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Jul 28
GEAR4’s UnityRemote is an iPhone gadget for replacing remotes

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com), has announced the UnityRemote, which will be available in October. It will let you control all electronic devices directly from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Using the UnityRemote, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners can control everything from TVs to Hi-Fis, Blu-Ray players to digital TV boxes -- anything that has an infrared receiver -- using one single device, according to Tom Dudderidge, CEO of GEAR4.

The UnityRemote consists of two parts. The first is an app, which is downloaded for free from the Apple App Store. The second part is a sleek device that receives Bluetooth and transmits and receives infrared signals. iPhones, iPod touches and iPads can not currently send infrared signals, so this device receives a Bluetooth signal from the Apple device and then sends an infrared command in 360 degrees via 5 infrared transmitters to the device to be controlled.

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Jul 28
Mac WPS improves handling of location manager exceptions

Tension Software has released Mac WPS 1.0.1 (http://www.pomola.com/products_macwps/macwps.html) for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Snow Leopard"). the new version offers better handling of location manager exceptions.

Mac WPS is a Cocoa application to track your geographic position using OS X wi-fi geo-tracking and other available hardware to detect your coordinate in the more precise way via Apple core location.

Mac WPS shows your position over a zoomable map. The map can be shown with the zoom level you prefer and maintain this zoom level during position upgrade. The map can scroll maintaining current position at the window center.

The map is interactive, and you can drag scroll and drag zoom. A demo is available for download. An Intel-based Mac is required.

Mac WPS costs US$10, though version 1.0.1 is a free update for registered users.

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Jul 28
Macintosh Explorer adds Quick Look support

RAGE Software has released RAGE Macintosh Explorer 5.0 (http://www.ragesw.com/products/explorer.html). It adds support for Quick Look on Mac OS X Leopard, offers improved file browsing, an updated user interface and better support for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

RAGE Macintosh Explorer 1.3 also includes new file sorting features which let you group directories together when sorting files. The utility brings the hierarchical, tree-view navigation style of Windows Explorer to the Mac.

RAGE Macintosh Explorer is available for users of Mac OS X 10.5 or later. A free trial version is available for download, which allows 14 fully functional launches. Registration is US$24.95 with volume discounts available.

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Jul 28
Ortelius 1.1 introduces pro-level map symbol management

Mapdiva has updated Ortelius (http://www.mapdiva.com/), its map illustration software for Mac OS X, to version 1.1.The new version offers introduces a professional-level symbol Library Manager and many workflow enhancements.

Ortelius is a vector-based drawing program made especially for (though not limited to) map design and presentation. Through its drag-and-drop interface, Ortelius offers a solution for floor plans, landscape plans, scaled drawings, and a variety of custom maps.

Ortelius allows you to draw directly with features such as roads, rivers, coastlines, buildings, symbols, and contours. It's designed for reports, presentations, books, research papers, invitations, magazines, web sites, brochures, public displays, and new media applications with professional-level results.

Every drawing feature supports map attribute information, such as those imported from geographic information...

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Jul 28
AirePoint Credit Card Reader attaches to an iPad

If you take credit cards for payment on the road, you may want to check out the the AirePoint credit card reader attachment for iPads Developed by Global Tek Labs (http://www.globalteklabs.com), this small accessory is the first credit card reader attachment approved by Apple for use with the tablet device.

Along with the ezPOS app, available on the Apple App Store, the AirePoint lets you finish secure, authorized transactions (including signature capture and green receipts) in less than one minute. The AirePoint works with any iPhone OS device: the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch, iPhone 4, and now iPad.

The huge selection of apps available for these devices allows the business owner to customize their iPad to include any function necessary to work efficiently in the field, according to the folks at Global Tek Labs. Anywhere there is a cell signal or wi-fi access (depending on the type...

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Jul 28
BannerZest Fun Pics now lets you create, share slideshows

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has updated BannerZest Fun Pics, which enables people to create and share animated slideshows on Facebook. The latest version of the free app lets create and share animated slideshows on their Facebook and on their friends wall.

To use you select a theme, add photos, customize titles and colors and publish to Facebook wall. BannerZest Fun Pics gives its users access to a wide range of themes. When downloading the app, users get one theme and a hundred credits will be credited to their account so that they can go pick their favorite theme for free.

