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Jul 21
'MacVoices' looks at the upcoming MacTech Conference

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher of "MacTech Magazine" talks about the MacTech Conference, coming up in November in Los Angeles.

He explains that the MacTech Conference may be new as a stand-alone event, but it is also an
extension of their past conference presences. Geared to the programming and Mac IT Professional parts of the Mac community, the MacTech Conference plans to be an immersive kind of experience, with both formal and informal activities designed to facilitate sharing, education and interaction. Ticktin provides details, explains why Andy Ihnatko is the perfect keynote speaker for the event, and more.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the...

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Jul 21
Shadow Era is upcoming trading card game for the Mac, iPhone,...

Wulven Game Studios is working on Shadow Era (http://www.shadowera.com/), their upcoming collectible trading card game for the Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad and Android systems. It's due this fall and is inspired by the more strategic trading card games.

The initial download will be free while players will be able to earn new cards through gameplay or purchase additional booster packs. Packs of 15 cards will be able to buy for US$0.99, using in-game gold, or by completing special "trial offers" from SuperRewards.

Shadow Era is inspired by the more strategic trading card games, bringing the traditional printed cards into into the digital realm and adding a rich backstory and RPG elements, according to the folks at Wulven Game Studios. You'll build a deck from a total of 200 unique cards and complete missions against the Shadow Warriors, or battle against other players to gain experience, and win new card...

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Jul 21
YummySoup for Mac OS X heats up to version 2.0

HungrySeacow Software has updated YummySoup (http://www.hungryseacow.com/home/yummysoup.html), its recipe management software for Mac OS X, to version 2.0. The new version introduces brand new features such as Recipecasts, Keywords, Themes, and more. Also, Recipecast is a brand new feature in YummySoup! 2, allowing you to publish whole groups of recipes to your MobileMe account.

YummySoup! 2 sells for US$30, but version 1.x owners can upgrade for $10. A 15-day demo is available at the HungrySeacow Software web site.

YummySoup is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Jul 21
Cronette for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.3.1. It fixes a bug that in some situations can produce a wrong task execution order.

Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.

Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to the log; execute a complex UNIX command.

Cronette costs US$30 for a...

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Jul 21
Ricoh introduces Aficio SP C430DN/SP C431DN color laser system

Ricoh (http://www.ricoh-usa.com) has announced the new Aficio SP C430DN and SP C431DN color laser printers. It offers two printer engine options, allowing users to choose what print speed works best for their business needs.

The SP C430DN turns out full color and monochrome prints at 37 pages per minute (ppm), while the SP C431DN addresses busier workgroups with a color and black and white output speed of 42 ppm. Users can install up to three optional 550-sheet paper feed units for a maximum 2,300 sheet capacity that supports up to 120-pound index. The system also accepts up to 140-pound index through its 100-sheet bypass tray capable of handling special media, such as static cling, waterproof and coated papers.

The Aficio SP C430DN/SP C431DN sports 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution, three color cartridges that yield 21,000 prints each and one black cartridge that yields 24,000 prints, and network data...

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Jul 21
Panansonic announces LUMIX DMC-LX5 digital camera

Panasonic (http://www.panasonic.com) has announced the LUMIX DMC-LX5, a compact digital camera sporting an ultra-bright F2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24mm LEICA DC Vario-Summicron lens. Its 24mm wide angle lens offers extraordinarily large viewing space and now the optical zoom is extended to 3.8x(90mm) making the LX5 even more versatile, according to David Briganti, senior product manager, Imaging, Panasonic.

In addition to the newly-designed lens, the LUMIX LX5 features an image processing engine that combines technologies resulting in professional-quality photos, especially in low-light situations, he adds.Like its predecessor, the LUMIX LX5 features a 10.1-megapixel CCD, but it has an expanded dynamic range by increasing the sensitivity and the saturation.

In addition to capturing high-quality still photos, the LUMIX LX5 can record HD videos in AVCHD Lite, a format that allows almost doubling the...

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Jul 21
RadTech ships ClearCal protective film for the iPhone 4

RadTech (http://www.radtech.com) has released the US$12.95 ClearCal anti-glare and clear protective films for the iPhone 4.

