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Apr 18
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: coming to the Mac April 28

Feral Interactive says LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues will be released for the Mac on Thursday, April 28. Developed by TT Games, it requires a 1.4GHz Intel-based Mac (or better) running Mac OS X 10.6.4 or higher.

Here's how the game is described: "Snap on your fedora, crack that whip and guide pop culture's most iconic archaeologist through a bricky version of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues offers a hilarious romp through all four cinematic adventures, with new characters, new vehicles and animation, and the ability for players to create levels of their own.

"But even Indy needs a little help from his friends from time to time, so the game includes a superb co-operative multiplayer mode. At any point during the game, a second player can drop in to accompany, assist, or annoy our hero. If players move too far in opposite directions, the view splits to keep both on-screen at once,...

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Apr 18
Audio Extractor 1.0 released for Mac OS X

Christian Kienle has introduced Audio Extractor 1.0 (http://audio-extractor.com/), his new application for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. For a limited time, it's available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store in the Video category.

To use you drop your video files on Audio Extractor. When an extraction is finished you can open it, show it in the Finder, use drag and drop, save the audio file explicitly, and send it to iTunes.

Audio Extractor uses QuickTime technology. For every extraction you start, the app starts a background process that does the real work. It works with a 32-bit or 64-bit processor.

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Apr 18
GlowPuzzle comes to the Mac App Store

Glosculptor, ISDS has announced GlowPuzzle 1.9 (http://glosculptor.com), an update of the game Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$2.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.

The goal is to connect all the dots in the puzzle using a continuous path, but you're not allowed to reuse any completed path. There are up to 370 levels.

GlowPuzzle offers: an animated "solution" in case you're stuck; glow graphics; ordered puzzle difficulty; an easy level selection; soundtracks; a challenge mode; and a memory mode. A level editor is in development.

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Apr 18
iPhone 5 to sport 8-megapixel camera, A5 processor?


Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with Concord Securities has told clients in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that the iPhone 5 will feature "slight modifications" from its predecessor, including an 8-megapixel rear camera and a Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models, and will go into production in September.

Quoting supply chain sources, Kuo has heard that the next version of the Apple smartphone will include the faster A5 processor already found in the iPad 2, as well as a higher resolution 8-megapixel rear camera. He has also been told that Apple will switch to a Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models, along with an improved antenna design.

Kuo thinks the iPhone 5 will go into trial production in August and mass production in September, allowing Apple to reach shipment volumes of between 28 million and 32 million units this year That would align...

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Apr 18
Moshi 04i is new stereo headset with iPhone dock

Native Union (http://www.nativeunion.com) has launched its Moshi Moshi 04i Bluetooth stereo handset with dedicated iPhone dock. The US$199.90 Bluetooth desktop stereo speaker system, professional conference call unit and cell phone handset with noise reduction technology is equipped with a cradle base for iPhone synchronization and battery charging.

Developed by product designer Michael Young, the MM04i allows users to harness all the functionality of the iPhone and enrich their overall talking and listening experience with hands-free capability and intuitive functionality, says John Brunner, managing director of Native Union. It utilizes Bluetooth 2.1 chip technology that enables simultaneous pairing to computers and mobile phones, allowing both internet and mobile calls to be conducted through the same handset.

Featuring auto pick-up/hang-up and auto connect/disconnect, the handset can be...

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Apr 18
Apple Support Communities support forum goes live

Apple has gone live with the Apple Support Communities support forum upgrade it announced last year, adding social network features and replacing the Apple Discussions board, reports "AppleInsider."

Apple announced the new Support Communities upgrade to its online forums last August on the Apple Discussions board (https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2540747?threadID=2540747). At the time this is how Apple described the upgrade: "Apple Support Communities brings together thousands of Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, and iPad users from around the world to discuss Apple products and topics. Apple Support Communities provides a wealth of information about your favorite Apple hardware and software products to help you get the most out of your purchase. And, in the spirit of community, you can also help other Apple Support Communities’ users...

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Apr 18
Samurai II: Vengeance available at Macgamestore

Madfinger Games' Samurai II: Vengeance is now available at Macgamestore.com (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$9.95.

Here's how the game is described: "Samurai II sends Daisuke on a quest for revenge across the war-scorched countryside. From a seafaring village to a flying fortress to the legendary Isle of the Dead, the samurai will stop at nothing to hunt down his arch-enemy Orochi. Will he get his Vengeance?"