Twenty-three themes are available for purchase for 100 or 200 credits. BannerZest Fun Pics integrates seamlessly with social networks and provides the opportunity to invite friends or even to become a fan of the application.

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Jul 28
Snapz Pro X upgrade improves compatibility with newer MacBooks

Ambrosia Software has updated Snapz Pro X (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/utilities/snapzprox/), its screen capture software, to version 2.2.3. The upgrade improves compatibility with newer MacBook models.

It also: addresses issues with display mirroring during movie capture and improvers movie capturing to a disk with little free space. There are other bug fixes, as well.

Snapz Pro X allows you to effortlessly record anything on your screen, saving it as a QuickTime movie or screenshot that can be e-mailed, put up on the web, or passed around however you want.

Snapz Pro X is free to all registered users of Snapz Pro X 2.x. For new users the cost is US$69. A demo is available for download.

Snapz Pro X 2.2.3 is a Universal Binary, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and is compatible with MacOS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

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Jul 28
Nvidia announces fermi-class Quadro

Nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com) has launched what it says is the era of the "computational visualization workstation" for designers, engineers, researchers and animators by introducing its Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) based on Nvidia Fermi architecture, and by also introducing the new Nvidia 3D Vision Pro solution.

The new Quadro GPUs deliver performance that is up to five times faster for 3D applications and up to eight times faster for computational simulation1, shattering previous benchmarks, company says. The Nvidia Quadro Plex 7000 array, and Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000 and Quadro 4000 GPUs feature the new Nvidia Scalable Geometry Engines and leverage Nvidia Application Acceleration Engines (AXE). Rated at an 1.3 billion triangles per second in raw performance3, the Quadro 6000 enables users to interactively work with models and scenes that are five times more complex than ever before, says Jeff...

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Jul 28
Intel says light beams can replace electronic signals for future...

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced an advance in the quest to use light beams to replace the use of electrons to carry data in and around computers. The company has developed a research prototype representing the world's first silicon-based optical data connection with integrated lasers.

The link can move data over longer distances and many times faster than today's copper technology; up to 50GB of data per second. This is the equivalent of an entire HD movie being transmitted each second.

Today computer components are connected to each other using copper cables or traces on circuit boards. Due to the signal degradation that comes with using metals such as copper to transmit data, these cables have a limited maximum length. This limits the design of computers, forcing processors, memory and other components to be placed just inches from each other.

Intel says its new research achievement...

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Jul 28
DVDVideoSoft releases converters for iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple...

As popularity of Apple products grows, DVDVideoSoft (http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/), a developer of multimedia software, has introduced programs that let everyone easily get video for such devices as iPod, iPhone, iPad and the AppleTV.

The Free Video to iPod Converter and Free Video to iPhone Converter are refreshed products in the set of free multimedia tools Free Studio, while Free Video to iPad Converter and Free Video to Apple TV Converter are completely new tools launched by DVDVideoSoft especially for release of iPad and Apple TV.

The programs convert almost all currently popular video formats including .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .wmv, .mov, .qt, .amv, .3gp, .3g2, .flv as well as support of HD video formats from modern cameras such as .mts, .m2t, .m2ts, .mod, and .tod. Output files have MP4 format compatible with Apple devices. What's more, it's possible to choose in what quality the...

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Jul 28
The Clasp designed to hold your iPad case closed

The Clasp (http://newpcgadgets.com/products/ipad_clasp/index.html) is a new US$9.99 product that offers a solution for keeping your iPad case closed. It's constructed from a similar black rubber material as the Apple iPad Case and attaches with double-sided adhesive to the front.

The Clasp can be easily removed if necessary. Once attached, the Clasp adheres to the back of the Apple case with a Velcro tab and holds both sides closed.

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Jul 28
WristOffice promises solution to iPhone antenna problem

The folks at WristOffice (http:/www.wristoffice.com) say their WristOffice "hands-free" solution, iPhone users no longer have to hold their iPhone and worry about signal loss.

WristOffice is a universal mobile device accessory (MDA) that attaches your cell or mobile device to your wrist, says company co-founder Walt Froloff. With WristOffice it becomes a hands-free and hands-on device while driving using the speaker phone or Bluetooth. WristOffice works with most mobile devices, he adds.

It's available in a variety of colors. The WristOffice costs US$34.77.

