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Jan 29
Macworld: Connected Accounting ERP Software updated

Accountek Solutions announced Connected Accounting & ERP 6.3, the latest updates to their small business accounting software suite, at this week's Macworld Expo.

Connected has been designed to meet the needs of growing small to mid-sized businesses, providing accounting and ERP features. Version 6.3 includes full integration to NRGShip Pro for UPS, as well as enhanced customer and vendor Actions to improve business workflow and support and more.

Connected users will be able to automatically update freight amounts and UPS tracking numbers will appear as active hotlinks on Connected's invoice entry screen, enabling front line customer service representatives to immediately determine the status of a shipment from within the accounting software.

With the enhanced customer workflow, accounting staff will be able to add customers "on the fly" and enter orders without having to exit the order entry screen, saving valuable processing time, says Scott Archer,...

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Jan 28
Macworld: new version of iPad-compatible hard drive released

Sanho Corp. announced the second iteration of their HyperDrive Hard Drive for iPad at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo. It's the only hard drive in the market that can connect directly to the iPad via the Apple Camera Connection Kit.

This new version allows users to directly use their iPads to browse and transfer up to 1TB of video and photo content without the need for computers, additional apps or a jailbroken iPad. Finished in a slim enclosure, the HyperDrive looks exactly like any portable USB hard drive except that it has two mini USB ports, one for connecting to the computer to function as a normal USB hard drive, and the other to connect to the iPad via the Apple Camera Connection Kit.

Using the Apple Camera Connection Kit, the iPad is able to connect to SD cards and self-powered USB devices. However there is a size limitation of 32GB, making it impossible for larger USB hard drives to connect to the iPad. HyperDrive iPad Hard Drive overcomes this...

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Jan 28
Macworld: online video and music recorder for Mac introduced

Applian Technologies and Jaksta are showcasing Jaksta for Mac at this week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco. As a follow-on to Jaksta for Windows, Mac users now have the same freedom to download and convert online streaming audio and video for personal use.

It’s the first program designed specifically for Mac capable of this feat, according to the folks at Applian. Jaksta supports all popular stream formats and protocols, enabling it to capture video from thousands of web sites including YouTube and Facebook.

Similarly, because of Jaksta’s audio-capturing capabilities, customers can download streaming audio from their favorite music and radio sites. In addition to allowing Mac users to save their favorite videos, songs, and radio programs, Jaksta can automatically convert the downloaded files to a variety of devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, PS3, PSP, and Android.

Jaksta is available at...

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Jan 28
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 28

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Full Fat Games has announced Hotspot Football 1.0 for iOS devices. The US$0.99 app has a retro 50's look and dozens of real football action photos to solve.

ComboApp has released 3D Coloring Book for Kids: Fantasy Girls, developed specifically for the iPad. It utilizes color and 3D fantasy girl templates to bring almost any fantasy girl character to life. It's available for US$1.99 for a limited time.

Blowfish Bay is a new $0.99, iOS puzzle game with many twists and turns.

Blue Finger has updated Mind Scan Camera Free: The Emotion-Aware Photo Booth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices to version 1.7.1. The free app is structured as a recreational photography tool, Mind Scan Camera Free interprets user chosen photos from their device's...

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Jan 28
Cybermart to distribute Apple products in Greater China

Cybermart International, a major retail chain in China and a member of the Foxconn Group, has obtained the status as a first-grade distributor for Apple's products in the Greater China area, according to "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20110127PD208.html).

Cybermart plans to set up 500 Apple licensed retail shops in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, according to company chairman Steve Chang. The first store will be opened in Tianjin on April 1, says "DigiTimes."

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Jan 28
Office on the Mac App Store? Maybe

Microsoft says it continues to be pleased with sales of the Mac version of Office, but has not yet decided whether to offer the product or any of its components in the Mac version of the App Store, according to "All Things D" (http://mobilized.allthingsd.com/20110127/microsoft-considering-whether-t...).

“It’s something we are looking at,” Microsoft’s Amanda Lefebvre told "All Things D." “It’s something we haven’t ruled out. We just have to see how that relates to our business.”

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Jan 28
Apple could become 'PayPal on steroids'

Apple could cause "serious disruption" in the mobile payments space if it enters the field as reported, say analysts. Rumors Apple is planning to embed Near-Field Communications (NFC) technology into its next-generation iPhones and iPads. Such NFC-enabled systems would let users pay for purchases by waving their mobile devices near payment terminals, notes "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/ESy4k).