They're thin, Mylar protective films that protect and visually enhance your iPhone's display screen. The films can be removed and can be cleaned and reapplied multiple times. ClearCal's low surface tension adhesive features a blemish healing effect which effectively hides minor scratches, surface defects and abrasions, according to the folks at RadTech.

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Jul 21
US ranks 23rd in broadband development

The United States still trails much of the world in broadband development, ranking 23rd on the list of the top 57 countries, according to rankings released this week by analyst firm Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com).

South Korea holds on to the title of the world’s most advanced broadband market. Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Japan round out the top five slots.

The rankings are the result of a new broadband measurement tool just launched by Strategy Analytics. The “Broadband Composite Index” (BCI) examines and scores the broadband development of 57 individual countries in five categories, including household penetration, speed, affordability, value for money, and urbanicity. The resulting score provides a more balanced and robust view of broadband development, according to the firm.

“The traditional single metric approach of looking at...

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Jul 21
2010 media tablet shipment forecast boosted to 11 million

When ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) first examined the media tablet market, neither Apple’s iPad nor any other multinational-branded tablet had been released.

Six months later, the firm has revisited its forecasts, almost tripling the original estimate to reach about 11 million tablets expected to ship by the end of 2010. Its long-term estimates, however, remain basically unchanged.

"Our forecast of 11 million media tablet shipments in 2010 is based both on the broader availability of the iPad and on the delayed introduction of competing products," says ABI Research principal analyst Jeff Orr. "Assuming that competing tablets from other vendors do arrive in the second half of the year as expected, we believe that the iPad will account for a significant portion -- but not all -- of the projected 11 million units. To capitalize on the usual fourth quarter sales boom, other tablets...

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Jul 21
MailForge for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0

Infinity Data Systems has updated MailForge (http://www.infinitydatasystems.com/mailforge/), the Eudora style email client formerly known as Odysseus, to version 2.0. The upgrade offers speed, composition, junk filtering, signature, stationery, IMAP and mailbox display enhancements.

Built from the ground up for Mac OS X and Windows, MailForge is designed to be a successor to the Eudora email client, providing users with a familiar look and feel, while at the same time adding features and abilities to further enhance the user experience. Harnessing the power of SQLite, MailForge offers significant performance advantages, ranging from the ability to have a virtually unlimited number of emails in a single mailbox, to search capabilities that offer near instantaneous results, according to the folks at Infinity Data Systems. Even routine tasks, such as moving tens of...

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Jul 21
Rapture and Dimension Pro ready for Snow Leopard

Cakewalk has released the free Rapture / Rapture LE 1.22 and Dimension Pro/Dimension LE 1.5 updates. They're compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and Windows 7.

The Rapture/Rapture LE Update is a available as a free download for registered customers along, with a comprehensive list of what is included in the update at: http://www.cakewalk.com/support/kb/reader.aspx?ID=2007013167 .

The Dimension Pro / Dimension LE Update is a available as a free download for registered customers along, with a comprehensive list of what is included in the update at:
http://www.cakewalk.com/support/kb/reader.aspx?ID=2007013166 .

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Jul 21
'YML' looks at Apple earnings, 'Antennagate'

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the latest Apple financials and "Antennagate."

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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Jul 21
SonicMood for Mac OS X gets new moods

SonicIdeas ("http://SonicMood.com) has released SonicMood 4.9.8.1 for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher. The update adds the Moods "Windy Day" and "Climbing Mount Fuji."

There's also now an undo/redo for the main SonicMood window, the Edit window, and the Mixer window now share a common stack. The other windows, like Preferences and the Picture window, continue to have separate undo/redo stacks.Version 4.9.8.1 also makes some changes to the Edit window to make it a little more understandable.

SonicMood's 28 ambient nature music Moods can be found at the iTunes Store with each Mood available for US$0.99. SonicMood is an $12.95 Mac only application that's designed as a multifaceted ambient music-maker/player. Each of the 28 available Moods on the SonicMood Player can be completely altered and edited .

SonicMood has two separate types of sound generation -- the MIDI player and the Soundfiles that come with the application. Each of the 28 Moods have three separate MIDI...