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Apr 18
Enolsoft releases YouTube Converter HD for the Mac

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Apr 18
Swoop Solitaire swoops onto the Mac

Swoop Software, creators of original Mac-first and Mac-only games, has released Swoop Solitaire. A demo is available for download (http://www.swoopsoftware.com/downloads/SwoopSolitaire.dmg.zip); registration is US$19.95.

Here's how the game is described: "Swoop Solitaire features 46 great games, including hugely popular games like Klondike, Spider, Freecell, Gaps, Canfield, Golf, Pyramid, Penguin, Beleaguered Castle, and many more. 

"Swoop Solitaire automatically remembers the progress and statistics for any number of players.  Information gathered includes scores, the number of games won and lost, the amount of time played, and much, much more. Players can develop some healthy competition with family and friends by comparing results. Swoop Solitaire also comes with a visual, comprehensive guide that helps players learn each...

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Apr 18
NIWO Slumber is new tool/timer for Mac OS X

NIWO Software has introduced NIWO Slumber, a tool/timer for Mac OS X. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$1.99 until April 19; after that it's $4.99. A demo is available at the NIWO Software website (http://www.niwosoft.com).

NIWO Slumber can shutdown, restart, sleep or logout your computer at any given time. It can be used to turn off your Mac at night or when you want to make a break at a given time. NIWO Slumber comes with integrated presets and the ability to create and manage your own templates.

The app reminds the user that there's a timer running. You can set up the Time (5, 10, 15, 20 , 25, 30 minutes before) and type of notification (only Notification, or a Notification with Sound). NIWO Slumber supports Growl as well.

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Apr 18
The Zoo HD comes to Mac OS X, iOS

Breek has introduces The Zoo HD 1.0, their new educational app developed for iOS devices and Mac OS X. It's available in the Apple App Store and the Mac App Store.

Toddlers can use The Zoo HD as a classic picture book. It's designed to allow children to learn a second or third language while playing and having fun.

The Zoo boasts: 20 original drawings, real animals sounds, visual effects and more. The Zoo HD 1.0 for the iPad costs $3.99, and The Zoo for iPhone 1.0 is $1.99.

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Apr 18
QuickWho for Mac OS X gets native UI tools

Code by Kevin has released version 3.2 of QuickWho (http://www.codebykevin.com/quickwho.html), a Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) application to help users look up Internet domain registrations. The new version sports native user interface tools, improves stability and fixes some bugs.
 
QuickWho provides an array of information about specific Internet domains. Curious about who owns a particular domain name? Do you want to contact them, or gather more information about them? QuickWho can help you with these tasks.
 
QuickWho is shareware. The download is a 30-day demo; you can purchase a license for US$24.99 to use the program past the trial period. The program is also available in the Mac App Store. QuickWho is Universal binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Apr 18
Jumsoft releases templates for the iPad

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has introduced the Inspiration Set for iPad 1.0, the iPad version of its Inspiration Set application.

Previously known as Pages Templates, Inspiration Set includes 50 templates from greeting cards and invitations to flyers and brochures. Some templates contain up to four different sections. The package supplies nearly 80 layouts.

Most objects in Inspiration Set for iPad can be recolored, moved, or removed. Users can type or paste in their own text, add and remove text boxes, and change the font. Stock images can be replaced with their own photos or pictures. All 50 templates included are available in both paper size A4 and U.S. Letter.

Inspiration Set requires iOS 4.3 or later. It costs US$1.99 and is available at the Apple App Store.

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Apr 18
SMEStorage brings cloud storage directly to the Mac desktop

SMEStorage (http://www.smestorage.com), a multi-cloud data access company, has released the first version of its Mac Cloud Tools.

The Cloud Tools encompass a virtual Cloud Drive that is integrated into the Mac Desktop, a desktop to Cloud synchronization tool, and Cloud Files indexed and integrated into Spotlight. Unlike other silo'd storage provider SMEStorage works as an abstraction layer above over 15 storage clouds and enables users to access and manage files from all the major storage vendors, says SMEStorage CEO Ian Osborne.

"The Cloud Tools really bring the Cloud into the Mac desktop enabling users to switch storage cloud providers by simply changing directory, and editing files becomes as easy as double clicking  on the file in question from within the Cloud Drive and saving when done," he says. "We've also integrated file actions into the Mac Finder on right click so that, among other...

