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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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Jul 30
AMD, Intel have huge share growth at Nvidia’s expense

Jon Peddie Research (http://www.jonpeddie.com) -- a research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, computer graphics -- has announced its estimated graphics chip shipments and supplier’s market share for the second quarter of 2010 (Q2’10).

Overall graphics chip shipments were up 4% from Q1’10, while desktop discrete GPUs fell 21.4% reflecting the tremendous growth in notebooks. For the first half of the year, 2010 shipments are 38.6% above the same period last year.

Clarksdale, continued Atom sales for netbooks, and strong notebook growth helped Intel maintain its leadership position in unit shipments for Q2’10. AMD led the market with the biggest gains for both discrete and integrated desktop products in the company’s history. On a quarter-to-quarter basis Nvidia had double-digit losses in every segment except notebook integrated where they showed a 10% gain in units shipments from...

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Jul 30
Mobile phone demand expands 14.5% as market fragments

The worldwide mobile phone market continued to show signs of improvement during the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10), driven primarily by smartphone vendors and companies outside the top five leaders worldwide.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, mobile phone vendors shipped a total of 317.5 million units during 2Q10, up 14.5% from the 277.2 million units shipped during the second quarter of 2009 (2Q09). For the first half of 2010, vendors shipped a total of 620.6 million units, up 18.5% from the 523.5 million units shipped during the first half of 2009.

"That worldwide growth was driven primarily by vendors outside the top vendors is particularly noteworthy," says Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Devices Technology and Trends team. "Directly contributing to this is growth in the smartphone category. Companies with a strict focus on the smartphone market, like RIM, Apple, and HTC have...

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Jul 30
Speed Download for Mac OS X speeds to version 5.2.19

Yazsoft (http://www.yazsoft.com) has released Speed Download 5.2.19, the latest version of its Mac OS X download manager that combines four products: a download manager with auto-resuming downloads, a secure FTP client, a file sharing utility with full encryption, and .Mac/iDisk/WEBDAV connectivity.

The upgrade is revved for tighter compatibility with Safari 5. Speed Download requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. It costs US$25 for a single-user license. Speed Download is available in US English, French and Polish localizations.

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Jul 30
KeynoteUser releases Elemental theme set

KeynoteUser (http://www.keynoteuser.com) has released Elemental, a Keynote theme based on the four elements in nature. Keynote is the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWorks bundle.

Elemental sports brightly colored, gradient backed themes (plus a fifth, alternate bonus color) in all the standard presentation sizes (including HD). It costs US$29.95.

However, for a limited time, you can save 20% off anything in the KeynoteUser store by using the code keynote20 at checkout. This offer expires on Aug. 6. Keynoteuser is also giving away a free Keynote theme. Elemental Earth2, an alternate brown version of the Elemental theme.

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Jul 29
Scene store released for My Living Desktop

Amuse has released a new scene store for My Living Desktop (http://www.mylivingdesktop.com) for Mac OS X, a video desktop and screen saver utility. The app replaces the standard still desktop with a video desktop that plays high-definition movies of the user's choice.

The My Living Desktop Scene Store showcases such categories as Fine Art, Art and Animation, Landmarks, Animals and Insects, and more. For a limited time, all orders over US$20 receive a 20% discount.

My Living Desktop is a cross between a video desktop (moving wallpaper) and screen saver. With its built-in video importer, users can import their own movie scenes for use as video desktops. Anyone can now have family movies, movies of friends and special events, vacation movies and more as their desktop -- or as a screen saver.

My Living Desktop boasts a variety of high-definition movie videos shot from all around...

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Jul 29
DAZ 3D releases Bryce 7 (regular, pro, limited edition)

DAZ 3D has released Bryce 7, the latest version of its 3D solution for achieving realistic imagery. The company has also released Bryce 7 Pro and the Bryce 7 Personal Learning Edition (LE).

Artists utilizing Bryce 7 will gain the ability to easily incorporate 3D models made in Google SketchUp or Electronic Arts' Spore Creature Creator into their pipeline, says Dan Farr, founder and CEO of DAZ 3D. This direct import option, created specifically for Bryce 7 workflows, streamlines integration and eliminates cumbersome tweaking, utilizing new import and export options for both the COLLADA and FBX file formats, he adds. Bryce users can now also export their environments for use in a variety of other tools and 3D applications.