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Jul 21
SeaMonkey 2.0.6 scampers from Mozilla

Mozilla has released SeaMonkey 2.0.6 (http://www.seamonkey-project.org/), an update of the app thta combines Firefox and Thunderbird. The new version offers security fixes.

SeaMonkey runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. It uses the same internal platform as Firefox 3.5.4 now. Due to this change SeaMonkey is now much closer to Firefox as far as user profiles, add-ons and functionality of user interface elements are concerned.

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Jul 20
Apple retail stores get busier, make more money, sell more Macs

Apple retail stores generated record revenue and customer traffic in In the the fiscal 2010 third quarter that ended June 26. Revenue was US$2.58 billion, an increase of 73% over the same time period in 2009.

With an average of 287 stores open, the average revenue per store was $9 million compared to $5.9 million a year-ago. The stores saw 60.5 million visitors in the quarter, compared to 38.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

Twenty-four more stores will open this quarter including Paris and Shanghai, London Covent Garden, Barcelona and Madrid. Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the stores sold 677,000 Macs during the latest fiscal quarter compared to 492,000 last year, an increase of 38%.

Oppenheimer said that -- wait for it, it's coming -- half of the Macs sold were still to new Mac users. It's always half. Never 40% or 60%. How is that possible?

Not that I'm doubting Peter. I'm thrilled that more and more folks are buying Macs. But...

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Jul 20
iPods sales decline, but it's still the top MP3 player

For the fiscal 2010 third quarter that ended June 26, Apple shipped 9.4 million iPods, compared to 10.2 in the same period a year-ago. However, according to the latest info from the NPD Research Group, it still accounts for over 70% of the US market for MP3 players -- as it has for years.

In fact, as Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer points out, the iPod is the top selling MP3 player internationally and growing in popularity in almost every country.

Oppenheimer says that the iPod touch is going strong with sales growing 48% year-over-year. With its growth, the iPod ASP [average selling price] is up.

The iTunes Store generated approximately US$1 billion in revenue, growing 25% year-over-year. Over 225,000 apps are now available -- with more than 11,000 just for the iPad, Oppenheimer says. Over five billion apps have been downloaded from the Apple App Store.

Speaking of the iPad, Apple shipped 3.27 million iPads to customers in 10 countries...

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Jul 20
Forget 'Antennagate,' Apple can't make iPhone 4s...

In the the fiscal 2010 third quarter that ended June 26, Apple sold 8.4 million iPhones, including over 1.7 million iPhone 4s in the initial five countries in which it went on sale. Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said the demand for the iPhone 4 has been "phenomenal."

"Antennagate" or note, he said that Apple is selling every iPhone 4 it can make.

Apple's recognized revenue from the smartphone line-up for the latest fiscal quarter was $5.33 billion compared to $3.06 billion in year-ago quarter. The iPhone -- currently on sale in 88 countries -- now generates 34% of Apple's revenue.

Sales value of iPhones alone in the third fiscal quarter was about $5 billion -- with an ASP [average selling price] of $595. Apple Chief Financial Officer says Apple has surpassed sales of 100 million iOS devices.

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Jul 20
Macs set fiscal quarter record, beating industry growth overall

For those of you who have forecast the impending demise of the Mac, well, forecast again. Fo the fiscal 2010 third quarter that ended June 26, Apple shipped 34.7 million Macs, beating their previous-best ever quarter by over 100,000.

That's year-over-year growth of 33%, compared to 22% growth for the market overall, based on the latest stats by the IDC research group.

Apple Chief Operating Office Office Tim Cook said that most Mac sales were still in the consumer market, but that there are signs it's gaining group in the business and enterprise markets.

Apple saw double digit Mac growth in all geographies, lead by the iMac and the MacBook Pro. The company's computer sales outgrew the global market in both desktops and laptops.

There were record Mac sales in the US education arena, despite continued budget restraint issues, says Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. If you do the math, you'll see that the Mac accounts for 28% of Apple's...

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Jul 20
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 20

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/).

You can read, listen to and share the Bible with your friends and family through the free Bible.is iPhone app. Features include: dramatized audio with 180 characters, music and sound effects; audio New Testaments with full text in 37 languages and 63 versions; simple verse sharing on Facebook; and the complete Bible in English (Old and New Testaments).