Similar contactless payment technologies have been around for years and have been received with lukewarm support at best by consumers. What's likely to make Apple's entry into the space vastly different, however, is its huge base of 160 million iTunes users, Gartner analyst Avivah Litan told "Computerworld."

That base gives Apple the ability to operate largely as a "closed payment system" with minimal need to interface with credit card companies and banks, she said. "They can largely shut out credit card...

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Jan 28
Finland agency to investigate iPhone's cold weather...

Finland's Consumer Agency is looking into how well the iPhone performs (or doesn't) in cold weather, according to "YLE" (http://macte.ch/ljNF6). The agency ays that customers who bought an iPhone and weren't informed about how it performs in cold weather may be entitled to return the product and ask for a refund.

The iPhone’s normal operating temperatures are between 0 and 35 degrees Celsius, and the average temperature in Helsinki is below zero for four months of the year, notes "YLE." Although the phone can be stored in temperatures as low as -20, Apple advises users not to operate the device in freezing conditions. If they do, Apple says they run the risk of shortening battery life or causing the phone to stop working temporarily.

According to the Finland's Consumer Agency, customers dissatisfied with their phone’s functionality in cold weather can return it to the merchant and ask for a refund -- if...

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Jan 28
Apple outgrows global handset rival in Q4 2010

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global handset shipments grew 16% annually to reach 400 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. Apple again outgrew its major rivals, while Nokia and LG slipped back due to tougher competition.

It was a mixed quarter for the world's major handset vendors. Some brands outperformed, such as Apple, while others underperformed, such as LG and Nokia. LG continued to lose ground due to a weak smartphone portfolio, while Nokia suffered ongoing component shortages and sluggish sales in the important US market.

"Global handset shipments grew 16% annually to reach 400 million units in Q4 2010," says Alex Spektor, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. "Apple was a star performer during the quarter, as it once again outgrew major rivals, held its top-five ranking, and announced a potentially...

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Jan 28
Mobile phone market grows 17.9% in fourth quarter

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 17.9% in the fourth quarter of 2010 (4Q10), a new quarterly high driven by smartphones.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) "Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker," vendors shipped 401.4 million units in 4Q10 compared to 340.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2009. Vendors shipped a total of 1.39 billion units on a cumulative worldwide basis in

The strong quarterly and annual growth comes after a weak 2009, which saw the market decline by 1.6%. A stronger economy and a wider array of increasingly affordable smartphones helped lift the market to its highest annual growth rate since 2006 when it grew 22.6%.

"The mobile phone market has the wind behind its sails," says Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker. "Mobile phone users are eager to swap out older devices for ones that handle data as well as voice, which is driving growth and replacement cycles."

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Jan 28
BoinxTV Home comes to the Mac App Store

Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com/) has released BoinxTV Home, live-video production software that makes you the star of your own YouTube videos, exclusively at the Mac App Store. Designed to "turn your home into your very own professional TV studio" it costs US$49.
 
BoinxTV Home spices up videos with its use of creative tools such as lower thirds, to adding text and titles, tickers, green screen backgrounds, and more on video captured live by a camera, such as the one built right into your Mac, at a resolution of up to 960x540. It allows users to edit their videos in real-time, while recording.

This eliminates the tedious post-production process usually required to add effects to a video, says Oliver Breidenbach, CEO, Boinx Software. BoinxTV Home allows the simultaneous use of up to 15 layers for the rendering of your video. Once rendering is complete, users can upload their videos directly...

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Jan 28
Iron Wars comes to the Mac App Store

AppMania Company says Iron Wars (http://www.appmania.org/ironwars), their new 3D game for Mac OS X is now available for downloading in Mac App Store. It costs US$2.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

Here's how the game is described: "Iron Wars is an exciting battle between fabulous iron balls in real time or in top-down view. It can equal the best action games in dynamics, speed, excitement in a breathtaking atmosphere. The battle of the balls takes place in the most unexpected areas such as space platforms, abandoned mines, forests, and cemeteries with vaults.

"The battle of the balls takes place in the most unexpected areas such as space platforms, abandoned mines, forests, and cemeteries with vaults. There are nine colorful maps which diversify the game and add to its exciting gameplay. Besides, there are many weapons and special bonuses on the maps. Besides the...

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Jan 28
Macworld: CodeWeavers releases CrossOver -- Impersonator Edition

CodeWeavers (http://www.codeweavers.com) released CrossOver -- Impersonator Edition at this week's Macworld Expo.. This latest edition greatly increases the ease of running Windows software on Macs and Linux PCs without the need for a Windows operating system license, according to the folks at CodeWeavers.

