplate web site.

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Aug 02
New iPhone 'jailbreaking' software released

iPhoneUnlocking (http://www.iPhoneUnlocking.com) have released a one-click iPhone unlock solution to jailbreak and unlock iPhone 3G, 3Gs and iPhone 4G with the latest firmware version iOS 4.0.1.

The folks at iPhoneUnlocking say that, upon unlocking your iPhone, you won't lose any of the features and functionality of the iPhone. The US$24.99 Unlock iPhone 3G 4.0.1 and Unlock iPhone 3Gs 4.0.1 software comes with a 30-day guarantee, lifetime updates and lifetime support.

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Aug 02
2empowerFM Dialogs Unlimited 2.0 adds over 90 features, fixes

Dracoventions (http://www.dracoventions.com) has updated 2empowerFM Dialogs Unlimited, a FileMaker Pro plug-in, to version 2.0. The upgrade adds over 90 new features and fixes since version 1.5.

This plug-in lets you display advanced dialogs with any number of controls, including stylized text, buttons, fields, checkboxes, and radio buttons. Controls are automatically arranged according to official Apple and Microsoft Human Interface Guidelines, but users also have freedom to adjust control size, margins, which controls begin a new line of controls, and so on.

2empowerFM Dialogs Unlimited 2.0 is a free upgrade for those who purchased a license within the last year. For new users, a single-user license is US$59. There are new, lower prices are available for multiple users, plus a new unlimited-user option. Developer licenses are also available. Fully functional, 30-day demo copies can be...

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Aug 02
Raidon releases USB 3.0 RAID data storage device

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com) has released the MiniTANK R4-SB3, a compact USB 3.0 data storage enclosure with built in hardware RAID 5, speed and security in a small form factor with four HDD or SSD drive capacity.

It accommodates four 2.5-inch HDDs or SSDs, and is equipped with an USB 3.0 interface. It measures 10 x 14 x 7 inches and sports a metallic casing that's cooled by a ball bearing fan.
RAID 5 software is onboard the MiniTANK. No software is required, and it's operating system independent. Contact Raidon for pricing options.

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Aug 02
USB Fever launches new iPhone, iPad accessories

USB Fever has released five new accessories for the iPhone 4 and iPad.

The USB Dual Charging Cable for iPhone/iPod/iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1957) is an $11.99 device that can charge two idevices. The Holster case for iPhone 4 (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1958) is a $12.99 holster case for the iPhone that features an integrated clips that attaches to a belt, bag or backpack strap.

The $2.99 Flexible Stand for iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/...

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Aug 02
Macsimum Poll: do you feel a need for USB 3.0 on your Mac?


In this week's poll, we're asking if you feel a need for USB 3.0 on your Mac. The poll can be found at the right hand side of our home page, below the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if the you were happy with Apple's latest iMac and Mac Pro updates. Seventy-nine percent of you said "yes," and 21% "no."

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Aug 02
Intel, GE to form new healthcare venture

Intel and GE have entered into a definitive agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture to create a new healthcare company focused on telehealth and independent living.

The new company will be formed by combining assets of GE Healthcare's Home Health division and Intel's Digital Health Group, and will be owned equally by GE and Intel. Pending regulatory and other customary closing conditions, the joint venture is expected to become operational by the end of the year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The venture builds on the GE-Intel healthcare alliance announced in April 2009 around independent living and chronic disease management. GE and Intel execs say the companies share a common vision to use technology to bring more effective healthcare into millions of homes and to improve the lives of seniors and people with chronic conditions.

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Aug 01
OWC offers eSATA interface, larger SSD drive for new 27-inch...

Other World Computing has announced its new OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the new 27-inch iMac.

The program enables new iMac 27-inch owners to custom configure and have OWC professionally install the first offered eSATA port option for an iMac, an award winning OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drive up to 480GB, a larger capacity hard drive up to 2TB, and/or OWC Memory Upgrades up to 16GB. The new professional installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at US$169 with a 48 business hours or less installation turnaround and includes complete shipping options along with OWC’s warranty coverage.

OWC will begin taking orders for its Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program on Tuesday, Aug. 3. For program details, including options, pricing, and answers to commonly asked questions regarding the program, visit...

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Aug 01
PFiddlesoft updates UI Actions

PFiddlesoft has released version 2.0.0 of UI Actions, bringing "universal attachability" to AppleScript. The new version is Universal Binary and runs on Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6.