RadVision -- a technology and end-to-end solution provider for unified visual communications including video network infrastructure, developer tools and high definition (HD) room, desktop and mobile video conferencing systems -- is working on SCOPIA Control for the SCOPIA XT1000 HD room system, the first iPad app for control of video conferencing room systems. It's due in September.

MOG (...

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Jul 20
Apple reports all-time record revenue

If you listen closely, you can hear 'em singing Abba's "Money, Money, Money" at One Infinite Loop because Apple has announced great financial results for its fiscal 2010 third quarter that ended June 26.

The company posted record revenue of US$15.7 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.25 billion, or $3.51 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $9.73 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.83 billion, or $2.01 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.1 % compared to 40.9% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 52 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple sold 3.47 million Macs during the quarter, representing a new quarterly record and a 33% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The company sold 8.4 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 61% unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 9.41 million iPods during the quarter, representing an 8% unit decline from the year-ago quarter. Of course, the...

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Jul 20
iSuppli ups iPad forecast

Amid indications that Apple Inc. is ratcheting up its iPad production targets to meet booming demand, iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com) is ratcheting up its shipment forecast as well.

iSuppli now predicts Apple will ship 12.9 million iPads in 2010, an increase from the previous forecast issued April 2 of 7.1 million units. Shipments will rise to 36.5 million in 2011 and 50.4 million in 2012, predicts the research group.

“The iPad is shaping up to be the ‘Tickle Me Elmo’ of the 2010 holiday season, with product demand expected to vastly exceed available supply,” says Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research for iSuppli. “Apple has hiked its iPad manufacturing goals to suppliers across Asia. As iSuppli stated in its initial forecast, the key to continuing success will be how quickly Apple responds to issues as they arise and whether the company can align suppliers to meet demand needs. Apple’s...

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Jul 20
Blue Microphones announces second gen Mikey

Blue Microphones (http://www.bluemic.com) says the second generation Mikey will be available online and in-stores on Aug. 20 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$99.99.

Building upon the audio technology developed for the original Mikey, the second generation portable mic is designed for iPhone, iPod and iPod touch, featuring improved circuitry for superior recording and enhanced new features, says John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones.
Like the original, Mikey features two custom-tuned Blue capsules for professional-quality stereo recording capabilities.

To accompany its sleek new design, Mikey features an improved acoustic circuit that allows for higher quality recordings of high-volume events, like concerts, Maier says. Mikey also now boasts a 3.5mm line-input for direct recording of other sound sources such as a guitar or mixer along with a USB pass-thru connection to allow for...

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Jul 20
LinkOptimizer update addresses resolution handling

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.2, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version addresses an important issue related to resolution handling.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.2 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.4.2 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download.

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Jul 20
Apple Store Fayette Mall to open July 24

Apple will open a new retail store in Lexington, Kentucky, this Saturday, July 24.

Apple Store Haywood Mall (http://www.apple.com/retail/fayettemall) is located at 3401 Nicolasville, Road, Suite 303, Lexington, Kentucky 40503. The grand opening will be from 10 am to 9 pm. Regular store hours haven't yet been announced.

Apple Store Haywood Mall will be the company's 295th retail store. Apple plans to open another 18 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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Jul 20
Apple takes top spot in Q2 Media Impact Value ranks

Media measurement technology firm, General Sentiment, has released its quarterly Top 20 report highlighting the brands that made the biggest media impact for the quarter. Apple topped General Sentiment's Impact Value rankings this quarter on the strength of its iPad and iPhone 4 product releases.

Google fell to the number three spot despite generating record levels of discussion for the brand.  This marks the fourth quarterly analysis of its kind by General Sentiment, whose premier report was for the third quarter of 2009. General Sentiment also announced the launch of a new media value metric called Perception Value, which measures the brand with a greater emphasis on the quality of the content and exposure.

For the first time, General Sentiment has produced a top-10 ranking of winners and losers based on Perception Value. Perception Value isolates effects of the public sentiment on brand value by assigning positive value to positive mentions and negative value to...

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