Impersonator Edition also includes CodeWeavers new “CrossTie” installer, which lets users install hundreds of Windows applications with just a click of a button. CrossTie communicates directly with CodeWeavers massive compatibility database (c4.codeweavers.com), which lists thousands of software applications -- including basic office packages, educational software and highly popular games -- that Windows-less individuals can now operate through Impersonator, says CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White.

CrossOver – Impersonator Edition replaces all previous versions of CrossOver. The software is...

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Jan 28
IntelliScanner SOHO Black unveiled

IntelliScanner Corp. (http://www.intelliscanner.com/products/soho/) has unveiled IntelliScanner SOHO Black, a new IntelliScanner for small business. It sports a rechargeable battery, included inventory software, and integration with the apps Mac and PC users use.

IntelliScanner is designed to make it easy for small businesses to keep track of business
inventory and assets with barcode technology. By scanning the barcode, users can automatically create an inventory of what's in stock, where it is, and what they have invested.

IntelliScanner SOHO Black also integrates with third-party applications like FileMaker Pro, Xsilva LightSpeed, and Microsoft Excel. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299.

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Jan 28
Macworld: BulletScan for Mac debuts

This week at the MacWorld Conference, NewSoft (http://www.bulletscan.com) is debuting its new BulletScan for the Mac product family of scanners, bundled with the company's Presto! Page Manager document management software. In addition, NewSoft will be demonstrating its new iOS applications: FotoTap for iPhone and iPad and BizCard for iPhone.

The BulletScan Manager for Mac product line includes mobile, desktop and departmental scanners rated at up to 60 images per minute with one-click scanning to PDF and searchable PDF. Pricing starts at US$250.

Presto! PageManager 9 for Mac is a front-end page processing application. Capabilities include capture, preview, convert along with the delivery of all of your paper and electronic documents to a designated location. Simply drag-and-drop to stack or merge files, or use the embedded OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to convert them into a searchable PDF...

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Jan 28
Macworld: Recosoft announces ID2Office

Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) -- developer of the PDF2Office family of products, PDF2Office for iWork utility, PDF2ID tool for Adobe InDesign and PDF converters -- announced ID2Office at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo. It's scheduled to ship in the spring and will be available for InDesign CS4/CS5 for both the Macintosh and Windows platforms.

ID2Office is a new InDesign tool to convert InDesign files to the Microsoft Office file formats. It converts InDesign files to the Microsoft Word/PowerPoint file type while maintaining the layout.

ID2Office converts the text, associated fonts and styles, paragraph structure, corresponding property information, frames linking information, tables, graphics and other InDesign object and document properties to the matching Microsoft Word/PowerPoint object and file properties; converting every page to an equivalent page to the final Word/...

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Jan 28
Macworld: Vogel's announces universal iPad mounting system

At this week's Macworld Expo, Vogel’s (http://www.vogels.com) announced the RingO Universal iPad Mounting System for the iPad. You can use it to mount the Apple tablet just about everywhere you go:  at home, at work and in the car. 

RingO lets you use your iPad: towatch movies in the car; as a home media control system in front of your television; to listen to music or display a modern themed alarm clock in the bedroom; view holiday photos on your coffee table in the living room; watch the news or view recipes in the kitchen; and show off office presentations on the wall or desk at work. 

RingO’s aluminum ring snaps onto the tablet mount. It provides a wall mount, iPad holder, flip stand, table stand and car mount all in one. Vogel’s RingO Universal Tablet Mounting System includes a Starter Pack for US$69.99 (with Holder and Wall Mount); Home Pack for iPad for $79.99 (with Holder, Wall Mount, and Table...

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Jan 28
Videator 5.0 hits Mac App Store

Stone Design has announced Videator 5.0 (http://www.stone.com/Videator) and is offering it at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.

Videator is a "Vee-Jaying," movie-mixing and video processing application that lets you instantly make movies with all sorts of effects from live video or existing movies. Version 5.0 takes full advantage of Apple's newest computers and operating systems.

Videator provides an interface for Mac OS X's Core Image and Core Video technologies, giving both home users and video professionals instant access to over 125 effects, transitions, and filters. With the US$9.99 software, users can layer movies, multiple live cameras, images, paint, music and text over video, as well as apply, modify, and re-order multiple effects to achieve subtle enhancements or astounding artistic results. You can crop, scale, rotate, flip, skew, change exposure and...