With UI Actions, you attach an AppleScript script to a native Mac OS X application. From then on, the script will be triggered automatically every time the user performs the actions you specify in the target application. A UI action script can respond to all manner of user actions, such as opening or closing a window, selecting a menu item, editing a text field and many others.

UI Actions 2.0.0 is universal. While Apple's Folder Actions and Digital Hub Actions are specialized tools that let your scripts respond when the user performs narrowly defined tasks, UI Actions allows any accessible user interface element in any application to trigger a script in response to any supported user action.

You can download a full-featured 30-day trial version of UI Actions 2.0.0 at pfiddlesoft.com/...

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Aug 01
MocoSpace sees iPhone, Android usage surge

MocoSpace, a mobile social network has released its latest Mobile Social Graph Report (http://www.jnjmobile.com/report), which shows iPhone and Android usage surging. Their findings show that both iPhone and Android traffic has risen significantly during the quarter.

Android shows the strongest quarterly traffic growth, a 73% surge in quarter two (Q2), while iPhone users follow close behind, showing 67% growth. Blackberry traffic was down 2.8% since Q1, while traditional feature phone traffic declined by 10% in Q2.

The report also reveals that MocoSpace members, unlike those of other major social networks, are actually trending younger, averaging 25.1 years, down 1.5 years from Q1. According to a February 2010 report by Royal Pingdom, the average MySpace user is 31 while the average Facebook user is 38, and Twitter coming in at 39.

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Jul 30
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 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/).

SeeItWithus has announced VideoPix for iPad 1.0. The US$2.99 app supports frame grabbing, screencapping, slow motion playback at configurable fps, frame by frame analysis of video clips from iPad's Photo Albums and also from videos imported from computer through local WiFi. Videos can be imported into iPad's Photo Albums using either iTunes or through iPad Camera Connection Kit.

The Omni Group has released OmniFocus for the iPad ($39.99). The iPad edition of the popular OmniFocus task management application syncs with OmniFocus for iPhone and OmniFocus for Mac, and offers professional features for both new and experienced users.

Scott Gruber has debuted ShapeEffects 1.0 for the iPad. The $2.99 app offers a way to create composite works of...

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Jul 30
Dual PCalc releases for iOS and Mac OS

TLA Systems has announced the simultaneous release of new versions of their veteran scientific calculator PCalc (http://www.pcalc.com/) for both iOS and Mac OS X.

This release adds y improvements to the unit conversions, including dozens of new units and the ability to sort them. It also has a volume control for the key clicks, and various power user options and improvements on iOS 4.0.

PCalc 3.6 for Mac OS has benefitted from six months worth of improvements to the iOS version, including full currency conversion support, and many other functions and options, according to the folks at TLA Systems. Also, copy and paste is now working again in the Dashboard Widget, something that Apple has completely failed to do with their own calculator widget since Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

PCalc is distributed as an US$9.99 universal app -- one purchase at the Apple App Store will work on the iPad,...

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Jul 30
The Pragmatic Studio announces iPhone, iPod touch

The Pragmatic Studio (http://pragmaticstudio.com/) is offering their "iPhone/iPad Programming" course in Santa Clara, California, on Aug. 17-20, and in Chicago, Illinois, on Oct. 25-28.

In this four-day, hands-on training course you'll learn how to create iPhone/iPad apps with guided instruction from two renowned developers and authors: Matt Drance and Daniel Steinberg. You can reserve your seat soon and save US$300 on early registration.

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Jul 30
One Apple lawsuit settled, another comes to light

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by patent-holding company Minerva Industries that accused the iPhone maker of infringing its patent for mobile media technology, reports "Law 360" (http://macosg.me/2/mh).

In January 2008, Los Angeles-based Minerva Industries sued Apple and satellite phone company Atlantic RT for patent infringement regarding a patent covering mobile entertainment and communications devices. The company filed the patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas on Tuesday, just hours after having been granted United States Patent No. 7,321,783 entitled "Mobile Entertainment and Communication Device," .

The six-page formal complaint alleges that representatives from Minerva informed Apple of their pending application with United States Patent and Trademark Office covering iPhone concepts back in November, but that Apple "waited until...

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Jul 30
Apple Store Covent to open Aug. 7

Apple will open a new retail store in London on Aug. 7. It will be Apple's 28th retail store opening in the UK.

Apple Store Covent Garden (http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/coventgarden) is located at No. 1-7 The Piazza, London, WC2E 8HA. The grand opening will start at 10 am

Regular store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 pm.

Apple Store Haywood Mall will be the company's 296th retail store. Apple plans to open another 187 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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