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Apr 18
Omegabundle 2011 for LiveCode released

The Omegabundle Group, a group of professional development tool vendors, have released OmegaBundle 2011 for LiveCode.

This limited time package contains over $4100 worth of tools but available in this set for US$499 -- over 85% savings. This is a limited time offer in order provide cross platform, iOS and Android developers with the best original and third party tools available, according to the folks at the Omegabundle Group. Omega Bundle 2011 for LiveCode brings together 12 plug-ins, add-ons
and more, including:

° Animation Engine 4, a LiveCode library for rendering animation through Livecode apps built for the desktop and for the iPhone;

° SQL Yoga, for developing data-driven solutions by transforming database complexities into common LiveCode processes;

° Flexible Learning ChartMaker, a cross-platform library solution designed to create professional charts in your own work;

° ASG DataGrid Helper., a set of tools for creating...

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Apr 18
Norton Internet Security, AntiVirus 2012 betas available

Norton by Symantec has released the 2012 beta versions of the Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security, which are now available for free download from the Norton beta website.

The Norton 2012 betas improve on performance and protection, says Jens Meggers, vice president of engineering for Norton products. They include key security enhancements, including the ability to assess the safety and stability of an application before installation.

The betas feature Insight 3.0, the latest version of Norton's exclusive reputation-based security technology, which leverages the anonymous software adoption patterns of Symantec users to automatically identify and block new malicious software. Download Insight, which checks every downloaded file for safety before it's allowed to run, has been updated this year to include information that lets users know if a downloaded application is likely to cause stability issues when they install it on their computer.

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Apr 16
Adobe adding HTTP Live Streaming support to Flash Media Server

Adobe is instead adding HTTP Live Streaming support to Flash Media Server, reports "ArsTechnica" (http://macte.ch/xXr5g).

HTTP Live Streaming is a protocol that Apple developed to stream live and recorded video using standard HTTP connections instead of RTSP. It uses H.264-encoded video and AAC or MP3 audio packaged into chunks of an MPEG-2 transport stream, along with a .m3u playlist to catalog the files that make up the individual chunks of the stream. QuickTime on both Mac OS X and iOS can play back this format, and it is the only streaming format compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, notes "ArsTechnica."

Adobe says it's "committed to developing technologies that simplify broadcast workflows to make it simpler to reach a fragmented lineup of devices," according to senior product manager for Flash Media Server Kevin Towes. Towes noted in a blog post -- as noted by "Ars Technica" -- that...

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Apr 15
OrderBorder.com is new Apple-focused buying website

Oten -- the company behind several Apple accessory brands such as Sena and DomeSkin -- has launched a new group-buying website targeted directly to Apple enthusiasts and owners of any Apple products.

The new website, OrderBorder.com, will feature accessories, software, and peripherals for iPhones, iPods, iPads, Macs, and Macbooks. Murat Yesildal, vice president of Order Border, says the site differentiates itself from other group-buying websites with its unique focus on Apple gear, and also the “Borderline Price” concept. He says the borderline price is the absolute lowest price limit that:

° Either the group can reach with its growing size, as users join the deal;

° Or an individual can reach with a new social-media based point system.

The unique point system provides users the power to accumulate points, not only with every purchase, but also by inviting their FaceBook friends and others to join in on the savings, says Yesildal. This empowers users to...

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Apr 15
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 15

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

Cristian Esposito has announced RPGplane -- Set Your Maps on Fire for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The US$2.99 app is designed to make easy to play any pen and paper RPG anywhere. It will transform your iOS into a virtual tabletop. RPGplane features 17 maps, 48 tokens and 16 objects such as treasures, weapons and armor.

Holderness Media has released Vintage Toy Piano 1.0 for the iPad. It's a $0.99 sounding instrument modeled after vintage wooden toy pianos. It can be recorded into your computer, iOS device, or any other recording device.

Dr. Gary Brown has introduced Autism/DTT Numbers 1.0, a discrete trial training app for iOS devices. The app -- normally $9.99, but on sale for $0.99 through April -- is designed to help your child learn the...

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Apr 15
Apple captures video game market share in 2010

Last year, Flurry (http://www.flurry.com) -- which offers a mobile application analytics and recommendation-engine driven advertising platform -- reported that iPhone and iPod touch game sales surged from 2008 to 2009. From a standing start, and in just one year, iPhone games captured 5% of the mature U.S. video game market. 