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Jan 28
Macworld: customizable ThinSkins for iPhone 4 available

Unveiled at this week's MacWorld Expo, ThinSkin, a film that adds a splash of color and protection to the iPhone 4, can be customized online to meet the personalities of individual and corporate consumers.
With the ThinSkin Customizer, the iPhone 4 can feature an unlimited selection of interesting sayings, colors, pictures, logos and more with the click of a button, making it ideal for an individual or for use in corporate branding promotions like trade show giveaways, gifts and fundraisers, says Troy Rutt inventor of ThinSkin.

Precision-cut ThinSkins come in a variety of colors including, the new carbon fiber as well as matte black, white, neon green or raspberry glitter. In addition to the variety of colors and protection from bumps and scratches, ThinSkin doesn’t impede the performance of the phone’s antenna, says Rutt.

Application is simple and doesn’t leave a sticky residue upon removal, he adds. ThinSkin is y priced at US$19.95 for two. The new ThinSkin...

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Jan 28
Skype for Mac adds group video calling

The latest Skype for Mac version (http://www.skype.com) has gone "Gold," meaning users can now take advantage of the improved interface and other features like group video calling. 

Group video calling is available as part of a premium package, that also includes live chat customer support.

You can try it out for free for seven days, and then purchase either a day pass starting at US$4.99 or as a monthly subscription for $8.99 per month. New users receive a 7-day free trial.

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Jan 28
Screentime for Flash 4 released for Mac OS X, Windows

Screentime Media (http://www.screentime.com) has announced Screentime for Flash 4 for Mac OS X and Windows. The app is used by creative professionals at Apple, Microsoft, Disney, Tribal DDB, Warner Brothers and thousands of other companies to deliver content to desktops worldwide.

Screentime for Flash 4 adds multiple-language support, improves performance on Mac OS X 10.6 and adds support for Flash Player 10.1 on both Mac and PC.

The initial release of Screentime for Flash 4 supports English, German, French, Dutch, and Japanese. Additional languages can be added upon request.

Screentime's ActionScript 2.0 and ActionScript 3.0 class libraries and documentation have been re-engineered for Screentime 4, making it easier to extend Flash. With the Screentime 4 ActionScript class, developers are able to read/write files, check for an active net connection, download files, and more. Screentime...

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Jan 28
Key Holder 2 available for Mac OS X

System Support Products has announced Key Holder 2.0 (http://www.sspi-software.com/keyholder_macx.html), an update to their password account storage application for Mac OS X. Each account, the account name, user, password, Internet URL, and a memo field for miscellaneous notes can be kept in the app.

The Key Holder account window is compact and can be shown in a vertical or horizontal orientation. In version 2.0, the application is re-written as a Universal Binary for native execution on both Intel and PowerPC processors. Multiple account files can now be open simultaneously

The account window now has an optional user-customizable tool bar. Key Holder 2.0 replaces the find command with a tool bar search field that filters the account list. The Memo field size has been increased to three lines and now includes a scroll bar as necessary. Also, the...

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Jan 28
Tembo 1.2 for Mac OS X beefs up hot keys, swipe gestures

Houdah Software has released Tembo 1.2, an update of the friendly" find utility for Mac OS X, available at the Mac App Store. You can now assign Tembo a hot key from the Keyboard pane in System Preferences.

Tembo 1.2 also adds swipe gestures to drill down and back out. "Reveal in Finder" now uses PathFinder where it's the default viewer, and there are wider date columns 

Tembo is for designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible. It's sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo version is available from the product web site (http://www.houdah.com/tembo/).

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Jan 28
Vinotekasoft serves up Vinoteka 2.5, Vinoteka Touch 1.5

Vinotekasoft (http://www.vinotekasoft.com) has unveiled a new version (2.5) of Vinoteka, wine cellar management software for Mac. It features complete synchronization with the iPhone/iPod touch application Vinoteka Touch 1.5.

You can now synchronize both applications and transfer data to your iPhone/iPod touch in few clicks. Vinoteka Touch 1.5 is available on the Apple App Store for $5.99; a "lite" version is available for $1.99.

Vinoteka for the Mac requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$49.90 for a single user license.. Family and business packs are also available.

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Jan 28
Invoices for Mac OS X updated to version 2.8.2

Tension Software has updated Invoices (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.8.2. It's a maintenance update that fixes some bugs.

Invoices (US$40) allows you to create a new invoices with all data without using the keyboard, only with the mouse and all from a single panel view. You can make two different type of invoices, Plain and Table, where description of sold goods and services can be managed in a different way.

Invoices automatically calculates totals and taxes, in accordance with the set-up the user specified using his own country's rules. Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.4. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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