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Jul 28
Thursby updates ADmitMac, DAVE

Thursby Software Systems has announced the latest versions of its ADmitMac and DAVE software. Key enhancements to the ADmitMac and DAVE software include:

° Broader support for Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS), which is not offered native with Apple OS X;

° Better network volume integration for popular Mac applications such as Adobe’s Creative Suite and Apple Final Cut Pro;

° Deeper ADmitMac support for Microsoft Active Directory/Group Policy Objects (GPO) along with Mac Workgroup Manager (WGM) for identity and access management from either the PC or Mac sides of an organization.

Thursby’s client-based solutions allow Macs to be managed just like PCs. Support is by Mac-Windows specialists rather than AppleCare or UNIX generalists.

ADmitMac software turns a Mac into a true Active Directory client. DAVE software delivers commercial grade Mac file and printer sharing with Windows. For more info to to...

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Jul 28
Apple releases updates for new Macs

Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update iMac (Mid 2010) for its new iMac models and has introduced the Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Update.

Mac OS X v10.6.5 Update iMac Mid 2010 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1065) is recommended for all users of the new iMacs. This update contains all the applicable fixes from the Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update, plus the following specific fixes for iMac (Mid 2010):

° Resolves compatibility and performance-related graphics issues;

° Improves compatibility with large-format SDXC memory cards'

° Adds support for Magic Trackpad.

It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher and is a 452.62MB download.

The Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Update enables Magic Trackpad support on Intel-based Macs. It also adds inertial scrolling and three-finger drag gesture support to recent MacBook Pro and MacBook models. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.4....

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Jul 28
Safari releases Safari 5.0.1
Jul 28
Apple accused of ebook censorship

Apple has been accused of censoring the iPad book chart after four pornographic titles mysteriously disappeared from the bestseller list, according to a "Telegraph" report (http://macosg.me/2/lo).

"Blonde and Wet, the Complete Story" was ranked first on the iPad in a top 10 that included three other erotic novellas Monday morning. But all four titles disappeared simultaneously and had been replaced with less risqué books, such as Peter Mandelson’s autobiography, by the afternoon, notes the "Telegraph." Book chart analysts told the publication it was unlikely that all the erotic titles could have dropped out of the list at the same moment without being deliberately removed.

Of course, it's not the first time that Apple has faced accusations of censorship. The company embarked on a “great porn purge” in February, ridding its iPhone App Store of all “overtly sexual content," notes the "Telegraph."

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Jul 28
Apple sued over iPad overheating

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is being sued over claims that its iPad easily overheats, then suddenly switches itself off, reports "Computerworld" (http://macosg.me/2/ln).

In a complaint filed with an Oakland, Calif. federal court last Friday, three plaintiffs accused Apple of everything from fraud and deceptive advertising to violations of California's consumer protection and unfair business practices laws by making, marketing and selling allegedly defective tablets, the article adds. Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning claim they were duped into buying a defective device by Apple's claim that "reading on iPad is just like reading a book."

"The iPad does not live up to the reasonable consumer's expectations created by Apple insofar as the iPad overheats so quickly under common weather conditions that it does not function for prolonged use outdoors, or in many other warm conditions...

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Jul 28
New Mac Pro line offers up to 12 processing cores

Apple has unveiled a new Mac Pro line with up to 12 processing cores and purportedly up to 50% greater performance than the previous generation. It features the latest quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors, all-new ATI graphics and the option for up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD).

“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press announcement. “With up to 12 cores, the new Mac Pro outperforms our previous top-of-the-line system by up to 50% , and with over a billion possible configurations, our customers can create exactly the system they want.”

At the heart of the new Mac Pro’s performance are next generation quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33 GHz. These multi-core processors use a single die design so each core can share up to 12MB L3 cache to improve efficiency while increasing processing...

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Jul 28
Apple introduces new 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Apple has unveiled a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60% more screen real estate than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. Featuring a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, powered USB 2.0 hub, and universal MagSafe connector, the new LED Cinema Display is designed as a companion for the MacBook family or a Mac desktop, and is available for US$999.

The new, larger 27-inch LED Cinema Display features a16:9 edge-to-edge glass display on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge for tilting the display almost effortless. The LED Cinema Display has vivid colors and exceptionally high contrast and uses a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS) to provide a brilliant image across an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle, according to Apple.

Its three-port USB 2.0 hub allows users to charge their iPhone or iPod even when they take their MacBook with them. The new LED Cinema Display now includes a new ambient...