Additionally, the DAZ Studio Bridge within the Bryce pipeline has been re-designed to transfer models from DAZ Studio 3, into Bryce 7 with less overhead and greater ease. Even complex layered 3D figures and accessories now seamlessly import into Bryce...

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Jul 29
Apple looking for engineer for a 'revolutionary'...

A new job posting by Apple (http://macosg.me/2/mb) says the company is looking for a software engineer to help build a "new and revolutionary feature for Mac OS X. " Of course, it doesn't say what that feature is.

But here's part of the job description: "Are you looking to help create something totally new? Something that has never been done before and will truly amaze everyone? Are you excited by the prospect that what you helped create would be used every day by millions of Apple customers? Then come and work on with the Mac OS X software engineering team to help build a new and revolutionary feature for Mac OS X.

"WWe are looking for a senior software engineer to help us create a revolutionary new feature in the very foundations of Mac OS X. We have something truly revolutionary and really exciting in progress and it is going to require your most creative and focused efforts ever.

"An ideal...

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Jul 29
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 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/).

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.

AMP (Advanced Mobile Protection) has released its OnCall Defender app that gives iPhone users a panic alarm and a medical alert, or a combination of the two, and connects subscribers to a 24-hour monitoring station with a direct line to law enforcement and EMS dispatch. Monitoring services are available in the contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U...

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Jul 29
Smith Micro releases Spring Cleaning Essentials for the Mac

Smith Micro Software has released Spring Cleaning Essentials for Mac, a suite of tune-up utility tools to help users keep their Macs running like new. It lets users clean up, optimize and maintain their Macs with tools that organize files, reduce clutter and completely uninstall unwanted applications.

Spring Cleaning Essentials offers search capabilities to help novice users organize their hard drives, as well as protect and archive files and data, according to Pauline Shumake, senior product manager, Productivity and Graphics Group at Smith Micro Software. The interface allows users to achieve results immediately. As a user’s needs evolve beyond basic hard drive maintenance, Spring Cleaning Essentials offers the ability to individually purchase specialized tools for managing multimedia, securely uploading files to the cloud and much more, she adds.

Spring Cleaning Essentials features include:    

° Personalization: you can mix, match and add toolsets to meet...

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Jul 29
Apple outsells Motorola in smartphone market again

Motorola just reported lower mobile phone shipments than Apple for the second quarter in a row, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://macosg.me/2/m3). Motorola shipped 2.7 million smartphones in the second quarter of the year, up from 2.3 million in the first quarter.

However, that was below recently raised expectations of 3.2 million from Morgan Stanley's Ehud Geldblum, and 3.1 million from Citi's Jim Suva. Apple shipped 8.4 million iPhones during its June quarter, verses 8.3 million for Motorola -- including just 2.7 million Android smartphones.

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Jul 29
Psystar says copyright only governs copying, not use...

In a brief reply to Apple in the ongoing legal brouhaha over Mac clones, Psystar asserts that copyright only governs copying and not restrictions on use, reports "World of Apple" (http://macosg.me/2/m2). The company also denies Apple’s position that their copyright restrictions do not stifle creativity.

In January Psystar officially filed its Notice of Appeal in the copyright suit it lost against Apple. The appeal involved a copyright infringement suit Apple brought against Psystar to stop the Florida company from selling Psystar computers with Mac OS X installed.

In December 2009 Apple won a permanent injunction against Psystar. Granted by Judge William Alsup of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, it prevents the Mac cloner from selling clones, installing Mac OS X on any hardware, and selling or copying Mac OS X.

Psystar also can't manufacture, import, offer to the...

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Jul 29
iPod nano smoking hot (and not in a good way)?

Japan’s trade ministry asked Apple to report by Aug. 4 on measures the company will take to prevent a fire hazard the ministry said is related to the iPod Nano, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macosg.me/2/m1).

Six incidents involving the 2005 model nano catching fire while being charged have been reported to the ministry since 2008, says Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry spokesman Hiroshi Miyashita said today by telephone. There were an additional 21 cases involving incidents where the players overheated and emitted smoke since 2005, he adds.

“IPods are incredibly well designed and safety is the highest priority for Apple,” spokesperson Christine Monaghan told "Bloomberg" in an e- mailed comment. “We are taking METI’s letter in regard to the first generation iPod nano very seriously and are working closely with them to answer their concerns.”

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