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Aug 02
Worldcloud.com announces exhibit at FileMaker Devcon 2010

Worldcloud.com will be exhibiting its cloud technologies for FileMaker Hosting at the FileMaker Developer Conference 2010 in San Diego, California, Aug. 15-18 held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

Among the various services being demonstrated at DevCon 2010 will be worldcloud.com database hosting with FileMaker Server 11 Advanced. Worldcloud.com will demonstrate that its FileMaker hosting can be accessed many various ways, including traditional FileMaker Pro client, FileMaker Go on the iPhone/iPad, the worldcloud.com app for FileMaker for Windows workgroups and the worldcloud.com XenApp for FileMaker for Cross-Platform and Mobile workgroups, according to Karen Izbinski, director of marketing at worldcloud.com.

Among the techniques demonstrated will be the different ways to access your worldcloud.com hosted FileMaker solution on various mobile devices with no additional programming required and the specific benefits of worldcloud.com vApp and XenApp for...

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Aug 02
Nielsen: iPhone still most desired smartphone

Multipurpose smartphones that allow users to access the web and email as well as run thousands of apps and share text and picture messages are now 25% of the U.S. mobile market, up from 23% in the last quarter according to recent data from The Nielsen Company (http://www.nielsen.com/). By the end of 2011, Nielsen predicts smartphones to overtake feature phones in the U.S. market.

And while the iPhone has been the headline grabber over the last few years in the smartphone market, Google’s Android OS has shown the most significant expansion in market share among current subscribers, per the research group. Android’s rise is even more noticeable among new smartphone subscribers in the last six months where Android has nosed past Apple’s iOS in the last quarter to grab a 27% share of those recent smartphone subscribers.

Among current subscribers thinking of switching devices, the iPhone remains the most...

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Aug 02
UK troops using an iPad app in training

UK troops are using a special iPad app to learn how to handle a fire mission -- when artillery is being fired at the enemy from several miles away, reports the BBC (http://macosg.me/2/mv).

In early trials at the Royal School of Artillery in Wiltshire, troops have learned the jargon and procedures more quickly than before, when they were sat listening to lessons from instructors, the article adds. The goal is for smartphone and tablet technology to be used to speed up training across the army.

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Aug 02
PlayOn to play on the iPhone, iPod touch

PlayOn (http://www.playon.tv/index.php), a service that allows you to view streaming media from the web and computers on a variety of devices, is coming t the iPhone and, eventually, the iPad, reports "MediaBeat" (Your tiny MacOSG URL is: http://macosg.me/2/mu).

PlayOn originally planned to release an iPhone app via the Apple App Store. However, with Apple not having yet approved the app, the company has instead developed a mobile HTML5-driven web app, notes "MediaBeat."

The release of the web app, which currently only works with the iPhone and iPod touch, marks PlayOn’s first foray into mobile devices. The app doesn’t work on the iPad yet, but PlayOn is purportedly working on support for the tablet.

Users must install the latest version of the PlayOn client on (unfortunately) a Windows PC, then log into...

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Aug 02
iPhone builder plants plant expansion

A unit of electronics maker Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has started production at a temporary workshop in China (http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?C=3&ID=457566) as it prepares to build a permanent plant nearby to make iPhones for Apple, the Xinhua News Agency reports.

More than 500 employees are working on a rented production line, with construction scheduled to start later this month on the permanent $100 million plant. It will be owned by Hon Hai unit Futaihua Precision Electronics (Zhengzhou) Co.

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Aug 02
Abvent launches Animated Working People DVD

The Abvent Group (http://www.abvent.com), publisher of Artlantis software, announced has released its newest media DVD, Animated People Workers 1 for Artlantis 2 and Artlantis 3. The CD includes ten 3D human models in work clothing, with five pre-calculated behaviors each.

Objects are optimized to 3000 faces per character. These new 3D people can be used in still images as well as in animations.They can be made to sit, stand, lean against a wall, or move. In the animation mode, once a path is determined, the 3D character will automatically move along this path. In a still image, a pointer within the inspector allows the user to choose the most appropriate placement in the current view. In addition, the clothing color of the 3D people can be modified.

Drag & drop is enough to place these objects in Artlantis. These objects are created from the aXYZ Design Collection. This latest addition brings the...

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Aug 02
Unified Color Technologies announces 32 Float for Photoshop

Unified Color Technologies, which specialize in high dynamic range imaging (HDR), has launched 32 Float, a HDR-specific plug-in for Adobe Photoshop that brings 32-bit color controls and editing tools to Photoshop users.

With 32 Float, photographers have complete control over images in the full 32-bit color gamut, regardless of the software used to create the resulting merged file, according to Unified Color Technologies CEO Alfred Zee. They're able to separate color data from brightness information, to make brightness adjustments without introducing the color shift often seen using other HDR solutions.
 
Developed alongside the company’s fully-featured HDR solution, HDR Expose, 32 Float was created with the input of the rapidly growing HDR photography community, a group which relies on refined control of its full 32-bit image data to create the most realistic HDR images. The 32 Float plug-in offers an interactive HDR histogram that ensures the necessary...

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Aug 02
iSale for Mac OS X now works more reliably with eBay Motors

Equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has released iSale 5.6.3, the latest version of the eBay auction tool. The new version works more reliably with eBay Motors

iSale costs US$39.95, though version 5.6.3 is a free update for registered users of version 5.x. Upgrades from previous versions to 5.x are $19.95.

iSale is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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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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