A year later, Flurry revisited how the increasing popularity of iOS (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) and Android games continue to increase their U.S. video game market share. With an additional year of trend data, the magnitude of disruption is increasing, in particular within the portable gaming category.

For this year’s report, Flurry once again leveraged publicly available market data in the news, released by companies such as the NPD Group (e.g., Gamasutra’s Behind the Numbers series).  Flurry combined this data with their own estimates of game category revenues from iOS and...

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Apr 15
FileMaker being positioned as a tool for iOS development

When you think of FileMaker you probably think of a databases, not development. But FileMaker is being positioned as a tool for iOS development. Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services at FileMaker Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com) says FileMaker offers the fastest way to create custom iOS solutions.

"We see a huge opportunity here," he says. "When businesses first encountered the iPhone and iPad, they were for personal productivity. The iOS devices are increasingly gaining traction in the business world, and companies are moving towards custom solutions, especially with the iPad. iPads are being increasingly accepted as personal productivity tools."

Rosenberg says that as a developer platform for iOS devices, FileMaker provides an innovative customer experience, remote access to information in business systems, and the capability of automating paper processes. He adds that these...

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Apr 15
J.P. Morgan raises projections on Apple product sales

Apple will report its latest financial results on Apr. 20, and investment bank J.P. Morgan has raised its projections of Apple's earnings through 2012 in expectation of continued growth from the iPhone, iPad and the Mac.

In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz reiterated the firm's Dec. 2011 price target of US$450 and Overweight rating of Apple. Moskowitz also:

° Raised his projections for Apple's earnings per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 to $5.39, up from $5.21 and increased his revenue estimate for the March quarter from $23.83 billion to $24.42 billion;

° Expects Apple to sell 18.4 million iPhones in the second quarter of fiscal 2011;

° Expects Apple to sell 31.3 million iPads in fiscal 2011;

° Projects 32% Mac year-over-year growth over year growth for a total of 3.89...

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Apr 15
Analyst: Apple to sell 45-60 million iPads this year

Carolina Milanesi, a Gartner research vice-president for mobile devices, told PCMag.com (http://macte.ch/jvDiV) that Asian components makers think Apple will ship between 45 million and 60 million iPads this year.

Gartner's own forecast for global unit sales of the iPad in 2011 is 47.9 million. For the full tablet media market, which also includes non-iOS tablets running the Android, MeeGo, WebOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS operating systems, the research firm projects 69.8 million units sold worldwide for this year.

Meanwhile, the IDC research group is predicting total worldwide media tablet shipments of 50.4 million for 2011 including more than 30 million unit shipments of the iPad. IDC forecasts global media tablet shipments of 70.8 million units in 2012.

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Apr 15
Apple sued over in-app purchases

Another day, another lawsuit. Garen Meguerian of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, has filed a class-action lawsuit takes issue with free iPhone games that feature in-app purchases, alleging that Apple's App Store makes it easy for children to rack up credit card charges without realizing they are spending real-world money, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

He purportedly filed the suit this week on behalf of himself and other parents and guardians who incurred unauthorized charges for game-related content. Those transactions came from children playing games on iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and making in-app transactions to purchase virtual goods, notes "AppleInsider."

The lawsuit doesn't note that Apple has addressed the issue by requiring a password for in-app purchases. Before, once users entered their password to download an application, iOS offered a 15...

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Apr 15
Hard Candy rolls out the White Collection for the iPad 2

Hard Candy Cases (http://www.hardcandycases.com) has introduced its White Collection for the iPad 2. Set to begin shipping in May, the line-up features the White Candy Convertible, the White Street Skin, the White Bubble Sleeve and the Stylus White Pen.

The collection kicks off with the US$44.95 White Candy Convertible (pictured), a secure-fit, flip folio cover design that tucks into the back of the iPad 2, offering two optimal viewing angles.

The $39.95 White Street Skin offers users protection with 3 mm of shock-absorbing TPU rubber at the corners and edges. Its magnetic integrated screen enclosure attaches to the back of your case while not in use. Users have full access to all audio outputs, dock connectors, Multi-Touch display and controls when in use.

Featuring Hard Candy's signature bubble design and EVA-foam fitted rubber bumpers to stabilize and protect the iPad 2, the $...

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