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Jul 28
Apple updates iMac line -- but not with the expected tweaks

Starting at US$1,199, the new iMac line is the fastest ever with dual-core processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz, quad-core speeds up to 2.93GHz and discrete graphics including the ATI Radeon HD 5750. Offered as an $69 option is a new Magic Trackpad, with a smooth glass and aluminum design, which gives iMac users the same intuitive Multi-Touch gestures that Mac notebook customers enjoy -- and is available separately for $69. 

“We took the world’s best all-in-one and made it even better,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press release. “With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminum and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”

He says dual-core Intel Core i3 and Core i5, and quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 processors set a new benchmark for iMac performance. The processors feature an integrated memory controller to access the system memory directly, allowing the new iMac to...

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Jul 27
Retrospect 8.2 for Mac offers faster Performance, streamlined...

Roxio has released Roxio Retrospect 8.2 for Mac, a key update to the company’s backup and recovery software that allows small and midsize businesses to protect critical data stored on Mac, Windows, and Linux servers, desktops, and notebooks.

Retrospect 8.2, the first release since Roxio took over the product line in May, delivers as much as three times faster network backup performance, adds 64-bit addressing to enable the backup of volumes containing tens of millions of files, and includes user interface enhancements that workflow and management tasks.
 
Another major feature included in Roxio Retrospect 8.2 for Mac is the ability to restore from backups created with Retrospect 6. This feature addresses a key request from users who wanted to upgrade to the Retrospect 8 platform, but didn’t want to manage and maintain a version 6 install in order to perform restores of older archived backups.
 
First introduced in 2009, Retrospect version 8 was...

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Jul 27
GarageSale for Mac OS X now runs in 64-bit mode

iwascoding has released version 6.0 of GarageSale (http://www.iwascoding.com/GarageSale/Features.html), the US$39.99 eBay auction software for Mac OS. The application has been rewritten to use Apple's CoreData technology and run in 64-bit mode on supported Macs for improved performance.

What's more, requested features as inventory tracking, improved batch editing, and
more controls for auction designs have been added. GarageSale is a client application for the eBay online auction system that lets you compose auctions with a Mac-like interface. GarageSale integrates perfectly with iPhoto, offers WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) text editing and comes with over 70 free design templates.

Garage Sale is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher.

GarageSale 6 is a...

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Jul 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 26

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/).

The Louisiana Office of Tourism has produced a free iPhone app for Louisiana's African American Heritage Trail at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. This is the first app of its kind for tourism in Louisiana, and visitors attending the festival were the first to experience its features.

iGameGuides has announced Guide for FrontierVille 1.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The US$1.99 guide includes a 12,000 word guide written by Chris Jensen, author of over 30 books for Prima, Sybex and Brady. The guide includes such topics as Leveling Tricks & Tips, Mastering the Frontierville Interface, Crop Listing, Reputation Rating Guide, Energy Tips & Tricks, Getting Started in Frontierville and many more.

Mobickus has released...

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Jul 26
Canalys: Apple now among top five PC vendors worldwide

Counting the iPad as a computer (and why not? it runs a specialized version of Mac OS X) Canalys (http://www.canalys.com) says Apple is now among the top five global personal computer vendors.

According to a new report by the research group, Apple rates in the top five, following the iPad’s capture of approximately 6% of the portable computer segment during the second quarter of 2010. Yep, Canalys counts the iPad as a portable computer.

“Apart from the ‘Apple effect,’ the iPad owes its success to a lack of advancement in other portable computing segments, such as netbooks,” Chris Jones, a Canalys principal analyst, said in a statement to "eWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/lm). "To capture share moving forward, PC makers will have to take the netbook to the next level or go after new customer segments with their own pads.”

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Jul 26
Apple told to deal with mis-priced online items in Taiwan

Apple was threatened Monday with a fine if it didn't act on a dispute in which thousands of visitors to its online store in Taiwan tried to buy computers that were wrongly priced at massive discounts, reports "AFP" (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100726/ts_alt_afp/taiwanuscomputercompanya...).

The Taipei city government said Apple had mis-priced two models Friday afternoon, with one on sale for a little over 40% of what it should have been. Apple corrected the prices hours later but by that time more than 200,000 units had been ordered.

"AFP" says Apple hasn't said if it would deliver the products on the misquoted prices. After an initial investigation, the city government's Law and Regulation Commission issued an ultimatum to the company, the article adds.

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